December 1978 in Music

Events in Music

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 2 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 3 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Dec 10 "Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 33 performances
  • Dec 14 "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances
  • Dec 21 "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC
  • Dec 22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 27 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins

  • Dec 30 "The King & I" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 719 performances
  • Dec 31 "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances
  • Dec 31 "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Mat Kearney, American singer and songwriter
  • Dec 2 Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Dec 2 Chris Wolstenholme, British musician and bassist (Muse), born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
  • Dec 3 Trina, American rapper
  • Dec 4 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer
  • Dec 7 Frankie J, Mexican-born American singer
  • Dec 12 Evren Genis, Turkish composer
  • Dec 12 Louis (artist), Korean singer ("Jung Hwa Ban Jum")
  • Dec 13 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone)
  • Dec 14 Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone)
  • Dec 15 Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)
  • Dec 16 Kaine, American rapper (Ying Yang Twins)
  • Dec 17 Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace)
  • Dec 23 Esthero, Canadian musician and singer

Person of interestJohn Legend

Dec 28 John Legend [John Stephens], American musician, producer, songwriter and actor (La La Land, Django Unchained), born in Springfield, Ohio

Singer-songwriter John Legend
John Legend
  • Dec 29 LaToya London, American singer
  • Dec 30 Zbigniew Robert Promiński, Polish drummer
  • Dec 30 Tyrese, American singer and actor
  • Dec 31 Papoose [Shamele Mackie], American rapper, born in Brooklyn, New York

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 3 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • Dec 16 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27