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December 1978 in Music History

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
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer, replacing the deceased Keith Moon

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

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
  • Dec 31 The Runaways' band's last ever concert at Daly City, CA.'s Cow Palace

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Mat Kearney, American singer and songwriter
  • Dec 2 Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer and songwriter (I'm Like a Bird), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Dec 2 Chris Wolstenholme, British musician and bassist (Muse), born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England
  • Dec 3 Trina [Katrina Laverne Taylor], American rapper (Glamorest Life), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 4 Jaclyn Victor, Malaysian singer (Gemilang), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Dec 6 K. D. Aubert, American actress and singer, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Dec 7 Frankie J. [Francisco Javier Bautista, Jr.], Mexican-American singer (Kumbia Kings), born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Dec 12 Evren Genis, Turkish composer, born in Ankara, Turkey
  • Dec 12 Louis, Korean singer ("Jung Hwa Ban Jum")
  • Dec 13 Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist (Maximum the Hormone), born in Tokyo
  • Dec 14 Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Peresecina, Moldova
  • Dec 14 Martina Filjak, Croatian concert pianist, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Dec 15 Mark Jansen, Dutch guitarist (Epica)
  • Dec 16 Kaine [Eric Jackson], American rapper (Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta)), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 17 Neil Sanderson, Canadian drummer (Three Days Grace), born in Peterborough, Ontario
  • Dec 23 Esthero [Jenny-Bea Englishman] Canadian dance-rock musician and singer, born in Stratford, Ontario

Person of interestJohn Legend

Dec 28 John Legend [Stephens], American singer-songwriter("All Of Me"), producer and actor (Crow: The Legend: Jesus Christ, Superstar), born in Springfield, Ohio

Singer-Songwriter John Legend
Singer-Songwriter
John Legend
  • Dec 29 LaToya London, American R&B and soul singer, born in San Francisco, California
  • Dec 30 Inferno [Zbigniew Promiński], Polish heavy metal drummer (Behemoth), born in Tczew, Poland
  • Dec 30 Tyrese [Gibson], American R&B singer (Tyrese) and actor (Transformers), born in Watts, Los Angeles, California
  • 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, American jazz vocalist, band leader (Twelve Clouds of Joy), civil rights activist, and broadcaster, dies of breast cancer 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