December 1978 in Music History

Events in Music

#1 in the Charts

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

  • Dec 3 "King of Hearts" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • Dec 10 Gary William Friedman and Will Holt's musical "Platinum" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC, after 33 performances
  • Dec 14 "Ballroom" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 116 performances

Album Release

Dec 15 German label Ariola Records releases eponymous debut album "Rosanne Cash", produced by future husband Rodney Crowell

  • Dec 21 Charles Strouse and Lee Adams' musical "A Broadway Musical" opens and closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 1 performance

Music History

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

Television Premiere

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

  • Dec 30 Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "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 the Cow Plalce in Daly City, California
  • Dec 31 Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California closes after 556 concerts; Final show is the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Blues Brothers; program lasts for over 8 hours, with the Grateful Dead playing for nearly 6 hours; concert broadcast on local PBS TV station KQED, and simulcast by radio station KSAN-FM, after the show, the crowd was treated to a hot, buffet-style breakfast.

Birthdays in Music

  • Dec 1 Mat Kearney, American singer and songwriter, born in Eugene, Oregon
  • Dec 2 Chris Wolstenholme, British rock bassist (Muse), born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

Nelly FurtadoNelly Furtado (44 years old)

Dec 2 Portuguese-Canadian Juno and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter (I'm Like a Bird; Maneater), born in Victoria, British Columbia

  • 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 Martina Filjak, Croatian concert pianist, born in Zagreb, Croatia
  • Dec 14 Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Peresecina, Moldova
  • Dec 15 Mark Jansen, Dutch symphonic-metal guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter (Epica), born in Reuver, Netherlands
  • 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

John LegendJohn Legend (44 years old)

Dec 28 American EGOT (Emmy; Grammy; Oscar; and Tony Awards winner), piano player; singer-songwriter ("All Of Me"; "Glory"), producer, actor (Jesus Christ, Superstar), and television personality (The Voice), born in Springfield, Ohio

  • 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
  • Dec 31 Tom Hamilton Jr., American songwriter, guitarist, producer, and singer (Brothers Past; American Babies; Billy & the Kids), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 avant garde jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and Grammy Award-winning film score composer (The French Connection), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Dec 26 Fritz Büchtger, German composer, educator, and modern music proponent (Association for Contemporary Music; Studio for New Music), dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star - "In The Street"), dies in a car crash at 27