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

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

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 (Gemilang), born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Dec 7 Frankie J, Mexican-born American singer, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 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), born in Tokyo
  • Dec 14 Radu Sârbu, Moldovan singer (O-Zone), born in Peresecina, Moldova
  • 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, born in Stratford, Canada

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, born in San Francisco, California
  • 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