November 1978 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Nov 12 Gary William Friedman and Will Holt's musical "Platinum" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater, NYC; runs for 33 performances

Briefcase Full of Blues

Nov 28 Atlantic Records releases "Briefcase Full of Blues", the debut album by The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi); album tops the chart and becomes best-selling blues record of all-time

Birthdays in Music

  • Nov 6 Jolina Magdangal, Filipina singer, actress and television host, born in Hagonoy, Bulacan, Philippines
  • Nov 7 Tomoya Nagase, Japanese actor and singer (TOKIO), born in Kanagawa, Japan
  • Nov 7 Ülo Krigul, Estonian contemporary classical composer, born in Tallinn, Estonia
  • Nov 9 Sisqó [Mark Althavean Andrews], American singer (Dru Hill, Unleash the Dragon), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Nov 10 Diplo [Thomas Wesley Perez], American record producer and DJ (Major Lazer; LSD), born in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Nov 10 Eve [Jeffers-Cooper], American rapper ("Let Me Blow Ya Mind"), actress (Barbershop films), and television personality (The Talk), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 12 Andrew Kinlochan, British singer and musician (1st openly gay boyband member), born in Hertfordshire, England
  • Nov 13 Nikolai Fraiture, American rock bassist (The Strokes), born in New York City
  • Nov 16 Carolina Parra, Brazilian musician (CSS), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Nov 18 Andris Nelsons, Latvian conductor (Boston Symphony, 2014-present; Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, 2017-present), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Nov 19 Matt Dusk, Canadian jazz vocalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Nov 20 Freya Lin, Taiwanese singer, born in Taiwan
  • Nov 20 Ryan Leslie, American hip-hop, neo-soul, and pop singer-songwriter, musician and producer, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Nov 22 Karen O [Orzolek], American singer (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), born in Busan, South Korea
  • Nov 23 Tommy Marth, American rock saxophone player (The Killers, 2008-2010), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2012)
  • Nov 25 Ringo Shiina [Yumiko Shiina], Japanese singer, songwriter and musician (Tokyo Jihen), born in Urawa, Saitama
  • Nov 26 Matthew Taylor, American bassist (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Nov 27 Mike Skinner, British singer-songwriter and rapper (The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free), born in Chipping Barnet, London, England
  • Nov 27 Tim Yeung, American heavy metal drummer (Vital Remains; I Am Morbid), born in Rochester, New York
  • Nov 30 Clay Aiken, American pop singer

Deaths in Music

  • Nov 9 Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 12 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Nov 26 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons at 52
  • Nov 29 Alan Richardson, Scottish pianist and composer, dies at 74