October 1978 in Music

Events in Music


Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 9 12th Country Music Association Award: Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle & Don Williams wins

Country singer Dolly Parton
Country singer
Dolly Parton
  • Oct 9 John Kander & Fred Ebb's musical "Ballroom" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 10 Aerosmith's Steve Tyler & Joe Perry injured by a cherry bomb
  • Oct 10 British pop music magazine "Smash Hits" first published

MurderMurder of Interest

Oct 12 Sid Vicious charged with murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 13 "52nd Street" 6th studio album by Billy Joel is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1979)

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Oct 22 "King of Hearts" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 23 Sid Vicious attempts suicide while at Riker's Detention Center in NYC

Birthdays in Music

  • Oct 2 Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer
  • Oct 3 Jake Shears, singer (Scissor Sisters)
  • Oct 5 James Valentine, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • Oct 7 Alesha Dixon, British pop singer (Mis-Teeq)
  • Oct 8 Mike Moreno, American jazz musician (First in Mind), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 9 Nicky Byrne, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • Oct 14 Justin Brannan, American musician, writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 14 Usher, American singer (My Way, Confessions) and actor, born in Dallas, Texas

Singer Usher
Singer
Usher
  • Oct 16 Abel Talamantez, Texas, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
  • Oct 16 Ethan Luck, American musician (The O.C. Supertones, Demon Hunter, Relient K)
  • Oct 19 Chris Sellers, American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 19 Henri Sorvali, Finnish musician
  • Oct 24 Justin Lee Brannan, American musician
  • Oct 26 Mark Barry, English musician (BBMak)
  • Oct 27 Vanessa-Mae, Singapore musician
  • Oct 28 Justin Guarini, American singer

Weddings in Music

  • Oct 6 ABBA member Anni-Frid Lyngstad (32) weds fellow musician Benny Andersson (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 7 Country singer Merle Haggard (41) weds his backup singer Leona Williams (35)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Merle Haggard
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Merle Haggard

Deaths in Music

  • Oct 8 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • Oct 10 Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • Oct 16 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Governor & JJ), dies of anemia at 62

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 23 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter