On This Day

September 1978 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Sep 10 "Timbuktu!" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 243 performances
  • Sep 16 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • Sep 20 Musical review "Eubie!", based on the songs of composer Eubie Blake, opens at Ambassador Theater, NYC; runs for 439 performances

Album Release

Sep 28 Metal band Black Sabbath release their 8th album "Never Say Die", last to feature Ozzy Osbourne before he was fired


Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 3 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist and musician (Windir), born in Sogndal, Norway (d. 2004)
  • Sep 6 Cisco Adler, American singer and record producer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 6 Tony Thaxton, American drummer (Motion City Soundtrack), born in Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Sep 7 Adrian [General Austin] Witcher, American rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Sep 11 Ben Lee, Australian singer-songwriter ("Cigarettes Will Kill You"; "Love Me Like the World Is Ending"), and actor (The Rage in Placid Lake), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Sep 12 Michael Paget, Welsh guitarist (Bullet for My Valentine), born in Bridgend, South Wales
  • Sep 12 Ruben Studdard, American singer (American Idol, I Need An Angel), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Sep 13 Swizz Beatz [Kasseem Dean], American rapper and record producer (Full Surface Records), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 14 Danielle Peck, American country music singer ("Findin' a Good Man"), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Sep 16 Matthew Rogers, American TV host and country singer, born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 20 Patrizio Buanne, Austrian-Italian singer and guitarist, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Sep 20 Sarit Hadad [Sarah Hudadatov], Israeli pop and Mizrahi singer, born in Afula, Israel
  • Sep 27 Brad Arnold, American singer (3 Doors Down - "Kryptonite"), born in Escatawpa, Mississippi
  • Sep 28 Bushido [Anis Ferchichi], German rapper, born in Bonn, West Germany
  • Sep 29 Kurt Nilsen, Norwegian singer (She's So High, World Idol)

Weddings in Music

George Harrison

Sep 2 British musician George Harrison (35) marries American record label marketer Olivia Arias (30) at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office in England

Gloria Estefan

Sep 2 Singer Gloria Estefan (21) weds musician and producer Emilio Estefan (25) (Miami Sound Machine)


Deaths in Music

  • Sep 1 Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies as a result of anorexia nervosa at 33
  • Sep 5 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • Sep 6 Tom Wilson, American record producer (Sun Ra; Bob Dylan; Simon & Garfunkel; Mothers of Invention; Velvet Underground), dies of a heart attack at 47

Keith Moon

Sep 7 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), dies of drug overdose at 32

  • Sep 8 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Ruth Etting, American dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Beryl Booker, American swing and cool jazz pianist (Dinah Washington), dies at 56