1979 in Music

Events in Music

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 2 Sid Vicious' trial for murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen begins

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious
  • Jan 11 "Grand Tour" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 61 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 12 6th American Music Awards: Barry Manilow, Linda Ronstadt win

Musician Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow
  • Jan 26 Music Center Vredenburg opens in Utrecht Neth
  • Jan 28 "Wiz" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1672 performances
  • Feb 3 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Pink Floyd premiere their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles

Singer-songwriter and Producer David Gilmour
Singer-songwriter and Producer
David Gilmour
Rock Bassist and Vocalist Roger Waters
Rock Bassist and Vocalist
Roger Waters
  • Feb 9 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
  • Feb 9 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 10 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • Feb 11 Musical "They're Playing Our Song" opens at Imperial NYC for 1082 performances
  • Feb 14 "Whoopee!" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 204 performances
  • Feb 15 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey wins
  • Feb 15 Temple City Kazoo Orchestra appears on Mike Douglas Show

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 George Harrison releases "Blow Away"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Feb 20 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 45 performances
  • Feb 23 "Sarava" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Feb 23 George Harrison releases "George Harrison" album
  • Mar 1 "Sweeney Todd" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 557 performances
  • Mar 4 "Grand Tour" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 61 performances

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 7 5th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds & Olivia Newton-John win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Mary Tyler Moore & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Mar 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Mar 18 "On the 20th Century" closes at St James Theater NYC after 460 performances
  • Mar 23 Wings release "Goodnight Tonight"
  • Mar 24 "Ballroom" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 116 performances
  • Mar 31 24th Eurovision Song Contest: Gali Atari and Milk and Honey for Israel wins singing "Hallelujah" in Jerusalem
  • Apr 8 "Carmelina" opens at St James Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Apr 21 "Carmelina" closes at St James Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Apr 24 Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" featuring the Ramones is released
  • Apr 27 George Harrison releases "Love Comes to Everyone"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

Singer Elton John
Elton John

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 2 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • May 19 "In The Navy" by Village People hits #3
  • May 20 "I Love My Wife" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 864 performances
  • May 20 Elton John is the 1st western pop star to tour USSR
  • May 23 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy
  • May 26 Dancin' Fool by Frank Zappa hits #45
  • May 29 Radio's 1st rock network "Source" premieres
  • May 31 "I Remember Mama" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 108 performances
  • May 31 Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopens
  • Jun 1 Wings release "Old Siam, Sir"
  • Jun 3 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens on Broadway
  • Jun 7 Rock n' roll musician Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion
  • Jun 8 Wings release "Back to the Egg" album
  • Jun 13 "Madwoman of Central Park West" opens at 22 Steps NYC for 86 performances
  • Jun 17 "Sarava" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • Jun 22 Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit
  • Jun 25 "Got Tu Go Disco" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 26 Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, crashes & kills a driver
  • Jun 30 "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances

  • Jul 13 George Harrison releases "Faster"
  • Jul 27 "Broadway Opry '79" opens at St James Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • Jul 31 "But Never Jam Today" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Aug 2 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • Aug 2 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • Aug 5 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Aug 10 Wings release "Getting Closer" & "Baby's Request"

Music releaseAlbum Release

Aug 10 "Off the Wall" 5th studio album by Michael Jackson is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1980)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • Aug 12 "Whoopee!" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 204 performances
  • Aug 20 Singer Vikki Carr & Michael Nilsson wed
  • Aug 25 "Madwoman of Central Park West" closes at 22 Steps NYC after 86 performances
  • Sep 2 "I Remember Mama" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 108 performances
  • Sep 6 "Peter Pan" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 578 performances
  • Sep 9 Sid Bernstein offers $½ billion for a Beatle reunion
  • Sep 18 The Who opens NYC concerts at Madison Square Garden
  • Sep 25 "Evita" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 1568 performances
  • Sep 27 Elton John, sick with flu, collapses in the Hollywood Universal Ampitheater

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 "Different Worlds" by Maureen McGovern peaks at #18

  • Oct 7 "1940s Radio Hour" opens at St James Theater NYC for 105 performances
  • Oct 7 "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater NYC after 439 performances
  • Oct 8 J McHugh & A Malvin's musical "Sugar Babies" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 1208 performances

Music awardsMusic Awards

Oct 8 13th Country Music Association Award: Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers & Barbara Mandrell wins

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • Oct 11 "Most Happy Fella" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • Oct 17 "Beatlemania" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 920 performances
  • Oct 18 "Beatlemania" opens in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 Bob Dylan appears on "Saturday Night Live"

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 1 Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" premieres

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyricist Tim Rice
Tim Rice
  • Nov 2 Peter Shaffer's musical "Amadeus" premieres in London
  • Nov 16 Paul McCartney releases "Wonderful Christmas"
  • Nov 23 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks
  • Nov 25 "Most Happy Fella" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • Nov 28 "King of Schnorrers" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • Dec 13 "Oklahoma!" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 301 performances
  • Dec 31 Winterland Rock Concert Hall in San Francisco closes after 556 concerts

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 154

  • Jan 1 Brody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers)
  • Jan 4 Jeph Howard, American musician (The Used)
  • Jan 7 Ryan Tedder, American singer
  • Jan 9 Tomiko Van, Japanese singer
  • Jan 10 Chris H E Smith, [Daddy Mack], rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 11 Siti Nurhaliza, Malaysian singer, born in Kampung Awah, Malaysia
  • Jan 15 Young Dro, American rapper
  • Jan 15 Ken Chu, Taiwanese singer-actor and taichi champ
  • Jan 16 Aaliyah [Haughton], American singer and actress, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2001)
  • Jan 16 Rashawn Ross, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, trumpeter (Dave Mathews Band)
  • Jan 18 Jay Chou, Taiwanese singer and producer
  • Jan 19 Wiley, English Rapper (Grime)
  • Jan 20 Rob Bourdon, American musician (Linkin Park)
  • Jan 20 Will Young, British singer
  • Jan 21 Spider Loc, American rapper, member of G-Unit
  • Jan 23 Sampsa Astala, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • Feb 1 Valentin Elizalde, Mexican Singer (d.2006)
  • Feb 1 Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
  • Feb 6 Dan Bălan, Moldovan singer and former member of the band O-Zone
  • Feb 8 Josh Keaton, American actor and singer
  • Feb 10 Daryl Palumbo, American musician
  • Feb 11 Brandy [Norwood], singer (Les Miserables, Moisha)
  • Feb 16 Eric Mun, Korean rapper (Shinhwa)
  • Feb 19 Mariska, Finnish rapper
  • Feb 19 Mariana Ochoa, Mexican singer and actress
  • Feb 23 D-Roc, American rapper (Ying Yang Twins)
  • Feb 26 Corinne Bailey Rae, English singer
  • Feb 26 Shalim Ortiz, Puerto Rican singer/actor
  • Mar 4 Jon Fratelli, Scottish singer (The Fratellis)
  • Mar 8 Tom Chaplin, English singer (Keane)
  • Mar 8 Andy Ross, American guitarist (OK Go)
  • Mar 9 Chingy, American rapper
  • Mar 11 Benji Madden, American guitarist (Good Charlotte)
  • Mar 11 Joel Madden, American singer (Good Charlotte)
  • Mar 12 Pete Doherty, English musician
  • Mar 13 Spanky G, American musician (Bloodhound Gang)
  • Mar 16 Leena Peisa, Finnish musician (Lordi)
  • Mar 18 Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 20 Molly Jenson, American musician
  • Mar 22 Aaron North, American musician
  • Mar 26 Hiromi Uehara, Japanese jazz pianist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 Norah Jones, American singer and pianist, born in Brooklyn, New York

Singer & Pianist Norah Jones
Singer & Pianist
Norah Jones
  • Mar 30 Simon Webbe, English singer
  • Mar 31 Amey Date, Indian playback singer
  • Apr 2 Jesse Carmichael, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • Apr 4 Andy McKee, American musician
  • Apr 8 Alexi Laiho, Finnish guitarist and singer (Children of Bodom, Sinergy, Kylähullut)
  • Apr 9 Albert Hammond, Jr., American guitarist (The Strokes)
  • Apr 10 Shemekia Copeland, American singer
  • Apr 10 Sophie Ellis-Bextor, English singer
  • Apr 11 Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Miss World Canada 2003, Singer/Songwriter, Human Rights Activist
  • Apr 11 Chris Gaylor, American drummer
  • Apr 11 Sebastien Grainger, Canadian musician
  • Apr 18 Nuria Fergó, Spanish singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 22 Daniel Johns, Australian musician (Silverchair), born in Newcastle, New South Wales

Musician Daniel Johns
Daniel Johns
  • Apr 23 Barry Fratelli, Scottish bassist (The Fratellis)
  • Apr 23 Lauri Ylönen, Finnish singer (The Rasmus)
  • Apr 26 Janne Wirman, Finnish musician (Children of Bodom)
  • Apr 26 Ariane Moffatt, Quebec singer and songwriter
  • Apr 27 Will Boyd, American musician
  • Apr 29 Jo O'Meara, British singer (S Club)
  • Apr 29 Matt Tong, English drummer (Bloc Party)
  • May 4 Lance Bass, American singer (*NSYNC)
  • May 9 Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • May 9 Andrew W.K., American musician
  • May 10 Lee Hyori, South Korean singer
  • May 11 Erin Lang, Canadian musician
  • May 13 Michael Madden, American musician (Maroon 5)
  • May 21 Gaspard Augé, French musician
  • Jun 5 Pete Wentz, American musician (Fall Out Boy), born in Wilmette, Illinois
  • Jun 5 David Bisbal, Spanish singer
  • Jun 8 Derek Trucks, American guitarist
  • Jun 10 Lee Brice, American country singer and songwriter (Love Like Crazy, Hard to Love), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Jun 20 Charlotte Hatherley, English guitarist (Ash)
  • Jun 27 John Warne, American musician (Relient K; Ace Troubleshooter)
  • Jun 27 Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer
  • Jun 28 Ha Ji-won, South Korean actress and singer
  • Jun 29 Abs Breen, English singer
  • Jun 29 Barış Akarsu, Turkish singer and actor (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Matisyahu, Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer
  • Jul 2 Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer
  • Jul 5 Shane Filan, Irish musician (Westlife)
  • Jul 6 Nic Cester, Australian musician (Jet)
  • Jul 9 Ella Koon, Hong Kong singer and actress
  • Jul 15 Laura Benanti, American musical theatre actress
  • Jul 18 Jermaine Paul, American musician
  • Jul 24 Stat Quo, American rapper
  • Jul 28 Lee Minwoo, Korean singer (Shinhwa), born in Namwon, South Korea
  • Jul 28 Birgitta Haukdal, Icelandic singer, born in Húsavík, Iceland
  • Jul 31 Jade Kwan, Hong Kong singer, born in Hong Kong
  • Aug 8 Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • Aug 8 Sam Totman, English musician (Dragonforce)
  • Aug 19 Dave Douglas, American musician (Relient K)
  • Aug 21 Kelis Rogers-Jones, American singer (Milkshake), born in NYC, New York
  • Aug 23 Ritchie Neville, British musician
  • Aug 24 Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer, born in Zhongli, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Aug 27 Sarah Neufeld, Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • Aug 28 Shaila Durcal, Spanish singer
  • Aug 30 Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
  • Aug 31 Simon Neil, Scottish musician (Biffy Clyro)

Weddings in Music

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Singer Rod Stewart & model Alana Collins wed

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7 Country singer Rosanne Cash (23) weds singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell (28)

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

May 19 Guitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 5 Blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Jul 8 Singer Marianne Faithfull (32) weds Ben Briefly
  • Aug 18 Nick Lowe marries singer Carlene Carter

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 9 Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque

Singer and songwriter Cat Stevens
Singer and songwriter
Cat Stevens

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 4 Liza Minnelli's 3rd marriage (Mark Gero)

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Stevie Ray Vaughan (25) weds Lenora "Lenny" Bailey (div. 1988)

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 5 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Sara Carter, American vocalist, guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Donny Hathaway, American rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • Jan 13 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • Jan 16 Fred Elizalde, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 18 Cyril Mockridge, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 20 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 31 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 43

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 2 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious
  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • Feb 21 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • Mar 5 Vicente Ascone, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Guiomar Novaes, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Anton Heiller, composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 1 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • Apr 6 Milton Ager, US composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 10 Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada), dies at 67
  • Apr 28 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • May 9 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • May 11 Lester Raymond Flatt, musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64
  • May 21 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jun 8 Louis Salvador Palange, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 16 Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Angus Maclise, American mystic, shaman, musician, and composer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 28 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova, Never Trust a Woman), dies at 84
  • Jun 29 Lowell George, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • Jul 3 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, American actor and singer (Papa-Mama, Adm Broadway Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 6 Van McCoy, US musician (The Hustle), dies at 35
  • Jul 10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Kalervo Tuukkanen, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 12 Minnie Ripperton, [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • Jul 16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Jul 28 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • Aug 3 Renato Fasano, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Solon Michaelides, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer, dies at 99
  • Sep 14 Raymond Loucheur, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • Sep 17 Miloslav Kabelac, composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 26 Seymour Shifrin, composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • Oct 1 Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 4 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 10 Paul Paray, French composer, dies at 93
  • Oct 13 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, dies at 93
  • Oct 17 Karel Reiner, composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • Nov 11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Dec 2 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 30 Richard Rodgers, composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77