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December 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

  • Dec 26 "Legs Diamond" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 64 performances

Birthdays in Music

Tyler Joseph

Dec 1 Tyler Joseph, American singer-songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), born in Columbus, Ohio

Singer-Songwriter Tyler Joseph
Singer-Songwriter
Tyler Joseph
  • Dec 7 Benjamin Clementine [Sainte-Clémentine], British vocalist, composer, musician, and poet (At Least For Now), born in London
  • Dec 14 Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress (High School Musical), born in Salinas, California
  • Dec 14 Awkwafina [Nora Lum], American rapper and actress (Ocean's 8), born in New York City
  • Dec 14 Yvonne Mwale, Zambian jazz and blues singer, born in Lusaka, Zambia
  • Dec 23 Eri Kamei, Japanese J-pop singer (Morning Musume), born in Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 27 Hayley Williams, American singer-songwriter (Paramore; Petals for Armor), born in Meridian, Mississippi,
  • Dec 30 Leon Jackson, Scottish pop-jazz singer (The X-Factor - "When You Believe"), born in Whitburn, West Lothian, Scotland

Deaths in Music

  • Dec 2 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Dec 6 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Roy Orbison, American rock singer-songwriter ("Pretty Woman"; "Only The Lonely"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • Dec 8 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), dies at 44

Sylvester James Jr.

Dec 16 Sylvester James Jr., American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV/AIDS at 41

Singer-Songwriter Sylvester James Jr.
Singer-Songwriter
Sylvester James Jr.
  • Dec 22 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies
  • Dec 26 Pablo Sorozábal, Spanish composer, dies at 91