December 1988 in Music History

Events in Music

Music History

Dec 1 Roy Orbison gives his final concert at The Front Row Theater in Cleveland, Ohio

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

Birthdays in Music

Tyler JosephTyler Joseph (34 years old)

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

  • Dec 7 Benjamin Clementine [Sainte-Clémentine], British vocalist, composer, musician, and poet (At Least For Now), born in London

Vanessa HudgensVanessa Hudgens (34 years old)

Dec 14 American singer and actress (High School Musical, The Princess Switch), born in Salinas, California

  • 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

Hayley WilliamsHayley Williams (34 years old)

Dec 27 American power pop-rock singer-songwriter (Paramore - "Still Into You"; solo - "Simmer"), 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 jazz singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra), dies at 66
  • Dec 6 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63

Roy OrbisonRoy Orbison (1936-1988)

Dec 6 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.Sylvester James Jr. (1947-1988)

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

  • Dec 22 (Thomas) "Tucker" Smith, American stage and screen dancer, singer and actor (West Side Story - "Ice"), dies of cancer at 52
  • Dec 26 Pablo Sorozábal, Spanish composer, dies at 91