Deaths in Music in December 1978

  • Dec 3 William Grant Still, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • Dec 16 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27