1978

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Jan

1

  • Tarik O’Regan born (London) English composer, teacher, writer, broadcaster.

2

  • Kjartan Sveinsson born (Reykjavik) Icelandic rock pianist, guitarist. Member of Sigur Rós.

5

  • Henryk Górecki’s Three Little Pieces for violin and piano premiered in Katowice
  • The Sex Pistols begin their first US tour in Atlanta

9

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Amour no.44 for clarinet premiered in Stuttgart

10

  • Don Gillis (65) dies in Columbia, SC following a heart attack
  • Lejaren Hiller’s Sonata for cello and piano premiered in Rome
  • The Sex Pistols make their US television debut on the show Variety

14

  • Robert Heger (91) dies in Munich
  • Sex Pistols play their final show in San Francisco

15

  • John Tavener’s Six Russian Folksongs for soprano, piccolo, bassoon, trumpet, domra, two violins and cello premiered in London

16

  • Kalevi Aho’s Quintet for Bassoon and String Quartet premiered in Helsinki
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Concerto for symphony orchestra and jazz band with three sopranos and tape premiered in Moscow

17

  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Symphony No.6, Sinfonia mistaica premiered in Middlesbrough

18

  • Ivan Dzerzhinsky (68) dies in St Petersburg

19

  • John Lydon leaves the Sex Pistols

21

  • The soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever is the Billboard number one album for the first of 24 weeks

23

  • Terry Kath (31) dies at his home in Los Angeles from a self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound

24

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum for 14 players premiered in London
  • Workers at EMI’s record pressing plant refuse to press copies of The Buzzcocks single What Do I Get because of the title of flip song Oh Shit
  • Alberto Ginastera’s Glosses on Themes by Pablo Casals for orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

25

  • Bob Dylan’s film Renaldo and Clara opens starring Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Sara Dylan
  • Joy Division play their first gig under their new name at Pip’s in Manchester

26

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Percussion Symphony & Six Songs for two voices for counter-tenor, tenor, oboe, bassoon, two horns, violin and cello premiered in Somerville, NJ

27

  • Marguerite Canal (87) dies in Cepet, France

releases

  • Abba – Take A Chance On Me / I’m A Marionette (Epic UK)
  • Adverts – No Time To Be 21 / New Day Dawning (Bright UK)
  • Bee Gees – Night Fever / Down the Road (RSO)
  • David Bowie – Beauty & The Beast / Sense Of Doubt (RCA UK)
  • Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights / Kite (EMI UK)
  • Cerrone – Supernature / Sweet Drums (Cotillion)
  • Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You / Good Sign (RSO)
  • Flys – Love and a Molotov Cocktail // Can I Crash Here? / Civilization (EMI UK)
  • Lene Lovich – Lucky Number / Home (Stiff UK)
  • Magazine – Shot By Both Sides / My Mind Ain’t So Open (Virgin UK)
  • Mekons – Never Been In A Riot / 32 Weeks / Heart & Soul (Fast UK)
  • 999 – Emergency / My Street Stinks (United Artists UK)
  • Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout / Hey Little Rich Boy (Polydor UK)
  • Stranglers – 5 Minutes / Rok It to the Moon (United Artists UK)
  • XTC – Statue Of Liberty / Hang On To The Night (Virgin UK)
  • Ashra – Blackouts (Virgin UK)
  • Bootsy’s Rubber Band – Bootsy? Player of the Year (Warner Bros)
  • Chrome – Alien Soundtracks (Siren)
  • Edgar Froese – Ages (Virgin UK)
  • Emmylou Harris – Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town (Warner Bros)
  • Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance (Blank)
  • Gerry Rafferty – City to City (United Artists)
  • XTC – White Music (Virgin UK)

Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance (Blank)

Feb

2

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Symphony no.1 premiered in London

4

  • Abba have the UK number one album for the first of seven weeks with The Album
  • Althia And Donna have the UK number one single for one week with Uptown Top Ranking
  • The Bee Gees have the Billboard number one single for the first of four weeks with Stayin’ Alive

6

  • Turner Layton (83) dies in London

7

  • Dimitrie Cuclin (92) dies in Bucharest of heart failure

8

  • Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby’s musical revue based around the music of Fats Waller Ain’t Misbehavin’ opens on Broadway (1604 performances)

10

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s For O, the O, the Hobby-Horse is Forgot for six percussionists premiered in Tokyo

11

  • Iannis Xenakis’s La legénde d’Eer for tape premiered in Paris at the inauguration of the Georges Pompidou centre

12

  • Vivian Fine’s opera The Women in the Garden premiered in San Francisco. The libretto is taken from writings by Emily Dickinson, Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein and Virginia Woolf

16

  • Anton Webern’s String Quartet in a minor premiered in Baton Rouge, LA

17

  • Anton Webern’s Scherzo and Trio in a minor for string quartet; Trio Movement for clarinet, trumpet and violin & String Trio Movement premiered in Baton Rouge, LA

18

  • Abba have the UK number one single for the first of three weeks with Take A Chance On Me

19

  • Cy Coleman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s musical On the Twentieth Century opens on Broadway (449 performances)

20

  • Alexander Goehr’s Romanza on the Notes of the Fourth Psalm for two violins, two violas and strings premiered in Edinburgh

22

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Introitus for piano and chamber orchestra premiered in Moscow
  • Derek Jarman’s film Jubilee opens starring Jordan, Toyah Wilcox and Adam Ant. Music by Chelsea, Brian Eno, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Wayne County among others

23

  • Peter Bellamy’s folk opera The Transports premiered in Norwich
  • The 20th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. The Eagles win record of the year for Hotel California and Fleetwood Mac album of the year for Rumours. Other winners include Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Muddy Waters, James Taylor and the Bee Gees

24

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Wind Quintet no.1 premiered in New York

27

  • Vadim Salmanov (65) dies in St Petersburg

releases

  • Blondie – Denis / Contact In Red Square (Chrysalis)
  • Jackson Browne – Running On Empty / Nothing But Time (Asylum)
  • Buzzcocks – What Do I Get? / Oh Shit (United Artists UK)
  • Clash – Clash City Rockers / Jail Guitar Doors (CBS UK)
  • Elvis Costello – Chelsea / You Belong To Me (Radar UK)
  • Devo – Satisfaction / Sloppy (Booji Boy)
  • Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing / Eastbound Train (Vertigo UK)
  • Jam – News of the World // Aunties and Uncles / Innocent Man (Polydor UK)
  • Nick Lowe – I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass / They Called It Rock (Radar UK)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love? / Crisis (Island UK)
  • Queen – Spread Your Wings / Sheer Heart Attack (EMI UK)
  • Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street / Big Change in the Weather (United Artists)
  • Ramones – Do You Wanna Dance? / Baby Sitter (Sire)
  • Tom Robinson Band – Rising Free EP (EMI UK)
  • Saints – Know Your Product / Rundown (Harvest UK)
  • Squeeze – Take Me I’m Yours / Night Nurse (A&M UK)
  • Theoretical Girls – US Millie / Theoretical Girls (Theroretical)
  • Ultravox – Retro EP (Island UK)
  • Vibrators – Automatic Lover / Destroy (Epic UK)
  • Wire – I Am The Fly / Ex-Lion Tamer (Harvest UK)
  • Crossing the Red Sea With The Adverts (Bright UK)
  • Be Bop Deluxe – Drastic Plastic (Harvest UK)
  • Kate Bush – The Kick Inside (EMI UK)
  • The Electric Chairs (Safari UK)
  • Lou Reed – Street Hassle (Arista)
  • Michael Rother – Sterntaler (Sky Germany)
  • Sham 69 – Tell Us the Truth (Polydor)
  • Van Halen (Warner Bros)

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Mar

4

  • Joe Marsala (71) dies in Santa Barbara, CA of cancer

9

  • Pylon play their first show in Athens, GA

10

  • Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Munich

11

  • Kate Bush has the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with Wuthering Heights

15

  • Cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife, soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, have their Soviet citizenship revoked

16

  • Charles Ives’s Orchestral Set no.3 part 1 premiered in Fullerton, CA

17

  • Malvina Reynolds (77) dies in Berkeley, CA
  • Floyd Mutrux’s musical biopic of Alan Freed American Hot Wax opens starring Tim McIntire and with appearances by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  • Gunther Schuller’s Deaï for three orchestras and eight voices premiered in Tokyo

18

  • Esther Scliar (51) commits suicide in Rio de Janeiro
  • The Bee Gees have the Billboard number one single for the first of eight weeks with Night Fever

21

  • Louis Cottrell Jr. (67) dies suddenly in New Orleans after a short illness

22

  • Dominick Argento’s opera Miss Havisham’s Fire, lib. John Olon-Scrymgeour, premiered in New York
  • The Police sign to A & M

25

  • Bill Kenny (63) dies in New Westminster, British Columbia of a respiratory illness

27

  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s symphonic poem A la busca del más allá premiered in Houston

30

  • Larry Young (37) dies in New York of pneumonia
  • Paul Simonon and Nicky Headon are arrested in Camden, London after shooting at pigeons with air guns from the roof of Chalk Farm Studios. They are are fined £800

releases

  • Carl Bean – I Was Born This Way / instrumental (Motown)
  • Chic – Everybody Dance / Est-ce Que C’Est Chic (Atlantic)
  • Genesis – Follow You, Follow Me / Ballad of Big (Charisma UK)
  • Graham Parker & the Rumour – (Hey Lord) Don’t Ask Me Questions / Watch the Moon Come Down (Vertigo UK)
  • Skids – Charles / Reasons / Test Tube Babies (No Bad UK)
  • Patti Smith – Because The Night / God Speed (Arista)
  • Stiff Little Fingers – Suspect Device / Wasted Life (Rigid Digits UK)
  • Steel Pulse – Ku Klux Klan / dub (Island UK)
  • Steely Dan – Deacon Blues / Home At Last (ABC)
  • Subway Sect – Nobody’s Scared / Don’t Split It (Braik UK)
  • Weirdos – We Got the Neutron Bomb / Solitary Confinement (Dangerhouse)
  • Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London / Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner (Asylum)
  • Albion Band – Rise Up Like the Sun (Harvest UK)
  • Boys – Alternative Chartbusters (NEMS UK)
  • Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen (United Artists UK)
  • Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model (Radar UK) r
  • Generation X (Chrysalis UK) r
  • Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus (Warner Bros) recorded live during Aug 1977 in London & Washington, DC
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Kaya (Island UK)
  • The Rutles (Warner Bros UK) Soundtrack to the TV film All You Need Is Cash
  • Patti Smith – Easter (Arista)
  • Squeeze (A&M UK)
  • Tangerine Dream – Cyclone (Virgin UK)
  • Wings – London Town (Parlophone UK)

Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen (United Artists)

Apr

2

  • Iannis Xenakis’s Ikhoor for string trio premiered in Paris

3

  • Ray Noble (74) dies in London of cancer
  • John Williams’s music for George Lucas’s film Star Wars wins the best original score Oscar at the 50th Academy Awards

10

  • John Cage’s A Dip in the Lake premiered in New York
  • Isang Yun’s Octet for clarinet, bassoon, horn and string quintet premiered in Paris

12

  • Guy Berryman born (Kirkcaldy) Scottish rock bass guitarist, multi-instrumentalist. Member of Coldplay.
  • György Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre premiered in Stockholm, lib. M. Meschke and Ligeti
  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Les espaces du sommeil for baritone and orchestra premiered in Berlin

17

  • Kalevi Aho’s Sonata for Violin premiered in Helsinki

18

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Six Pieces for violin and piano premiered in New York

21

  • Sandy Denny (31) dies in Wimbledon, London from injuries sustained during a fall down a flight of stairs

22

  • John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd make their first appearance as The Blues Brothers on a Saturday Night Live television sketch
  • The One Love Peace Concert takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, featuring Bob Marley and the Wailers

24

  • John Cage’s Freeman Etudes for violin (Books I and II) premiered in New York

25

  • Luke Bedford born (Wokingham, Berks) English composer.

27

  • Peter Sculthorpe’s Landscape II for string trio and amplified piano premiered in Sydney

28

  • John Tavener’s Lamentation, Last Prayer and Exaltation for soprano and handbells premiered in Rye, Sussex

29

  • Giacomo Vaghi (76) dies in Rome
  • The Bee Gees have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Night Fever
  • Peter Sculthorpe’s musical theatre piece for soprano, flute and piano Eliza Fraser Sings, lib. Blackman, premiered in Toronto

releases

  • Blondie – Presence Dear // Poet’s Problem / Detroit 442 (Chrysalis)
  • Buzzcocks – I Don’t Mind / Autonomy (United Artists UK)
  • Elvis Costello – Pump It Up / Big Tears (Radar UK)
  • Cramps – The Way I Walk / Surfin’ Bird (Vengeance)
  • Devo – (I Can’t Get Me No) Satisfaction / Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Getting) (Booji Boy)
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – What a Waste! / Wake Up and Make Love With Me (Stiff UK)
  • Magazine – Touch & Go / Goldfinger (Virgin UK)
  • O’Jays – Used Ta Be My Girl / This Time Baby (Philadelphia International)
  • Only Ones – Another Girl Another Planet / Special View (CBS UK)
  • Police – Roxanne / Peanuts (A&M UK)
  • Rudi – Big Time / Number 1 (Good Vibrations UK)
  • Stranglers – Nice’n’Sleazy / Shut Up (United Artists UK)
  • Television – Foxhole / Careful (Elektra UK)
  • Van Halen – Runnin’ With The Devil / Eruption (Warner Bros)
  • X – Adult Books / We’re Desperate (Dangerhouse)
  • X-Ray Spex – The Day the World Turned Dayglo / I Am a Poseur (EMI International UK)
  • XTC – This Is Pop? / Heatwave (Virgin UK)
  • Band – The Last Waltz (Warner Bros) recorded live on 25 Nov 1976 in San Francisco with Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Dr John, Paul Butterfielf, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Mavis Staples
  • Bryan Ferry – The Bride Stripped Bare (Polydor UK)
  • Genesis – …And Then There Were Three… (Charisma UK)
  • Japan – Adolescent Sex (Hansa UK)
  • Jethro Tull – Heavy Horses (Chrysalis)
  • The Only Ones (Columbia)
  • Prince – For You (Warner Bros)
  • Television – Adventure (Elektra)
  • Vibrators – V2 (Epic UK)
  • Grease OST (RSO) Featuring John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, Frankie Valli, Sha Na Na and Frankie Avalon

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May

1

  • Aram Khachaturian (74) dies in Moscow

3

  • Elliott Carter’s Birthday Fanfare for Sir William Glock’s 70th for 3 trumpets, vibraphone and glockenspiel premiered in New York

5

  • Ján Móry (85) dies in Bratislava

6

  • The soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever is the UK number one album for the first of eighteen weeks

9

  • George Maciunas (46) dies in Boston of pancreatic cancer
  • Luc Ferrari’s With the research of the lost rhythm premiered in Béziers, France

10

  • Boris Khaykin (73) dies in Moscow
  • John McGuire’s Pulse Music II premiered in Bremen

13

  • Frederick Delius’s Petite suite d’orchestre premiered in Stratford-on-Avon
  • Yvonne Elliman has the Billboard number one single for one week with If I Can’t Have You

14

  • Alexander Kipnis (87) dies in Westport, CT

16

  • William Steinberg (78) dies in New York

17

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Duo Sonata for two bassoons premiered in Moscow

18

  • Steve Rash’s film biopic The Buddy Holly Story opens starring Gary Busey

19

  • Teddy Hill (68) dies in Cleveland, OH of colon cancer
  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Chorale from a Toy Shop for brass quintet premiered in London
  • Morton Feldman’s Flute and Orchestra premiered in Saarbrücken
  • Robert Klane’s musical film Thank God It’s Friday opens starring Jeff Goldblum and Debra Winger. Music by Giorgio Moroder

20

  • Mauricio Kagel’s Tango Alemán for solo voice, violin, accordion and piano premiered in Cologne
  • György Ligeti’s Hungarian Rock for harpsichord premiered in Cologne
  • Wings have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with With a Little Luck

23

  • Otto Luening’s Music for Orchestra premiered in New York
  • Giacomo Manzoni’s Lexicon premiered in Piacenza

24

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s children’s opera The Trial of the Gypsy premiered in New York, lib. Menotti

25

  • Keith Moon plays his final show with the Who

26

  • U2 make their Irish TV debut on a show called Youngline

31

  • Hugh Wood’s String Quartet No.3 premiered in Bath

releases

  • AC/DC – Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation / Sin City (Atlantic)
  • Alternative TV – Life After Life / Life After Dub (Deptford Fun City UK)
  • Jackson Browne – Stay / The Load Out (Asylum)
  • Kate Bush – The Man With The Child In His Eyes / Moving (EMI UK)
  • Cars – Just What I Needed / I’m in Touch With Your World (Elektra)
  • Electric Eels – Cyclotron / Agitated (Rough Trade) recorded 5/75
  • Kraftwerk – The Robots / Spacelab (Capitol UK)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Satisfy My Soul / Smile Jamaica (Island UK)
  • Members – Solitary Confinement / Rat Up A Drainpipe (Stiff UK)
  • Penetration – Firing Squad / Never (Virgin UK)
  • Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi / Pogo Pogo (Sire UK)
  • Renaissance  – Northern Lights / Opening Out (Warner Bros UK)
  • Tom Robinson Band – Up Against The Wall / I’m Alright Jack (EMI UK)
  • Rolling Stones – Miss You / Faraway Eyes (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Talking Heads – Pulled Up / Don’t Worry About the Government (Sire)
  • Throbbing Gristle – United / Zyklon B Zombie (Industrial UK)
  • Vibrators – Judy Says (Knock You in the Head) / Pure Mania (Epic UK)
  • AC/DC – Powerage (Atlantic UK)
  • Alternative TV – The Image Has Cracked (Deptford Fun City UK)
  • Art Bears – Hopes and Fears (Recommended UK) 
  • Cheap Trick – Heaven Tonight (Epic)
  • Commodores – Natural High (Motown)
  • Dire Straits (Vertigo UK)
  • David Gilmour (Harvest UK)
  • Kraftwerk – Die Mensch-Maschine (Kling-Klang Germany)
  • Tom Robinson Band – Power in the Darkness (EMI UK)
  • Saints – Eternally Yours (Harvest UK)
  • Bob Seger – Stranger in Town (Capitol)
  • Stranglers – Black and White (United Artists UK)

AC/DC – Powerage (Atlantic)

Jun

3

  • Toru Takemitsu’s Waterways for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, two harps and two vibraphones premiered in Tokyo

6

  • Carl Barat born (Basingstoke) English rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things.

7

  • Alfred Schnittke’s ballet Labyrinths premiered in St Petersburg

9

  • Matthew Bellamy born (Cambridge) English rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Muse. Son of George Bellamy (b.1941).
  • Alan Hovhaness’s Symphony no.35 for Korean instruments and orchestra premiered in Seoul

16

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s children’s opera The Two Fiddlers, lib. Maxwell Davies after Mackay Brown, premiered in Kirkwall
  • Randal Kleiser’s film musical Grease opens starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Music by Michael Gibson, Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Erscheinung. Skizze über Schubert for nine strings and piano premiered in Baden-Baden

17

  • Luciano Berio’s Encore for orchestra premiered in Rotterdam
  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have the UK number one single for the first of nine weeks with You’re the One That I Want

18

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s masque Le jongleur de Notre Dame, lib. Maxwell Davies, premiered in Kirkwall

21

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Evita opens in London (3,176 performances)

24

  • Adrian Boult makes his final performance conducting Elgar’s The Sanguin Fan in London

27

  • Alberta Hunter plays Carnegie Hall, New York for the first time aged 83

28

  • Paul Dessau (84) dies in Königs Wusterhausen, Brandenburg, Germany

29

  • Peter Frampton is badly hurt in a car crash in the Bahamas

30

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Diabelskie Skrzypce for string instrument and harpsichord premiered in Middleburg, Netherlands

releases

  • Alternative TV – Action Time Vision / Another Coke (Deptford Fun City UK)
  • Clash – White Man In Hammersmith Palais / The Prisoner (CBS UK)
  • Dickies – Paranoid / I’m OK You’re OK (A&M)
  • Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky / One Summer Dream (Jet UK)
  • Essential Logic – Aerosol Burns / World Friction (Cells UK)
  • Human League – Being Boiled / Circus Of Death (Fast UK)
  • Joy Division – An Ideal For Living 7″ EP (Enigma UK) 12″ reissue released on Anonymous 10/78.
  • Misfits – Bullet EP (Plan 9)
  • Nipple Erectors – King of the Bop / Nervous Wreck (Soho UK)
  • O Level – East Sheen / Pseudo Punk (Psycho UK)
  • Steel Pulse – Prodigal Son / dub (Island UK)
  • Wire – Dot Dash / Options R (Harvest UK)
  • Boomtown Rats – A Tonic for the Troops (Ensign UK)
  • The Cars (Elektra)
  • Shirley & Dolly Collins – For as Many as Will (Topic UK)
  • Bob Dylan – Street-Legal (Columbia)
  • Peter Gabriel [2] (Charisma UK)
  • Magazine – Real Life (Virgin UK)
  • Rolling Stones – Some Girls (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Sperical Objects – Past and Parcel (Object UK)
  • Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town (Columbia)
  • Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous (Vertigo UK) Overdubbed and partially rerecorded versions of live tracks taped during 1977 in London and Toronto
  • Jeff Wayne – The War of the Worlds (Columbia)

Clash – White Man In Hammersmith Palais (CBS 45)

Jul

1

  • Lejaren Hiller’s Piano Sonata no.6 premiered in Middleburg, Netherlands

8

  • Gerry Rafferty has the Billboard number one album for one week with City to City

9

  • Aribert Reimann’s opera Lear premiered in Munich

12

  • Bradley Eustace born (Cairns, Queensland) Australian composer, arranger, pianist, publisher, teacher.

17

  • Simple Minds play their first show at The Satellite Club, Glasgow

19

  • Dead Kennedys play their first show at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco

20

  • Teddy Bunn (69) dies in Lancaster, CA following a heart attack

21

  • Michael Schultz’s film musical Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band opens starring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. Music by the Beatles

25

  • Masao Koga (73) dies in Tokyo
  • Henry Cow play their final concert in Milan

26

  • André Boucourechliev’s opera Le nom d’Œdipe premiered in Avignon

27

  • Willem van Otterloo (70) dies from injuries sustained in a car crash in Melbourne

29

  • Glen Goins (24) dies of hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • The soundtrack to the film Grease is the Billboard number one album for the first of twelve weeks over three runs

31

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Musik für 3 Streicher for violin, viola and cello premiered in Darmstadt

releases

  • Buzzcocks – Love You More / Noise Annoys (United Artists UK)
  • Sham 69 – If The Kids Are United / Sunday Morning Nightmare (Polydor UK)
  • Steely Dan – F.M. (No Static at All) / F.M. (reprise) (MCA)
  • Stranglers – Walk On By // Old Codger / Tank (United Artists UK)
  • Television – Glory / Ain’t That Nothin’ (Elektra)
  • Television Personalities – 14th Floor / Oxford Street (Teen UK)
  • Walker Brothers – The Electrician / Den Haague (GTO UK)
  • X-Ray Spex – Identity / Let’s Submerge (EMI UK)
  • Big Star – 3rd (PVC) recorded 1974
  • Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution (Island UK)
  • Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire)
  • Van Der Graaf – Vital (Charisma UK) recorded live at the Marquee, London on 16 Jan 1978
  • Walker Brothers – Nite Flights (GTO UK)

Steel Pulse

Aug

1

  • Rudolf Kolisch (82) dies in Waterville, MA

2

  • Carlos Chávez (79) dies in Coyoacán, Mexico
  • Hans Werner Henze’s Il vitalino raddopiato for violin and chamber orchestra premiered in Salzburg
  • Iannis Xenakis’s Mycenae alpha for tape premiered in Mycenae

4

  • Frank Fontaine (58) dies in Spokane, WA following a heart attack

5

  • The Rolling Stones have the Billboard number one single for one week with Miss You

6

  • Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan Overture premiered in London

8

  • Henry Cow split up

10

  • Charles Wuorinen’s Ancestors for chamber orchestra premiered in Portland, OR

12

  • The Commodores have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Three Times a Lady

14

  • Victor Silvester (78) dies while on holiday in the south of France
  • Joe Venuti (74) dies in Seattle of lung cancer

15

  • George Benjamin’s Piano Sonata premiered in Paris

19

  • The Commodores have the UK number one single for the first of five weeks with Three Times A Lady

23

  • Julian Casablancas born (New York, NY) American rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Strokes.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Four Lessons for two keyboards premiered in Dartington, Devon

24

  • Louis Prima (67) dies in New Orleans after spending three years in a coma following a cerebral haemorrhage
  • Stacy Sutherland (32) accidentally shot dead in Houston, TX by his wife during a domestic dispute

26

  • Big in Japan play their final gig at Eric’s in Liverpool. Members during band’s 18 month existence included Bill Drummond, Jayne Casey, Ian Broudie, Clive Langer, Holly Johnson, Budgie & David Balfe

releases

  • Blondie – Picture This / Fade Away & Radiate (Chrysalis)
  • Devo – Come Back Jonee / Praying Hands (Virgin UK)
  • Fall – Bingo Master’s Breakout // Psycho-Mafia / Repetition (Step Forward UK)
  • Jacksons – Blame It on the Boogie / Do What You Wanna (Epic)
  • Jam – David Watts / A Bomb In Wardour Street (Polydor UK)
  • Jilted John – Jilted John / Going Steady (Rabid UK)
  • Police – Can’t Stand Losing You / Dead End Job (A&M UK)
  • Bob Seger – Hollywood Nights / Brave Strangers (Capitol)
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden / Voices (Polydor UK)
  • Talking Heads – Take Me to The River / Thank You For Sending Me An Angel (Sire)
  • Ultravox – Slow Motion / Dislocation (Island UK)
  • C’est Chic (Atlantic)
  • Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (Warner Bros)
  • Who – Who Are You? (Polydor)

Siouxsie Sioux b.1957

Sep

6

  • Tom Wilson (47) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Runes from a Holy Island premiered in Edinburgh

7

  • Keith Moon (31) dies in London from an overdose of prescription sedatives
  • Colin Matthews’s Un Colloque Sentimental premiered in Sydney

8

  • Pancho Vladigerov (79) dies in Sofia

9

  • Jacobo Ficher (82) dies in Buenos Aires
  • Andrzej Panufnik’s Symphony No.7, Metasinfonia premiered in Manchester

14

  • Samuel Barber’s Third Essay for Orchestra premiered in New York
  • Mauricio Kagel’s Ex-Positionen premiered in Høvikodden, Norway

15

  • The Grateful Dead play the first of two shows in Giza, Egypt

16

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Te salutant for large pops orchestra premiered in Moscow

18

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s unfinished opera Igroki [The Gamblers], lib. Shostakovich, premiered in St Petersburg, (concert performance)

19

  • Erik Bergman’s Dualis Op. 86 premiered in Helsinki

21

  • John Cage’s Chorals for violin premiered in Paris

24

  • Ruth Etting (81) dies in Colorado Springs, CO

27

  • Pierre Henry’s Instantané-Simultané for tape premiered in Paris

28

  • Gunther Schuller’s Sonata Serenata for piano quartet premiered in New York

29

  • Usko Meriläinen’s Dialogues for Piano and Orchestra premiered in Tampere, Finland

30

  • John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have the UK number one single for the first of seven weeks with Summer Nights

releases

  • Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love With Someone / Just Lust (United Artists UK)
  • Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove parts 1 and 2 (Warner Bros)
  • Negative Trend EP (Heavy Manners)
  • O’Jays – Brandy / Take Me To The Stars (Philadelphia International)
  • Skids – Sweet Suburbia / Open Sound (Virgin UK)
  • Undertones – Teenage Kicks EP (Good Vibrations UK)
  • Blondie – Parallel Lines (Chrysalis)
  • David Bowie – Stage (RCA) recorded live between 28 Apr and 6 Jun 1978 in Philadelphia, Providence & Boston
  • Buzzcocks – Love Bites (United Artists UK)
  • Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove (Warner Bros)
  • Peter Hammill – The Future Now (Charisma UK)
  • Van Morrison – Wavelength (Mercury)
  • Hugh Mundell – Africa Must Be Free by 1983 (Message Jamaica)
  • Ramones – Road to Ruin (Sire)
  • Klaus Schulze – X (Brain Germany)
  • Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Secrets (Arista)
  • Ultravox – Systems of Romance (Island UK)

Ultravox – Systems of Romance (Island)

Oct

2

  • Ayumi Hamasaki born (Fukuoka, Japan) Japanese pop singer, songwriter, actress.
  • Albert Brunies (78) dies in Biloxi, LA

5

  • John Cage’s Letter to Erik Satie 2 premiered in New York

7

  • The soundtrack to the film Grease is the UK number one album for the first of thirteen weeks

8

  • Tibor Serly (76) dies during a visit to London after being hit by a car

9

  • Jacques Brel (49) dies in Bobigny, France of lung cancer

11

  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Quartet for four flutes premiered in Moscow

12

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark play their first show at Eric’s, Liverpool
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Klavierstück nr.6 premiered in Graz
  • Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of Sid Vicious, is found stabbed to death in the couple’s hotel room in New York. Vicious is charged with murder

14

  • Usher (Terry Raymond IV) born (Dallas, TX) American R&B and pop singer, songwriter, actor.

16

  • Hans-Jürgen von Bose’s …other echoes inhabit the garden for oboe and orchestra premiered in Donaueschingen

17

  • Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concerto pastoral for flute and orchestra premiered in London

21

  • The Clash sack manager Bernie Rhodes
  • Morton Feldman’s Why Patterns? for flute, piano and percussion premiered in Berlin
  • Jean-Claude Risset’s Mirages for 16 musicians and tape premiered in Donaueschingen

22

  • Dorothy Shay (57) dies in Santa Monica, CA following a heart attack

23

  • Maybelle Carter (69) dies in Nashville of respiratory failure

24

  • Sidney Lumet’s musical adaptation of the Wizard of Oz The Wiz opens starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. Music by Charlie Smalls, Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Anthony Jackson, Luther Vandross and Quincy Jones
  • Keith Richards is sentenced to one year (suspended) for heroin possession in a Toronto court

27

  • Vanessa-Mae (Vanakorn Nicholson) born (Singapore) Anglo-Chineses-Singaporean classical violinist.

30

  • Arthur Butterworth’s Violin Concerto premiered in Kendal, Cumbria

releases

  • AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie / Dog Eat Dog (Albert Australia)
  • Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown EP (SST)
  • Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap / So Strange (Ensign UK)
  • Kate Bush – Hammer Horror / Coffee Homeground (EMI UK)
  • Cars – My Best Friend’s Girl / Don’t Cha Stop (Elektra)
  • Chic – Le Freak / Savoir Faire (Atlantic)
  • Elvis Costello – Radio Radio / Tiny Steps (Radar UK)
  • Flying Lizards – Summertime Blues / All Guitars (Virgin UK)
  • Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods // Love Like Anthrax / Armalite Rifle (Fast UK)
  • Go Betweens – Lee Remick / Karen (Abel Australia)
  • Jam – Down In A Tube Station At Midnight / So Sad About Us / The Night (Polydor UK)
  • Penetration – Life’s A Gamble / Moving Targets (Virgin UK)
  • Police – So Lonely / No Time This Time (A&M UK)
  • PIL – Public Image / Cowboy Song (Virgin UK)
  • Queen – Bicycle Race / Fat Bottomed Girls (EMI UK)
  • Bob Seger – We’ve Got Tonite / Ain’t Got No Money (Capitol)
  • Sniff ‘n’ the Tears – Driver’s Seat / Slide Away (Chiswick UK)
  • Spherical Objects – The Kill / The Knot (Object UK)
  • Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster / 78rpm (Rough Trade UK)
  • Ultravox – Quiet Men / Cross Fade (Island UK)
  • Van Halen – Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love / Feel Your Love Tonight (Warner Bros)
  • Village People – YMCA / The Women (Casablanca)
  • X-Ray Spex – Germ-Free Adolescents / Age (EMI UK)
  • Various – A Factory Sample EP (Factory UK) 2×7” with a side each by Joy Division, Durutti Column, John Dowie and Cabaret Voltaire
  • AC/DC – If You Want Blood, You’ve Got It (Atlantic UK) recorded live at the Glasgow Apollo on 30 Apr 1978
  • John Cooper Clark – Disguise In Love (CBS UK)
  • Dr Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Greensleeves UK)
  • Brain Eno – Music for Films (Polydor UK)
  • Flys – Waikiki Beach Refugees (EMI UK)
  • Japan – Obscure Alternatives (Hansa UK)
  • Billy Joel – 52nd Street (Columbia)
  • Popol Vuh – Brüder des Schattens – Söhne des Lichts (Brain Germany)
  • Residents – Not Available (Ralph)
  • Rush – Hemispheres (Anthem Canada)
  • Saints – Prehistoric Sounds (Harvest UK)
  • Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto (Denon Japan)
  • Richard & Linda Thompson – First Light (Chrysalis UK)
  • Johnny Thunders – So Alone (Sire)
  • Wire – Chairs Missing (Harvest UK)
  • Neil Young – Comes a Time (Reprise)

Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto (Denon)

Nov

2

  • Jacob Druckman’s Concerto for viola and orchestra premiered in New York

6

  • Ernst Krenek’s They Knew What They Wanted for speaker, oboe, piano, percussion and tape premiered in New York

7

  • Henri Dutilleux’s Timbres, espace, mouvement premiered in Washington, DC

9

  • Isang Yun’s Muak, a dance fantasy for orchestra premiered in Mönchengladbach

10

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ ballet Salome premiered in Copenhagen

17

  • Jack Beeson’s opera Doctor Heidegger’s Fountain of Youth premiered in New York. Lib. Sheldon Harnick after Nathaniel Hawthorne

18

  • Andris Nelsons born (Riga) Latvian conductor.
  • Lennie Tristano (59) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • The Boomtown Rats have the UK number one single for the first of two weeks with Rat Trap
  • Billy Joel has the Billboard number one album for the first of eight weeks over two runs with 52nd Street

22

  • Karen O aka Karen Lee Orzolek born (Seoul) Korean-polish-American rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Angels and Visitations premiered in Helsinki

24

  • Paul Dessau’s opera Leonce und Lena, lib. Thomas Körner, premiered in Berlin

27

  • Mike Skinner born (Birmingham) English rapper, producer. Worked as the Streets.

29

  • Alan Richardson (74) dies in London
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s sacred opera Paradise Lost, lib. Fry after Milton, premiered in Chicago

30

  • Aulis Sallinen’s opera The Red Line premiered in Helsinki

releases

  • Alternative TV – Life / Love Lies Limp (Deptford Fun City UK)
  • B-52s – Rock Lobster / 52 Girls (Boo-Fant)
  • Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone / Will Anything Happen? (Chrysalis)
  • Buzzcocks – Promises / Lipstick (United Artists UK)
  • Cabaret Voltaire – Extended Play EP (Rough Trade UK)
  • Clash – Tommy Gun / 1-2 Crush On You (CBS UK)
  • Cramps – Human Fly / Domino (Vengeance)
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick / There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards (Stiff UK)
  • Fall – It’s The New Thing / Various Times (Step Forward UK)
  • Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him? / Instant Mash (A&M UK)
  • Thomas Leer – Private Plane / International (Oblique UK)
  • Magazine – Give Me Everything / I Love You You Big Dummy (Virgin UK)
  • 999 – Homicide / Soldier (United Artists UK)
  • Normal – TVOD / Warm Leatherette (Mute UK)
  • Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore / That’s What’s Wrong With Me (Whitfield)
  • Scritti Politti – Skanc Bloc Bologna / Is And Ought Of The Western World (St Pancras UK)
  • Kate Bush – Lionheart (EMI UK)
  • Clash – Give ‘Em Enough Rope (CBS UK)
  • Crass – The Feeding Of The 5000 (Small Wonder UK)
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Communication (Greensleeves UK)
  • Jam – All Mod Cons (Polydor UK)
  • Midnight Oil (Powderworks Australia)
  • Parliament – Motor Booty Affair (Casablanca)
  • Pere Ubu – Dub Housing (Chrysalis)
  • Police – Outlandos d’Amour (A&M)
  • Queen – Jazz (EMI)
  • Residents – Duck Stab / Buster & Glen (Ralph)
  • Siouxsie & the Banshees – The Scream (Polydor UK)
  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor (Rolling Stones UK)
  • Tubeway Army (Beggars Banquet UK)
  • Tom Waits – Blue Valentine (Elektra)
  • X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents (EMI)
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra (A&M Japan)
  • Various – No New York (Antilles) Compilation of New York avant-garde bands produced by Brian Eno: The Contortions, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, DNA and Mars

Crass – The Feeding Of The 5000 (Small Wonder)

Dec

2

  • Nelly Furtado born (Victoria, BC) Canadian pop singer, songwriter, actress.

3

  • William Grant Still (83) dies in Los Angeles of heart failure
  • Lukas Foss’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for soprano, flute, piano, percussion and tape premiered in Buffalo
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Odotus premiered in Lahti, Finland

4

  • Thea Musgrave’s O caro m’é il sonno for chorus premiered in Memphis, TN
  • Anthony Payne’s String Quartet premiered in London
  • Nino Rota’s ballet Dichterliebe–Amore di Poeta premiered in Brussels

9

  • Chic have the Billboard number one single for the first of three weeks over two runs with Le Freak

10

  • Elliott Carter’s Syringa for mezzosoprano, bass and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Sofia Gubaidulina’s Bacchanal for soprano, saxophone quartet, bayan and percussion premiered in Moscow

11

  • Gavin Bryars’s My First Homage premiered in New York
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Two-part Symphony for orchestra premiered in New York

12

  • Don Ellis (44) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack
  • John Casken’s Amarantos premiered in London

15

  • The Fall record the album Live at the Witch Trials in Camden, London, in one day
  • Oliver Knussen’s Processionals for chamber ensemble premiered in Bristol

16

  • Blanche Calloway (74) dies in Baltimore, MD of breast cancer

17

  • Erskine Tate (83) dies in Chicago

18

  • Michael Finnissy’s English Country Tunes for piano premiered in London
  • Charles Wuorinen’s Archangel for bass trombone and string quartet premiered in New York

20

  • Dmitry Pokrass (79) dies in Moscow

21

  • György Ligeti’s Scenes and Entr’actes from Le Grand Macabre for 4 voices, chorus and orchestra premiered in Berlin

25

  • Public Image Ltd play their first show at the Rainbow, London

27

  • Chris Bell (27) dies in in Memphis a car crash

releases

  • Cure – Killing An Arab / 10:15 Saturday Night (Small Wonder UK)
  • Electric Eels – Agitated / Cyclotron (Rough Trade UK)
  • Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive / Substitute (Polydor)
  • Kleenex – Ain’t You / Hedi’s Head (Rough Trade UK)
  • Mekons – Where Were You? / I’ll Have To Dance Then (Fast UK)
  • Sister Sledge – He’s the Greatest Dancer / Somebody Loves Me (Cotillion)
  • Spizz Oil – Cold City EP (Rough Trade / Spizz UK)
  • Subway Sect – Ambition / Different Story (Rough Trade UK)
  • Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) / Was It Something I Said (Fantasy)
  • Television Personalities – Where’s Bill Grundy Now EP (Kings Road UK)
  • Alice Cooper – From the Inside (Warner Bros)
  • Eno Moebius Roedelius – After the Heat (Sky Germany)
  • Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear (Tamla)
  • Jacksons – Destiny (Epic)
  • Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe (Dreyfus France)
  • Thomas Leer & Robert Rental – The Bridge (Industrial UK)
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Babylon by Bus (Island UK) recorded live in Paris between 25 & 27 Jun 1978 except for two tracks from 1975 & 1976 London shows
  • Public Image Ltd – First Issue (Virgin UK)
  • Throbbing Gristle – DOA (Industrial UK)

Kleenex aka Liliput

Date unknown

  • Rachel Unthank born (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) English folk singer, cellist, broadcaster. Sister of Becky Unthank (b.1985).

releases

  • Chris Bell – I Am the Cosmos / You and Your Sister (Car)
  • Kraftwerk – Das Model / Neonlicht (Kling Klang Germany)
  • Kraftwerk – Die Roboter / Spacelab (Kling Klang Germany)
  • Robbie Basho – Visions of the Country (Windham Hill)
  • Harold Budd – The Pavilion of Dreams (Obscure UK)
  • Michel Chion – Requiem (Ina-GRM France)
  • Ornette Coleman – Body Meta (Artist’s House)
  • Culture – Harder Than The Rest (Front Line UK)
  • Joe Gibbs & the Professionals – African Dub All-Mighty Chapter 3 (Joe Gibbs Jamaica)
  • Nina Hagen Band (CBS Germany)
  • Pierre Henry – Dieu (Philips France)
  • Ijahman Levi – Haile I Hymn (Island UK)
  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Ruler (Front Line UK)
  • La Düsseldorf – Viva (Strand Germany)
  • Pat Metheny Group (ECM Germany)
  • Plastic People of the Universe – Egon Bondy’s Happy Hearts Club Banned (Scopa France)
  • Steve Reich – Music For Eighteen Musicians (ECM Germany)
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen – Harlekin (Deutsche Grammophon Germany)
  • Cecil Taylor Unit (New World)
  • Townes Van Zandt – Flyin’ Shoes (Tomato)

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