1978 – NBC-TV airs the animated TV movie, “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park,” in which the band Kiss foils a mad scientist.
1978 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Hot Child in the City,” Nick Gilder. The song takes 20 weeks from the time it enters the Hot 100 to reach No. 1, longer than any single before it.
1978 – At New York’s Bottom Line Club, Keith Richards joins Rockpile for a jam onstage. The day before he had pleaded guilty to heroin possession in Toronto, but was given a one-year suspended sentence.
1978 – In Toronto, Keith Richards pleads guilty to heroin possession. The judge gives him a one-year suspended sentence and orders him to play a benefit for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
1978 – Sid Vicious tries to commit suicide at Rikers Island in New York. No, it wasn’t because he saw how much Never Mind the Bollocks was now selling for. Vicious was waiting to be charged with murder following the stabbing death of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
1978 – Mother Maybelle Carter, guitarist and vocalist with the Carter Family trio, dies in Nashville at age 69.
1978 – Earth, Wind & Fire begins a 75-date sold-out U.S. tour in Louisville, Ky.
1978 – The Police give their U.S. performance debut at CBGB’s in New York.
1978 – No. 1 on the singles chart is Frankie Valli with the theme song to Grease. The single goes on to sell a staggering 7 million copies.
1978 – Led Zeppelin begin rehearsing in preparation for a new album. The band would release In Through the Out Door in 1979.
1978 – Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. A 1986 movie of the relationship and murder at New York’s Chelsea hotel, “Sid and Nancy” starred Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. Vicious dies of a heroin overdose before he can be tried for the murder.
1978 – Joe Perry and Steve Tyler from Aerosmith were injured after a cherry bomb was thrown on stage during a gig in Philadelphia. The group performed behind a safety fence for the rest of the tour.