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Len Spencer records The Fairy Boat, Vilkins And His Dinah, A Trip To The Circus and and other pieces for Victor Records at Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Anita Rio records The Slumber Boat and Four-Leaf Clover for Victor Records in New York City, USA.
Vocal duo Billy Burton and Herbert Stuart record Soldier Boy for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Collins And Harlan, a comedy duo specialising in 'coon songs', record On The Good Ship Whip-Poor-Will for Columbia Records in New York City, USA.
Ben Selvin And His Orchestra record Suite 16 and In A Little Love Boat, in new York City, USA. The tracks will be released under various names including The Palm Beach Players and The Maryland Dance Orchestra on various labels including Vocalion, Duophone and Beltona.
The musical Show Boat by Jerome Kern plays at The Ziegfeld Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 572 performances.
Blues vocalist and guitarist Kokomo Arnold records Mean Old Twister, Red Beans And Rice, Set Down Gal and Big Ship Blues for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra record Me Myself And I, A Sailboat In The Moonlight, Born To Love and Without Your Love for Vocalion Records in New York City, USA.
Dave Fisher is born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He will become a founding member and lead singer of 1960s folk group The Highwaymen, whose recording of the Civil War anti-slavery song Michael [Row the Boat Ashore] will become an unexpected international pop hit in 1962.
The USS Reuben James, a four-funnel Clemson-class destroyer, is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-552, commanded by Kapitanleutnant Erich Topp, near Iceland, Europe. Of the 159-man crew, only 44 survive. Reuben James thus becomes the first United States Navy ship sunk by hostile action in World War II. Woody Guthrie will write his song The Sinking Of The Reuben James in memory of this incident. The song will also be recorded by The Kingston Trio.
The Empire Windrush arrives at Tilbury docks, London, England, UK, bringing with it almost 500 Jamaicans, along with a handful of Trinidadians, including the Trinidadian calypsonians Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner. Calypso had arrived in the UK.
The S.S.Ranchi docks at Tilbury, England, UK, Europe, after a three week voyage from Bombay, India. Among the passengers is young Harry Webb, moving to the UK with his family. He will find fame as British pop idol Cliff Richard.
UK weekly music paper Melody Maker carries the front page news that Duke Ellington And His Orchestra are on their way by boat from the USA to the UK.
Harbor Lights by The Sammy Kaye Orchestra on Columbia Records enters the Billboard Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No1 during a run of 25 weeks on the chart.
Tex Williams, with Stephen Sholes as producer, records Shrimp Boats and The Urn On The Mantle in RCA Victor Studio, 1016 North Sycamore, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, is released to cinemas in Denmark, Europe.
MGM's movie remake of the Kern-Hammerstein musical play Show Boat, starring Howard Keel, Ava Gardner and Kathryn Grayson, is released to cinemas in Hong Kong, Asia.
Anne Shelton begins appearing in a new radio series, Pleasure Boat, on the BBC Light Programme, recorded in London, UK.
It is reported that the old 78rpm record format may disappear completely, because sales of the newer, more compact, more durable 45rpm discs have rocketed, accounting for over half of the singles market. As a result, the price of 78s may be raised because they are more expensive to produce and ship, especially in smaller quantities.
Dutch pirate radio ship Radio Veronica makes its first English language broadcasts, aimed at the British coastline between Hull and Margate.
Noel Stookey (later to become Paul of folk trio Peter, Paul And Mary) reads a New York Herald Tribune newspaper story in The Gaslight Cafe, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA, about a Father's Day boat cruise up the Hudson River to Bear Mountain. The trip had gone awry due to counterfeit tickets and overcrowding. Stookey shows the story to his young acquaintance Bob Dylan who had arrived in New York from Minnesota the previous winter. Inspired by the story, Dylan returns the next day with Talkin' Bear Mountain Picnic Disaster Blues, composed in the style of his idol, Woody Guthrie.
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Michael [Row The Boat Ashore] by The Highwaymen enters the UK pop singles chart where it will peak at No1 during a stay of fourteen weeks.
Jazz vocalist Carol Sloane records My Ship, Will You Still Be Mine and, possibly, other tracks in Columbia Records' 30th Street Studio, New York City, USA.
The Beatles support Johnny Kidd And The Pirates on another Riverboat Shuffle aboard the MV Royal Iris, sailing down The Mersey, Liverpool, UK.
Kenyon Hopkins, with orchestra and sound effects, records Living Tomb, Ghost Ship and other tracks in New York City, USA, for Verve Records.
Patsy Cline records He Called Me Baby and I'll Sail My Ship Alone in Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. This will prove to be her last-ever recording session.
'Hello everybody. This is Radio Caroline, broadcasting on 199, your all-day music station,' are the first words spoken by pirate radio deejay Simon Dee, ushering in a new era in British broadcasting from aboard the former passenger ferry Frederica, sailing under the flag of Panama. The first track played is Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles.
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Following today's second performance of Another Beatles Christmas Show at Hammersmith Odeon, The Beatles visit the annual Boat Show, Earl's Court, London, England, UK, after the event has been closed to the general public.
The highest new entry in the UK pop singles chart for this week is Trains And Boats And Planes by Burt Bacharach, entering at No27.
The Beatles fly from Rome, Italy, to Nice, France, during a European tour. Some of the day is spent relaxing on the yacht of tour promoter Felix Marouani.
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys oversees recording of instrumental tracks for Sloop John B, at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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The Doors play at The Pioneer Club Boat Ride, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
A force seven gale tears down the mast of the small ship Oceaan 7, off the Yorkshire, UK, coast, thus delaying the first transmission of pirate radio station Radio 270 by three months.
Every Mother's Son perform Rainflowers and Come On Down To My Boat on US tv show The Cypress Gardens Special, hosted by Johnny Carson.
Ringo Starr of The Beatles with his wife Maureen and the actor Peter Sellers, sails for New York City, USA, aboard the S.S.Queen Elizabeth II.
U2 play at the Boat Club, Nottingham, UK, supported by Fashion.
Dennis Wilson, drummer of The Beach Boys, drowns while swimming near his boat moored at Marina Del Rey, California, USA.
Peter Murphy plays at The Boathouse, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, supported by Nine Inch Nails.
Mark Knopfler releases his second solo album, Sailing To Philadelphia on Vertigo Records in the UK.
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell announces her engagement to millionaire yacht tycoon Fabrizio Politi.
Nelly Furtado plays at Salinas Yacht Club, Guayaquil, Ecuador, South America.
On his 80-concert Sailing To Philadelphia Tour, Mark Knopfler plays the second of two nights at The National Auditorium, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
While in Venice, Italy, Europe, Elton John and his partner David Furnish take their adopted son Zachary Jackson Levon for a boat ride on a canal.
Rapper Big Boi of Outkast is arrested, as he disembarks from a cruise ship at Port Miami, Florida, USA, for possession of drugs including ecstasy and Viagra.
A new musical, The Last Ship, opens at The Bank Of America theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The musical is written by Sting, who joins the cast onstage during a curtain call and leads them in a song. Other celebrities attending the opening night include Paul Simon, James Taylor, Styx singer Dennis DeYoung and AC/DC's Brian Johnson.
On its second day, Sting's $15m musical The Last Ship takes only $100,000 at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA. It requires to take twice that amount each day to remain viable.
Yacht play at Oslo, London, England, UK.
Taylor Swift unexpectedly turns up at the wedding of fans Max Singer and Kenya Smith, at the Brant Beach Yacht Club in Brant Beach, New Jersey, USA, where she performs a stripped down version of their favourite song, Blank Space.
Left Lane Cruiser play at Moe's BBQ, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA.