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Trains

The Rock Island And La Salle Railroad Company opens its line to Rock Island, Illinois, USA. Running between Rock Island and LaSalle, Illinois, then linking through to New Orleans, it will become popularly known as The Rock Island Line and will inspire the folk/blues song Rock Island Line, first recorded by music archivist John Lomax in 1934 as sung by inmates in an Arkansas State Prison, and later popularized by Lead Belly.
The Canadian Pacific Railway, linking Canada's populated centres with the vast potential of its relatively unpopulated West, is completed - six years ahead of schedule - when the last spike is driven at Craigellachie, British Columbia, Canada. The story is told in the song Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot.
When visiting American band Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra arrives in London, UK, for a series of dates at The Kit-Kat Club, they perform God Save The King on the platform of Waterloo railway station. The station grinds to a halt, as everyone stops and stands to attention, assuming that the king himself has arrived in the station.
Pianist Meade Lux Lewis records Honky Tonk Train Blues for Paramount Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sam Collins records Midnight Special Blues for Gennett Records of Richmond, Indiana, USA. The song is thought to have been inspired by The Midnight Special train operated by the Chicago and Alton Railroad between Chicago, Illinois, USA, and St. Louis, Missouri. In many ways, the song is similar to The Midnight Special made famous by Lead Belly some years later.
Ronnie Biggs is born in Lambeth, London, UK. He will find notoriety in 1963 as a member of the infamous Great Train Robbery gang, and will later record tracks with The Sex Pistols, Die Toten Hosen and others.
Roy Martin (aka Lewis McDaniels) And His Guitar records North Carolina Blues for Jewel Records in New York City, USA. The song is thought to have been inspired by The Midnight Special train operated by the Chicago and Alton Railroad between Chicago, Illinois, USA, and St. Louis, Missouri. In many ways, the song is similar to The Midnight Special made famous by Lead Belly some years later.
Sleepy John Estes and Yank Rachell record Expressman Blues in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, for Victor Records.
Bill Cox records The Midnight Special in New York City, USA. The song is thought to have been inspired by The Midnight Special train operated by the Chicago and Alton Railroad between Chicago, Illinois, USA, and St. Louis, Missouri. In many ways, the song is similar to The Midnight Special made famous by Lead Belly some years later.
Fiddlin' John Carson records Stockade Blues for Bluebird Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA. The song is thought to have been inspired by The Midnight Special train operated by the Chicago and Alton Railroad between Chicago, Illinois, USA, and St. Louis, Missouri. In many ways, the song is similar to The Midnight Special subsequently made famous by Lead Belly.
Eddie Kirk records Drifting Texas Sand, Alone In A Tavern, Freight Train Breakdown and I'll Save My Heart For You in Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Hank Williams records Lonesome Whistle and three other songs in Castle Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The musical Madame Sherry is presented on radio variety show The Railroad Hour on NBC in the USA.
When Louis Armstrong leaves Euston Station, London, UK, to return to the USA after a UK tour, an all-star jazz band featuring Humphrey Lyttelton, Diz Disley, Sandy Brown, Neville Skrimshire and others, plays Armstrong's hits from the platform as the train pulls out.
Vocalist Al Smith records I've Been Mistreated, Ride On The Midnight Special and other tracks for Prestige Records, at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA. King Curtis plays saxophone on the session.
Johnny Burnette records Damn The Defiant, Choo Choo Train and The Fool Of The Year for Liberty Records at the United Recording Corporation studiod, 6050 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Notable session players on thes tracks include guitarist Tommy Allsup, bassist Joe Osborn and drummer Earl Palmer.
The Loco-Motion by Little Eva reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
The Yardbirds play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow, London, UK.
Granada Television in Manchester, England, UK, Europe, records The Blues and Gospel Train, a programme directed by John Hamp featuring Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Rev. Gary Davis and others. For filming, the company transforms the disused Wilbraham Road railway station into "Chorltonville", giving it the supposed appearance of a southern U.S.-style station.
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The Who, billed as The High Numbers, play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow And Wealdstone, UK.
The Who, billed as The High Numbers, play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow And Wealdstone, UK.
Muddy Waters, Cousin Joe Pleasants, Otis Spann, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee, Willie Smith and Ransome Knowling appear on the Granada tv show Blues And Gospel Train in the UK.
The Who, billed as The High Numbers, play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow And Wealdstone, UK.
The Who play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow And Wealdstone, UK.
Trains And Boats And Planes by Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas enters the UK pop singles chart at No35. It will peak at No12. The song is composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
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The Beatles travel by train from Lyon, France, Europe, to Milan, Italy, during a European tour.
Timebox are playing at Klook's Kleek, in The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
Rufus Thomas records The Memphis Train for Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Blues-rock band Earth play at The Marquee Club, London, UK, with The Bakerloo Blues Band, Locomotive and Roy Everett. Earth will find rather more success after a name-change to Black Sabbath.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the third of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the third of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the fourth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the seventh of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the ninth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the thirteenth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the second of four nights at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at Golden Hall, San Diego, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming tour, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Community Center, Tucson, Arizona.
Using the pseudonym The Krush Brothers, Duran Duran play a ‘secret’ gig at La Locomotive, Paris, France, Europe.
Michael Jackson wins the Silver Award as Artist of The Decade (80s), at the 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. James Ingram performs live.
Stacy Lattislaw, Sherman Hemsley and KYZE appear on tv show Soul Train in the USA.
The Seventh Annual Soul Train Music Awards are held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Whitney Houston wins Best R'n'B/Soul Song [Female] and People's Choice. Michael Jackson performs Remember The Time.
Steve Gibbons releases a new album, The Dylan Project, in the UK on Woodworm Records. The album includes Gibbons versions of Bob Dylan songs including It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Down Along The Cove and Simple twist Of fate.
The Contribution, featuring members of Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident and New Monsoon, plays at The Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California, USA.
A lawsuit filed in Chatham County State Court, Georgia, USA, by the parents of 27-year-old Sarah Jones, names Allman Brothers Band guitarist Gregg Allman and the producers of the movie Midnight Rider as being responsible for the death of their daughter, who was hit by a train on the first day of filming.
Rixton play at two festivals in one day - The Wireless festival and The British Summer Time Festival. Both events are in London, UK, and the group travels between them on the London Underground.
On his Purpose World Tour Justin Bieber plays at The Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California, USA.
The Cure play at The Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista, California, USA.
Reverend James Leg plays at The Railway Hotel, Southend, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Bonnevilles.
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