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Thousands of spectators gather beside the Mississippi river in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to await the arrival of the winner of "The Steamboat Race Of The Century" between The Robert E. Lee and The Natchez. The winner is the Robert E. Lee, and the event will inspire the 1912 song Waiting For The Robert E. Lee, which will become a popular standard, recorded by Dean Martin, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Benny Goodman and many others.
Gospel group The Fisk Jubilee Singers sail from the USA to begin a tour of Europe.
Albert Snaer is born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He will find success as a jazz trumpeter, working on riverboats on the Mississippi River in the 1920s. In a long career he will appear with the bands of Fate Marable, Dewey Jackson and George Augustin. With Augustin, he will co-lead The Moonlight Serenaders. He will also play in the Excelsior Brass Band before moving to New York City in 1928.
Ten days after arriving in the UK, American bandleader Paul Specht and his band are granted work permits enabling them to perform in Britain. They had been refused work permits, but US Secretary of State, Charles Hughes, who had travelled on the same ship, used his influence with the British Government to have the permits granted.
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.
When Jerome Kern's musical Show Boat has its first performance on Broadway, New York City, USA. the song Ol' Man River is heard in public for the first time.
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.
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 Mexico, Central America.
Rosemary Clooney, with Percy Faith conducting the orchestra, records Eggbert The Easter Egg, Bunny On The Rainbow, On The Good Ship Lollipop and Poor Whip, Poor Will [Move Over, Move Over] for Columbia Records in the 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 Hong Kong, Asia.
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 Portugal, 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 Madrid, Spain, Europe.
Jane Froman sings I'm Sittin' On Top of the World, Take A Trip in a Rocket Ship, Destination Moon, If I Loved You A Mountain, Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better and Black Magic, on the CBS-tv show USA Canteen, in the USA.
Harry Belafonte records The Banana Boat Song for RCA Records in Webster Hall, New York City, USA. Although widely regarded as the song that launched the calypso craze, it is in fact in the Jamaican mento style.
Jazz trumpet player Kenny Dorham records the album Jerome Kern - Show Boat in New York City, USA, for Time Records.
Blues singer Pink Anderson records The Titanic, Boweevil, Betty And Dupree, I'll Fly Away and other tracks in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA, for Bluesville Records.
The Kingston Trio record Oh Sail Away for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Beatles support Johnny Kidd And The Pirates on another Riverboat Shuffle aboard the MV Royal Iris, sailing down The Mersey, Liverpool, UK.
The Gospel Emeralds record Lamb Of God, When The Ship Comes In and other tracks for Sharp Records in the USA.
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.
Stevie Wonder releases a new album, Stevie At The Beach, on Tamla Records in the USA.
John Coltrane records his album Sun Ship, at RCA Studios, New York City, USA. It will not be released until 1971 after his death.
The Frank Sinatra movie Assault On A Queen is released to cinemas in the USA. The movie soundtrack is played by Duke Ellington.
The Tornados release a new single, Is That A Ship I Hear?, in the UK. It will be their last single with Joe Meek as producer.
The ship Fairsky, whose passengers include teenage pop hopefuls The Bee Gees and their parents, docks in Southampton, England, UK, Europe.
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The Pretty Things and The Crystal Ship play at The Middle Earth Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Band Of Joy (including Robert Plant) plays at The Boat Club, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe. Mr. Plant will achieve greater fame as a member of Led Zeppelin.
Cats Pyjamas play at Boat 27, Sibyllas, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Marmalade play on a 'beat cruise', setting sail from Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
Jazz musician Joe Silmon comes to the end of playing his flute non-stop for 48 hours under water aboard the British submarine HMS Grampus at Gosport, UK. This feat earns him an entry in the Guinness Book Of World Records.
On their first world tour, Abba have a day off, cruising on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Oceania.
The Yachts and Clive Langer And The Boxes play on a boat cruising down the River Mersey in Liverpool, UK.
John Lennon sails out of Newport, Rhode Island, USA, on a pleasure trip, bound for Bermuda, Caribbean, aboard a 43-foot sloop called the Megan Jaye.
The June Brides play at The Old Profanity Showboat, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
Morri ssey Mullen and The Tim Colwell-Tony Roberts Quintet play on The Jazz Cruise from Clarence Pier, Southsea, Portsmouth, England, UK, Europe.
The Flying Pickets, The Hank Wangford Band, The Deep Sea Jivers, Pookiesnackenburger and others play in a free street party at St. Katherin'es Dock, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Sid Presley Experience play at The Old Profanity Floating Show Boat (aka The Thekla), Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
Peter Murphy plays at The Boathouse, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, supported by Nine Inch Nails.
Tommy Chong of hippy comedy duo Cheech and Chong appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on tv in the USA to explain how his California-based company was tricked into selling bongs and marijuana pipes via the internet to Drug Enforcement Agency staff in Pennsylvania and then arrested. [The same equipment can be bought legally on the street but it is illegal to ship it across state borders in the USA.] Chong was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $20,000.
Jack White of The White Stripes marries British model Karen Elson in a canoe on the Amazon River, with the ceremony being conducted by a Shaman priest. The wedding is followed with a more conventional blessing by a catholic priest in a cathedral in Manaus, Brazil, South America.
The start of the first day of the annual Glastonbury Festival at Pilton, Somerset, England, UK is disrupted by the worst thunderstorms in the history of the event. Live sets on the Pyramid Stage are delayed when the stage is hit by lightning, and the festival site is turned into a quagmire, parts of which are navigable by canoe. Artists appearing include White Stripes, Killers, Royksopp, Doves, Elvis Costello, The Undertones and Fat Boy Slim.
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The Red Thread release their third album, Ship In The Attic, Birds In The Subway, on Badman Records in the UK.
Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell announces her engagement to millionaire yacht tycoon Fabrizio Politi.
Wheatus play at The Thekla, Bristol, England, UK.
Sting's $15m musical The Last Ship opens at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA. Celebrities attending the opening include Liam Neeson, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry, Edie Falco, Patti Scialfa and director Barry Levinson.
INXS guitarist Tim Farriss seriously damages one finger when his hand is caught in an electric anchor winch aboard a boat on Australia Day. It is speculated that he may never be able to play guitar again.
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.
Al Stewart, Frank Hannon and Richie Furay perform live on The Moody Blues Cruise 2018 at Celebrity Eclipse, Miami, Florida, USA.
On the fourth day of the 2018 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, Aborted, Alestorm, Benighted, Dark Tranquillity, Destruction, Diablo Blvd., Enslaved, Exciter, Exhumed, In Extremo, In Mourning, Internal Bleeding, Kataklysm, Kreator, Leaves’ Eyes, Majestic Downfall, Metal Church, Metsatöll, Naglfar, Necrophobic, Primal Fear, Revenge, Rhapsody, Sabaton, Samael, Septicflesh, Seven Kingdoms, Swallow the Sun, Threshold, Voivod, Witherfall and Wolfchant play aboard the Independence of the Seas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.