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Having recently defeated an English army at the Battle of Prestonpans, Bonnie Prince Charlie is crowned King of Scotland. Numerous songs have been inspired by Charlie's life and deeds, including Charlie Is My Darling, My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, The Skye Boat Song and Will Ye No Come Back Again.
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band leaves New York City, USA, to travel to the United Kingdom for live shows and recordings.
During a successful UK tour, most of the members of the Southern Syncopated Orchestra, a jazz ensemble from the USA, are sailing on the SS Rowan from Glasgow, Scotland, to Derry, Ireland. Eight members of the band are killed when the ship is struck by two others in a collision. One of the survivors is the young virtuoso saxophone and clarinet player Sidney Bechet from New Orleans.
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 closes at The Ziegfeld Theatre, Broadway, New York City, USA, after a run of 572 performances.
Bill Monroe records I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning, Boat Of Love and The Old Fiddler, for Decca Records in Castle Studio [founded by Paul Cohen] in The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His band on the session includes Jimmy Martin [guitar], Rudy Lyle [banjo] and Joel Price [bass] and Vassar Clements [fiddle].
Bill Monroe records I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning, Boat Of Love and The Old Fiddler, for Decca Records in Castle Studio [founded by Paul Cohen] in The Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His band on the session includes Jimmy Martin [guitar], Rudy Lyle [banjo] and Joel Price [bass] and Vassar Clements [fiddle].
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.
Harbor Lights by Guy Lombardo And His Orchestra enters the Billboard Chart in the USA, where it will peak at No2 during a run of twenty weeks on the chart.
Ella Fitzgerald records Smooth Sailing for Decca Records in New York City, USA. The track's prominent organ parts are by Bill Doggett and backing vocals by The Ray Charles Singers. Ella's rhythmic improvisations on this track are considered by some to have been an inspiration for the rhythm of Bill Haley's seminal rock'n'roll recording Rock Around The Clock
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 Austria, Europe.
Jerry Lee Lewis records Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-o-Dee, It Hurts Me So, You're The Only Star (In My Blue Heaven) and I'll Sail My Ship Alone, for Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Paul Barnes And His Polo Players record What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?, I Will Not Be Moved, SaySi Si, Slow Boat To China, Someday You'll Want Me and other tracks for Icon Records in the USA.
Fats Domino plays the first of six nights at The Showboat, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Paul Barbarin And His Jazz Band record Slide Frog Slide, Too Late, The Second Line, Give It Up and Take A Ferry Boat To New Orleans, for Atlantic Records in Preservation Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Gospel Emeralds record Lamb Of God, When The Ship Comes In and other tracks for Sharp Records in the USA.
Pirate radio station Radio Caroline begins test broadcasts from a former Danish passenger ferry, the Fredericia, now re-named Caroline. The ship is anchored three miles off the coast of Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK, just outside British territorial waters, thus enabling the station to broadcast to the UK without breaking any laws.
The GPO states that pirate radio station Radio Caroline's recent test-broadcasts have been disrupting ship-to-shore communications in the UK.
Stevie Wonder releases a new album, Stevie At The Beach, on Tamla Records in the USA.
Gerry And The Pacemakers' film Ferry Cross The Mersey opens in London, UK. The film also includes appearances by Cilla Black and The Fourmost.
UK postmaster General Tony Benn tells the House Of Commons in London that legislation will shortly be introduced to deal with the 'problem' of offshore pirate radio broadcasters.
The Beach Boys record their vocal parts for Sloop John B for Capitol Records at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Penny Peepshow play at The Boat Club, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
Dutch-financed offshore ship-based pirate Radio Atlantis South begins making test transmisions from a location off The Netherlands. The station will not officially go on the air until 1973.
Ringo Starr of The Beatles arrives in New York City, USA, aboard the liner QEII. While there, he undertakes some additional filming for The Magic Christian.
Cliff Richard releases a new single, The Big Ship, in the UK on Columbia Records.
The Yachts and Clive Langer And The Boxes play on a boat cruising down the River Mersey in Liverpool, UK.
Def Leppard play at The Boat Club, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
John Lennon sails from New York City, USA, to Bermuda where, after a creative dry spell, he begins writing songs again.
Christopher Cross reaches No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Sailing.
The Honeydrippers - a band formed by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin - play at The Boat Club, Nottingham, UK.
Steve Taylor of The Face magazine shares a compartment with Joe Strummer and his girlfriend Gaby Salter. on a boat train to Paris, France, Europe.
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Conflict, Vex and Icons play at The Boat Club, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
A Celebration Of 21 Years Of Virgin Records is held at The Virgin Manor, Shipton-On-Cherwell, Gloucestershire, England, UK, Europe. Richard Branson is there in person, and artists performing include Bruce, Baker And Moore, Soul II Soul and Cracker. Jonathan King is also in attendance. Journalist Johnny Black's diary entry about the event is attached here.
Half of the ashes of Grateful Dead founder/leader/guitarist Jerry Garcia are thrown into the River Ganges, India, Asia. (The other half will be sprinkled into San Francisco Bay during a boat trip two weeks later.)
A riverboat tourist in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, notices a body floating amoung detritus in Wolf River. When the body is recovered and brought back to dry land near Beale Street, it is discovered to be singer and songwriter Jeff Buckley, who had disappeared a week earlier.
Five-year-old Elian Gonzalez is found floating in an inner tube off the coast of Florida, USA. A small boat in which he had been fleeing Cuba for asylum in the USA had sunk, killing his mother, Elizabeth Broton, and five others. Elian's story will inspire Manic Street Preachers to write their song Baby Elian.
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.
Noah And The Whale play at Thekla, Bristol, England, UK, Europe.
A Beatles Tribute Cruise sets off from Miami, Florida, USA, aboard The Liberty Of The Seas. Passengers will spend nine days cruising the Caribbean with entertainment provided by Laurence Juber [former guitarist with Paul McCartney's Wings], Beatles tribute band Yesterday and other Beatles-related activities.
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.
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.
Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden spends one of three days on board the nuclear submarine HMS Victorious at Faslane Naval Base, Scotland.
During a break in her tour schedule, Taylor Swift goes on a motor-yacht trip around Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia.
Tinie Tempah flies out to join Rihanna for a night of partying aboard her yacht moored off Portofino, Italy, Europe.
Cloud Boat release their second album, Model Of You, on Apollo / R&S Records in the USA.
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.
Yacht release a new album, I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler, on Downtown Records in the UK.
Phish play the last of four nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA. At 11.30pm, having already performed for three hours, they begin a performance of Petrichor, a track from their latest album, Big Boat, accompanied by choreographed dancers, sixteen kinetic LED umbrellas floating above the stage and synthetic rain, made of small crystals, falling from the ceiling of The Garden. On the stroke of midnight, they wish their fans a Happy New Year by unleashing a host of confetti and cat and dog balloons.