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US President James Garfield dies, having been shot twice some weeks earlier by lawyer Charles Guiteau in the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The assassin's tale will be told in the song Charles Guiteau, recorded in 1927 by Kelly Harrell.
Train driver John Luther 'Casey' Jones is killed when his train, The Cannonball Express, crashes into a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, USA. By his quick action, Jones had managed to reduce the speed of the train from 75 to 35 miles per hour, which undoubtedly saved the lives of his passengers. His heroic action will inspire The Ballad Of Casey Jones, written soon after by Eddie Newton, Wallace Saunders and T. Lawrence Seibert. The song will become a folk and country music standard, recorded in at least forty different versions including the theme song from the tv series Casey Jones. Among the most popular other versions, are the renditions by Johnny Cash and Pete Seeger.
Put Me Off At Buffalo, billed as a "hilarious musical comedy success", is playing at The Bijou Theatre, Richmond, Virginia, USA.
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.
Greening's Dance Orchestra records On The Midnight Special for Imperial Records in London, UK. 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. Lyrically, the song is similar to The Midnight Special made famous by Lead Belly some years later.
During two weeks of field recordings supervised by producer Ralph Peer in the warehouse of The Taylor-Christian Hat Company on State Street, Bristol, Tennessee, USA, J.P. Nestor, vocal and banjo, records Train On The Island, for Victor Records. The two weeks of recording will become enshrined in the annals of country music as The Bristol Sessions.
Irving Mills' Hotsy-Totsy Gang record Crazy 'Bout My Gal, I Wonder What My Gal Is Doin'? and Railroad Man for Brunswick Records, in New York City, USA.
The Carlisle Brothers record There'll Come A Time, Juanita, I Wonder Who's Sorry Now, Flag That Train and other songs for Decca Records at Radio Station WBT, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
Andy Parker And The Plainsmen record Sierra Sue, Steamboat Bill, Empty Saddles, Wabash Cannonball, Twilight On The Trail and other tracks for Capitol Records in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Roy Acuff And His Smokey Mountain Boys record Baldknob Arkansas, The Southbound Train, A Plastic Heart and other tracks in Castle Studio At The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Avenue North, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Ray Smith records Is He Satisfied?, These Things Shall Pass, Wabash Cannonball and No Letter Today, in Decca Recording Studio, Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th Street, New York City, USA. (He should not be confused with the Ray Smith who subsequently found success as a rockabilly vocalist with Sun records)
Big Bill Broonzy records Southbound Train, You Changed and other tracks in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for EmArcy Records.
The Jazz Cardinals play at The Railway Tavern, Plumstead Road, London, SE18, UK.
The Cecil Taylor Quartet records its debut album Jazz Advance with producer Tom Wilson for Transition Records in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It will come to be regarded as the first album of a style known variously as New Wave Jazz, avant-garde, free jazz, abstrract jazz and even Anti-jazz.
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.
Cliff Richard And The Drifters, The Four Jones Boys, Daley & Wayne, The Betty Smith Quintet and Chas McDevitt And The Freight Train Boys play at St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK, with Jimmy Tarbuck as compere.
Ricky Nelson sings Glory Train in an episode of US tv series The Adventures of Ozzie And Harriet.
Joe Maphis And Rose Lee Maphis record Lonesome Train Boogie, There'll Come A Time, Speak To Me Little Darlin' and Picture On The Wall at Capitol Recording Studios, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California, USA.
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.
Johnny Cash records Peace In The Valley, Waiting For A Train and Casey Jones for Columbia Records in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
British blues pioneer Cyril Davies starts a blues club in The Railway Hotel, Harrow, UK. The first headlining band is, naturally, Cyril Davies And The All Star R And B Band.
A train guards' van sequence for the movie A Hard Day's Night, is filmed at Twickenham Film Studios, in which The Beatles perform I Should Have Known Better.
Further filming for The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night takes place at Marylebone Station, London, UK.
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The Who play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow And Wealdstone, UK.
New Orleans vocalist-songwriter Chris Kenner records Get On This Train, I'm The Greatest, They Took My Money and The Life Of My Little Baby, all co-written with Fats Domino.
The hit single King Of The Road by Roger Miller is awarded a gold disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Hank Snow (with The Jordanaires) records The Wayward Wind and Chant Of The Wanderer for RCA Victor Records in RCA Victor Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Graham Bond Organisation play at Klook's Kleek, Railway Hotel, Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll And The Trinity play at Klook's Kleek, Railway Hotel, Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
Furry Lewis records Grand Central Station, Waiting For A Train, Let Me Call You Sweetheart, Casey Jones, John Henry and other tracks at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Pegasus Blues play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow, London, England, UK, Europe.
Kaleidoscope and Sea Train play the last of six nights at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Jimi Hendrix is in The Record Plant, New York City, USA, working on Burning Desire, Hear My Train A-Comin', Lover Man, New Tune and Them Changes.
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Grand Funk Railroad and Black Sabbath play in The Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.
Gene Harris And The Three Sounds record Put On Train and You Got To Play The Game for Blue Note Records at United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA. The rhythm track of Put On Train will 'inspire' the rhythm track of What Comes Around (1989) by The Beastie Boys.
Bob Dylan releases a new album, Slow Train Coming, in the USA on Columbia Records.
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 eleventh of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA.
Sound engineer Michel Geiss records the sounds of trains in Marly Le Roi station in Paris, France, Europe, which will be used on the Jean Michel Jarre LP Magnetic Fields. (Geiss had collaborated with Jarre since the Oxygene lp, and had instructed Jarre on how to use synthesisers)
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on mixes of the songs Mystery Train and Heart Of Mine.
While in Japan, Asia, during his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson travels on the Superexpress train to Tokyo from Nagasaki where he has been visiting the Huis Ten Bosch amusement park with his brother Tito Jackson's three children.
Blur release their second album, Modern Life Is Rubbish, on Food Records in the UK. It will peak at No15 in the UK albums chart.
Alison Krauss And Union Station, Dar Williams, David Grisman, Geoff Muldaur, Old School Freight Train, Ollabelle Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson are among the artists playing at The Passim Folk Music And Cultural Center Living Legends Concert 2005 in Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
The three day long Endorse-it In Dorset festival begins at Woodcutts, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, England, UK. Headline act is Desmond Dekker And The Aces, other acts on the bill include Zion Train, Pronghorn, Sub-Giant and The Ukrainians.
Malcolm Jones, guitarist with the band Runrig, is taken to hospital after collapsing at Waverley railway station in Edinburgh, Scotland. After being examined, he undergoes heart surgery.
A train is named Gracie Fields in honour of the world-famed singer and actress from Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK, Europe. The new nameplate on the Northern Rail Class 156 train is is unveiled at Manchester Victoria Station by Gracie Fields' nephew, Douggie Wakefield, in the presence of the mayors of Rochdale and Manchester.
Hollis Brown release a new LP, Ride On The Train, on Redeye Records in the UK.
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Train play at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado, USA.
On their Kissworld Tour, when Kiss play in Helsinki, Finland, Europe, the four towering, iconic granite statues at the entrance of the city's Central railway station are painted with the group's face-painted masks.
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