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Trains

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. The play is based on a popular song of the same name, in which a passenger is mistakenly ejected from a train at Buffalo by an inebriated negro porter, described in the song as a 'coon' and a 'nigger'.
The Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago, Illinois, USA, and New Orleans, Louisiana, re-names its premier train from The Chicago And New Orleans Limited to The Panama Limited. Inspired by the train, bluesman Bukka White will write and record his song, The Panama Limited in 1930.
The Reverend J.M. Gates records a sermon, Death's Black Train Is Coming, accompanied by female singers, for Columbia Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Celebrated country violinist Fiddlin' John Carson records I'm Going To Take The Train To Charlotte, for OKeh Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Carson Robison [aka Lone Star Ranger or Whitey Johns] records The Train That Never Arrived, Pappy's Buried On the Hill and The Prison Warden's Secret, at ARC Recording Studio, New York City, USA.
Loy Bodine records Wabash Cannonball and Farmer Gray for Gennett Records in Richmond, Indiana, USA. He also records Fox Chase No1 and The Hobo's Dream, but both tracks are rejected.
Country music legend Roy Acuff records The Wabash Cannonball, Freight Train Blues, Yes Sir, That's My Baby and other tracks for Vocalion Records in The Furniture Mart Building, 666 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 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.
Tommy Brown records Double-Faced Deacon, V-8 Baby, The House Near The Railroad Track and Atlanta Boogie for Savoy/Regent Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Doc Williams, with Cy Williams, records I'm Watching The Train, Two Little Orphans, I'm Seeking A Harbour and The Heaven Express at James M. Black Studio, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA.
Otis Blackwell records Nobody Met The Train and I'm Standing At The Doorway To Your Heart for Jay-Dee Records in New York City, USA.
Judy Garland and her children arrive by train in New York City, USA, to fulfil her upcoming dates at The Town And Country Club in Brooklyn. On her arrival, Garland is met by tax demands relating to earnings in prvious years in New York State.
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.
Mrs Avis Connor and her son, Ingram Cecil Connor III, later to find fame as Gram Parsons, board a train in Waycross, Georgia, USA, en route to Winter Haven, Florida, for the holiday season.
The Buddy Tate Quartet with Clark Terry records Groun' Hog, Take The 'A' Train and other tracks at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA, for Swingville Records.
Mick Jagger bumps into an old acquaintance, Keith Richards, in Dartford Railway Station, Dartford, England, UK, Europe. Together, they will go on to join a group formed by guitarist Brian Jones - The Rolling Stones.
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Pioneering country stars Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers (a.k.a. The Yodelling Brakeman), are posthumously elected to the newly-opened Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Little Eva enters the UK singles chart with The Loco-Motion.
Gary Usher releases a new single, Sacramento, in the USA. The song is co-written and produced by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.
UK r'n'b vocalist Long John Baldry meets Rod Stewart for the first time in Twickenham Railway Station, London, UK.
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Further filming for The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night takes place at Marylebone Station, London, UK.
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Hank Davis records Elijah Rock, Morning Train, Do We Mind and other tracks at Ace Studios, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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.
Country music guitarist and singer/songwriter Elton Britt records Heart Of A Clown, Bluebird Yodel, New Freight Train Blues, The Singing Hills and other tracks in Bell Sound Studios, 237 West 54th Street,New York City, USA.
Zoot Money And His Big Roll Band record a live album, Zoot!, at Klook's Kleek in The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London, UK. Guitarist in the group is Andy Summers, later to become a member of The Police.
Paul Revere And The Raiders release their eighth album, Goin' To Memphis, in the USA.
Phluph have a recording session for Verve Records in New York City, USA, during which they record Girl In Tears, Elliptical Machine, Lovely Lady, Death Of A Nation, Love Eyes and the Bob Dylan composition, It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry.
Locomotive play at The Pink Flamingo, London, England, UK, Europe.
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.
The O'Jays reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Love Train.
During a three-day trip to Russia, Europe, David Bowie attends the May Day Parade in Moscow. (Not being an enthusiastic flier, he made the trip by train, on his way home after a Japanese tour)
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the second of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the first of four nights at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at Golden Hall, San Diego, California.
On his Slow Train Coming tour, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming tour, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Community Center, Tucson, Arizona.
Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz release a new single, Crazy Train, in the UK.
Sheena Easton reaches No1 in the Billboard singles chart in the USA with Morning Train (9 to 5).
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.
At the third annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, Bobby Brown wins Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Album of the Year award, while Michael Jackson takes the Best Single and Best Video awards.
Downtown Train, a Rod Stewart cover version of a Tom Waits’ song, peaks at No10 in the UK singles chart.
The Winans appear on tv show Soul Train in the USA, performing Wherever I Go and (with Teddy Riley) It's Time.
On his Seriously, Live! Tour, Phil Collins plays at The Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, California, USA.
While Mary Chapin Carpenter is driving in her car on the first anniversary of 9/11, she hears one of the first responders tell a story on her car radio about how he felt that he and his co-responders hed somehow helped set free the spirits of people trapped in Ground Zero when the planes crashed. He also felt that some of those spirits had travelled with him to Grand Central Station, and caught their usual trains home. She is so moved by the story that she is inspired to write the song Grand Central Station.
2005: Le Train Des Enfoirés by Les Enfoirés enters the swiss Albums Chart at No1.
Kiss and Def Leppard play at The Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, California, USA.
Bob Seger and country superstar Jason Aldean collaborate on CMT's Crossroads, on tv in the USA. The two join forces for Seger's Hollywood Nights, Turn the Page, Against the Wind and Hey Gypsy, plus Aldean's Tattoo, Just Gettin' Started, She's Country and Night Train.
On a tour in support of his third album, Gilded, Blair Dunlop plays at Folk On The Pier, Cromer, England, UK.
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