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The month-long Ballarat Musical Festival comes to an end with an attendance of 10,000 persons in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The festival included an inter-state band contest featuring The Locomotive Band, The Riggs Gawler Band, The Newcastle City Band, Ballarat Railway Band and others.
The American Quartet records Night Trip To Buffalo for Victor Records in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Fred Hamm and His Orchestra record Flag That Train [To Alabam'] for Victor Records in Camden, New Jersey, USA.
Sippie Wallace, aka The Texas Nightingale, records The Mail Train Blues, I Feel Good and A Man For Every Day Of The Week, for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Cornet on the recordings is played by Louis Armstrong.
Tom Darby and Jimmie Tarlton record Freight Train Ramble, Little Bessie, Lonesome Frisco Line, Down Among The Sugar Cane and other tracks in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for Columbia Records.
Sleepy John Estes and Yank Rachell record Expressman Blues in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, for Victor Records.
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.
The Illinois Central Railroad introduces the City of New Orleans train on the 934 miles (1,503 km) line between Chicago, Illinois, USA, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Inspired by the train, Steve Goodman will write and record the song City Of New Orleans, which will subsequently be covered by Arlo Guthrie, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Judy Collins, Jerry Reed and others.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe records This Train for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
Duke Ellington records Perdido, Take The 'A' Train, Oscalypso, Blues For Blanton and Blues No3, for Mercer records in New York City, USA.
The Delmore Brothers record I Let The Freight Train Carry Me On and Please Be My Sunshine, in Syd Nathan's King Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Mel Schacher, bass player in Grand Funk Railroad, is born in Owosso, Michigan, USA.
Roy Hogsed records Free Samples, I Wish I Wuz, I'm Gonna Get Along Without You and Orange Blossom Special in Capitol Recording Studio, 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Hank Williams releases a new single Lonesome Whistle, on MGM Records, in the USA.
The Meade "Lux" Lewis Trio records Riff Boogie, Reminiscent Blues, Cow Cow Blues, Honky Tonk Train Blues and other tracks for Atlantic Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Jazz Cardinals play at The Railway Tavern, Plumstead Road, London, SE18, UK.
The Gil Melle Quintet record Life Begins At Midnight, Night Train To Wildwood and other tracks for Blue Note Records at Van Gelder Studios, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
Marty Robbins releases a new single, Ghost Train, in the USA.
The Loco-Motion by Little Eva reaches No1 in the Canadian pop singles chart.
Bobby Bare performs 500 Miles Away From Home on popular tv show American Bandstand, recorded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The Detours play at The Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, London, England, UK, Europe. The group will find much greater success after they evolve to become The Who.
Vinny Bell With Claus Ogerman and The Charles Calello Orchestra records Night Train, Train Man's Blues and Last Stop for Verve Records in the USA.
Gary Usher releases a new single, Sacramento, in the USA. The song is co-written and produced by Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys.
Further filming for The Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night takes place at Marylebone Station, London, UK.
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Versatile organist Lenny Dee, with producer Owen Bradley, records On Green Dolphin Street, Baby Elephant Walk, The Pink Panther, Moonlight Cocktail, Honky Tonk Train Blues, Hello Dolly, The Girl From Ipanema, Canadian Sunset and other tracks at Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Who, billed as The High Numbers, play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow And Wealdstone, UK.
King Of The Road by Roger Miller reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, for one week.
Roy Orbison records The Loner, This Is My Land, A New Star, Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart and other tracks in RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee, 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.
The Graham Bond Organisation play at Klook's Kleek, Railway Hotel, Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
Locomotive play at The Pink Flamingo, London, England, UK, Europe.
Pucho And His Latin Soul Brothers record Friendship Train, Cloud Nine and other tracks for the Prestige Records album Cold Shoulder at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
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)
The Sex Pistols play at The Screen On the Green, Islington, London, England, UK, Europe, in an event billed as The Midnight Special. Other bands include The Clash and Buzzcocks, and in the audience are future Banshees Siouxsie Sioux and Severin, plus Billy Idol.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the last 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 third of four nights at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming tour, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at The Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Jazz saxophonist Jimmy Forrest, whose first solo recording, Night Train, reached No. 1 for seven weeks on the Billboard R'n'B chart in 1952, dies aged 60 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
The Second Annual Soul Train Music Awards take place at the Civic Center, Santa Monica, California. Whitney Houston wins Album Of The Year (female). Michael Jackson gets Best Single (male) and Album Of The Year (male). Janet Jackson has to content herself with Best New Video.
Using the pseudonym The Krush Brothers, Duran Duran play a ‘secret’ gig at La Locomotive, Paris, France, Europe.
English progressive rock band Big Big Train announces via their official blog that Dave Gregory (best known as guitarist for XTC) will be appearing as a guest musician on their sixth studio album.
Train play at the Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Bruno Mars and Ellie Goulding play at The Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California, USA.
Kiss and Def Leppard play at The Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, California, USA.
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.
Train play at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 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.
I Play Chicken With The Train by country rap artist Cowboy Troy is the No. 1 country download at the iTunes Music Store on this day.
The Cure play at The Sleep Train Amphitheater, Chula Vista, California, USA.