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Trains

Seaman's National Gramophone files an injunction against Berliner Gramophone which effectively prevents Emile Berliner from selling his gramophones in the United States of America. As a result, Berliner will move his company to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to take advantage of the ease of railway transport between Montreal and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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'.
While out walking along the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway (later the Missouri Pacific Railroad) where it crosses Big River outside of Irondale (Washington County, Missouri), William Helms finds a five-day-old baby in a suitcase, evidently having been thrown from a passing train. Helms and his wife foster the child, and name him William Moses Gould Helms. Within a few months, The Rev. J.T. Barton will be inspired to write the song Ballad Of The Iron Mountain Baby, telling the story of the child. It will become a popular folk song and a new treatment of the story, entitled Sarah Jane And The Iron Mountain Baby, will be released in 2013 on the LP Love Has Come For You by Steve Martin And Edie Brickell.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Baker record The Newmarket Wreck for Vocalion Records in Bristol, Tennessee, USA, based on a horrific real-life train crash which took place on the Southern Railroad in 1904.
Palmer McAbee records the harmonica solos Lost Boy Blues and McAbee's Railroad Piece for Victor Records in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The State Street Boys, including Big Bill Broonzy, record Midnight Special , for OKeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, USA. 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. The most popular version of the song is by Lead Belly.
When Jim Holbert sings the railroad ballad Casey Jones, at the Visalia FSA Camp, California, USA, his performance is recorded for posterity by Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin. The recording will be preserved at The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress in Washington DC, 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.
Duke Ellington records Perdido, Take The 'A' Train, Oscalypso, Blues For Blanton and Blues No3, for Mercer records in New York City, 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)
Today's edition of The Roy Rogers Show, starring singing cowboy Roy Rogers, on NBC-tv in the USA is entitled The Train Robbery.
The Maddox Brothers And Rose record I'd Rather Die Young [Than Grow Old Without You], These Wasted Years, The Nightingale Song and I'm A Little Red Caboose [On The Choo Choo Train Of Love] for Columbia Records in the USA.
Blues singer and guitarist Smokey Hogg records When I've Been Drinkin', Train Whistle, My Baby's Gone and Tear Me Down for Imperial Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley records Mystery Train, When It Rains It Really Pours and I Forgot To Remember To Forget, at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
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.
Jazz saxophonist Teddy Edwards records Scrapple From The Apple, Take The 'A' Train and other tracks for Contemporary Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Boogie woogie pianist Meade Lux Lewis records new versions of Cow Cow Blues, Honky Tonk Train and other tracks in his home in Watts, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Yardbirds play at The Railway Hotel, Harrow, London, England, UK, Europe.
Chet Atkins records Freight Train for his 24th album Guitar Country, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The project will earn a Grammy nomination.
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.
The Beatles continue filming A Hard Day's Night. Because a huge crowd had turned up at Paddington Station the day before, the group now joins the film's special train at Acton, West London. During this day's filming, George Harrison meets the model Pattie Boyd.
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Granada Television in Manchester, England, UK, Europe, records The Blues and Gospel Train, a programme directed by John Hamp featuring Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Rev. Gary Davis and others. For filming, the company transforms the disused Wilbraham Road railway station into "Chorltonville", giving it the supposed appearance of a southern U.S.-style station.
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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.
Johnny Hodges and Wild Bill Davis record Take The 'A' Train, Peg O' My Heart, Spotted Dog and The Nearness Of You, for their Verve Records album Wings And Things at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, USA.
TV rock show Where The Action Is, in the USA, features James Brown performing Night Train and The Lovin' Spoonful performing Do You Believe in Magic?
The Wilburn Brothers record The Knoxville Girl, It's Another World, Bring Me Back My Heart, All I Have For You Mom and ~The Legend Of The Big River Train for Decca Records in Bradley's Barn, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
The Railroad Record Club in the USA releases a set of three 12" discs, lasting for two hours at 33 1/3rpm, as Special Pressing number 4. The discs record the complete run of interurban train No. 108 from Chicago, Illinois, to South Bend, Indiana.
Jody Miller, with Steve Douglas as producer, records We're Gonna Let The Good Times Roll, You're My Favourite Everything and I'm Making Room in Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Savoy Brown Blues Band plays at Klook's Kleek Club, Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
Timebox are playing at Klook's Kleek, in The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
Having consumed some seconals and alcohol, Beat Generation icon Neal Cassady, an associate of The Grateful Dead, sets off from San Miguel de Allende in Mexico to walk fifteen miles to Celaya, along the railroad tracks in driving rain. He will be found in a coma the next morning, and will die the following day. His life and death will inspire several songs including Jack And Neal (1977) by Tom Waits, Styrofoam Plates (2001) by Death Cab For Cutie, Neal Cassady Drops Dead (2014) by Morrissey, Neal Cassady (1989) by The Washington Squares.
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.
Kaleidoscope and Sea Train play the first of six nights at The Ash Grove, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Fleetwood Mac play at The Railway Hotel, Wealdstone, England, UK, Europe.
Blues-rock band Earth play at The Marquee Club, London, England, UK, Europe, with The Bakerloo Blues Band, Locomotive and Roy Everett. Earth will find rather more success after a name-change to Black Sabbath.
The Monkees are in RCA Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, working on the song Steam Engine.
Grand Funk Railroad play at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Landscape play at The Zodiac Jazz Club, above The Railway Hotel, West Hampstead, London, England, UK, Europe.
Slow Train Coming by Bob Dylan enters the Billboard albums chart in the USA, where it will peak at No3 during a 13-week run.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the eighth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour Bob Dylan plays the twelfth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco.
On his Slow Train Coming tour, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Community Center, Tucson, Arizona.
Steve Gibbons releases a new album, The Dylan Project, in the UK on Woodworm Records. The album includes Gibbons versions of Bob Dylan songs including It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, Down Along The Cove and Simple twist Of fate.
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.
A blue plaque is unveiled at Dartford railway station in Kent, UK, to mark the October 1961 encounter between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards which led to the formation of The Rolling Stones.
On his Purpose World Tour Justin Bieber plays at The Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California, USA.
Suffering from food poisoning, Meghan Trainor vomits over her new fiance, actor Daryl Sabara, while they are driving home after a brief break in Palm Springs, California, USA.
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