1911 - Smiley Burnette, singer, motion picture actor and Capitol Records artist, is born Lester Alvin Burnette in Summum, Illinois
1950 - John Hartman, drummer with the Capitol Records group The Doobie Brothers, is born in Falls Church, Virginia
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Vocalist and guitarist Merle Travis and his Cowboy Band (Jack McTaggart on trumpet, Larry "Pedro" De Paul on accordion, Eddie Kirk on rhythm , guitar, Earl James "Joaquin" Murphy on steel guitar, and Clifford G. Snyder aka Cliffie Stone on bass), directed by Cliffie Stone, record the titles "Weary Lonesome Me", "No Vacancy", "Cincinnati Lou", and "Two Is A Couple (And Three Is A Crowd)" at Radio Recorders' studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "No Vacancy" and "Cincinnati Lou" together as a single (Capitol 258). Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the five CD box set "Guitar Rags And A Too Far Past" (BCD 15637).
1949 - During a split session held in Los Angeles, California, vocalist Johnny Mercers and The Starlighters (vocal group with unlisted lineup), with Paul Weston and his orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Candy Kisses" and "The Missouri Walking Preacher", then Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting, also with Paul Weston and his orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes trumpet, trombone, reeds, piano, guitar, bass, and drums players), record the title "Baby, It's Cold Outside". Capitol Records will issue "Candy Kisses" and "The Missouri Walking Preacher" together as a single (Capitol 57-558) and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as a single (Capitol 57-567) with "I Never Heard You Say" (recorded March 23, 1949) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - It's a Wednesday night at 7:45 PM and Nat "King" Cole appears on tonight's episode of CBS-TV's "The Perry Como Show"
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased for vocalist Garry Wells (aka Garland Wells) with Remo Biondi's titles "Why, Why, Why", "I Keep Thinking Of You", "On Borrowed Time", and "Time Changes Everything" that were recorded earlier in 1953 at Universal Studios in Chicago, Illinois and will issue "Why, Why, Why" and "I Keep Thinking Of You" together as a single (Capitol 2420) and "On Borrowed Time" and "Time Changes Everything" together as a single (Capitol 2551).
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with Buddy Cole and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Deliverance Will Come" and "The Ninety And Nine" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue either title.
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalist Ben Light, with Nelso Riddle conducting The Light Brigade (unlisted guitar, bass, and drums players), records the titles "My Broken Heart Keeps Asking Why" and "You Made All My Dreams Come True" with the addition of a vocal chorus (lineup unlisted) and the titles "Blue Skies" and "Marie" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "My Broken Heart Keeps Asking Why" as a single (Capitol 2530) with "12th Street Rag" (recorded February 8, 1952) on the flipside, "You Made My Dreams Come True" and "Marie" together as a single (Capitol 2452), "Blue Skies" as a single (Capitol 2680) with "Hindustan" (recorded June 18, 1953) on the flipside and on Light's album "Juke Box Favorites" (T 330), and "Marie" on Light's album "Speed Of Light!" (T 670).
1956 - Les Baxter's Capitol Records single "The Poor People Of Paris", with "Theme from Helen of Troy" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Don Baker, on a Hammond organ, records the titles "Under Paris Skies", "The Third Man Theme", "Cumana", "Misirlou", and a new take of "Mi Serape" (an earlier take was recorded the day before on March 17, 1958 and has yet to be issued) in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Baker's album "Cocktail Hammond" (T/ST 1099).
1966 - Vocalist Nancy Wilson, with Oliver Nelson conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Wasn't It Wonderful?", "Going Out Of My Head", "Before The Rain", and "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Wilson's album "A Touch Of Today" (T 2495).
1966 - Vocalist Wayne Newton, with unlisted others, records the as yet to be issued titles "Who Can I Turn To?" and "The Shadow Of Your Smile", and the title "How Loud A Sound (Silence Can Be)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the last title as a single (Capitol 5692) with "Excuse Me, Baby" (recorded on May 5, 1966) on the flipside and on Newton's album "The Greatest Wayne Newton" (ST 2847).
1967 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Penny Lane", with "Strawberry Fields Forever, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' titles "Lady Madonna" and "The Inner Light" together as a single (Capitol 2138) in the United States.
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Capitol Records releases Steve Miller's debut single "Sitting In Circles" (Capitol 2156) with "Roll With It" on the flipside.
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Vocalist Peggy Lee records vocal overdubs on the band tracks recorded by an orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Shorty Rogers for the titles "Money", "Reason To Believe", and "I Didn't Want To Have To Do It" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. After more unlisted overdubs are recorded for all the titles on the same day, Capitol Records has yet to issue the final mix of "Money" and will issue the final mixes of "Reason To Believe" and "I Didn't Want To Have To Do It" together as a single (Capitol 2171).
45 Years Ago Today In 1973 - The final overdubs are recorded in Los Angeles, California for Glen Campbell's titles "You're The One", "Sold American", and "If Not For You". Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of all the titles on Campbell's album "I Knew Jesus (Before He Was A Star)"(SW-11185).
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Capitol Records registers the masters for Marillion's titles "Script For A Jester's Tear, "He Knows, You Know", "The Web", "Garden Party", "Chelsea Monday" and "Forgotten Sons" in Los Angeles, California and will issue all the titles on the group's album "Script For A Jester's Tear" (ST-12269).
2001 - John Phillips, singer, songwriter, founding member of the Capitol Records vocal group The Journeymen and the group The Mamas & The Papas, father of motion picture and television actress Mackenzie Phillips and singer, television actress and founding member of the SKG Records group Wilson Phillips Chynna Phillips, dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California at age 65
1959 - Capitol Records parent company EMI announces that it has now stopped all production of 78 rpm discs in the U.K.
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Trombonist Lou Blackburn, with Freddie Hill on trumpet, Horace Tapscott on piano, John Duke on bass, and Leroy Henderson on drums, records the titles "Ode To Taras", "Two Note Samba", "Jean Bleu", "Blues For Eurydice", and "My Secret Love" at United Recorders at 6000 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California for Imperial Records. After Imperial's catalog is acquired by United Artists Records, which also acquired Blue Note Records, and all the libraries are acquired by EMI, Blue Note Records will issue all the titles in 2006 on the compilation CD "Lou Blackburn - The Complete Imperial Sessions" (3-58294-2).
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1886 - Edward Everett Horton, a motion picture actor, and a television cartoon voice actor, is born in Brooklyn, New York.