1914 - Ziggy Elman, trumpet player, bandleader, songwriter (best known for "And The Angels Sing" which he co-wrote with Capitol Records' co-founder Johnny Mercer and was sung by future Capitol Records artist Martha Tilton), part of Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, and Mickey Katz and His Orchestra as well as a Capitol Records session musician (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra, Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra, and others), is born Harry Aaron Finkelman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1920 - Peggy Lee, songwriter, cartoon voice artist, vocalist with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, and a solo artist on Capitol and Decca Records is born Norma Delores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota.
1926 - Miles Davis, trumpet player, composer, bandleader, film scorer, television actor, and Capitol Records artist (1948) was born Miles Dewey Davis III in Alton, Illinois.
1942 - Levon Helm, drummer, mandolin player and singer with the Capitol Records recording group The Band, as well as Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks, The Canadian Squires, and The Hawks, is born Mark Levon Helm in Marvell, Arkansas
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Candy" is #4 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records charts, The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)' Capitol Records single "Dream" is #5, and Johnny Johnston (with orchestra conducted by Paul Baron)'s Capitol Records single "Laura" enters the chart at #9
1946 - Johnny Mercer, with The Pied Pipers (June Hutton, Clarke Yocum, Hal Hopper, Chuck Lowry) on the first three tracks and Paul Weston and his Orchestra (Bruce Hudson, Charlie Griffard, Ray Woods, and Ray Linn on trumpet; Allan Thompson, Bill Schaefer, and Elmer Smithers on trombone; Hap Lawson, Matty Matlock, Fred Stulce, Lenny Hartman, Eddie Miller, and Artie Quenzer on reeds; Charles LaVere on piano; Dave Barbour on guitar; Jack Ryan on bass; and Nick Fatool on drums) on all titles, records "My Sugar Is So Refined", "Baby I'm True To You", "Sugar Blues" (this version features a rare vocal by drummer Nick Fatool who's identified by name by Mercer and the version released by Capitol will be recorded on July 1, 1947) and "Mindin' My Business" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "My Sugar Is So Refined" as a single (Capitol 268) with "Ugly Chile (You're Some Pretty Doll)" (recorded May 23, 1946) on the flipside and "Mindin' My Business" on Mercer's album "Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers With Paul Weston Orchestra" (CD-36). Mosaic Records will issue all the titles on the compilation CD set "Mosaic Select - Johnny Mercer" (MS-028).
1949 - Woody Herman and His Orchestra (Stan Fishelson, Al Porcino, Ernie Royal, Charlie Walp, and Shorty Rogers on trumpet; Bill Harris, Earl Swope, and Ollie Wilson on trombone; Bart Varsalona on bass trombone; Herman on clarinet, alto saxophone, and vocals; Sam Marowitz on alto saxophone; Gene Ammons, Buddy Savitt, and Jimmy Giuffre on tenor saxophone; Serge Chaloff on baritone saxophone; Terry Gibbs on vibraphone; Lou Levy on piano; Oscar Pettiford on bass; Shelly Manne on drums; and Mary Ann McCall on vocals) record the tracks "The Crickets" arranged by Ralph Burns with Herman and McCall on vocals and "More Moon" arranged by Shorty Rogers, in Chicago, Illinois for Capitol Records
1951 - Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "How High The Moon" is #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Nat "King" Cole (with orchestra conducted by Les Baxter)'s Capitol Records single "Too Young" is #2, and Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "Mockin' Bird Hill" is #7
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalists Skeets McDonald and Helen O'Connell, with Dave Cavanaugh directing the orchestra (Charles Butler and Jules Jacob on saxophones, Donald Robertson on piano, Eddie Kirk on guitar, Meyer Rubin on bass, Milton "Muddy" Berry on drums, and James "Dick" Philips and John Schmidt on unlisted instruments) record the titles "Hi Diddle Diddle (My My)" and "Worried Mind" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM with producer Ken Nelson. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 2573 on 10" shellac and F2573 on 7" vinyl).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - During two session held this day in Los Angeles, California with producer Dave Cavanaugh, The Frank Moore Four (Frank Moore on accordion with unlisted tenor saxophone, bass, and drums players) records the titles "How About You", "Night Train", "Manhattan", "Take The 'A' Train", and I'll Never Smile Again" at the first session and the titles "Midnight Sun", "Four Brothers, "I'm Beginning To See The Light", and "Don'cha Go 'Way Mad" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "Midnight Sun" and "Four Brothers" which it has yet to issue, on the group's self-titled album "The Frank Moore Four" (T 1127).
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - The Beach Boys (lineup unlisted) record the title "Walk On By" at an unlisted studio. Capitol Records will issue the title as a bonus track on the two-album CD "Friends/20-20" (7-93697-2).
1969 - Capitol Records releases John Lennon and Yoko Ono's second album, "Unfinished Music No. 2 - Life with the Lions" in the U.S. and the couple begin their second "bed-in" for peace in a 29th-floor room at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada
1970 - The Beatles' last album "Let It Be", released by Capitol Records in the United States, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
45 Years Ago Today In 1973 - The Beatles' Apple Records compilation double album "The Beatles 1967-1970" (aka "The Blue Album") hits #1 on Billboard magazine's Top 200 Albums chart.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1942 - Ray Ennis, a guitarist and a singer with the Capitol Records Canada group The Swinging Blue Jeans, is born in Liverpool, England
1956 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm In Love Again" is #19 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, and Domino's Imperial Records single "My Blue Heaven is #38
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - David Seville's Liberty Records single "Witch Doctor" is #2 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Believe What You Say" is tied for #31 with it's flipside "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It", Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "Sick And Tired is #34, and Dion and The Belmonts' Laurie Records single "I Wonder Why" is tied at #35 with Andy Williams (with Archie Blyer and His Orchestra)' single "I Wonder Why".
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Pianist Gil Evans, using his own arrangements, conducts Johnny Coles, Louis Mucci, and Clyde Raesinger on trumpets, Frank Rehak and Joe Bennett on trombones, Tom Mitchell on bass trombone, Julius Watkins on French horn, Bill Barber on tuba, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley on alto saxophone, Phil Bodner on piccolo, flute, bass clarinet, and English horn, Chuck Wayne on guitar, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Blakey on drums as they record the titles "Manteca" and "Bird Feathers" in New York City, New York for the Pacific Jazz label. After EMI acquires Pacific Jazz's catalog, it will issue both titles on the two-LP compilation set "Pacific Standard Time" (BN-LA461-H2).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Pianist and bandleader Count Basie and His Orchestra (Wendell Culley, Snooky Young, Thad Jones, and Joe Newman on trumpets, Henry Coker, Al Grey, and Benny Powell on trombones, Frank Wess on alto saxophone and flute, Marshall Royal also on alto saxophone, Frank Foster and Billy Mitchell on tenor saxophones, Charles Fowlkes on baritone saxophone, Freddie Green on guitar, Eddie Jones on bass, and Sonny Payne on drums), with Joe Williams, Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and Annie Ross on vocals, record the title "Goin' To Chicago" at Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York for the Roulette Records label. After EMI acquires Roulette's catalog, Blue Note Records will issue the title on the compilation CD "The Best Of Joe Williams" (8-21146-2).
1962 - Walter Brennan's Liberty Records single "Old Rivers" is #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, Jay and The Americans' United Artists Records single "She Cried" is #7, Dion's Laurie Records single "Lovers Who Wander" is #10, Joey Dee and The Starlighters' Roulette Records single "Shout (Part 1)" is #19, and Dick and DeeDee's Liberty Records single "Tell Me" is #26. Universal Music Group, the parent company of Capitol Music Group, currently owns the catalogs of Liberty, United Artists, Laurie and Roulette Records.
1964 - Lenny Kravitz, Virgin Records America artist, is born Leonard Albert Kravitz in New York City, New York
1982 - Bobby Darin's star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled
1994 - Future Capitol Records artist Lisa Marie Presley secretly marries Michael Jackson in the Dominican Republic
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1886 - Al Jolson, singer, Vaudeville, Broadway, and motion picture actor (best known as the star of the first popular talking film "The Jazz Singer"), and first popular music superstar of the 20th century, is born Asa Yoelson in Seredzius, Lithuania. For just about everything you might want to know about Jolson, check out Dr. Marc I Leavy's massive tribute website.
1932 - My grandparents, Martin and Marie Nielsen, set sail from Hamburg, Germany on the S.S. New York, bound for Ellis Island and eventually to 4741 Greenwood Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
1942 - Joan Fontaine, actress, puts her handprints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - Stevie Nicks, a songwriter, solo artist, and a vocalist with the bands Fritz, Buckingham Nicks, and Fleetwood Mac is born Stephanie Lynn Nicks in Phoenix, Arizona