85 Years Ago Today In 1933 - David McCallum, a motion picture and television actor ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", "The Invisible Man", "N.C.I.S.", etc.) and a Capitol Records recording artist, is born David Keith McCallum in Glasglow, Scotland
1934 - Brian Epstein, an author, manager of his family's North End Road Music Stores (NEMS) and manager of the EMI/Capitol Records group The Beatles (1962-1967), as well as Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, The Fourmost, The Big Three, The Silkie, Tommy Quickly, The Cyrkle, The Remo Four, and others, is born Brian Samuel Epstein in Rodney Street, in Liverpool, England
1941 - "Mama" Cass Elliot, motion picture actress (movie version of "H.R. Pufnstuf"), singer (both with the group The Mamas And The Papas and as a solo artist), and a Capitol Records artist (on the soundtrack to “H.R. Pufnstuf”), is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1942 - Danny Kalb, guitarist and founder of the Capitol Records recording group (1971-1972) The Blues Project, is born in Mount Vernon, New York
1945- Freda Payne, a singer, actress, and Invictus Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records formed by Brian and Eddie Holland) artist, is born Freda Charcelia Payne in Detroit, Michigan. On her birthday in 1970, her single "Band Of Gold" is #1 on the U.K. Pop singles charts.
1949 - Twiggy, supermodel, motion picture actress, judge on television talent show, singer, dancer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Lesley Hornby in the London suburb of Neasden, England
1952 - Nile Rodgers, singer, founding member of the group Chic, member of the group The Honeydrippers, record producer for Capitol Records band Duran Duran and EMI America artist David Bowie, and assisted with the production of Capitol Records band Power Station's self-titled debut album, is born in New York City, New York
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1947 - Vocalists Jack Smith and The Clark Sisters (lineup unlisted), with Earl Gordon and His Orchestra (lineup also unlisted), record the titles "My Rancho Rio Grande", "Peggy O'Neil", "Oye Negra", "Nague", "Negro Leono" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "My Rancho Rio Grande" and "Peggy O'Neil" together as a single (Capitol 473), "Oye Negra" (Capitol 57-698) with "The Mariachi Serenade" (Recorded May 17, 1949) on the flipside, and have yet to issue either "Nague" and "Negro Leono".
1947 - Hal Derwin and Frank De Vol, with unlisted others, record five unlisted titles for The Capitol Records Transcription Service probably in "The Chateau" on De Longpre near Vine Street in Hollywood, California. No issuing information is listed.
1957 - Vocalist Gordon MacRae, with Van Alexander conducting the orchestra and chorus (lineup unlisted), records "The Lord's Prayer", "Sayonara", "IF I Forget You", "Never 'Til Now", and "Now" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "Sayonara" and "Never 'Til Now" together as a single (Capitol F3816) and "If I Forget You" and "Now" together as a single (Capitol F3864), all four previous titles on MacRae's album "This Is Gordon MacRae" (T 1050), and have to issue "The Lord's Prayer".
1957 - The Dave Pell Octet (Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Ray Sims on trombone, Dave Pell on tenor saxophone, Ronnie Lang on baritone saxophone, Paul Smith on piano, Tony Rizzi on guitar, Roland Bundock on bass, and Jack Sperling on drums) records the titles "Nap's Dream" arranged by Mary Paich, "Time After Time" and "The Way You Look Tonight" arranged by Bill Holman, and "People In Love" and "Crescendo Date" also arranged by Marty Paich, in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the Pell's album "I Had The Craziest Dream" (T 925).
1960 - Stan Kenton and his Orchestra record eight tracks at their first recording session with four mellophonium players (Gene Roland, Joe Burnette, Bill Horan and Tom Wirtel), playing to the charts of Johnny Richards and Gene Roland, at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Some of the tracks are included on the CD of Kenton's Capitol Records album "Cuban Fire!" that was re-issued by Capitol Jazz, a division of Blue Note Records, which is a subsidiary of Capitol Records
1962 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Ramblin' Rose" is #7 on WMCA's Top Ten survey in New York City, New York.
1962 - The Four Freshmen (Bob Flanigan on vocals, trombone, and bass, Bill Comstock on vocals and guitar, Ross Barbour on vocals, trumpet and drums, and Ken Albers on vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn, and bass) perform the titles "Route 66 (Theme)", "Poinciana", "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis", "Moon River", "Take Your Shoes Off, Baby", "Once In Love With Amy", "Wail For The Bread", "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone", "Act III", "Santa Claus Is Flat Gonna Come To Town", "Blues In The Night", and "And So It's Over (Closing Theme)" at a concert at City College in Long Beach California which was recorded by Capitol Records who issued all the titles on the group's album "The Four Freshmen In Person, Volume 2" (T/ST 1860).
1962 - Vocalist Ernie Andrews, with The Cannonball Adderley Quintet (Nat Adderley on cornet, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley on alto saxophone, Joe Zawinul on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums), performs the titles "Opening-Spoken Introduction by Julian Adderley", "I'm A World Shaker", "Come On Back", "Bill Bailey", "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco", "If You Ever Fall In Love With Me", "Since I Fell For You", "Next Time I See You", and "Ten Years Of Tears" at a show at Memory Lane in Los Angeles, California that was recorded by Capitol Records which issued "I'm A World Shaker", "If I Ever Fall In Love With You", "Since I Fell For You", "Next Time I See You", and "Ten Years Of Tears" on the album "Ernie Andrews With The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Live Session!" (T/ST 2284), rejected the recordings of "Bill Bailey" and "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco" and have yet to issue "Opening - Spoken Introduction By Julian Adderley" and "Come On Back".
1962 - Vocalist Harlan Howard, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Old Moon", "In This Very Same Room", "My Baby's His Baby Now", and "When You're Nothing To No One" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "My Baby's His Baby Now" as a single (Capitol 4928) with "Somebody's Sweetheart" (recorded September 20, 1962) and have yet to issue any of the other titles.
1966 - At the first session for The Beach Boys' album "Smile", Brian Wilson records "Our Prayer" also known as just "Prayer" that he intends to be the unlisted intro to the album but not a proper track, at Columbia Studio in Los Angeles, California.
1967 - Vocalist Bonnie Owens, with (listed as possibly) George French Jr. on piano, Glen Campbell and Lewis A. Talley on guitars, Roy Nichols on electric guitar, Billy Mize on open string guitar and harmony vocals, Norman D. Hamlett on steel guitar, Jerry Ward aka Howard Lowe on bass, and Roy "Eddie" Burris on drums, records the titles "I Let A Stranger Buy The Wine", "Number 82", and "Don't Tell Me" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "I Let A Stranger Buy The Wine" and "Don't Tell Me" on Owens' album "Somewhere Between" (T/ST 2861), "Don't Tell Me" as a single (Capitol 2029) with "Somewhere Between" (recorded September 20, 1967) on the flipside, and "Number 82" on Bonnie Owens And The Strangers' album "Lead Me On" (ST-195).
1967 - Vocalist and guitarist Merle Haggard and The Strangers (George French Jr. on piano, Glen Campbell and Lewis A. Talley on guitars, Roy Nichols on electric guitar, Billy Mize on open string guitar and harmony vocals, Norman D. Hamlett on steel guitar, Jerry Ward aka Howard Lowe on bass, and Roy "Eddie" Burris on drums), with vocalist Bonnie Owens on harmony vocals, record the titles "Seeing Eye Dog", "Will You Visit Me On Sundays?", "and "Home Is Where A Kid Grows Up" in the Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Seeing Eye Dog" and "Home Is Where A Kid Grows Up" on the Haggard's album "Sing Me Back Home" (T/ST 2848) and "Will You Visit Me On Sundays?" on Merle Haggard And The Strangers' album "The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde" (ST 2912).
1977 - Overdubs are recorded for Natalie Cole's title "Nothing Stronger Than Love" in an unlisted location. After more overdubs are recorded for the title on September 20, 21, and 22, 1977, Capitol Records will issue the title on Cole's album "Thankful" (SW-11708).
1979 - Louis Ferdinand Bush (aka Lou Busch and aka Joe "Fingers" Carr), pianist, Capitol Records and Warner Brothers Records A&R executive and producer, head of Capitol Records Transcription service, session pianist for Peggy Lee, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Jo Stafford, one-time husband of Capitol Records artist Margaret Whiting, father of Debbie Whiting, and Capitol Records recording artist under the name Joe "Fingers" Carr, is killed in an auto accident in Camarillo, California at age 69 and is later interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery and Mortuary near UCLA in Westwood, California.
1979 - John Simmons, a bass player in an early lineup of The King Cole Trio and with Capitol Records artist Illinois Jacquet's band as well as playing on Capitol Records sessions for Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, and Sammy Davis, Jr., dies either in Orange, New York or Los Angeles, California at age 61. If anyone knows for sure which city, please leave a comment.
1982 - The Steve Miller Band's Capitol Records single "Abracadabra", with "Baby Wanna Dance" on the flipside, returns to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 single chart
1986 - Capitol Records releases Megadeth's album "Peace Sells"
1991 - Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side Of The Moon" is certified 12x Multi-Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
1999 - Capitol Records artist Tommy Collins is inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame
2006 - Capitol Records releases Chingy's album "Hoodstar"
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1962 - At her first session for Blue Note Records, vocalist Sheila Jordan with Barry Galbraith on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Denzil Best on drums, recorded "Falling In Love With Love", "Am I Blue", "Dat Dere" with only Steve Swallow on bass, "If You Could See Me Now", "Baltimore Oriole" without Barry Galbraith on guitar, and "When The World Was Young" in recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records issued all the titles on Jordan's album "A Portrait of Sheila" (BLP9002/BST89002 on vinyl, 7.89002-2 on CD).
2009 - Arthur Ferrante (born Arthur Richard Ferrante), pianist and part of the United Artists recording duo Ferrante and Teicher, has died at age 88 of natural causes early this morning at his home in Longboat Key, Florida according to his manager, Scott W. Smith.