Thursday, March 23, 2017

MARCH 23, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", with "Harlem Folk Dance" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1946 - Johnny Mercer's Capitol Records single "Personality", with "If I Knew Then" on the flipside, is #2 on the U.S. Pop singles chart
1950 - Billy May and His Orchestra, with May conducting his own arrangements to Uan Rasey, Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy, Irv Shulkin, and William Guy on trumpet, Ed Kusby, James Priddy, Si Zentner, and James Skiles on trombone, Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, Jules Kinsler, Donald Lazenby, Fred Falensby, and Arthur Fleming on saxophones, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, J.H. Washburne on bass, and John Cyr on drums,  record the titles "Minor March (Bottom Of The Cage)", "Circus Waltz" (with the scripts for both written by Alan Livingston), and the instrumental tracks for "Francis (The Talking Mule)" and "A Mule Is A Fool" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California on March 23, 1950 between 9:00 PM and 12:00 AM on March 24, 1950. The vocals for the last two titles will be overdubbed by Chill Wills and The Starlighters on March 27, 1950. Capitol Records will issue the first two songs together on the children's album "Bozo's Circus Band" (DC-253) and the last two songs together on this children's album (CAS-3071).
1951 - Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "How High The Moon", with "The Walkin' and Whistlin' Blues" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1956 - Les Baxter's "Poor People of Paris", with "Theme From Helen Of Troy" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Pop Singles charts
1964 - Chet Baker signs a contract with Capitol Records
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Pete Johnson, pianist, bandleader, and member of the Capitol Records group The Capitol Jazzmen, dies at Meyer Hospital in Buffalo, New York at age 62 after years of heart problems and complications after a stroke.
1968 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "Lady Madonna", with "The Inner Light" on the flipside and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1969 - Merle Haggard records the track "Jesus, Take A Hold" for Capitol Records
1969 - Buck Owen's Capitol Records single "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass", the flipside of "There's Gotta Be Some Changes Made" hits #1 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart
1970 - The Chairmen Of The Board's Invictus Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records run by Holland and Dozier) single "Give Me Just a Little More Time", with "Since the Days of Pigtails (and Fairy Tales)" on the flip side, is #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1971 - Vocalist and guitarist Buck Owens and The Buckaroos (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Ruby (Are You Mad)", "Heartbreak Mountain", and "Uncle Pen" in Bakersfield, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 3096) and all three titles on Owens' album "Ruby" (ST-795).
1974 - Ringo Starr's Apple Records single "Oh My My", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States and with "Step Lightly" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MARCH 22, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1965 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' album "The Early Beatles"
1969 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Only The Lonely", with "The Journey" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1971 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By" with "Happy Songs Of Love" on the flip side
1974 - Sam Donahue, tenor saxophone, trumpet, and valve trombone player, arranger, bandleader (his own, the U.S. Navy's, Billy May's for the Ray Anthony organization, Tommy Dorsey's which became the Frank Sinatra, Jr. Show's), Capitol Records session musician and member of the Capitol Records group Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, dies at age 56 of complications of cancer in Reno, Nevada
30 Years Ago Today In 1977 - The Steve Miller Band's Capitol Records single "Fly Like An Eagle", with "Lovin' Cup" on the flipside, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
30 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights", with "William Tell Overture" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1986 - Heart's "These Dreams", with "Shell Shock" on the flipside, is still #1 (the band's first) on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - Pete Wylie, singer, guitarist, harmonica player, remixer, record producer, with the groups Echo And The Bunnyman and Wah!, and a Virgin Records America solo artist, is born in Liverpool, England. I designed the cover for the U.S. release of his single "Sinful".
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Perry Bags, vocalist, and drummer with the EMI America group Jason & The Scorchers, is born. If anyone knows where Perry was born, please leave a comment. I worked on designs for the band's EMI America single "Golden Ball And Chain" and was at their video shoot for the single at the Palace Theater in Hollywood, California in 1986.
1963 - Parlophone Records releases The Beatles' first album "Please Please Me"
1978 - The Rutles' mockumentary "All You Need Is Cash", spoofing the career of The Beatles, produced by George Harrison (who also appears briefly as a reporter), and written by Eric Idle, airs for the first time in the United States
1981 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "Rapture", with "Walk Like Me" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Chrysalis' catalog was owned by Capitol Music Group's previous parent company, EMI Music Group. Capitol's current parent company, Universal Music Group, sold Chrysalis' catalog to Warner Music Group.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MARCH 21, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - Sonny James signs with Capitol Records
1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "Sloop John B" with "You're So Good To Me" on the flipside
1970 - The Beatles' Apple Records album "Let It Be", distributed in the United States by Capitol Records, debuts at # 6 on Billboard Hot 100, the highest ranking ever for a new entry to that date
1979 - Buck Owens records the track "Play Together Again Again" for Capitol Records
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Robert Preston, Broadway and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (original Broadway cast album for "The Music Man"), dies of lung cancer at age 68 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - The Beatles hold down the Top 4 on US CD chart, with "A Hard Day's Night" at #1, "Please Please Me" at #2, "Beatles For Sale" at #3, and "With The Beatles" at #4
1993 - Capitol Records artist Anne Murray is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame
1994 - Spearhead signs with Capitol Records

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1961 - The Beatles play the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England for the first time thanks to a call from the mother of their drummer, Pete Best, to DJ Bob Wooler
1964 - The Beatles' Tollie Records single "Twist And Shout", with "There's A Place" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-In" at the Amsterdam Hilton
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Cutting Crew's Virgin Records America single "I Just Died In Your Arms" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, the first of the label's releases to do so

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1869 - Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., Broadway theatrical producer, is born in Chicago, Illinois
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Alan Freed presents The Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. It's the first Rock `N' Roll stage show and features R&B artists including The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, Paul Williams, Charles Brown, The Moonglows, and Clyde McPhatter
1991 - Leo Fender (born Clarence Fender), designer of the solid body electric guitar and guitar manufacturer of the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, dies from complications from Parkinson's Disease in Fullerton, California at age 81

Monday, March 20, 2017

MARCH 20, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1918 - Marion McPartland, piano, radio show host, wife of cornetist Jimmy McPartland, and a Capitol Records artist, is born Margaret Marian Turner in Slough, Berkshire, England
95 Years Ago Today In 1922 - Carl Reiner, television and motion picture director, producer, actor, comedian, and Capitol Records artist (The "2000 Year Old Man" series of comedy albums) is born in The Bronx, New York City, New York
80 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Jerry Reed, musician, songwriter, singer, television and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist is born Jerry Reed Hubbard in Atlanta, Georgia
1951 - Guy Perry (aka Adrian Peritore), guitarist and vocalist in the Capitol Records group The Motels, is born in California. If anyone knows for sure where, please leave a comment

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - The first issue of "Capitol News" is released to record stores across the country.
1951 - Pianist Stan Kenton and his orchestra (Ray Wetzel, Maynard Ferguson, John Howell, Shorty Rogers, and Chico Alvarez on trumpets, Dick Kenney, Milt Bernhart, Bob Fitzpatrick, and Bart Varsalona on trombones, Bud Shank and Art Pepper on alto saxophones, Bob Cooper and Bart Caldarell on tenor saxophones, Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone, Ralph Blaze on guitar, Don Bagley on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums) record the titles "Artistry In Tango" "September Song" with the band on vocals, and "Theme For Alto" at Capitol Records' studios on 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "Artistry In Tango" and "September Song" together as a single (Capitol 1480) and "Theme For Solo" on Kenton's album "A Concert In Progressive Jazz" (T 172).
1951 - Vocalist and guitarist Merle Travis, with George Tracy on harmonica, Roy Lanaham on lead guitar, Gene Mombeck on guitar, Arthur Douglas Dalton on mandolin, and Donald "Dusty" Rhodes on bass, records the titles "Lost John Boogie""Deep South""Boogie In Minor", and "Let's Settle Down" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 2:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Lost John Boogie" and "Let's Settle Down" together as a single (Capitol 1737) and "Deep South" and "Boogie In Minor" together as a single (Capitol 1519).
1961 - Vocalist Mary Small, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Valley Of Tears" and "Everybody But Me" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 4563).
1961 - Vocalist Ron Husmann, with unlisted others, records the titles "Beautiful Women", "Easy Living", and "You're Just In Love" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Husmann's album "This Is Ron Husmann" (T 1624).
1961 - Tony Pastor, Jr., with unlisted others, records the titles "Book Of Happiness", "I Forgive You (But I Won't Forget", and the as yet to be issued takes of the titles "Beware" and "Too Little, Too Late" in New York City, New York. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single.
1961 - Comedian Milt Kamen, in front of a live audience at a unlisted location, records the titles "Opening Monologue" (with a brief introduction by Mel Brooks), "The Tomato", "The Israeli Airlines", "The Brooks Brothers", "True Life Adventures", "Johnny Ringo", "Wyoming", and "Whale Meeting" in New York City, New York with producer Mel Brooks. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Kamen's album "Here's Milt Kamen!" (T 1565).
1961 - Faron Young's Capitol Records single "Hello Walls" enters the U.S. Country singles charts where it will peak at #1
1969 - John Lennon marries Yoko Ono on the Rock of Gibraltar
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records releases Glen Campbell's compilation album "The Very Best of Glen Campbell"
2011 - Ralph Mooney, steel guitarist, one of the creators of the Bakersfield sound and session musician on many recordings by Capitol Records artists Buck Owens, Wanda Jackson, Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, died of complications of cancer at his home in Kennedale, Texas at age 82. His obituary can be found at http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ralph-mooney-20110322,0,3909277.story

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1906 - Ozzie Nelson, radio and television actor, bandleader, husband of Harriet Hilliard Nelson, and father actor David Nelson and of Imperial and Capitol Records artist Rick Nelson, is born Oswald George Nelson in Jersey City, New Jersey
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Capitol Records co-founder and lyricist Johnny Mercer and composer Hoagy Charmichael win the Academy Award for Best Music/Song for "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" from the motion picture "Here Comes the Groom"

Sunday, March 19, 2017

MARCH 19, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1946 - Paul Atkinson, original guitarist with the group The Zombies and Vice President A&R Catalog for Capitol Records until 2001, is born Paul Ashley Warren Atkinson in Cuffley, Hertfordshire, England. I met with Paul several times while doing work for Capitol. He would listen to your case if you really had a passion for a project and had done your research to back it up, but he had the unenviable job of having to justifying the cost of re-releasing material with predicted sales and having to say "no" when the numbers just didn't add up. I remember going to his 55th birthday party in the small 12th floor conference room in The Capitol Tower and how he played guitar for his department's track for the annual employee Christmas album.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - During two sessions held this day at Radio Recorders' studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, California, vocalist and guitarist Jack Guthrie and his Oklahomans (Charles Linville on fiddle, "Porky" Freeman on electric guitar, Red Murrell on rhythm guitar, and Allen Williams on bass), under the direction of Cliffie Stone, record the titles "The Clouds Rained Trouble Down", "You Laughed And Cried", "This Troubled Mind O' Mine", and "I'm Telling You" at the first session and "Bow Down Brother", "It's Too Late To Change Your Mind", "Look Out For The Crossing", and "Chained To A Memory" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "The Clouds Rained Trouble Down" as a single (Capitol 341) with "Oakie Oogie" (recorded October 22, 1946) on the flipside, "You Laughed And Cried" and "It's Too Late To Change Your Mind" together as a single (Capitol 406), "This Troubled Mind O' Mine" as a single (Capitol Americana 40012) with "I'm Building A Stairway To Heaven" (recorded October 25, 1944) on the flipside, "I'm Telling You" and "Chained To A Memory" together as a single (Capitol 309), "Bow Down Brother" as a single (Capitol 47-40118) with "You're Gonna Be Sorry" (recorded October 22, 1946) on the flipside, and "Look Out For The Crossing" as a single (Capitol 57-40131) with "No Need To Knock Upon My Door" (recorded October 24, 1957) on the flipside. Capitol will also release "This Troubled Mind O' Mine" and "Chained To A Memory" on Guthrie's memorial album "Oklahoma Hills" (AC-76).
1951 - During two split sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, the vocal group The Starlighters (Vince Degen, Tony Paris, Imogene Lynn, Jerry Duane, and Howard Hudson), with Buddy Cole and his orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the title "I Whistle A Happy Tune" then vocalist Jerry Lewis, with Dick Stabile conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the title "Never Been Kissed" at the first session. At the second session, The Starlighters, again with Buddy Cole and his orchestra, record the title "Sweet, Sweet Pauline" then vocalist Dottie O' Brien, with unlisted others, records the titles "Yak Yak Song" and "I Don't Wanna Go Home". Capitol Records will issue both of The Starlighters titles together as a single (Capitol 1481), Jerry Lewis' title as a single (Capitol 1482) with "A Hunting We Will Go" (recorded January 10, 1951) on the flipside, and both of Dottie O'Brien's titles together as a single (Capitol 1485).
1955 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Ballad Of Davy Crockett (From Walt Disney's Davy Crockett)", with "Farewell (From Walt Disney's Davy Crockett)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1956 - Organist Jackie Davis, with a unidentified orchestra, records the title "We'll Be Together Again" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the sampler album "Full Dimensional Sound From The Capitol Tower" (S 9031).
1956 - Vocalist Judy Garland, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Dirty Hands, Dirty Face" and "April Showers". Nelson Riddle and the orchestra will also record the band tracks for the titles "I Feel A Song Comin' On" and "Maybe I'll Come Back" for which Judy will record vocal overdubs on March 27, 1956. Capitol Records will issue "Dirty Hands, Dirty Faces" and "April Showers" on Garland's album "Judy" (T 734) and "April Showers" as a single (Capitol 6126) with "The Man That Got Away" (recorded April 23, 1961) on the flipside.
1966 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Nowhere Man", with "What Goes On" on the flipside, is #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1979 - The group America signs with Capitol Records
1996 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' Apple Records compilation "Anthology 2" in the United States

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1928 - Henry Ford Maddox, vocalist, mandolin and guitar player, with the group The Maddox Brothers & Rose which featured his sister, future Capitol Records artist Rose Maddox, is born in Boaz, Alabama
1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys' Liberty Records single "Sure Gonna Miss Her", with "I Don't Wanna Say Goodnight" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1983 - Thomas Dolby's Harvest Records single "She Blinded Me With Science", with "Flying North" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Harvest Records is a subsidiary of Capitol Records.
1988 - Natalie Cole's Manhattan Records single "Pink Cadillac", with "I Wanna Be That Woman" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart where it will peak at #5. Manhattan Records is a division of Capitol Records.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
145 Years Ago Today In 1872 - Anna Held, actress, singer, one-time wife of Broadway producer Florence Ziegfeld, is born Helene Anna Held in Warsaw, Poland. The Institute of the American Musical in Los Angeles, California has a large collection of Held memorabilia, costumes and props, that was donated by her family.
1928 - Patrick McGoohan, stage, motion picture and television actor ("Danger Man" [aka "Secret Agent" in the United States], "The Three Lives of Thomasina", "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" "Braveheart", "Escape from Alcatraz", "The Silver Streak", "Ice Station Zebra", "I Am a Camera", and "The Prisoner" [which he also directed and wrote episodes]) is born in in Astoria, Queens, New York
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Elvis Presley purchases his home, the Graceland mansion, in Memphis, Tennessee from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore

Saturday, March 18, 2017

MARCH 18, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
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.
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
1961 - The Four Amigos (aka Los Borincanos, with Miguel Alcaide on vocals, Pedrito Berrios, German Salinas, and Jose [Guito] Vadiz on vocals and guitars) record the titles "Mr. Sandman", "Sincerely", "Ciao Ciao Bambino", "Stranger In Paradise", "Piel Canela", "Ko Ko Mo", "Fascination", "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing", "Arrivederci Roma", "Bon Bon De Elena", "Cumana", and "Medio Peso" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Mr. Sandman" and "Ciao Ciao Bambino" together as a single (Capitol 4614) and all the titles on the group's eponymous album "The Four Amigos" (T 1617).
1965 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail", with "Cryin' Time" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
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).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Penny Lane", with "Strawberry Fields Forever, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1968 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' Apple Records single "Lady Madonna", with "The Inner Light" on the flipside, in the United States
1968 - Capitol Records releases Steve Miller's debut single "Sitting In Circles" with "Roll With It" on the flipside
1971 - Buck Owens records the track "I'll Still Be Waiting For You" for Capitol Records
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

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1959 - Capitol Records parent company EMI announces that it has now stopped all production of 78 rpm discs in the U.K.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1886 - Edward Everett Horton, motion picture actor and television cartoon voice actor, is born in Brooklyn, New York

Friday, March 17, 2017

MARCH 17, 2017

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1919 - Nat "King" Cole, pianist, singer, bandleader, motion picture actor, radio and television variety show host, father of Capitol Records artist Natalie Cole as well as Carole Cole, Nat Kelly Cole, and twins Casey and Timolin Cole, husband of Capitol Records artist Maria Ellington Cole, and Capitol Records artist as part of The King Cole Trio and as a solo artist, is born (according to census data) Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama.
85 Years Ago today In 1932 - Dick Curless, singer, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist, is born Richard William Curless in Fort Fairfield, Maine
1951 - Kurt Russell, television and motion picture actor, baseball player, and Capitol Records artist (1970-1971), is born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Violinist Nathan Milstein records Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sonata N° 3 In C Major For Unaccompanied Violin: Allegro Assai" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Milstein's 3 LP set "BACH - Sonatas and Partitas For Violin" (PCR-8370).
1961 - Vocalist Ron Husmann, with unlisted others, records the titles "My Sweetie Went Away", "Where Do I Go From Here?", "For All We Know", "Oh, Lady Be Good", and "Blue Prelude" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Husmann's album "This Is Ron Husmann" (T 1624).
1961 - Carmen Dragon conducts The Capitol Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise Op. 34 N° 14", Victor Herbert's "Toyland (March Of The Toys) (Babes In Toyland)", Maurice Ravel's "Pavane For A Dead Princess", and Johannes Brahms' "Lullaby (Cradle Song Op. 49 N° 4)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the orchestra's album "Nightfall" (P 8575).
1966 - Vocalist Al Martino, with Peter De Angelis conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Husbands And Wives""I'm Saving All My Love For You""Adios Mexico""You Hurt Me", and "Anita, You're Dreaming" in New York City, New York with producer Tom Morgan. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Martino's album "Think I'll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself To Sleep" (T 2528).
1966 - Vocalist Nancy Wilson, with Oliver Nelson conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Call Me""You've Got Your Troubles""The Shadow Of Your Smile (Theme From 'The Sandpipers')", and "Go Away" in Los Angeles, California with producer David Cavanaugh. Capitol Records will issue the first three titles on Wilson's album "A Touch Of Today" (T 2459) and "Go Away" as a single (Capitol 5720) with "That Special Way" (recorded March 22, 1966) on the flipside.
1970 - John Ono Lennon's Apple Records album "Plastic Ono Band - Live Peace In Toronto", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, becomes Lennon's first solo album to be certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1976 - Tavares (brothers Ralph [aka Ralph Edward Vierra Tavares], Pooch [aka Arthur Paul Tavares], Chubby [aka Antone Lee Tavares], Butch [aka Feliciano Vierra Tavares, Jr.], and Tiny [aka Perry Lee Tavares]), using an arrangement by Freddie Perren and Tom Sellers, records the titles "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Part 1" and "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Part 2" in Los Angeles, California with Freddie Perren also producing. Capitol Records will issue both tracks together as a single (Capitol 4270).
1976 - Vocalist and piano and keyboard player Tom Snow, with Jorge Calderon and Kerry Chater on backing vocals, Bob Glaub on bass, Jim Gordon on drums, Waddy Wachtel on slide guitar, Fred Tackett on acoustic and electric guitars, using a string arrangement by David Campbell, records the titles "Learning To Love You" and "Here's Hoping" in Los Angeles, California with producer Michael J. Jackson. Capitol Records will issue "Here's Hoping" on Snow's eponymous album "Tom Snow" (ST-11545). No issuing information is listed for "Learning To Love You".
1986 - The Boogie Boys (lineup unlisted) record the title "Share My World" at a unlisted location. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's album "Survival Of The Freshest" (ST-12488) and a edited version as a single (Capitol 5649) with a edited version of "Run It" (recorded on April 14, 1986) on the flipside.
1986 - Vocalist Tina Turner, with unlisted others, records the title "Afterglow" in Europe. Capitol Records will issue the title on the CD release of Turner's album "Break Every Rule" (7-46323-2).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Anne Murray's Capitol Records album "Country" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1991 - The Smithereens (lineup unlisted) record the titles "If You Want The Sun To Shine" and "Poor Little Pitiful One" at a unlisted location. Capitol Records will issue "If You Want The Sun To Shine" on the group's album "Blow Up" (C1-94963 on vinyl and C2-94963 on CD) and "Poor Little Pitful One" on the compilation CD "Attack Of The Smithereens" (CDB 7243 8 32247 2 2).
2011 - Ferlin Husky, singer and Capitol Records artist as both himself and as Terry Preston and Simon Crum, dies at age 85 at a Nashville-area hospital.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Young World", with "Summertime" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Billy Corgan, singer, guitarist, songwriter, son of guitarist William Patrick Corgan, Sr., and member of the Virgin Records America group Smashing Pumpkins, is born William Patrick Corgan, Jr. in Elk Grove, Illinois
1979 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "Heart Of Glass" with "11:59" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles. Chrysalis' catalog used to be controlled by EMI Music Group and is currently controlled by Warner Music Group.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1916 - Ray Ellington (aka Ray Brown), singer, drummer, songwriter, and radio actor as part of the BBC Radio show "The Goon Show", is born in Kennington, London, England
1936 - Future Capitol Records artist Joe DiMaggio plays his first game with the New York Yankees

Thursday, March 16, 2017

MARCH 16, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1926 - Jerry Lewis, singer, comedian, radio, motion picture and televison actor, writer, director and producer, fundraiser and telethon host, son of vaudeville performer Danny Lewis, and father of Liberty Records artist Gary Lewis, and a Capitol Records artist as part of the Martin and Lewis duo and as a solo artist, is born Joseph Levitch
1933 - Jay Ranellucci, recording engineer for Capitol Records from 1957 to 2007, is born Julio Francis Ranellucci. He will start his career in Korea with Armed Forces Radio as a radio broadcast specialist. On leaving the service in 1955, he'll work at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles until he starts at Capitol Records in 1957 where he'll work as a recording engineer until his retirement in 2007 - a remarkable 50+ year career - working with such music/entertainment greats as Nat Cole, Julie London, Peggy Lee, the Kingston Trio, the Beach Boys, Stan Kenton, Stan Freberg, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hoyt Axton, Jo Stafford, Bobby Darin, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, The Band, and many others. He'll also be a lifelong fan of old-time radio, both drama and comedy, and had a tremendous memory for actors names and associated time periods, as well as the associated trivia of the genre.
1954 - Nancy Wilson, guitarist, songwriter and singer with the Capitol Records group Heart, is born Nancy Lamoureux Wilson in San Francisco, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - The Serge Chaloff Quartet (Serge Chaloff on baritone saxophone, Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums) records the titles "All The Things You Are""Stairway To The Stars", and "How About You" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles on Chaloff's album "Blue Serge" (T 742) and all three titles on the CD release of the album (4-94505-2).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Violinist Erich Leinsdorf conducts The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchesta (rest of lineup unlisted) as they record Debussy's "La Mer" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the orchestra's album "DEBUSSY - La Mer/ RAVEL - Daphnis And Chloe" (P/SP-8395).
1961 - Jo Stafford, with Paul Weston conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted) using his own arrangements, records the titles "Poor Wayfaring Stranger", "Black Is The Color", "Red Rosey Bush", and "Barbara Allen" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Stafford's album "Jo Stafford Sings American Folk Songs" (T1653).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Vocalist Nancy Wilson, with Milt Raskin conducting a large orchestra that includes Shelly Manne on drums (the rest of the lineup is unlisted) and using a string arrangement by George Shearing, records the titles "Put On A Happy Face", "Hello Young Lovers", "Little Girl Blue", "When Sunny Gets Blue", and a new take of "Sophisticated Lady" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Wilson's album "Hello Young Lovers" (T/ST 1767).
1965 - Capitol Records releases Tommy Collins' last recording for the label "All The Monkeys Ain't In The Zoo" as a single (Capitol 5345) with "Don't Let Me Stand In His Footsteps".
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Conductor Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (lineup unlisted) record the title "Medley On Parade #1: The Touch Of Your Lips/Sentimental Me/Tonight You Belong To Me/Wake The Town And Tell The People/She's Funny That Way/Poinciana/I Get Ideas/I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling/I'm Beginning To See The Light/Bouquet Of Roses/Honeysuckle Rose/Moonlight And Roses/Only Forever/You Have Taken My Heart/You Turned The Tables On Me/Miss You/More Than You Know/Without A Song/Singing A Vagabond Song/When The Organ Played At Twilight" in Las Vegas, Nevada. Capitol Records will issue the title on Lombardo's album "Medleys On Parade" (ST-2825).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Jesse Lee Kincaid records the titles "Baby You Come Rollin' Cross My Mind", "Brass Drum Henry", "Gypsy In My Hands", and "Electric Blues Guitar" in (listed as possibly) Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will purchase the masters and issue "Baby You Come Rollin' Cross My Mind" and "Bass Drum Henry" together as a single (Capitol 5906) and have yet to issue "Gypsy In My Hands" and "Electric Blues Guitar".
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Frank Zappa conducts the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the title "Lumpy Gravy, Part 2: Gypsy Airs/Hunchy Punchy/Foamy Soaky/Let's Eat Out/Teenage Grand Finale" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the orchestra's self-titled album "Francis Vincent Zappa Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra Performing Lumpy Gravy" (TAO/STAO 2719).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Al Martino, with Peter DeAngelis conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "My Cup Runneth Over", "Mary In The Morning", "Born Free", and "This Is My Song" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except this version of "Mary In The Morning" which will be re-recorded on April 5, 1967, on Martino's album "Daddy's Little Girl" (T/ST 2733).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967, The Magnificent Men (male vocal group with lineup unlisted), with unlisted others, record the titles "It's Got To Be Love", "You Changed My Life", "I Could Be So Happy", and "Tired Of Pushing" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "It's Got To Be Love, "I Could Be So Happy", and "Tired Of Pushing" on the group's album "" (T/ST 2846) and "You Changed My Life" and "I Could Be So Happy" together as a single (Capitol 5905).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Pink Floyd (lineup unlisted) record the title "Flaming" in London, England. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records will issue the title in the United States as a single (Tower 378) with "The Gnome" (recorded March 27, 1967) on the flipside and on the group's album "The Piper At The Gate Of Dawn" (ST 5093).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - The Blues Project (Don Kretmar on saxophone, David Cohen on keyboard and guitar, Danny Kalb on guitar and vocals, Bill Lussenden on guitar, Roy Blumenfeld on drums, and Tommy Flanders on vocals) records the titles "Little Rain", "Railroad Boy", "Danville Dame", and "Rainbow" and "Slow Blues" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "Slow Blues" which it has yet to issue, on the group's album "Blues Project" (SMAS-11017).
1975 - T-Bone Walker (born Aaron Thibeaux Walker), guitarist and Columbia, Capitol, Imperial, and Black & White Records artist, dies of pneumonia at age 64 in Los Angeles, California and is later interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Helen Reddy, with Marc Peters conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Midnight Skies", "Happy Girl", and "You're My World" at Brother Studio in Santa Monica, California. After overdub sessions are held on March 17 and 18, 1972 for all the titles and on March 19, 1977 for"Midnight Skies" and "Happy Girl", Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Reddy's album "Ear Candy" (SO-11640).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Nancy Wilson, with Gene Page conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Patience My Child", "Flying High", and "Car Of Love" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded on April 7, 1977 for "Car Of Love", on April 8, 1977 for "Car Of Love", and "Flying High", on April 12, 1977 for "Patience My Child", on April 14, 1977 for "Patience My Child" and "Flying High", and on April 18, 1977 for "Patience My Child", Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Wilson's album "I've Never Been To Me" (ST-11659).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Linda Hargrove, with unlisted others, records the titles "Hangin' On", "I'd Rather Keep My Distance (And Your Memory)", and "Nashville, You Ain't Hollywood" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Hargrove's album "Impressions" (ST-11685).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Vocalist and guitarist Billy Squier, with Allan St. John on keyboards, Jeff Golub also on guitar, Doug Lubahn on bass, and Bobby Chouinard on drums, records the title "Catch 22" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Squier's album "Emotions In Motion" (ST-12217).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - At two sessions held this day at The Hit Factory studios in New York City, New York, Chew (Ray Chew on keyboard, synthesizer, and vocals, Eluriel "Tinker" Barfield on electric bass and vocals, Yogi Horton on drums and vocals, and Sammy Figueroa on percussion and vocals), with George Wadenius and Eric Gale also on guitar, a unidentified horn section and Kenya Gray and "Little Tink" Barfield on vocals, using arrangements by Ray Chew, record the title "Yummy Yum" at the first session and, without Wadenius, Gale, Gray, and "Little Tink" Barfield, the title "I Like It" with Sandy Barbara on lead vocals. Capitol Records will issue "Yummy Yum" as a single (Capitol 5209) with "Please Don't Take Your Love" (recorded on March 18, 1977) on the flipside and both titles on the album "See The Light" (ST-12231).

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
125 Years Ago Today In 1892 - James C. Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) who forced two recording bans in the first 4 years of Capitol Records history in order to win better pay and benefits for his union's members and to secure their jobs in the marketplace, is born in Chicago, Illinois. For many of us baby boomers, the first time we heard about Petrillo was at the end of the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hurdy Gurdy Hare".
1957 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Walkin'", with "I'm In The Mood For Love" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. R&B charts where it will stay for 21 straight weeks
1959 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "It's Late", with "Never Be Anyone Else But You" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Vocalist Kim Carnes, with unlisted others, records the title "Looker". EMI-America will issue the title on Carnes' album "Voyeur" (ST-17078).
1991 - Roxette's EMI America Records single "Joyride", with "Come Back (Before You Leave)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles charts where it will peak at #1 for one week on May 11, 1991.
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Vocalist and pianist Rachelle Ferrell, with unlisted others, records the titles "Peace On Earth" and "Extensions" at Le Gonks West studios in Los Angeles, California. Blue Note Records will "Peace On Earth" in Holland on the compilation CD "Jaavanse Jonsens Jazz Collection '92" (7-99918-2) and "Extensions" on Ferrell's CD "First Instrument" (8-27820-2).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

MARCH 15, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1916 - Harry James, trumpet player, singer, bandleader, motion picture actor, one-time husband of actress Betty Grable, and a Capitol Records artist, is born Harry Haag James in Albany, Georgia
1941 - Mike Love, singer, songwriter, and founding member of the Capitol Records group The Beach Boys, is born Michael Edward Love in Baldwin Hills, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Bret Michaels, lead vocalist of the Capitol Records group Poison, is born Bret Michael Sychak in Butler, Pennsylvania

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - The King Cole Trio's first Capitol Records album, "The King Cole Trio", is the first #1 album on Billboard Magazine's new top selling record albums chart
1946 - The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano and vocals, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass) record the titles "I'm In The Mood For Love", two takes of "I Don't Know Why""(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", and "Everyone Is Saying 'Hello' Again (Why Must We Say Goodbye)" at Radio Recorders' studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first title and the final take of the second title on the trio's album "King Cole Trio Volume 2" (BD-29) and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 256). Mosaic Records will issue all the titles and the alternate take of "I Don't Know Why" in the box set "The Complete Capitol Recordings Of The Nat King Cole Trio" (MR27-138 on vinyl and MD18-138 on CD).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "Wheel of Fortune" is still #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1954 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Answer Me, My Love" is #4 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Bing Crosby, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Seven Nights A Week" and "Man On Fire" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3695).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with Jack Fascinato conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the title "The Lonely Man" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol F3700).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Billy May conducts his own arrangements to His Orchestra (Murray McEachern on trombone, Arthur "Skeets Herfurt" and Wilbur Schwartz on alto saxophone, Fred Falensby and Ted Nash on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Bill Miller on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Ralph Pena on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums) as they record the titles "The Strange One" and "Laurel's Theme" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 9:30 PM and 12:30 AM on March 16, 1957. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3697).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Pianist Joe "Fingers" Carr (aka Lou Busch), with unlisted others, records the titles "March Slay" and "South Rampart Street Parade" and overdubs for the titles "Billboard March" and "American Patrol" (recorded on February 28, 1957) in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Carr's album "Honky Tonk Street Parade" (T 809).
1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "She Loves You", with "I'll Get You" on the flipside is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1969 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Galveston", with "How Come Every Time I Itch I End Up Scratching You" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1970 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "It’s Just A Matter of Time", with "This World Of Ours" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1980 - Dr. Hook's Capitol Records single "Sexy Eyes", with "Help Me Mama" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1986 - Heart's Capitol Records single "These Dreams", with "Shell Shock" on the flipside, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
2004 - Capitol Records artists Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, as well as Apple, Capitol, Zapple, and Dark Horse Records artist George Harrison, are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
110 Years Ago Today in 1907 - Jimmy McPartland, cornetist, trumpet player, actor, bandleader, and husband of pianist and Capitol Records artist Marian McPartland, is born in Chicago, Illinois
85 Years Ago Today in 1932 - Arif Mardin, arranger, record producer for Atlantic, Manhattan and Blue Note Records, is born in Istanbul, Turkey
1944 - David Costell, original bass player with the Liberty Records group Gary Lewis & The Playboys, is born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
1959 - The Broadway musical "No Strings" opens at the 54th Street Theatre in New York City, New York starring Richard Kiley and Diahann Carroll as well as the show's composer, Richard Rodgers, singing his own lyrics. Capitol Records will later release the original Broadway cast album.
1959 - Lester Young (aka "Prez", born Willis Lester Young), saxophone and clarinet player, with the Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, and Andy Kirk bands, gave Billie Holiday the nickname "Lady Day", and Aladdin, Savoy, Blue Note and Verve Records solo artist, dies in the early morning at age 49 from liver disease and malnutrition in New York City, New York after recently returning from a short tour in Paris, France

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

MARCH 14, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
105 Years Ago Today In 1912 - Les Brown, bandleader and Capitol Records artist, is born Lester Raymond Brown in Reinerton, Pennsylvania
95 Years Ago Today In 1922 - Les Baxter, singer, arranger, song and score writer, bandleader, member of Mel Torme's back up group The Mel-Tones, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Mexia, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Shoo-Fly Pie (And Apple Pan Dowdy)", with "I Been Down In Texas" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1946 - Pianist Lyle "Skitch" Henderson and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), using arrangements by Henderson, record the titles "Swan Lake", "Rhapsody", and "Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Swan Lake" as a single (Capitol 255) with "Cynthia's In Love" (recorded March 21, 1946) on the flipside. The last two titles have yet to be issued.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Fiddle player and vocalist Red Ingle and The Natural Seven (Art Wenzel on accordion, Herman "Herman The Hermit" Snyder on banjo, Luke "Red" Roundtree on guitar, Noel Boggs on steel guitar, Russell Hall on bass, and Joseph "Country" Washburne on suitcase) record the titles "Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)" with vocals by Cinderella G. Stump (aka Jo Stafford) and "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons - (I Love You) For Seventy Mental Reasons" with vocals by Buttermilk Tussle (unknown male vocalist) in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 412).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Pied Pipers (vocalists June Hutton, Chuck Lowry, Hal Hopper, and Clark Yocum), with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Mam'selle", "(It's) The Same Old Dream", and "Avalon" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Mam'selle" and "(It's) The Same Old Dream" together as a single (Capitol 396) and "Avalon" on the multi-artist compilation album "Somebody Loves Me - The Music Of Buddy De Sylva" (CD-49).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Andy Russell (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Anniversary Song", with "My Best To You" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1951 - Mel Blanc records vocal tracks adapted by Alan Livingston from a script written by Ted Pierce and Warren Foster in Los Angeles, California over music tracks written by Billy May and recorded by May directing the orchestra (Mannie Klein, Uan Rasey, and Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy on trumpets, Ed Kusby and James Priddy on trombones, Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, Jules Kinsler, Gordon Green, Fred Falensby, and John Hacker on saxophones, Don Ferris on piano, George Boujie on bass, Lou Singer on drums, Ann Mason Stockton on harp and a string section with Ivan Eppinoff, Mischa Russell, and Felix Slatkin on violins, Paul Robyn on viola, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello) the day before on March 13, 1951 for the title "Tweety's Puddy Tat Twouble". Capitol Records will issue the final mix of the title in four parts on the Bozo Approved Record-Reader children's album "Tweety's Puddy Tat Twouble" (DBX-3102).
1956 - The Serge Chaloff Quartet (Serge Chaloff on baritone saxophone, Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums), record the titles "I've Got The World On A String""Thanks For The Memory""The Goof And I""Susie's Blues", and "A Handful Of Stars" in The Capitol Towers Studios at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Chaloff's album "Blue Serge" (T 742).
1956 - Vocalist and pianist Merrill Moore, with Cliffie Stone's Orchestra (Jimmy Bryant on electric guitar, a unlisted guitarist, Roy Lanham on rhythm guitar, "Speedy" West on steel guitar, Morty Corb on bass, and Roy Harte on drums), records the titles "Rock Island Line" and "King Porter Stomp" in Studio A of The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 3397).
1956 - The Jumping Jacks (Jack Marshall on guitar and Frank Carlson on drums), using Marshall's arrangement, records the title "Lady, Play Your Mandolin" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 3415) with "About A Quarter To Nine" (recorded March 5, 1956) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Frank Sinatra, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Mickey Mangano, Harry Edison, Zeke Zarchy, and Conrad Gozzo on trumpets, Joe Howard and Milt Bernhart on trombone, Juan Tizol on valve trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Willie Schwartz and Harry Klee on alto saxophone, Buck Skalak and Babe Russin on tenor saxophone, Joe Koch on baritone saxophone, Bill Miller on piano, Nick Bonney on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Frank Di Vito on drums, Kathryn Julye on harp, and a string section with Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Kurt Dieterle, Jacques Gasselin, Henry Hill, Alex Murray, Paul Nero, and Gerald Vinci on violins, Barbara Simmons and David Sterkin on viola, and Ennio Bolognini and Victor Gottlieb on cello), records the titles "So Long My Love" and "Crazy Love" in Studio A in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3703) and on the compilation album "This Is Frank Sinatra, Volume 2" (W 982).
1958 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' second single "Sweet Thing" with "I Only Know That I Love You" on the flipside
1964 - Billboard reports that The Beatles' Capitol Records releases currently account for 60 per cent of record sales in the United States
1969 - The Honeys sign a new contract with Capitol Records
1970 - Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "All I have To Do Is Dream" with "Less Of Me" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Country singles charts
1989 - Donny Osmond signs with Capitol Records. I met Donny a couple of years earlier at the listening party for Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers' "Conscious Party" album at Virgin Records offices in Beverly Hills. He and I were the only two not drinking alcohol or smoking (anything).
2000 - Tommy Collins, singer, songwriter, 1999 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and Capitol Records artist, dies in Ashland City, Tennessee

Monday, March 13, 2017

MARCH 13, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1919 - Dave Cavanaugh (aka "Big Dave" Cavanaugh), tenor saxophonist, bass player, pianist, songwriter, arranger, conductor, session musician with Capitol Records artist Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends, Capitol Records A&R producer for artist such as Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dakota Stanton, and Nancy Wilson, and a Capitol Records band leader and solo artist, is born David D. Cavanaugh in Saint Paul, Minnesota. If anyone knows what Cavanaugh's middle name is, please leave a comment.
1958 - Wayne Watkins, Capitol Records employee for 18 years starting as Director of Catalog Marketing at Capitol Records then becoming National Director of Strategic Marketing and executive producer of over 200 releases from Capitol's catalog, is born

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Ella Mae Morse (with Dick Walters and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "No Love, No Nothin'", with "Shoo Shoo Baby" on the flip side, is #4 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Violinst Jascha Datsko and His Gypsy Ensemble (lineup unlisted) record the title "Roumanian Rhapsody, Part 1" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Datsko's album "" (CC-100).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist Martha Tilton, with Dean Elliott and His Orchestra and a vocal group (lineups unlisted), records the titles "I Wonder, I Wonder" and "That's My Desire" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I Wonder, I Wonder" as a single (Capitol 395) and "That's My Desire" as part of its "Capitol Vaults" series on the CD "Volume 4 - Love Letters" (5-28202-2).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Trumpet player and vocalist Wingy Manone, with Charlie Griffard, Zeke Zarchy, and Robert Fite also on trumpet, Bill Schaefer, Allan Thompson, and Elmer Smithers on trombone, MattyMatlock on clarinet, Fred Stulce and Harold Lawson on alto saxophone, Herbie Haymer and Leonard Hartman on tenor saxophone, Milt Raskin on piano, George Van Eps on guitar, Jack Ryan on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums, records the titles "Hello, Baby" in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 442).
1948 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "MaƱana", co-written with her husband Dave Barbour and with "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Don Wilson, Pinto Colvig, and June Foray overdub vocals using a script adaptation by Alan Livingston on to music tracks recorded by Billy May and an orchestra on March 12, 1952 for the titles "Country Cousin: Part 1" and "Country Cousin: Part 2" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of both titles together on the childrens' album "Walt Disney's The Country Cousin" (CAS-3135).
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Eight Days a Week" with "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, the first time one of their singles hits #1 in the U.S. but not in the U.K.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Sam's Place" with "Don't Ever Tell Me Goodbye" on the flipside
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records purchases the masters for Bobbie Gentry's titles "Mississippi Delta" and "Ode To Billie Joe" and will issue both together as a single (Capitol 5950).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Heart And Flowers (Larry Murray on vocals and guitar, Dave Dawson on vocals, guitar, and autoharp, and Rick Cunha on vocals and guitar), with unlisted studio musicians, record the titles "Please" and "Ten Thousand Sunsets" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the group's self-titled album "Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers" (T/ST 2762) and "Please" as a single (Capitol 5897) with "The View From Ward 3" on the flipside.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, The Checkmates, Ltd. (listed as probably vocalists Sonny Charles, Bobby Stevens, Harvey Trees, Bill Van Buskirk, and Marvin Smith), with unlisted others, record the titles "Sonny", "Here Is The Best Of Me", and "Teeny Boppin' Child" at the first session and "I'll Walk In The Sunlight" and "A & I" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "I'll Walk In The Sunlight" and "A & I" together as a single (Capitol 5922) and have yet to issue any of the other titles.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967, David McCallum conducts unlisted musicians as they record the titles "I'm A Believer", "Mellow Yellow", "California Dreamin'", and "White Daises" in Los Angeles, California with producer David Axlerod. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on McCallum's album "McCallum" (T/ST 2748).
1971 - Paul McCartney's Apple Records single "Another Day", with "Oh Woman, Oh Why" on the flipside and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - The Sylvers' Capitol Recors single "Boogie Fever" with "Free Style" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Roots of My Raising", with "The Way It Was In '51" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights" hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records artists Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of The Capitol Records Tower.
2009 - Alan Livingston, who as VP of Children's Records at Capitol Records created Bozo, Rusty, and Sparky and wrote the scripts for many of the releases, who as VP of A&R signed Frank Sinatra, who as head of programming at NBC greenlit Bonanza, and who as president of Capitol Records signed The Beach Boys, eventually signed The Beatles, as well as The Steve Miller Band and The Band, has died of age-related causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California at age 91. A private service for family members will be held.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1959 - Ronnie Rogers, guitarist with the Virgin Records America group T'Pau, is born in Nashville, Tennessee. I adapted their U.K. album art for the U.S. as well as designing packaging for their promotional singles as one of the first projects I did for Jeff Ayeroff at Virgin Records America. I also attended their first show at The Roxy in Los Angeles in 1987 with my friend Ron Gidseg and got to talk to them after the show back stage in the upstairs dressing room.
2006 - Chrysalis Records band Blondie and EMI/Virgin Records band The Sex Pistols are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York. The Sex Pistols decide not to attend and let the world know why on their website.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

MARCH 12, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
105 Years Ago Today In 1912 - Paul Weston, arranger, first musical director at Capitol Records, radio, television and record orchestra leader, husband of Capitol Records artist Jo Stafford, founding member and first president of the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (N.A.R.A.S.), and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Paul Wetstein in Springfield, Massachusetts
1921 - Gordon MacRae, Broadway and motion picture actor, singer, husband of Capitol Records artist Sheila MacRae and a Capitol Records solo artist and duet artist with Jo Stafford and Margaret Whiting, is born in East Orange, New Jersey
1946 - Liza Minnelli, singer, Broadway and Motion Picture actress, daughter of M-G-M picture director Vincent Minellia and actress and Captiol Records artist Judy Garland, and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Liza May Minnelli in Los Angeles, California
1948 - James Taylor, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Apple Records artist whose self-titled debut album was distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is born in Boston, Massachusetts
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Steve Harris, bassist, songwriter and founder of the Capitol and EMI America Records group Iron Maiden, is born in Leytonstone, London, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist Jimmy Wakely, with Stan Ellison directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "I Can't Keep The Tears Out Of My Eyes" and "I Hear You Talkin'" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I Can't Keep The Tears Out Of My Eyes" as a single (Capitol Americana 40040) and have yet to issue "I Hear You Talkin'".
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalists Pinto Colvig and Billy Bletcher, with unlisted other cast members reading a script by Alan Livingston and with Billy May conducting arrangements of his own compositions to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Bozo And His Rocket Ship: Part 1" and "Bozo And His Rocket Ship: Part 2" at Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together in the children's album "Bozo And His Rocket Ship" (BBX-65).
1951 - Vocalists Jo Stafford and birthday boy Gordon MacRae, with Bill Loose and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), recorded the titles "Nights Of Splendor", a yet to be issued take of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", "When It's Springtime In The Rockies", and a yet to be issued take of the title "Let The Rest Of Go By" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol 1523).
1956 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, The George Shearing Quintet (Johnny Rae on vibraphones, George Shearing on piano, Jean "Toots" Thielemans on guitar, Al McKibbon on bass, Armando Peraza congas, Tony Martinez on Latin percussion, and Chico Guerrero on timbales), record a remakes of the title "Canto Karabali (Jungle Drums)" and "Mi Musica Es Para Ti (My Music Is For You)" as will as the titles "Anitra's Dance (released as 'Anitra's Nanigo') and "Without You (Tres Palabras)" at the first session between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM and the titles "That Old Devil Moon", "Cuban Love Song", and a as yet to be issud take of the title "You Must Remember (As Time Goes By)" at the second session between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles except the last on the quintet's album "Latin Escapade" (T 737).
1956 - The Milt Buckner Quartet (collective personnel - Milt Buckner on organ, Skeeter Best, Everett Barksdale, and Mickey Baker on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson and Shadow Wilson on drums) records the as yet to be issued take of the title "Danny's Tune" and the titles "Jumpin' At The Woodside" with Buckner also on piano, "Blue And Sentimental", and "Mighty Low" in New York City, New York between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM), Capitol Records will issue the last three titles on the quartet's album "Rockin' Hammond" (T 722).
1962 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records album "Star Carol" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Penny Lane" with "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1967 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Fugitive", with "Someone Told My Story" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1969 - Parlophone, Capitol and Apple Records artist Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman at the Marylebone Registry Office in London, England
1971 - Capitol Records releases John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band's Apple Records single "Power To The People", with Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band's "Touch Me" on the flipside, in the United States

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Charlie Parker (aka Yardbird and Bird), tenor saxophonist and Blue Note (1953) and Roulette Records (1954) artist, dies of a bleeding ulcer and pneumonia at the age of 34, after a lifetime of heroin and alcohol abuse, while watching Tommy Dorsey on television in the suite at the Stanhope Hotel of his long time friend, Baroness Nina de Koenigswater. The coroner mistakenly estimated Parker's age to be between 50 and 60. Parker is one of the artists featured on the mural on the side of The Capitol Tower in Hollywood, California
1974 - Harry Nilsson and John Lennon are ejected from Doug Weston's Troubador Club in Los Angeles for heckling Tom Smothers' comedy act

Saturday, March 11, 2017

MARCH 11, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1981 - LeToya, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, original member of the group Destiny's Child, and a solo Capitol Records artist, is born LeToya Nicole Luckettin Houston, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "That Old Black Magic" with vocals by Margaret Whiting, and with "Hit The Road To Dreamland" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1946 - Hal Derwin, with unlisted others, records 5 unidentified titles probably at studios in "The Chateau" in Hollywood, California for the Capitol Records Transcription Service. No issuing information is listed.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Trumpet player Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra (Archie Johnson, Jack Stametz, and Bobby Peck also on trumpet, Keith Butterfield and Ken Schrudder on trombone, Earl Pearson on alto saxophone, Bill Stegmeyer on clarinet and alto saxophone, Bill Cervantes and Bob Levine on tenor saxophone, Norman Elvin on baritone saxophone, Mickey Crane on piano, Bob Haggart on bass, and Pete Vuolo on drums), record the titles "Stella By Starlight", "Maybe You'll Be There" with vocals by Patricia O'Connor, "The Object Of My Affection" with vocals by Billy Butterfield, and "The Folks Who Live On The Hill" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Stella By Starlight" and "Maybe You'll Be There" together as a single (Capitol 397) and have yet to issue "The Object Of My Affection" or "The Folks Who Live On The Hill".
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Skip Henderson, with unlisted others, records 8 unidentified titles for The Capitol Records Transcription Service, probably at "The Chateau" on De Longpre Avenue in Hollywood, California.
1949 - Mel Torme's Capitol Records single "Careless Hands", with "She's A Home Girl" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1950 - During a split session held this day in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California, first Nat "King" Cole, with Les Baxter conducting a orchestra and chorus (lineups unliste), records the titles "Always You", "The Magic Tree", and (using an arrangement by Nelson Riddle) "Mona Lisa". Then The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano, Irving Ashby on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, and Lee Young on drums) records the titles "The Greatest Inventor Of Them All" (with Jack Costanzo on bongos and a uncredited chorus added later) and "Who's Who". Capitol Records will release "Always You" as a single (Capitol 1401) with "Destination Moon (Jeepers Creepers)" (recorded December 11, 1950) on the flipside, "The Magic Tree" as a single (Capitol 1365) with "Jet" (also recorded  December 11, 1950) on the flipside, "Mona Lisa" and "The Greatest Inventor Of Them All" (initially the A side) together as a single (Capitol 1010). EMI/Capitol will issue "Who's Who" in England on the album "The Unreleased Nat King Cole" (EMS1279).
1951 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Shotgun Boogie", with "I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More" on the flipside, returns to the #1 spot on the U.S. Country singles charts.
1951 - Vocalist and guitarist Jimmy Lee (aka Jimmy Lee Fautheree), with Harland "Sonny" Harville on piano, R.M. "Jabbo" Arrington on lead guitar, Felton Pruett on steel guitar, and possibly Don Davis on bass, records the titles "Knocking On Your Front Door", "I Keep The Blues All The Time", "Love Is Hard To Understand", and "Go Ahead And Go" at KWKH's studio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Capitol Records will issue the first and last single together as a single (Capitol 1709) and the second and third titles together as a single (Capitol 1509).
1951 - The Statesmen Quartet (Jack Hess on lead vocals, Clarence "Cat" Freeman on tenor vocals, Bervin Kendrick on baritone vocals, James "Big Chief" Wetherington on bass vocals), with Doty Ott on piano, records the titles "Peace In The Valley", "You Sho' Do Need Him Now", "I Wanna Be Ready", and "Listen To The Bells" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1489) and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 1582).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Bandleader Bob Crosby and His Bobcats (listed as possibly Charlie Teagarden, Zeke Zarchy, and Ray Linn on trumpet, Elmer Schneider and Warren Smith on trombone, Matty Matlock on clarinet, Willie Schwartz on alto saxophone, Eddie Miller on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Stan Wrightsman on piano, Nappy Lamare on guitar, Phil Stephens on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums) record both the titles "Goody, Goody" and "It's Been So Long" with vocalist Jeanne Gayle and the instrumental titles "Song Of The Islands" and "Paducah Parade" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Goody, Goody" and "It's Been Sol Long" together as a single (Capitol 2037) as by Jeanne Gayle with Bob Crosby's Bobcats and "Song Of The Islands" and "Paducah Parade" together as a single (Capitol 2119) as by Bob Crosby and His Bobcats,
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Four Knights (Cliff Holland and John Wallace on tenor vocals, Clarence Dixon on baritone vocals, Oscar Broadway on bass vocals), with Gus Levene conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "I Love That Song", "Everything Will Fall In Place", "and "How Can You Not Believe Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I Love That Song" as a single (Capitol F3730), "How Can You Not Believe Me" as a single (Capitol F3689), and will sell "Everything Will Fall In Place" to Coral Records.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Four Freshmen (vocalists Bob Flanigan, Don Barbour, Ross Barbour, and Ken Albers), with Frank De Vol conducting the orchestra (Skeets Herfurt and Wilbur Schwartz on alto saxophone, Fred Falensby and Georgie Auld on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Geoff Clarkson on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, and Frank Carlson on drums), record the titles "You've Got Me Cryin' Again" using an arrangement by Pete Rugolo and "For All We Know" and If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)" using arrangements by Bob Enevoldsen in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California.. Capitol Records will issue "You've Got Me Cryin' Again" on the group's album "Four Freshmen And Five Saxes" (T 844) and rejected the takes of "For All We Know" and "If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)".
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Pianist Joe "Fingers" Carr (aka Lou Busch), with unlisted others, records the title "Loco-Motion" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol F3681).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Faron Young, with (listed as probably) Marvin Hughes on piano, Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland on electric guitar, (also listed as probably) Loren Otis "Jack" Shook on guitar, Floyd "Lightnin'" Chance on bass, Murray M. "Buddy" Harman Jr.on drums, and The Anita Kerr Singers (vocal chorus with unlisted lineup), records the titles "How Long Has It Been?", "He Was There", "I'll Fly Away", and "Mansion Over The Hilltop" at Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "How Long Has It Been", "He Was There", and "Mansion Over The Hilltop" on Young's self-titled EP "Faron Young" (EAP-1-869). Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the five CD box set "Faron Young - The Classic Years" (BCD 15493).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Pianist Leonard Pennario records George Gershwin's "Three Preludes For Piano" (Prelude No. 1 In B Flat, Prelude No. 2 In C Sharp Minor, and Prelude No. 3 In E Flat Minor) and Felix Mendelssohn's "Rondo Capriccioso, Opus 14", and "Spinning Song (Song Without Words, Opus 14) in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Pennario's album "Keyboard Fantasies" (P-8391).
1961 - Vocalist Genie Pace, with unlisted others, records the title "La Pachanga" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 4552) with "Someone Else Is Taking My Place" (recorded March 6, 1961) on the flipside.
1961 - Vocalist Jack Scott, with Stan Applebaum conducting his Orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes, guitar, bass, drum players, and a string section) and a vocal group (lineup also unlisted), records a remake of the title "A Little Feeling (Called Love)" and "True, True Love" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol F4554) with "Now That I" (recorded March 10, 1961) on the flipside and both titles on the CD "Capitol Collectors Series - Jack Scott" (7-93192-2).
1966 - Vocalist Verdelle Smith records tracks for the title "Tar And Cement" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5632) with "A Piece Of The Sky" (recorded February 7, 1966) on the flipside.
1966 - Unlisted musicians record the titles "Is It Really Over?", "Make The World Go Away", "What's He Doing In My World?", and "King Of The Road" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "Sing-A-Long - Sing The Top Country & Western Hits" (T 2503).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever", with "Paperback Writer" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1970 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "Let It Be", with "You Know My Name (Now Look Up My Number)" (a typo as it should have read [Now Look Up The Number] which will not be corrected in the U.S. until the "Past Masters" compilation album is released in 1988) on the flipside, is released by Capitol Records in the United States.
1971 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Fightin' Side Of Me", with "Every Fool Has a Rainbow" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1971 - The Hagers (vocalists Jim Hager and John Hager), with unlisted others, record the titles "Silver Threads And Golden Needles", "Motherhood, Apple Pie And The Flag", "Fort Worth, I Love You", and "Four Strong Winds" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for the first two titles on March 17, 1971 and the second title March 18, 1971, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Motherhood, Apple Pie And The Flag" (ST-783).
1971 - Vocalist Helen Reddy, with unlisted others, records the titles "Best Friend" and "I Am Woman" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for "Best Friend" and "I Am Woman" on March 17, 1971 and for "I Am Woman" on March 27, 1971, Capitol Records will issue both titles on Reddy's album "I Don't Know How To Love Him" (ST-762).
1981 - Jay Ferguson, with unlisted others, records the title "I Come Alive" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5130) with "Inside Out" (recorded March 3, 1981) on the flipside and on Ferguson's album "White Noise" (ST-12196).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Vocalist Donna Washington, with unlisted others, records the title "Guys Like You" in Los Angles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Washington's album "Just For You" (ST-12233).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Guitarist and vocalist Billy Squire, with Allan St. John on keyboards, Jeff Golub on guitar, Doug Lubahn on bass, and Bobby Chouinard on drums, records the titles "In Your Eyes" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5202) and on Squire's album "Emotions In Motion" (ST-12217).
1986 - Vocalist Lillo Thomas, records vocal overdubs for the title "Sweet Surrender" on to instrumental tracks produced by Paul Laurence & Lillo Thomas with Paul Laurence, Bobby Douglas, and Robert Damper on keyboards and synthesizers, Mike "Dino" Campbell, James Simons, and Fareed on guitar, Timmy Allen, Wayne Brathwaite, Gary Dowe, and Tom Barney on electric bass, Ralph Rolle, Bernard Davis, James Jackson, and Bobby Simmons on drums, Bashiri Johnson on percusssion, Lillo Thomas, Paul Laurence, Audrey Wheeler, Cindy Mizaele, Tony Hyman, Janice Dempsey, Vickie Dewitt, Chandler Chigging, and Clifford Jamerson on background vocals, at Seven Studies Studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the title on Thomas' album "Lillo" (ST-12450).,35 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Vocalist and guitarist Duane Eddy, with unlisted others, records the title "Last Look Back". Capitol Records will issue the title on Eddy's self-titled album "Duane Eddy" (ST-12567).
1995 - Capitol Records artist Liz Phair marries film editor Jim Staskauskas
2004 - Edmund Sylvers, lead singer of Capitol Records group The Sylvers, dies of lung cancer at age 47

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1950 - Bobby McFerrin, singer, songwriter and EMI Manhattan Records artist, is born Robert McFerrin Jr. in New York City, New York

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1895 - Shemp Howard, Vaudeville, Broadway and motion picture actor and original member of Ted Healy and His Stooges, who after a fairly successful solo career will rejoin the group, now known as The Three Stooges, after his successor and brother Jerome Horowitz (aka "Curly" Howard) suffers a stroke, is born Samuel Horwitz in Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, March 10, 2017

MARCH 10, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1920 - Jethro, singer, mandolin and banjo player, with the Capitol Records duo Homer & Jethro, is born Kenneth C. Burns in Conasauga, Tennessee

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Martha Tilton, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Texas Polka" and "I'll Walk Alone" at her first session for Capitol Records after the end of the AFM's second recording ban. Capitol Records will issue both songs together as a single (Capitol  157).
1945 - Johnny Mercer (with June Hutton, The Pied Pipers and Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Accentuate The Positive", with "There's A Fellow Waiting In P'Keepsie" is #3 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Mercer (with Jo Stafford, The Pied Pipers, and Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s single "Candy", with "I'm Gonna See My Baby" on the flip side, is #6
1950 - Margaret Whiting's Capitol Records single "I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Pray'rs)", with "Be Mine" on the flipside, peaks at #24 for it's only week on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Young Love", with " You're the Reason I'm in Love" on the flipside is #2 on the U.S. Pop singles charts. Ironically, Tab Hunter's cover version of the song, with "Red Sails In The Sunset" on the flipside and distributed by Dot Records, is #1.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Eve Boswell, with Reg Owen and His Orchestra (Laddie Busby, George Chisholm, Jackie Armstrong, and Ken Goldie on trombone, Phil Goody on alto flute and reeds and unlisted other reeds, piano, guitar, bass, drums and strings players) using arrangements by Owen, records the titles "I'll Be Seeing You", "Sentimental Journey", "You'll Never Know", "There I've Said It Again", "I Know Why", and "As Time Goes By" in London, England for Parlophone Records. Capitol Records will issue all the titles in the United States on Boswell's album "The War Years" (T 10140).
1958 - Cannonball Adderley signs with Capitol Records
1961 - The Piltdown Men (Jackie Kelso on tenor saxophone, Lincoln Mayorga on piano, Bob Bain on guitar, and Earl Palmer on drums) under the direction of Ed Cobb, record a still unissued take of the title "Gargantua" and the title "Fossil Rock" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Fossil Rock" as a single (Capitol 4582) with a remake of the title "Gargantua" (aka "Gargantua II, recorded April 11, 1961) on the flipside.
1961 - Vocalist Jack Scott, with Stan Applebaum and his Orchestra (lineup unlisted but including guitar, bass, drums, and strings players) and a vocal group (lineup also unlisted), records the titles "A Little Feeling (Called Love)" and "Now That I" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F4554).
1965 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail", with "Cryin' Time" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts.
1966 - During two session producer Brian Wilson held this day, at the first session the band tracks for the title "God Only Knows", with Hal Blaine on drums, Lyle Ritz on string bass, Carol Kaye on electric bass, Ray Polhman on danelectro bass, Don Randi on piano, Larry Knechtel on organ, Carl Mortino and Frank Morocco on accordion, Larry Hartman on clarinet and bass clarinet, Bill Green and Jim Horn on flute, Alan Robinson on French horn, Jay Migliori on baritone saxophone, Leonard Malarsky and Sid Sharp on violin, Darryl Terwilliger on viola, and Jesse Erlich on cello (and possibly six other uncredited musicians), are recorded at Western Recorders' studios in Hollywood, California, then at the second session held at Columbia Records studios at Sunset and Gower in Hollywood, California, which had a then rare 8 track mixing system, first The Beach Boys (vocalists Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Al Jardine) record vocals for the title "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that are overdubbed onto instrumental tracks that were recorded on January 22, 1966 at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, California and for the title "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" which are overdubbed onto instrumental tracks that were recorded on February 14, 1966 also at Gold Star Studios, then vocals by Carl Wilson (lead) and Brian Wilson and Bruce Johnston (harmonies) are recorded for the title "Gold Only Knows". After final editing sessions for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows" are held on April 11, 1966 and for "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" on April 13, 1966 at Columbia's studios, Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of the "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows" together as a single (Capitol 5706) on July 11, 1966 and all three titles on the group's album "Pet Sounds" (T 2468) on May 16, 1966.
1966 - Vocalist Red Simpson, with unlisted others, records the titles "I'm Actin' Like My Old Self Again", "I Just Cry A Little", "It's My Last Night In Town", "There's Nothin' Happenin' To Me", and a as yet to be issued take of the title "The Big Robbery" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first four titles on Simpson's album "Bakersfield Dozen" (T 2829).
1966 - Guitarist George Van Eps, with Frank Flynn on vibraphones, marimba, bongos, and percussion, records the titles "Theme From 'A Summer Place'", "Lollipops And Roses", "Yesterday", "I'll Walk Alone", "And I Love Her", and "All My Loving" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Van Eps' eponymous album "George Van Eps" (T 2533).
1966 - Vocalist Sonny James, with unlisted others, records the titles "How Many Times Can A Man Be A Fool" and "She Believes In Me" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol 5690) with "Room In Your Heart" (recorded December 8, 1965) on the flipside and, after a overdub session for "She Believes In Me" on April 28, 1966, will issue that title as a single (Capitol 3653) with "Heaven And Earth" (recorded October 31, 1967) on the flipside.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Jody Miller, with Leon Russell conducting the orchestra and vocal chorus (liineup unlisted), records the titles "Livin' In A House Full Of Love", "Kiss Me", and "Shutters And Boards" in Los Angeles, California. After vocal overdubs are recorded for "Livin' In A House Full Of Love" and "Shutters And Boards" on March 31, 1967, Capitol Records will issue "Kiss Me" and "Shutters And Boards" together as a single (Capitol 5911) and have yet to issue "Livin' In A House Full Of Love".
1968 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "A World Of Our Own", with "An Old Sweetheart of Mine" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1971 - Grand Funk Railroad (Mark Farner on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, Mel Schacher on bass, and Don Brewer on drums and vocals) record the titles "Gimme Shelter" and "Comfort Me" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the group's album "Survival" (ST-764).
1971 - Vocalist Tex Ritter, with a orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Fall Away", "Looking Back", "The Best Times Of All" in Nashville, Tennessee. After a overdub session for "Fall Away" is held on May 6, 1971, Capitol Records will issue that title and "Looking Back" together as a single (Capitol 3154) and the first and last titles on Ritter's album "Fall Away" (ST-11351).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Skylark (David Foster possibly on guitar, Duris Maxwell on drums, and Robbie King on organ and keyboards), with unlisted others, records the titles "Wildflower" with vocals by Donny Gerrard and "I'm In Love Again", and "I'll Have To Go Away" with vocals by B.J. Cook in Los Angeles, California with producer Eirik The Norwegian (aka Eirik W. Wangberg). Capitol Records will issue "Wild Flower" as a single (Capitol 3511) with "The Writing's On The Wall" (recorded February 17, 1972) on the flipside and all the titles on the group's self-titled album "Skylark" (ST-11048).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Matt Moore, with unlisted others, records the titles "America The Beautiful" and "I Am The President" possibly in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 3334).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Jesse, Wolf & Whings (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Some Other Time", "Imspiration On The Highway", "Hard To Win", "Take My Pain Away", and "Lookin' Back". Shelter Records, distributed by Capitol Records, will issue all the titles on the group's self-titled album "Jesse, Wolf & Whings" (SW-8907).
1975 - Capitol Records releases John Lennon's Apple Records single "Stand By Me", with "Move Over Ms. L." on the flip side, in the United States
1976 - Vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Larry Muhoberac, records the titles "Sweet Feelin's", "The Dogs And Sheriff John", "I've Been Through The Mill", and "Ain't Goin' Down In The Ground Before My Time" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs for the first and last titles are held on March 15, 1976 and for all four titls on March 17, 1976, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ford's album "For The 83rd Time" (ST-11561).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Guitarist and vocalist Billy Squier, with Allan St. John on keyboards, Jeff Golub on guitar, Doug Lubahn on bass, and Bobby Chouinard on drums, records the title "Learn How To Live" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Squier's album "Emotions In Motion"(ST-12217).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Guitarist and vocalist Duane Eddy, with unlisted others, records the title "Kickin' Asphalt". Capitol Records will issue the title on Eddy's self-titled album "Duane Eddy" (ST-12567).
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Pianist and vocalist Rachelle Ferrell, with Will Downing on vocals, Barry Eastmond on keyboards, Kevin Eubanks and Mike Campbell on guitar, Anthony Jackson on electric bass, Buddy Williams on drums, and Steve Thornton on percussion records the titles "I'm Special" and "Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This" at Skyline & East Bay Studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Ferrell's self-titled CD "Rachelle Ferrell" (7-93769-2).1996 - Garth Brooks' Capitol Records Nashville single "Beaches Of Cheyenne" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
20 Years Ago Today In 1997 - Capitol Records artist Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1940 - Dean Torrence, musician, singer, songwriter, member of the Liberty Records duo Jan and Dean, and a graphic designer of album covers, is born in Los Angeles, CaliforniaI was fortunate enough to meet Dean when he was working on the "That Was Rock" home video release which used of parts of "The T.A.M.I Show" and "The Big T.N.T. Show" and was released by Media Home Entertainment where I was part of the art department.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Gary Clark, singer, songwriter, and with the Virgin Records America group Danny Wilson, is born in Dundee, Scotland. I went bowling with the whole band (who had never been bowling before and after a few beers were forgetting to let go of the ball) when they came to Los Angeles to open for Simply Red at the Wiltern Theatre and revised the album and single artwork for their first two U.S. albums and singles.
1963 - Neneh Cherry, singer, musician, songwriter, stepdaughter of trumpeter Don Cherry, with the groups singer Rip Rig + Panic and The Slits, and a solo Virgin Records America artist, is born Neneh Mariann Karlssson in Stockholm, Sweden. I revised the album and single artwork for her first album for U.S. release and met her and her son Tyson outside Virgin Records first office in Beverly Hills, California
1964 - Patrick Kane, violinist and vocalist with the Circa Records (a division of Virgin Records) group Hue & Cry, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. I revised the artwork on their first album for U.S. release by Virgin Records America
2008 - The Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor, and Don Wilson) are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame by John Fogerty at a banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York. The Ventures recorded for Dolton Records, a subsidiary of Liberty Records whose catalog is currently owned and distributed by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.