85 Years Ago Today In 1935 - Richard Levitt, countertenor soloist with the Capitol Records group The Roger Wagner Chorale (1964) is born in Los Angeles, California
1943 - Robbie Robertson, a guitarist, singer, songwriter, member of the Capitol Records group The Band, and a solo artist, is born Jaime Robert Robertson in Toronto, Canada
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Cootie Williams and His Orchestra (Williams and Bob Merrill on trumpet and vocals; E. V. Perry, Otis Gamble, and Billy Ford on trumpet' Clarence "Gene" Redd on trumpet and vibraphone' Ed Burke, Edward Johnson, and Julius "Hawkshaw" Watson on trombone; Rupert Cole and Daniel Williams on alto saxophone; Chuck Clarke and Edwin Johnson on tenor saxophone; Bob Ashton on baritone saxophone; Arnold Jarvis on piano; Pee Wee Tinney on guitar; Norman Keenan on bass; and Butch Ballard on drums) record the tracks "Wrong Neighborhood", "Piney Brown's Gone", "I May Be Easy But I'm No Fool" (all with vocals by just Bob Merrill), the instrumental "Vibraphobia", and "Let's Do The Whole Thing Or Nothing At All" (with vocals by just Cootie Williams) at WMCA Studios in New York City. Capitol Records will release "Wrong Neighborhood" as a single (#289) with "Let's Do The Whole Thing Or Nothing At All" on the flip side, and "I May Be Easy But I'm No Fool" as a single (#314) with "Ain't Got No Blues Today" (recorded September 11, 1946) on the flip side. The remaining tracks will finally be released in 1997 on Mosaic Records box set "Classic Capitol Jazz Session".
1947 - Red Ingle and The Natural Seven (with vocals by Cinderella G. Stump aka Jo Stafford)'s Capitol Records single "Tim-Tay-Shun" (aka "Temptation) enters the top 5 of Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart at #5
1949 - Capitol Records artist Yogi Yorgesson (aka Harry Stewart) sings "Object Of My Affection" on "Command Performance" with Shirley Ross, Errol Garner, Arthur Stevens and Mark Stevens
1958 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Looking Back" is #30 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart
1959 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records album "To Whom It May Concern" is #45 on The Billboard magazine's Top LPs - Best Selling Monophonic LPs chart.
60 Years Ago Today In 1960 - Vocalist Nat "King" Cole", with pianist Ralph Carmichael conducting the orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Away In A Manger", "I Saw Three Ships" with no orchestra, "Silent Night" with the orchestra, and "The First Noel" also without the orchestra in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Cole's album "The Magic Of Christmas" (W/SW 1444).
55 Years Ago Today In 1965 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Only You (Can Break My Heart)" with "Gonna Have Love" on the flipside and The Beach Boys' album "Summer Days (And Summer Nights)"
1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' compilation album "Best Of The Beach Boys" as well as Peter & Gordon's compilation album "The Best Of Peter & Gordon" on it's The Star Line subsidiary
1967 - Mariano Moreno, with unlisted others, records the titles "Don't Sleep In The Subway", "Windy", "Up, Up And Away", and "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Moreno's album "Mariano Moreno And The Unbelievables" (T/ST 2831).
1967 - The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Bob Engemann), with Dick Hazard conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Just One Smile", "I Have Love", "No Other Love", and "For All We Know" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "No Other Love" as a single by Jim Pike (Capitol 2203) with "Holly" (recorded January 20, 1968) on the flipside and have yet to issue the other three titles.
1967 - The Beach Boys record the title "She's Goin' Bald" (originally titled "Untitled #1") in Los Angles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's album "Smiley Smile" (ST 2891).
1967 - Vocalist Kay Adams, with Cliffie Stone and His Group (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Alcohol & Tears", "I Let A Stranger (Buy The Wine)", "The Day You Left Me", and "Close Up The Honky Tonk" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for "I Let A Stranger (Buy The Wine)" on August 5, 1967, Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue all the titles on Adams' album "Alcohol & Tears" (ST 5087).
1967 - Capitol Records purchases the masters for the soundtrack of "Albert Peckingpaw's Revenge", aka "Jennie, Wife/Child", which includes Don Epperson's titles "Gonna Have A Good Time", "Lord Have Mercy On Me", "Please Mrs. Peckingpaw", and "Revenge", Davie Allan And The Arrows' titles "Mario's Theme", "Lulu's World", and "Peckinpaw's Theme", Lydia Marcelle's "My Birthday Suit", Jimmy August's "Tender Grass", and Jan Sweet's title "Love Me Now And Forever". Sidewalk Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue all the titles on the soundtrack album "Albert Peckinpaw's Revenge" (ST-5907).
1969 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "Working Man Blues" enters the U.S. Country singles charts
1972 - The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Gary Pike), with unlisted others, record the titles "Sandman", "Maybe We Should" and "Everything That Touches You" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for all the titles on July 10 and 25, 1972 and August 2, 1972, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Spin Away" (SW-11124).
1972 - Capitol Records purchases the masters Goose Creek Symphony (lineup unlisted)'s titles "Mary", "Cindy", and "Tulsa Turnaround" but have yet to issue any of the titles.
1977 - Richard Torrance, with unlisted others, records the titles "Main Squeeze" and "Keep On Running" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
1977 - Vocalist Juice Newton, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Fire Down Below" and "Your Place Or Mine" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "The Fire Down Below" on Juice Newton And Silver Spur's album "Come To Me" (ST-11682) and has yet to issue "Your Place Or Mine".
1977 - Lee Clayton, with unlisted others, records the title "Tequila Is Addictive" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Clayton's album "Border Affair" (ST-11751).
1983 - Harry James, a trumpeter, bandleader, actor and Capitol Records artist (1955-1958), dies of lymphatic cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada at age 67 just nine days after his last concert appearance held in Los Angeles, California
1987 - Heart's Capitol Record single "Alone" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1992 - A bus carrying the Capitol Records band Helix, as well as its roadies, goes off the road near Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, and plunges down a 40-foot precipice. Two roadies were seriously injured and the band's bassist Daryl Gray escaped with minor injuries, but the band's guitarist and co-founding member Paul Hackman was killed at age 39
2006 - Eight days after it's scheduled release, the 30th anniversary edition of The Steve Miller Band's album "Fly Like An Eagle" still isn't in stores.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1952 - Al Martino (with orchestra conducted by Monty Kelly)'s BBS Records single "Here In My Heart" is #3 down from #2 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart.
1952 - Gerry Mulligan (with Chet Baker on trumpet, Jimmy Rowles on piano, and Joe Mondragon on bass) records two sides for Pacific Jazz. Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Pacific Jazz's catalog.
1954 - The Bob Brookmeyer Quartet (Brookmeyer on valve trombone, John Williams on piano, Bill Anthony on bass, and Frank Isola on drums) record the tracks "Liberty Belle", "Have You Met Miss Jones", and "Traditional Blues" with Brookmeyer producing and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey for their self-titled album released by Pacific Jazz Records, whose catalog is now owned by Capitol Records
1962 - Dinah Washington, with arranger Don Costa, records the tracks "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me", "My Devotion", " If It's The Last Thing I Do", and "Our Love" (which Roulette Records will release on the album "In Love"), "It's A Mean Old Man's World" (which will appear on the Roulette Records album "Back to the Blues", and "Was It Like That?" (which will also be on the album "In Love") at Bell Sound, in New York City, New York. EMI Music Group currently owns Roulette's catalog and re-releases the albums on the Capitol Jazz label, a division of Blue Note Records, which is a division of Capitol Music Group.
45 Years AGo Today In 1975 - Pink Floyd, The Steve Miller Band, and Captain Beefheart perform at a live concert at the Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire, England
1978 - The City of Los Angeles declares The Pantages Theatre a historic landmark. Capitol Records would store items in space below the theatre and, in one instance, used one of its staircases leading up from the basement, which had a great view of The Capitol Tower, for a publicity photoshoot for The Beach Boys
1981 - Capitol Records group America joins Three Dog Night, former Liberty Records duo Jan and Dean, and John Sebastian in commemorating The Beach Boys' twentieth anniversary with a concert on a barge next to The Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California. The concert is hosted by Wolfman Jack and broadcast via satellite worldwide.
1982 - Michael Johnson, with unlisted others, records the title "City Of Angels" in an unlisted location. EMI-America, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue the title on Johnson's album "Lifetime Guarantee" (SN-16390).
2001 - Ernie K-Doe (aka Ernest Kador, Jr.), who scored a #1 in 1961 with the Minit Records single "Mother-In-Law", written by Allen Toussaint and with "Wanted" on the flip side, dies at age 65 and, after a traditional jazz funeral, was interred in the 200-year-old Duval tomb in Saint Louis Cemetery #2, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Minit Records' catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1954 - 19-year-old Elvis Presley records the title "That's All Right (Mama)" at his first session at Sam Phillips' Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Sun Records will issue the title as a single two weeks later on July 19, 1954, with "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" (also recorded during this two-day session, along with the titles "I Love You Because" and "Harbor Lights") on the flipside.
1976 - At approximately 9:00 a.m. I met my future wife, Kristine Heimback, on the first day of a summer school musical theater class taught by Bernie Green at Amherst Central Junior High School. She was going to Bishop Neumann High School.