1917 - Tadd Dameron, pianist, arranger, bandleader, and Capitol and Blue Note Records artist, is born Tadley Ewing Peake Dameron in Cleveland, Ohio.
1951 - Vince Welnik, keyboardist with the Capitol Records band The Tubes and The Grateful Dead, is born in Phoenix, Arizona
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - It's a Saturday and The King Cole Trio record a new episode of "King Cole Trio Time" in Louisville, Kentucky. The trio perform "Straighten Up And Fly Right", "I Feel So Smoochie", "But Beautiful", "Pianissimo", "Your Red Wagon", "This Is My Night To Dream", "A-N-G-E-L Spells Mary", "Too Marvelous For Words", and close with "Wildroot Bebop". The Armed Forces Radio Network will issue the entire show on an electronic transcription disc (King Cole Trio 39).
1951 - Don Wilson records narration overdubs on to band tracks recorded by The INR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Franz Andre in Brussels, Belgium in 1950 for the four parts of Paul Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the parts on Wilson's album "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (DBS-3094) as part of the label's Classics For Children line.
1952 - Pianist and vibraphonist Ben Light, with unlisted organ, guitar, bass and drums players, records the titles "Rose Room", "I Got Rhythm", "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", and "Benny's Bounce" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Light's album "Juke Box Favorites" (H-330).
65 Year Ago Today In 1953 - Nat "King" cole's Capitol Records single "Pretend" is #10 and his single "Strange" is #42 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart.
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Al Rogers and His Rocky Mountain Boys (lineup unlisted) record the titles "All Alone, All Alone", "Too Blue To Care", "Am I Seeing Things", and "I Hope It Will Be Me" in (listed as possibly) Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "All Alone, All Alone" and "Too Blue To Care" together as a single (Capitol 2435) and has yet to issue the last two titles.
1957 - The Farmer Boys (Bobby Adamson on lead vocals, Woodie Wayne Murray on harmony vocals), with The Desert Stars ("Jelly" Sanders on fiddle, Gene Breeden on electric guitar, Buck Owens on rhythm guitar, Norman Hamlett on steel guitar, Bud Mills on bass, and Richard Stokes on drums), record the titles "Flash, Crash And Thunder", "Yearning, Burning Heart", "No One", and "Someone To Love" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "Flash, Crash And Thunder" and "Someone To Love" together as a single (Capitol F3732) and "Yearning, Burning Heart" and "No One" together as a single (Capitol F3827).
1957 - Nelson Riddle conducts his own arrangements to His Orchestra (Harry Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Shorty Sherock, Pete Candoli, Mannie Klein, and Mickey Mangano on trumpet, Dick Nash, Murray McEachern, Tommy Pederson, and Jimmy Priddy on trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Vince De Rosa or John Cave on French horn, Willie Schwartz and Harry Klee on alto saxophone and flute, Ted Nash, Babe Russin, Justin Gordon, and Jim Williamson on tenor saxophone, Joe Koch or Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Bill Miller on piano, Nick Bonney or Allan Reuss on guitar, Joe Comfort or Joe Mondragon on bass, Alvin Stoller on drums, Frank Flynn on vibraphones and percussion, and a unlisted string section led by Felix Slatkin) as they record the titles "You Leave Me Breathless", "Then I'm Happy", and "I Get Along Without You Very Well" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Then I'll Be Happy" and "I Get Along Without You Very Well" on Riddle's album "Hey! Let Yourself Go!" (T 814) and have yet to issue the take of "You Leave Me Breathless" recorded at this session but will release a take of the song recorded on February 25, 1957.
1957 - Buck Owens signs a recording contract with Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California
1961 - During two sessions held this day at Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood, California, piano and celeste player Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Dalton Smith, Bud Brisbois, Bob Rolfe, and Sanford Skinner on trumpets, Bob Fitzpatrick, Tom Shepard, Jim Amlotte, and Bob Knight on trombones, Albert Pollan on tuba, Dwight Carver, Gene Roland, Gordon Davison, and Joe Burnett on mellophones, Pete Chivily on bass, Art Anton on drums, and Larry Bunker on percussion) records the titles "O Holy Night", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" at the first session between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM and the title "Angels We Have Heard On High" and some of "Christmas Medley - Joy To The World/We Wish You A Merry Christmas/Away In A Manger/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/The First Noel/Silent Night" at the second session between 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. After finishing recording "Christmas Medley" on March 14, 1961, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Kenton's album "A Merry Christmas" (T 1621).
1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "Nowhere Man" with "What Goes On" on the flipside (Capitol 5587) in the United States.
1962 - Bobby Kalina, with unlisted others, records the titles "When Saturday Night Becomes Sunday Morning", "Two Loves", and "Old English, New English" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "When Saturday Night Becomes Sunday Morning" and "Two Loves" together as a single (Capitol 4747) and has yet to issue "Old English, New English".
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Nat "King Cole with The Four Coins finish the last of three performances in Tokyo, Japan and will make other appearances around Japan on March 4, 1963.
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Jackie Gleason conducts a large string orchestra (with Charlie Venture on tenor saxophone but rest of the players are unlisted) as they record the titles "Colette", "La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life)", "The Man That Got Away", and "Days Of Wine And Roses" (featuring Pee Wee Erwin on trumpet) in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Gleason's album "Movie Themes: For Lovers Only" (W/SW 1877).
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Trumpeter Charlie Shavers, with Billy Byers on trombone, Jerome Richardson on alto saxophone, Budd Johnson on tenor saxophone, Bruce Martin on piano, George Barnes on guitar, Tom Bryant on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums, records the titles "I Kid You Not", "Bossa Nova Petite", "Tenderly", "Period Of Adjustment", and "Shiny Stockings" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Shavers' album "Excitement Unlimited" (T/ST 1883).
1966 - Vocalist Verdelle Smith, with Alan Lorber conducting the orchestra (Irving Markowitz and Burt Collins on trumpets, Richard Berg on cornet, Joe Grimaldi and Art Kaplan on reeds, Ernie Hayes on organ, Lee Pockriss on piano, Allen Hanlon and Al Gorgoni on guitars, Russ Saunders and Earl Chaplin on bass, Maurice Belkin on cello, Ted Sommer on drums, and Michael Chimes on harmonica), records the titles "Over The Rainbow", "Oh How Much I Love You", and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Smith's album "(Alone) In My Room" (T 2476).
1967 - The Howard Roberts Quartet (Howard Roberts on guitar, with three other unlisted musicians) records the titles "I Will Wait For You", "All", "So Nice (Summer Samba)", and "The Face I Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Jaunty Jolly" (T/ST 2716).
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Hearts And Flowers (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Color Your Daytime" and "Second-Hand Sundown Queen" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the group's album "Of Horses, Kids & Forgotten Women" (ST 2868).
1970 - John Ono Lennon's Apple Records single "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)", with Yoko Lennon Ono's "Who Has Seen The Wind?" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Pop singles charts one day after being released and just 26 days after being recorded
1971 - Vocalist Merle Haggard and The Strangers (lineup unlisted), at a live performance at the Assembly of God Tabernacle in Keyes, California after a "Introduction" by Reverend J.D. Smith and the congregation singing "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms", perform the titles "Guide Me, Lord", "The Family Bible", "I'll Be List'ning", and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" with the congregation joining in, then Reverend Smith delivers the "Closing Prayer". Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Haggard and The Strangers' two-LP set "The Land Of Many Churches" (SWBO-803).
1972 - Vocalist Roy Rogers, with unlisted others, records the titles "He'll Have To Go", "Candy Kisses", "Tennessee Waltz", "In Another Lifetime", and "A Letter To Roy" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "He'll Have To Go", "Candy Kisses", "Tennessee Waltz" on Rogers album "Take A Little Love" (ST-11020), "In Another Lifetime" as a single (Capitol 3490), and have yet to issue "A Letter To Roy".
1977 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, trombonist and percussionist Raul De Souza, with Patrice Rushen on electric piano, Dawilli Gonga on electric piano and synthesizer, Ian Underwood on synthesizer, Al McKay on guitar, Byron Miller on bass, Leon "Ngudu" Chancler on drums and vocals, Airto Moreira on percussion, records the titles "A Vontade Mesno (At Will)", "Banana Tree" Deborah Thomas, Lynn Davis, Victoria Miles, and Sybil Thomas on background vocals, and "A Song Of Love" at the first session and, with the addition of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, the titles "Bottom Heat", "Wires" with vocals by Leon "Ngudu" Chancler, and "Sweet Lucy" with Deborah Thomas, Lynn Davis, Victoria Miles, and Sybil Thomas on background vocals at the second session. After overdubs are recorded on February 22, 23, 24, 25 and March 7, 8, and 9, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on De Souza's album "Sweet Lucy" (ST-11648).
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - Navarro (lineup unlisted) records the title "There's A War" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's album "Straight To The Heart" (SW-11784).
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - Saxophonist Gary Bartz, with unlisted others including a string section using arrangements by Wade Marcus, records the title "Penelope" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Bartz's album "Love Affair" (SW-11789).
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - At two sessions held this day at The Rat Hole studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Johnny McRae, vocalist Mel McDaniel, with unlisted others, records the titles "Dim The Lights (And Pour The Wine)" and "Misty Morning Memories" at the first session and the titles "Love Is A Miracle" and "The Farm" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Dim The Lights (And Pour The Wine)", "Love Is A Miracle", and "The Farm" on McDaniel's album "The Farm" (ST-11779) and "The Farm" as a single (Capitol 4569) with "Every Square Has An Angle" (recorded November 23, 1977) on the flipside. No issuing information is listed for "Misty Morning Memories".
1987 - Crowded House's Capitol Records single "Don't Dream It's Over", with "That's What I Call Love" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
30 Years Ago Today In 1988 - Tanya Tucker (with Paul Davis and Paul Overstreet)'s Capitol Records single "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love", with "Heartbreaker" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country Singles charts
1990 - Bonnie Raitt's Capitol Records album "Nick Of Time" wins the Grammy for Album Of The Year
1990 - Paul McCartney, Polygram, Parlophone, Vee-Jay, Swan, Capitol, Apple, Columbia and Capitol (again) Records artist, is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony
2007 - Al Viola, mandolin player, guitarist, member of the Page Cavanaugh Trio, session musician for motion pictures (most notably the mandolin solo in the soundtrack for "The Godfather"), and a Capitol Records and Liberty Records session musician at many sessions for Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Frank Zappa and with Bobby Troup, dies of cancer at age 87 at his home in Studio City, California. I was able to talk to Al briefly at Bill Miller's wake in 2006 and he was a very approachable guy and was still performing until late January 2007 at Spazio, a jazz supper club, in Sherman Oaks, California
2011 - Haila Stoddard, actress, Broadway producer as herself and as Bonard Productions which produced in association with Charles Russel the musical "Sail Away" whose original Broadway cast album was distributed by Capitol Records, died of cardiopulmonary arrest at her home in Weston, Connecticut at age 97.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1965 - Gary Lewis and The Playboy's United Artists Records single "This Diamond Ring" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1982 - "Murray The K" Kaufman, a disc jockey at Radio WINS in New York City and an early United States supporter of The Beatles (aka "The Fifth Beatle"), dies of cancer at age 60 in Los Angeles, California
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1977 - Members of the band KISS have small quantities of their blood taken after their appearance at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York which will later be mixed with the red ink used for the band's pseudo-autobiographical Marvel Comics comic book
15 Years Ago Today In 2003 - Tom Glazer, a singer and songwriter (best known for "On Top of Spaghetti" ) dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at age 88