Sunday, December 03, 2006


1927 - Ferlin Husky a.k.a. "Simon Crum, a.k.a. Terry Preston", guitarist, singer, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Flat River, Missouri
1936 - Nik Venet, songwriter at age 17 in New York's Brill Building sharing an office with Bobby Darin, worked with Lord Buckley at World Pacific Records in Los Angeles at age 19, talent scout, VP of A&R, and record producer at Capitol Records (for The Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Bobby Darin, Lou Rawls, Jim and Croce, Fred Neil, John Stewart, The Four Preps, The Stone Poneys, Mad River, and others) and United Artists Records (for Don McLean, Frank Zappa [commissioned Zappa's "Lumpy Gravy" album for Capitol but, due to contractual problems, the album was released on MGM Records], and others), and founder of Evening Star Records, is born Nikolas Kostantinos Venetoulis in Baltimore, Maryland

1942 - Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Mr. Five By Five", with "The Thrill Is Gone" on the flip side with vocals on both tracks by Ella Mae Morse, enters the U.S. Pop Singles chart
1947 - Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan finish sessions for the Capitol Records childrens album "Bugs Bunny And The Tortoise" in Los Angeles, California with producer Alan Livingston
1948 - Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "You Were Only Fooling", with "A Faded Summer Love" on the flip side, is #3 on the U.S. Pop single charts and Jimmy Wakely's Capitol Records single "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)", with "You’re The Sweetest Rose In Texas" on the flip side, is # 4
1953 - Pianist Duke Ellington, with Wendell Marshall on bass, Dave Black on drums, and Ralph Collier on congas, records the instrumental tracks "Kinda Dukish", "Montevideo", and "December Blue", and with vocalist Jimmy Grissom, they record the tracks "I'm Just A Lucky So And So" and "It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream", at Capitol Records' New York City studios
1955 - Billboard Magazine reports in an issue with today's street date that Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Sixteen Tons" has sold over 1,000,000 copies
1956 - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly's Capitol Records single "True Love", with Crosby and Frank Sinatra's duet "Well, Did You Evah" on the flip side, is #3 on Billboard's Pop singles chart
1956 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "Your Love For Me" and "Can I Steal A Little Love" in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the studio orchestra (Jerome Kasper, Jules Kinsler, Harry Klee, Wilbur Schwartz, and James Williamson on reeds; Harry "Sweets" Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Vito "Mickey" Mangano, and Clarence "Shorty" Sherock on trumpet; Murray McEachern, Dick Noel, and Juan Tizol on trombone; George Roberts on bass trombone; Nick Bonney on guitar; Joe Comfort on bass; Bill Miller on piano; Kathryn Julye on harp; Irv Cottler on drums; Victor Arno, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, Jacques Gasselin, Henry Hill, Erno Neufeld, Nathan Ross, Eudice Shapiro, and Marshall Sosson on violin; Stan Harris, Maxine Johnson, and Dave Sterkin on viola; Cy Bernard, Ennio Bologinni, and Edgar Lustgarten on cello). The tracks will be released as a single by Capitol Records (#3608).
1960 - Buck Owens records the track "Foolin" Around" for Capitol Records
1971 - Apple and Capitol Records artist George Harrison is a guest on television series "The David Frost Show" where he performs the track "The Holdup" with David Bromberg who co-wrote the song with Harrison at journalist Al Aronowitz's home in Englewood, New Jersey.
1972 - Helen Reddy's Capitol Records single "I Am Woman", with "More Than You Could Take" on the flip side, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1983 - Capitol Records releases a new version of Duran Duran's single "Hungry Like A Wolf" that contains the Kershenbaum remix, the album version, and the Carnival remix of the song. The new single will peak at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart on December 25, 1983.

1912 - Lou Levy, founder of Leeds Music Publishing which published "I Want To Hold Your Hand" - The Beatles first hit in the United States, and supplied new songs to many Capitol Records artists including Les Paul, Woody Herman, Bobby Darin, and The Andrews Sisters, is born in Manhattan, New York
1955 - Julie London's Liberty Records single "Cry Me A River", with "S'Wonderful" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's singles chart

1960 - The musical "Camelot" opens with Richard Burton as Arthur, Julie Andrews as Guinevere, and Robert Goulet as Lancelot at The Majestic Theatre in New York City, New York, where it will run for 874 performances

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