Thursday, December 11, 2008

DECEMBER 11, 2008

1935 - Tom Brumley, songwriter, steel guitar builder, 1992 Steel Guitarist Hall of Fame inductee, and steel guitarist with the Capitol Records group Buck Owens and the Buckaroos as well as The Stone Canyon Band, is born either in Stella or Powell, Missouri. If anyone knows for sure which city Tom was born in, and/or is his middle name, please leave a comment.
1957 - Mike Mesaros, electric bass player with the Capitol Records band The Smithereens, is born in Trenton, New Jersey

1944 - "The Chesterfield Supper Club" (a 15-minute show sponsored by Chesterfield cigarettes that will air five nights a week), featuring Capitol Records artist Jo Stafford, Perry Como and many other stars, debuts on NBC radio
60 Years Ago Today In 1948 - Jimmy Wakely's Capitol Records single "One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
55 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, with Dick Cary on piano, George Barnes on guitar, Jack Lesberg on bass, and Don Lamond drums, records the tracks "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Three Little Words", "Blue Moon", and "Indian Summer" in New York City, New York for his self-titled Capitol Records album that was part of the labels "Classics In Jazz" series
1957 - Frank Sinatra, with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the studio orchestra (Joe Cook, William Green, Arthur "Skeets" Herfert, Harry Klee, and Babe Russin on reeds; Walter Candoli, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Conrad Gozzo, and Clarence "Shorty" Sherock on trumpet; Russell Brown, Dick Noel, Jim Priddy, and Juan Tizol on trombone; Bobby Gibbons on guitar; Joe Comfort on bass; Bill Miller on piano; Kathryn Julye on harp; Bill Richmond on drums; Israel Baker, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, David Frisina, Ben Gill, Henry Hill, Murray Kellner, Paul Nero, Paul Shure, and Felix Slatkin on violin; Alvin Dinkin, Stan Harris, and Dave Sterkin on viola; and Kurt Reher and Eleanor Slatkin on cello), records the tracks "You'll Always Be The One I Love" (which will be released as a single by Capitol with "Old MacDonald" on the flip side in 1960), "If You Are But A Dream", and "Put Your Dreams Away" (both of which may still be unreleased) at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
50 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Frank Sinatra, with arranger Billy May conducting the studio orchestra, records the track "Day In - Day Out". This version is unreleased and the song will be re-recorded at Sinatra's next session on December 22, 1958
1964 - Capitol Records releases Peter and Gordon's album ""I Don't Want To See You Again" in the United States
1965 - Dave Barbour (born David Michael Barbour), songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, former husband of Capitol Records artist Peggy Lee, and a Capitol Records artist, dies in either Hollywood or Malibu, California at age 53 from a hemorrhaged ulcer. If anyone knows for sure which city, please leave a comment.
1967 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "Darlin'" with "Here Today" on the flip side
1968 - Capitol Records artist Tex Ritter, and the plane that he was a passenger on, are hijacked to Cuba
1970 - Apple Records releases John Lennon's album "Plastic Ono Band" which is distributed by Capitol Records in the United States

1957 - Singer Annie Ross, with The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Chet Baker on trumpet, Henry Grimes on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums), begin two days of sessions (the next will be on December 17, 1957) to record tracks that will appear on Mulligan's Pacific Jazz album "The Genius Of Gerry Mulligan" and on the CD version of Ross' World Pacific Records album "Annie Ross Sings A Song Of Mulligan". Pacific Jazz's and World Pacific's catalog are currently owned by Capitol Records' parent company, EMI Music.

1964 - Singer, record producer, and label owner Sam Cooke is shot to death at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California

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