Saturday, May 09, 2009

MAY 9, 2009

1941 - Pete Birrell, bass player with the Tower and Capitol Records group Freddie and the Dreamers, is born in Manchester, England

1953 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "April In Portugal" is #4 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Nat "King" Cole (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)"s Capitol Records single "Pretend" is #5, and Jane Froman (with orchestra conducted by Sid Feller)'s Capitol Records single "I Believe" is #14
1961 - Jean Shepard records the tracks "How Long Does It Hurt (When A Heart Breaks)" (which will be released by Capitol Records as a single with "If You Were Losing Him To Me" on the flip side in June 1961) and "I've Got To Talk To Mary" (which will be released by Capitol Records as her next single with "Biggest Cry" on the flip side on August 10, 1961) at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee
1966 - Paul McCartney records vocal, piano and bass guitar tracks for the ballad "For No One" for The Beatles' "Revolver" album with Ringo Starr on drums. Vocals will be overdubbed on May 16 and the French horn solo by Alan Civil of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be overdubbed on May 19. John and George did not participate.
1968 - Merle Haggard records the track "Mama Tried" which will be released by Capitol Records as a single in June 1968 with "You'll Never Love Me Now" on the flip side and will eventually peak at #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1970 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Oh Happy Day", with "Someone Above" on the flip side, enters the U.S. Country singles chart
1976 - The Sylver's Capitol Records single "Boogie Fever" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1986 - The Smithereens sign with Capitol Records

1935 - Nokie Edwards, guitarist with Buck Owens band, bass player and lead guitarist with the Dolton and Liberty Records group The Ventures, solo artist, and television actor, is born Nole Edwards in Lahoma, Oklahoma
1956 - Johnny Dale Owens, future Capitol Records artist Buck Owens' third son, is born in California
1960 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Young Emotions" is #33 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1962 - The Beatles sign a contract with Parlophone Records, a subsidiary of EMI Records, Ltd.
45 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Louis Armstrong's single "Hello Dolly" becomes #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, his first in his 41 year career, and knocks The Beatles out of the #1 spot on the chart for the first time in 14 weeks (a run which started February 1 when their single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" held top for 7 weeks, then "She Loves You" was #1 for 2 weeks and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" held the top spot for 5 weeks)
45 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Kevin Saunderson, with the Virgin Records America group Inner City, is born
40 Years Ago Today In 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Apple Records album "Unfinished Music No. 2 - Life With The Lions" is released in the U.K. and will be released by Capitol Records in the United States on May 26
1993 - Janet Jackson's Virgin Records single "That's The Way Love Goes" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

60 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Billy Joel is born William Martin Joel in Levitown (near Hicksville), Long Island, New York
60 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Columbia Records releases the Original Broadway Cast album of "South Pacific" featuring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza
1957 - Eight years later to the day, Ezio Pinza, who had an earlier career as a renowned bass opera singer, dies in Stamford, Connecticut nine days before his sixty-fifth birthday
25 Years Ago Today In 1984 - Nudie Cohn, clothing designer for the stars, dies in North Hollywood, California at age 81

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