Saturday, July 24, 2010

JULY 24, 2010

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Capitol Records artists Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis make their last appearance as a team with a performance at The Copacabana in New York City, New York
1961 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Under The Influence Of Love" with "Bad Bad Dream" on the flip side
45 Years Ago Today In 1965 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "California Girls", with "Let Him Run Wild" on the flip side, debuts on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1967 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "Heroes And Villans" with "You're Welcome" on the flip side
1967 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "All You Need Is Love" with "Baby You're A Rich Man" on the flip side
1967 - Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, releases Pink Floyd's single "See Emily Play" with "The Scarecrow" on the flip side
15 Years Ago Today In 1995 - A three-night celebration of Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday begins at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York
1998 - Tanya Tucker files a $300,000 lawsuit against Capitol Records Nashville, charging that the label has willfully neglected her career

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1939 - Future Capitol Records artist Kay Starr begins a brief stint with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with a radio broadcast at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York. During that week that Starr, with Miller, records her first tracks - "Baby Me" (which she sang on the radio broadcast) and "Love With A Capitol YOU" (from the picture "$1000 A Touchdown") which are released as a single on Bluebird Records (#10383).
1959 - Sam Cooke records the tracks "Just For You" and "Made For Me" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for his own label, SAR Records. The single released using the two tracks will be the only one that Cooke releases on his own label with his name on it and has become one of the rarest of Cooke's vinyl releases to find.
1978 - The motion picture version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" opens. I saw it when it opened and it wasn't that bad for a family film. It was kind of fun trying to spot the celebrity cameos and hearing the songs performed by other artists. Hey, it was the late '70s, so they could have done a lot worse things to the material (imagine a disco version instead of the mashup of "A Star Is Born", "The Jazz Singer" and "The Music Man").
1988 - Steve Winwood's Virgin Records America single "Roll With It" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. I worked on the design of the single's packaging, promotional materials and ads.
1994 - Les Baxter, Capitol Records artist, gives his last live performance. It was part of the Los Angeles County Art Museum's Bing Theater's "Sunday’s At Four " series with the Los Angeles Composers Guild Chamber Orchestra. Les performed two original compositions, "Movement" and "Poem." "Poem" was actually Les Baxter’s original song "Rio" from Baxter's Capitol Records album "Tamboo!". Jeff Chenault has an interview with David Goodman, who was musical director for the evening, about that show on Chenault's Exoteque Music site.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1938 - Artie Shaw and His Orchestra record "Begin The Beguine"

OBTW
Once again, it's my birthday - goodbye 40s, hello 50s - ARRRGGGHHHH!.

1 comment:

Sam's Neph said...

Interesting fact about the 1959 entry: The reason why the Sam Cooke single "Just For You"/"Made for Me" is so rare is that it was an experimental release. Sam owned SAR Records and was an RCA artist at the time, but he'd won a lawsuit against his old label, Keen Records, which gave him ownership of his Keen catalog. Sam wanted RCA to buy the Keen catalog from him and RCA was not interested in doing so, so Sam released the aforementioned single on SAR to prime the negotion process. Because RCA wasn't thrilled about competing in the market against their own artist, it worked. RCA eventually bought the Keen catalog from Sam. A shrewd move to say the least!

Erik Greene
Author, "Our Uncle Sam: The Sam Cooke Story From His Family's Perspective"
www.OurUncleSam.com