ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Cootie Williams and His Orchestra record the tracks "Jumping To Conclusions (part one)", "Jumping To Conclusions (part two)", "Someone I Knew", and "You're The One For Me, Sweetheart" at the WMCA studios in New York City, New York for Capitol Records. The tracks will remain unreleased until they are included in Mosaic Records 1997 box set "Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions"
1960 - Capitol Records opens a new pressing plant in Los Angeles, California. It has been closed for a while but there's a recent photo of the site on Flickr.com.
1965 - The Beach Boys record the instrumental tracks for their song "Wouldn't It Be Nice" at Gold Star Recording Studios, Hollywood, California with engineer Larry Levine. The vocal tracks will be recorded in March and April 1966 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, California with engineer Ralph Balantin. The finished song will be released on July 18, 1966 as a single, with "God Only Knows" on the flip side, and will be included on their Capitol Records album "Pet Sounds"
45 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Day Tripper" peaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. On the same date, the single's flip side, "We Can Work It Out", is currently #11 on the chart, after peaking at #1 on January 8, 1966.
1969 - The Beatles record the tracks for the songs "I Dig A Pony", "I've Got A Feeling", and "Don't Let Me Down". On the same day, George Harrison, at a meeting held at the Apple Corps. offices, persuades Billy Preston to join The Beatles' "Get Back" sessions, which will later be released by Capitol Records in the United States as the album "Let It Be"
1969 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Wichita Lineman", the flip side of "Fate Of Man" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1977 - Wings' Capitol Records album album "Wings Over America" hits #1 on Billboard's album chart
1982 - The J. Geils Band's Capitol Records single "Centerfold", the flip side of "Rage In The Cage" is #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
2004 - Billy May, trumpet player, composer, arranger, band leader, conductor, and Capitol Records artist, dies of a heart attack at his home in in San Juan Capistrano, California at age 87
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1914 - Frank and Ethel Gumm, parents of future Capitol Records artist Francis Gumm (aka Judy Garland) are married
1963 - Gerry and The Pacemakers, at their first session for Parlophone Records, record the track "How Do You Do It?" written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, as well as the tracks "Away From You" and "Pretend", with producer George Martin
1968 - Apple Corps (home of the boutique and the label) opens its first London headquarters at 95 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, 4th floor
1972 - Don McLean's United Artists Records album "American Pie" hits #1 on Billboard's album chart
1977 - The Sex Pistols leave the EMI label 3 1/2 months after signing with label and will later write and record the song "EMI" about their experiences with the label which will be released on the band's Virgin Records album "Never Mind The Bollocks". Virgin Records catalog is currently owned by EMI Music and the label is now owned by EMI.
1985 - Zak Starkey, eldest son of Ringo Starr, marries Sarah Menikides at a private ceremony in a registry office in Bracknell, Berkshire, England
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1875 - D.W. Griffith, playwright, actor, director, film producer, and one of the four founders (Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin were the other three) of United Artists Studios (which many years later would release three movies and one soundtrack by The Beatles as well as the James Bond franchise and spawn the United Artists Records label whose catalog is currently owned by EMI Music, Capitol Records' parent company), is born David Llewelyn Wark Griffith in La Grange, Kentucky
1889 - The Columbia Phonograph Company is formed in Washington, DC. The record label would eventually morph into the Columbia Broadcast System, better known today as CBS. The record label is currently owned by Sony.
1947 - KTLA, Channel 5 in Hollywood, California, broadcasts for the first time, becoming the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River
1968 - "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", filmed in "beautiful downtown Burbank", California, debuts on NBC-TV