Thursday, February 23, 2012

FEBRUARY 23, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1950 - Steve Priest, bass player with the Parlophone and Capitol Records group Sweet, is born Stephen Norman Priest in Hayes, Middlesex, England
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Michael Wilton, bass guitarist with the Capitol Records group Queensr├┐che, is born in San Francisco, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Coleman Hawkins (on tenor saxophone) and His Orchestra (Howard McGhee on trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Denzil Best on drums) record "April In Paris", "Rifftide", "Stardust" and "Stuffy" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third tracks on the album "Classics In Jazz - Coleman Hawkins" (CCF-327), the second track as a single (Capitol 15335) with "What Is There To Say" on the flip side and the last track as a single (Capitol 205) with "It's The Talk Of The Town" on the flip side.
1945 - Shug Fisher and His Ranchmen Trio (Shug Fisher and Wesley Tuttle on vocal, Merle Travis on vocals and lead guitar with Charles Linville and Margie Ann DeVere on fiddle, Don Whiston on guitar. Frankie Marvin on steel guitar and Cliffie Stone on bass) record "The Texas Plain", the (as of 2005) unreleased track "Cool Water", and the tracks "Out On The Open Range" and "The Cowboy's Dream" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first, third and fourth tracks on the album "Sing, Cowboy, Sing" (AC-77).
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Tommy Sands' Capitol Records single "Teen-Age Crush", with "Hep Dee Hootie (Cutie Wootie)" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Hollywood String Quartet (unlisted musicians), conducted by Felix Slatkin, records Beethoven's "Quartet N°12 In E Flat Major, Opus 127, 3rd Movement" in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the track on the quartet's album "BEETHOVEN - Quartet N°12 in E Flat Major, Op.127" (P-8443).
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Pee Wee Hunt (on trombone, with Andy Bartha on cornet, Leo Kaminsky on clarinet, Joe Hall on piano, Joe Galbraith on guitar, Gene Dragoo on bass, and Cody Sandifer on drums), using arrangements by Van Alexander and Dave Cavanaugh, records the tracks "Springtime Down In Dixie (From 'Spring Song' By Mendelssohn)", "Cotton Pickin' Carmen (From 'Habanera' By Bizet)", "Hoffman's Hideaway (From 'Barcarolle' By Offenbach)" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Hunt's album "The Classics A La Dixie" (T 846).
1966 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line", with "In The Palm Of Your Hand" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles record the track "Lovely Rita" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Capitol Records will issue the track on the band's album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (MAS 2653).
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The "E" Types (lineup unlisted) record the tracks "Put The Clock Back On The Wall" and "4th Street" in Los Angeles, California. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both tracks together as a single (Tower 325).
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Sunrays record the unissued track "I Wanna Know" and the tracks "Loaded With Love" and "Time (A Special Thing)" in Los Angeles, California. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both tracks together as a single (Tower 340).
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Pink Floyd records the track "Matilda Mother" in London, England. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue the track on the band's album "The Piper At The Gate Of Dawn" (ST 5093).
1974 - Paul McCartney and Wings Apple Records single "Jet", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States with "Let Me Roll It" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - Sweet's Capitol Records single "Fox On The Run", with "Burn On The Flame" on the flip side, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1991 - Wilson Phillips' SBK Records (a division of Capitol Records) single "You're In Love" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1993 - Capitol Records releases Eddie Cochran's 2-album set "Singin' to My Baby/Never to be Forgotten", originally released on Liberty Records, on CD

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - David Sylvian, singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, with the group Japan, recorded with Virgin Records America artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and a solo Virgin Records America artist, is born David Batt in London, England
1959 - The Chipmunk's single "Alvin's Harmonica", the flip side of "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Time Is Here Again), enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1978 - Kenny Rogers' wins the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his United Artists Records track "Lucille". The flip side of the single is "Till I Get It Right".
30 Years Ago Today In 1982 - The J. Geils Band's EMI America Records single "Centerfold" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

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