Saturday, March 31, 2012

MARCH 31, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1908 - "Red" Norvo, bandleader, xylophone and vibraphone player, session player and Capitol Records artist, is born Kenneth Norville in Beardstown, Illinois
1934 - Shirley Jones, singer, motion picture and television actress and Capitol Records artist (soundtracks to the motion pictures "Oklahoma!", "Carousel", and "The Music Man") is born Shirley Mae Jones in Charleroi, Pennsylvania

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford's Capitol Records single "Candy", the flip side of Mercer's "I'm Gonna See My Baby", is still #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Ferlin Husky's Capitol Records single "Gone", with "Missing Persons" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1964 - The Beatles become the first musical act to hold the top 5 positions (March 31, 1964 - The Beatles hold the top five slots on Billboard's chart: ("Can't Buy Me Love" at #1, "Twist and Shout" at #2, "She Loves You" at #3, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" at #4, and "Please Please Me" at #5) on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1968 - Skeets McDonald (born Enos William McDonald), singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Capitol Records artist, dies in California at age 52 after suffering a massive heart attack
1968 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone", with "Everybody Needs Somebody" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1974 - Blue Swede's Capitol Records single "Hooked On A Feeling", with "Gotta Have Your Love" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1991 - Garth Brooks' Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) single "Two Of A Kind Workin' On A Full House", with "Unanswered Prayers" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - "Oklahoma!" (originally titled "Away We Go") opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in New York City, New York with stars Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts and Howard DeSilva. Later made into a motion picture, Capitol Records will release it's soundtrack which will become the first album to be certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - EMI withdraws all 78rpm records in their catalogue
1980 - EMI Records, Capitol Records parent company, reports a twelve months trading loss of £2,800,000
1995 - Selena (born Selena Quintanilla Perez), singer and EMI Latin artist, is shot by the president of her fan club and dies at age 24.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - To compete with Columbia's new 33rpm LP, RCA Victor debuts it 45rpm (78-33=45) system when it releases 76 albums (3 or 4 discs in a boxed set) and 104 singles on 7-inch large-hole 45-rpm records. The first 45 rpm disc,"Texarkana Baby" by Eddy Arnold, was issued by RCA in the US on March 31, 1949. It was made of green vinyl, as part of an early attempt to color-code singles according to the genre of music they featured. Others included red for classical music and yellow for children's songs. Capitol Records will be the first label to release its product in all three formats.

Friday, March 30, 2012


MARCH 30, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1913 - Frankie Laine, singer, songwriter, actor, Capitol and Tower Records (along with many other labels) artist, is born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago, Illinois
1945 - Eric Clapton CBE, (aka Slowhand, aka God), guitarist, singer, songwriter, motion picture actor, and member of the Apple Records group Plastic Ono Band, is born Eric Patrick Clapp in The Green, Ripley, Surrey, England
1963 - M.C. Hammer (aka Hammer), singer, songwriter, motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist, is born Stanley Kirk Burrell in Oakland, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - The Pied Piper's Capitol Records single "Mairzy Doats", with "A Journey To A Star" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
60 Years Ago Today In 1952 - During three sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, the original Broadway cast of "Three Wishes For Jamie" (Anne Jeffreys, John Raitt, Bert Wheeler, Robert Halliday, Charlotte Rae, and Peter Conlow), with an uncredited chorus and Joseph Littaw directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted) using music and lyrics by Ralph Blane, record the tracks "Prologue/The Wake (with vocals by the ensemble)/The Girl That I Court In My Mind (vocals by John Riatt)", "My Home's A Highway (vocals by Anne Jeffreys)/We're For Love (vocals by Bert Wheeler and Chorus)", and "My Heart's Darlin' (vocals by Anne Jeffreys and John Raitt)/Love Has Nothing To Do With It (vocals by Bert Wheeler, Robert Halliday, Charlotte Rae, and Chorus)" at the first session, "Goin' On A Hayride" (vocals by Anne Jeffreys, John Raitt, Petter Conlow, and Chorus)/I'll Sing You A Song (vocals by Bert Wheeler, Robert Halliday, Peter Conlow, and Chorus), "It Must Be Spring (vocals by Anne Jeffreys and Chorus)/Wedding March (vocals by the Ensemble)/The Army Mule Song (vocals by John Raitt, Bert Wheeler, Peter Conlow, and The Chorus)", "What Do I Know? (vocals by Anne Jeffreys)/Love Has Nothing To Do With Looks (Reprise) (vocals by Anne Jeffreys)" at the second session, and "It's A Wishing World (vocals by Anne Jeffreys and John Raitt)/Trottin' To The Fair (vocals by John Raitt, Robert Halliday, and Chorus)" and "April Face (vocals by Anne Jeffreys, John Raitt, and Bert Wheeler)/Kevin's Prayer (vocals by Bert Wheeler)/Finale (vocals by The Ensemble)" at the third session. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the original Broadway cast album "Three Wishes For Jaime" (S-317).
1953 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Pretend", with orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle and "Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping (For Your Heart)" by Nat King Cole and the Trio, on the flip side, is #4 on the U.S. Pop singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Lou Rawls (on vocals, with unlisted musicians) records the track "Save Your Love For Me" and a as yet unissued take of the track "What Makes The Ending So Sad?" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first track as a single (Capitol 4761) with "Please Let Me Be The First To Know" (recorded February 23, 1962) on the flipside.
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The cover of The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album is staged by Peter Blake and photographed by Michael Cooper at 4 Chelsea Manor Studios, 1-11 Flood Street, just off King's Road in Chelsea in the late afternoon.
1969 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass", with "There's Gonna Be Some Changes Made" on the flip side, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1974 - Grand Funk Railroad's Capitol Records single "The Loco-Motion", with "Destitute And Losin'" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
35 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights", with "William Tell Overture" on the flip side is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1985 - Power Station's Capitol Records single "Some Like It Hot", with "The Heat Is On" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
15 Years Ago Today In 1997 - Trace Adkin's Capitol Records Nashville single "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing" with "634-5789" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - The Best Music/Song Oscar went to Jule Styne (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) for the title track to the motion picture "Three Coins in the Fountain" which was sung by Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra and released as a single by Capitol Records
1969 - Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost's Imperial Records single "Traces", with "Mary Mary Row Your Boat" on the flip side, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1974 - Mike Oldfield's Virgin Records single "Tubular Bells", with a shorter version on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Virgin Records catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1975 - Future Capitol Records artist Minnie Ripperton's Epic Records single "Lovin' You", with "Edge Of A Dream" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Capitol Records currently distributes Ripperton's complete catalog and the track has appeared on various Capitol Records compilation albums.
1979 - Norah Jones, singer, songwriter, pianist, daughter of sitarist Ravi Shankar, and Blue Note Records artist, is born in New York City, New York
2004 - Timi Yuro (born Rosemary Timotea Yuro), singer and Liberty Records artist, dies in Las Vegas of throat cancer at age 63

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1986 - James Cagney, actor, dancer, singer and president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1942-1944, dies at his Dutchess County farm in Stanfordville, New York of a heart attack. He is interred in the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

MARCH 29, 2012

This is my 2200th post! :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1918 - Pearl Bailey, singer, Broadway, motion picture (co-starred with Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole in "St. Louis Blues") and television actress, and Capitol Records artist (in Capitol Records' first original Broadway cast album "St. Louis Woman", is born Pearl Mae Bailey in Newport News, Virginia
1959 - Perry Farrell, singer, songwriter, member of the Capitol Records group Jane's Addiction is born Perry Bernstein in New York City, New York

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Jack Smith (on vocals) & The Clark Sisters (on vocals), with Earl Sheldon and his Orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the tracks "Oh, My Achin' Heart", "Cu Tu Ru Gu" (Jack, Jack, Jack), and a rejected take of "Old Devil Moon" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the first two tracks together as a single (Capitol 403).
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Tommy Sands (on vocals with an unlisted tenor saxophone player, Bob Bain lead guitar, Buck Owens rhythm guitar, and unlisted bass player, drummer, and vocal charus) records the tracks "Too Young To Go Steady", "I Don't Know Why", "Gonna Get A Girl", and "I Don't Care Who Knows It" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Sands' album "Steady Date With Tommy Sands" (T 848).
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Ray Bauduc & Nappy Lamare & Their Riverboat Dandies (Martin Peppie on trumpet, Rolly Furnas on trombone, Gene Bolen on clarinet, Don Owens on piano, Nappy Lamare on guitar and banjo, Ray Leatherwood on bass, and Ray Bauduc on drums) record the tracks "Riverboat Shuffle", "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans", "South Rampart Street Parade" and "Walking With The King" with vocals by Nappy Lamare and Rolly Furnas. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the group's self-titled album "Ray Bauduc & Nappy Lamare & Their Riverboat Dandies" (T 877).
1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Can't Buy Me Love", with "You Can't Do That" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles record the track "With A Little Help From Friends" at 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 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Elva Miller records the tracks "This Ole House", "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", "Oh, Lonesome Me", and "Shutters & Boards" at the first session and "A Little Bitty Tear", "There Goes My Everything", "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail", and "Memphis, Tennessee" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Miller's album "The Country Soul Of Mrs. Miller" (T 2734).
1974 - Grand Funk Railroad's Capitol Records album "Shinin' On" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1990 - Bonnie Raitt's Capitol Records album "Nick Of Time" is #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart
1993 - Liberty Records (which will later be renamed Capitol Records Nashville) releases Lacy J. Dalton's compilation album "The Best of Lacy J. Dalton"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Eric Idle, screenwriter, playright, songwriter, televison and motion picture actor, and member of the Virgin Records America group Monty Python's Flying Circus, is born in South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England
1951 - The Academy Award for Best Music/Song is given to Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for "Mona Lisa", which is from the Paramount Pictures motion picture "Captain Carey, U.S.A." and was later recorded by Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole
1999 - Joe Williams, singer and Roulette Records artist with Count Basie and His Orchestra, dies in Las Vegas, Nevada at age 80 after he walks out of the hospital where he is being treated for a respiratory ailment, walks nearly three miles on foot, and collapses on the street a few blocks from his home.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
80 Years Ago Today In 1932 - Jack Benny appears on what he later said was his radio debut when he was a guest on Ed Sullivan's interview show on WABC at 8:45 PM. According to this article, Jack actually debuted on radio on September 4, 1931 on "RKO Theater on the Air " at 10:30 PM over WEAF, the flagship station of the Red Network of NBC.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MARCH 28, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1890 - Paul Whiteman, (aka "The King of Jazz") violinist, bandleader (who's members included future Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer as a vocalist and future Capitol Records artists Bing Crosby [also as a vocalist] and Jack Teagarden on trombone), who commissioned George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue" and premiered it in 1924 with Gershwin on piano, motion picture actor, radio show host, music director for the ABC Radio Network, and Capitol Records artist whose first single for the label, "I Found A New Baby" with "The General Jumped At Dawn" on the flipside, was also Capitol Records' first released single, is born in Denver, Colorado.
1930 - Bill Hughes, trombonist who worked in sessions with Capitol Records artists Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole, as well as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Tony Bennett, Billy Eckstein, Sammy Davis, Jr., Lena Horne, Rosemary Clooney, is born in Dallas, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Jo Stafford, with Nat "King" Cole on piano, records the tracks "Ridin' On The Gravy Train", "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time" (which will be released as the flip side of Cole's Capitol Records single "This Is Always"), "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?", and "Cindy" (which she co-wrote with Johnny Mercer and her future husband Paul Weston and will be released as a single by Capitol Records with "I've Never Forgotten", also with Cole on piano, on the flip side)
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Benny Goodman Sextet (Benny Goodman on clarinet, Ernie Felice on accordion, Tommy Todd on piano, Dave Barbour on guitar, Harry Babasin on bass, and Tom Romersa on drums) records the tracks "The Bannister Slide", "Eight, Nine and Ten" (with vocals by Peggy Lee), and "I Never Knew" (without guitar and accordion) at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the second track on Peggy Lee's CD "Rare Gems And Hidden Treasures" (5-27564-2) and the last track on the CD "The Best Of Benny Goodman" (8-21145-2). Mosaic Records will issue all three tracks in Goodman's box set "The Complete Capitol Small Group Recordings of Benny Goodman" (MQ6-148).
1948 - Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole marries future Capitol Records artist Maria Ellington, who will also be the mother of future Capitol Records artist Natalie Cole.
1950 - Dean Martin records the tracks "Choo'n Gum" and "I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" which will be released together as a single by Capitol Records
1953 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "April In Portugal" enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Peggy Lee (on vocals), with Benny Carter conducting the orchestra (Conrad Gozzo, Ray Triscari, Al Porcino, and Shorty Sherock on trumpets, Tommy Shepard, Milt Bernhart, Ken Shroyer, and George Roberts on trombones, Justin Gordon on reeds, Lou Levy on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, Mel Lewis on drums, Emil Richards on vibraphones and percussion, and Francisco "Chino" Pozo on percussion) using arrangements by Carter and Billy Byers, records the tracks "Ain't That Love", "See See Rider", "Loads Of Love", and "I Believe In You" at The Capitol Tower Studios In Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first, second, and last tracks on Lee's album "Sugar 'N' Spice" (T 1772) and "Loads Of Love" as a single (Capitol F4750) with "The Sweetest Sounds" (recorded April 4, 1962) on the flipside.
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Billy May and His Orchestra (Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo, John Best, and Emanuel "Mannie" Klein on trumpets, Ed Kusby, Tommy Pederson, Murray McEachern, and William Schaefer on trombones, Harry Klee, Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, Plas Johnson, Fred Falensby, and Chuck Gentry on saxophones, Jimmy Rowleson on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, Irving Cottler and Frank Flynn on drums) record the tracks "Loads Of Love", "No Strings", "Love Makes The World Go Round", "The Sweetest Sounds", and "Be My Host" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on May's album "The Sweetest Swingin' Sounds Of "No Strings" (T 1709).
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Cindy Malone (on vocals), with Jimmie Haskell directing an uncredited orchestra, records the tracks "The Fool I Used To Be" and "Things That Mean The Most To Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first track as a single (Capitol 5115) with "Watch What You Do With My Baby" on the flipside. No issuing information is listed for the second track.
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Nathan Milstein (on violin), with an uncredited chamber orchestra conducted by Robert Irving, records Rimsky-Korsakov's "Fantasia On Russian Themes, Opus 33" (arranged by Kreisler) aka "Russian Fantasy" in New York City, New York. Angel Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue the track on Milstein's album "Music Of Old Russia" (S-36002).
1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Can't Buy Me Love" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beach Boys cancelled a planned session in Los Angeles, California. If anyone knows the reason, please leave a comment.
40 Years Ago Today In 1972 - The Stewardesses (lineup unlisted) record the tracks "Fly Me" and "Lovin' Ain't Easy" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both tracks together as a single (Capitol 3326).
40 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased for Buddy Alan's tracks "I'm In Love" and "The Happiness Song" which were recorded earlier that year at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California and produced by Buck Owens Enterprises. Capitol will issue the two tracks together as a single (Capitol 3346).
1974 - The Capitol Records group The Raspberries break up
2000 - Capitol Nashville releases John Berry's compilation album "Greatest Hits"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1915 - Jay Livingston, pianist, Academy Award winning composer (with partner Ray B. Evans) of such songs as "Buttons and Bows", "Mona Lisa", "Silver Bells", "Silver Bells", "Tammy" and the theme song for the television show "Bonanza" and many others), motion picture actor, one-time brother-in-law of Capitol Records artist Betty Hutton, and brother of former Capitol Records Vice-President, President, and Chairman Of The Board Alan Livingston, is born in McDonald, Pennsylvania. If anyone knows Jay's middle name, please leave a comment.
1920 - Actors Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Mary Pickford, two of the four founders of United Artists Pictures (the others being Charlie Chaplin and director D.W. Griffith), get married. United Artists would later start a record label, United Artists Records, whose catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Groups parent company.
70 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Neil Kinnock, politician and vice president of the U.K. Gene Vincent Fan Club, is born in Tredegar, South Wales
1948 - John Evan, keyboard player with the Chrysalis Records group Jethro Tull, is born John Spencer Evans, in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
1958 - W.C. Handy (born William Christopher Handy), composer, guitarist, cornet player, a founder of Black Swan Records (the first black-owned record company), whose life was the basis of the motion picture "St. Louis Blues" which stars Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole as Handy, dies of acute bronchial pneumonia at age 84 before the movie is released later the same year, and is later buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Jimmy Smith (with unlisted musicians) records the track "Walk On The Wild Side" for Verve Records. Blue Note Records will license the track and release it on Smith's album "The Definitive Jimmy Smith" (5-40038-2).
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Ged Grimes, percussionist, bassist, keyboard player and vocalist with the Virgin Records America group Meet Danny Wilson, is born Gerard Grimes. If anyone knows for sure where, please leave a comment.
1964 - Jan & Dean's Liberty Records single "Dead Man's Curve", with "The New Girl In School" on the flip side, enters the top 40 Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart where it will peak at #7. Liberty Records catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, the parent company of Capitol Music Group.
1966 - Gary Lewis and The Playboys record the track "Green Grass" which will be released as a single by Liberty Records with "I Can Read Between The Lines" on the flip side
1969 - Frank Loesser, composer, dies in New York City, New York at age 58
35 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vera Lynn (on vocals with unlisted musicians on guitar, steel guitar, bass, drums, and strings) and the vocal group The Jordanaires record the tracks "My Mother's Eyes", "Make The World Go Away", and "You Don't Know Me" at The Owen Bradley Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. After creating an edited version of "My Mother's Eyes" EMI will release it and the last two tracks in England on Lynn's album "Vera Lynn In Nashville" (EMC 3203).

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MARCH 27, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1963 - Dave Koz, saxophonist, radio show host, and Capitol Records artist, is born David Kozlowski in the San Fernando Valley in California. If anyone knows for sure which city and/or what Dave's middle name is, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1942 - George G. DeSylva, John Mercer, and Glenn E. Wallichs appear before Los Angeles county and California state Notary Public Leta Niccum to acknowledge that they have executed articles of incorporation for Liberty Records, Inc. which will be filed with the state of California on April 9, 1942. The three will apply for a Certificate of Amendment on May 27, 1942, before Ms. Niccum again to change the name of the corporation to Capitol Records, Inc., which will be filed with the state of California on June 1, 1942.
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Tex Williams and His Western Caravan record the track "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" which will be released as a single by Capitol Records with "Roundup Polka" on the flip side
1948 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "Manana", with "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart" on the flip side is #1 on Billboard's singles charts
1950 - Johnny Mercer, with The Skylarks and Ben Pollack & his Pick-A-Rib Boys, records the tracks "At The Jazz Band Ball" and "She's Shimmyin' On The Beach Again" which will be released together as a single by Capitol Records
1966 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line", with "In The Palm Of Your Hand" on the flip side, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1971 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Dream Baby", with "Here And Now" on the flip side (Capitol 3062), enters the U.S. Country singles charts. Many thanks to Richard Price for the correction!
1989 - Buck Owens and Ringo Starr record the track "Act Naturally" at Abbey Road Studios, London, England. The track will be released as a single by Capitol Records in August 1989 with Owens' track "Key's In The Mailbox" on the flip side.
2005 - Paul Hester, drummer with the group Split Enz and the Capitol Records group Crowded House, is found dead after an apparent suicide in a park in Melbourne, Australia at age 46
5 Years Ago Today In 2007 - 8:00 PM until at least Midnight - Guitar night at Spazio's with John Pisano featured a "Tribute to Al Viola" by the guitar community with Chuck Berghofer on bass, Tim Pleasant on drums and John Pisano, with at least 20 other guitarists, including veteran Capitol Records session guitarist Bob Bain, many who were able to perform. The Sherman Oaks, California restaurant was packed with an audience consisting of Al's family and his many friends and fans. A video rememberance of Al featuring clips of him in the Page Cavanaugh Trio, with a trio lead by Bobby Troup, and later performances was shown and after, a group photo was taken. Then all the guitarists signed the back of a custom guitar now dubbed "The Guitar Night Guitar".

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1924 - Sarah Vaughn, pianist, singer and Roulette Records artist (1959-1963) is born Sarah Lois Vaughan in Newark, New Jersey. Roulette's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company EMI Music Group and is being reissued by Blue Note Records and Mosaic Records.
1961 - Clark Datchler, vocalist with the Virgin Records America group Johnny Hates Jazz, is born in London, England. I converted their first album's art for U.S. release as well as the art for their single "Shattered Dreams" and various trade ads.
1970 - Mariah Carey, singer and one time Virgin Records America artist, is born in New York City, New York

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Sun Records begins operations
1958 - CBS Laboratories introduces "Stereophonic Recordings" which are playable either on ordinary monaural phonographs, or on "special" stereo equipment

Monday, March 26, 2012

MARCH 26, 2012

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Judy Garland records the tracks "I'm Old Fashioned" and "Memories Of You" with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the studio orchestra at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue Studios in Hollywood, California for Garland's Capitol Records album "Judy". "I'm Old Fashioned" would not make it on to the initial release of the album in 1956, but it was eventually included as a bonus track on the 1989 CD version of the album.
1959 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "I Can't Get Started", "Where Do You Go?", "A Cottage For Sale", and "Just Friends" with arranger Gordon Jenkins conducting the orchestra at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for Sinatra's Capitol Records album "No One Cares"
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (including Ray Starling, Gene Roland, Dwight Carver, and Carl Saunders on mellophonium and Alvino Ray on steel pedal guitar) begin 3 days of recording sessions (the other two days are March 29 and 30, 1962) with vocalist Tex Ritter for their Capitol Records album of Country and Western standards "Stan Kenton! Tex Ritter!"
1966 - Brian Wilson's Capitol Records single "Caroline, No", with "Summer Means New Love" on the flip side, enters Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart where it will peak at #32 on April 30, 1966

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - Eddie Cochran records the track "Summertime Blues" which will be released by Liberty Records
1966 - Johnny River's Imperial Records single "Secret Agent Man", with "You Dig" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1973 - Noel Coward, singer, songwriter, playwright, director, actor, filmmaker, novelist, and EMI Records artist, dies in Jamaica, West Indies at age 73
1978 - Crystal Gayle's United Artist Records single "Ready For The Times To Get Better", with "Beyond You" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1886 - Al Jolson, singer, Broadway, motion picture and radio actor and host, is born Asa Yoelson in St. Petersburg, Russia

Sunday, March 25, 2012

MARCH 25, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1938 - Hoyt Axton, singer, songwriter, guitarist, motion picture and television actor, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Duncan, Oklahoma

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Karl and Harty (Karl Davis & Hartford Taylor) record the tracks "The B-I-B-L-E", "That Pretty Little Face", "True Love" and the as yet unissued track "Lips That Touch Liquor (Shall Never Touch Mine)" in Los Angeles, California for The Capitol Records Transcription Service. Capitol Records will issue the first two tracks together as a single (Capitol 415) and the third track as a single (Capitol Americana 40044) with "Pretty Thing" on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Harold Peary (narrating as "The Great Gildersleeve"), with music by Robert Emmett Dolan who is also directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the tracks "Cinderella, Part 1", "Cinderella, Part 2" and "Cinderella, Part 3" at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the children's album "Stories For Children - The Great Gildersleeve, Volume 3" (CD-69).
1949 - Jo Stafford's Capitol Records single "A You're Adorable" enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by William Steinberg, records Elgar's "Enigma variations, Opus 36" at The Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Capitol Records will issue the track on the orchestra's album "ELGAR - Enigma Variations, Opus 36/VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - Fantasia On A Theme By Tallis" (P-8383).
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, records the as yet unissued tracks of Mozart's "Divertimento No. 2, K; 131 - Movement 1: Allegro/Menuet No. 1/Allegretto" and "Adagio No. 1/Adagio No. 2" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records.
1963 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' second album "Surfin' U.S.A."
1964 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Fun Fun Fun" is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1966 - Buck Owens and The Buckaroos play to a sold out Carnegie Hall audience in New York, City. Capitol Records tapes the show and later releases a live album of the event.
1968 - Lou Rawls (on vocals), with H. B. Barnum conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records "You're Good For Me" and "Soul Serenade" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the two tracks together as a single (Capitol 2172).
40 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Capitol Records releases Merle Haggard's single "Grandma Harp" which will become his twelfth # 1 record.
35 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band's Capitol Records album "Night Moves" is certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
35 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Final mixes are done for Gary Bartz's tracks "Carnaval De L'Esprit", "Ooh Baby Baby", "Love Ballad", "Funked Up", "Swing Thing", and "Macaroni" at Sound Factory West in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Bartz's album "Music Is My Sanctuary" (ST-11647).
30 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Storm (Lear Stevens on guitar, Ronni Hanson on bass, Jimmy Monroe on drums, and Jeanette Chase on vocals) record the tracks "Hand In Hand" and "Settle Down" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the band's self-titled album "Storm" (ST-12259).
2003 - Capitol Records releases Rosanne Cash's album "Rules of Travel"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1934 - Johnny Burnette, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Liberty Records artist, is born in Memphis, Tennessee
1958 - Liberty Records artist Eddie Cochran joins Tommy Facenda and Paul Peeks (Gene Vincent's backing singers) for The Capitol Session at The Capitol Tower in Hollywood, California

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1913 - The Palace Theatre opens its doors in New York City, New York with Ed Wynn as the first entertainer on the vaudeville bill
1939 - Billboard magazine publishes its first "Hillbilly Records" chart
1949 - Jack Kapp, co-founder of Decca Records, dies at age 47 in New York City, New York

Saturday, March 24, 2012

MARCH 24, 2012

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records album "A Collection of Favorites" is the first #1 on Billboard's first album chart
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Merle Travis' Capitol Records single "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed", with "Sweet Temptation" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Jimmy Wakely, with Stan Ellison directing an uncredited orchestra, records the tracks "I Hear You Talkin'", "I'm Gonna Marry Mary", "Song Of The Sierras", "Too Many Sweethearts", and "Oklahoma Hills" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third tracks together as a single (Capitol Americana 40016), the second and fourth tracks together as a single (Capitol 414), and the last track on the compilation album "Cowboy Hit Parade" (AD-55).
60 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Gordon MacRae (on vocals), with Van Alexander and his Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the track "There's A Lull In My Life", unissued takes of the tracks "Lost (I'm Lost)" and "Lazy As The Day Is Long", and the track "Blame It On My Youth" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and last track together as a single (Capitol 2196).
1955 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup", with "The Sand And The Sea" on the flip side, is #4 on the U.S. Pops singles charts
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Final overdubs are recorded for Stan Freberg's track "Tele-Vee-Shun" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the finished version as a single (Capitol F3687) with "Banana Boat (Day-O)" on the flip side.
1958 - Laurie London's Capitol Records single "He's Got The Whole World (In His Hands)", with "Handed Down" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart and will become the first single certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Erich Leinsdorf, records Mozart's "Divertimento N∞2 K.131: Menuet N∞ 2/Allegro N∞2" in Los Angeles, California. As of yet, the track remains unissued.
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Bob Engemann), with uncredited musicians, record the tracks "Mr. Sun" and an unissued take of the track "Something Stupid". Capitol Records will issue "Mr.Sun" as a single (Capitol 5913) with "Volare" on the flipside.
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Willie Hightower (on vocals), Robert Banks directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted) using his own arrangements, records the the tracks "For Sentimental Reasons/You Send Me", "You Are Mine", and "Because I Love You" in New York City, New York. After a sweetening session for all the tracks is held the same day, Capitol Records will issue the first and last tracks together as a single (Capitol 5916) and all the tracks on Hightower's album "If I Had A Hammer" (ST-367).
40 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Marjorie McCoy (on vocals), with unlisted musicians, records the tracks "And That's Saying A Lot", an unissued take of "Looking Back", and the track "I'd Rather Go Blind" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and last track together as a single (Capitol 3423).
40 Years Ago Today In 1972 - During two sessions held this day at Music City Recorders in Nashville, Tennessee, Anita Carter (on vocals), with Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Ray Edenton, David Kirby, and Hollis "Red Lane" DeLaughter on guitar, Pete Drake on steel guitar, Bob Moore on bass, and Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, records the tracks "How To Be A Woman", "Too Much Of A Man To Be Tied Down", and "Walk On Out Of My Mind" at the first session between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM and the track "Love Is On The Way", the unissued and listed as now lost track "I Kinda Miss The Band", and the track "There's So Much Love Left Over" at the second session between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. After overdubs are recorded for the first, second and fourth tracks at the same location between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM on March 27, 1972 (with Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Pete Drake on steel guitar, and a vocal chorus consisting of Marcy Lynn Cates and Marjorie Ann Cates), the first and third tracks on March 29, the second and sixth tracks on April 19, 1972, and the fourth and fifth tracks on May 27, 1972 Capitol Records will issue all the tracks, except the fifth track, on Carters album "So Much Love" (ST-11085).
40 Years Ago Today In 1972 - David Arlen records the track "Always Missing You", an unissued takes of the tracks "Tenderness Road" and "You're Everything Love's Supposed To Be" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the first track as a single (Capitol 3384) with "I'm Beginning To See The Light" (recorded March 27, 1972) on the flipside.
1973 - Capitol Records releases Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side Of The Moon"
1979 - Anne Murray's Capitol Records single "I Just Fall In Love Again", with "Just To Feel This Love From You" on the flip side, hits #1 on the U.S. Country Singles chart
1980 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' compilation album "Rarities"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - Jay Livingston and Ray Evans win the Academy Award for Best Music/Song for "Buttons and Bows" from the Paramount Pictures movie "The Paleface". Capitol Records has released two versions of the track as singles, one recorded by The Dinning Sisters with "San Antonio Rose" on the flip side and the other with vocals by Bob Hope and The Clark Sisters with "That's Not The Knot" on the flip side.

Friday, March 23, 2012

MARCH 23, 2012

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", with "Harlem Folk Dance" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1946 - Johnny Mercer's Capitol Records single "Personality", with "If I Knew Then" on the flip side, is #2 on the U.S. Pop singles chart
1950 - Billy May and His Orchestra, with May conducting his own arrangements to Uan Rasey, Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy, Irv Shulkin, and William Guy on trumpet, Ed Kusby, James Priddy, Si Zentner, and James Skiles on trombone, Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, Jules Kinsler, Donald Lazenby, Fred Falensby, and Arthur Fleming on saxophones, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, J.H. Washburne on bass, and John Cyr on drums,  record the titles "Minor March (Bottom Of The Cage)", "Circus Waltz" (with the scripts for both written by Alan Livingston), and the instrumental tracks for "Francis (The Talking Mule)" and "A Mule Is A Fool" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California on March 23, 1950 between 9:00 PM and 12:00 AM on March 24, 1950. The vocals for the last two titles will be overdubbed by Chill Wills and The Starlighters on March 27, 1950. Capitol Records will issue the first two songs together on the children's album "Bozo's Circus Band" (DC-253) and the last two songs together on this children's album (CAS-3071).
1951 - Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "How High The Moon", with "The Walkin' and Whistlin' Blues" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1956 - Les Baxter's "Poor People of Paris", with "Theme From Helen Of Troy" on the flip side, is still #1 on the U.S. Pop Singles charts
1964 - Chet Baker signs with Capitol Records
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Pete Johnson, pianist, bandleader, and member of the Capitol Records group The Capitol Jazzmen, dies at Meyer Hospital in Buffalo, New York at age 62 after years of heart problems and complications after a stroke.
1968 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "Lady Madonna", with "The Inner Light" on the flip side and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1969 - Merle Haggard records the track "Jesus, Take A Hold" for Capitol Records
1969 - Buck Owen's Capitol Records single "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass", the flip side of "There's Gotta Be Some Changes Made" hits #1 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart
1970 - The Chairmen Of The Board's Invictus Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records run by Holland and Dozier) single "Give Me Just a Little More Time", with "Since the Days of Pigtails (and Fairy Tales)" on the flip side, is #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1974 - Ringo Starr's Apple Records single "Oh My My", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States and with "Step Lightly" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

Thursday, March 22, 2012

MARCH 22, 2012

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1965 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' album "The Early Beatles"
1969 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Only The Lonely", with "The Journey" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1971 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "Don't Let The Good Life Pass You By" with "Happy Songs Of Love" on the flip side
1974 - Sam Donahue, tenor saxophone, trumpet, and valve trombone player, arranger, bandleader (his own, the U.S. Navy's, Billy May's for the Ray Anthony organization, Tommy Dorsey's which became the Frank Sinatra, Jr. Show's), Capitol Records session musician and member of the Capitol Records group Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, dies at age 56 of complications of cancer in Reno, Nevada
35 Years Ago Today In 1977 - The Steve Miller Band's Capitol Records single "Fly Like An Eagle", with "Lovin' Cup" on the flip side, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
35 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights", with "William Tell Overture" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1986 - Heart's "These Dreams", with "Shell Shock" on the flip side, is still #1 (the band's first) on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - Pete Wylie, singer, guitarist, harmonica player, remixer, record producer, with the groups Echo And The Bunnyman and Wah!, and a Virgin Records America solo artist, is born in Liverpool, England. I designed the cover for the U.S. release of his single "Sinful".
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Perry Bags, vocalist, and drummer with the EMI America group Jason & The Scorchers, is born. If anyone knows where Perry was born, please leave a comment. I worked on designs for the band's EMI America single "Golden Ball And Chain" and was at their video shoot for the single at the Palace Theater in Hollywood, California in 1986.
1963 - Parlophone Records releases The Beatles' first album "Please Please Me"
1978 - The Rutles' mockumentary "All You Need Is Cash", spoofing the career of The Beatles, produced by George Harrison (who also appears briefly as a reporter), and written by Eric Idle, airs for the first time in the United States
1981 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "Rapture", with "Walk Like Me" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Chrysalis' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

MARCH 21, 2012

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - Sonny James signs with Capitol Records
1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "Sloop John B" with "You're So Good To Me" on the lfip side
1970 - The Beatles' Apple Records album "Let It Be", distributed in the United States by Capitol Records, debuts at # 6 on Billboard Hot 100, the highest ranking ever for a new entry to that date
1979 - Buck Owens records the track "Play Together Again Again" for Capitol Records
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Robert Preston, Broadway and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (original Broadway cast album for "The Music Man"), dies
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - The Beatles hold down the Top 4 on US CD chart, with "A Hard Day's Night" at #1, "Please Please Me" at #2, "Beatles For Sale" at #3, and "With The Beatles" at #4
1993 - Capitol Records artist Anne Murray is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame
1994 - Spearhead signs with Capitol Records

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1961 - The Beatles play the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England for the first time thanks to a call from the mother of their drummer, Pete Best, to DJ Bob Wooler
1964 - The Beatles' Tollie Records single "Twist And Shout", with "There's A Place" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-In" at the Amsterdam Hilton
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Cutting Crew's Virgin Records America single "I Just Died In Your Arms" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, the first of the label's releases to do so

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1869 - Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., Broadway theatrical producer, is born in Chicago, Illinois
60 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Alan Freed presents The Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. It's the first Rock `N' Roll stage show and features R&B artists including The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, Paul Williams, Charles Brown, The Moonglows, and Clyde McPhatter
1991 - Leo Fender (born Clarence Fender), designer of the solid body electric guitar and guitar manufacturer of the Telecaster and Stratacaster guitars, dies from complications from Parkinson's Disease in Fullerton, California at age 81

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

MARCH 20, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1918 - Marion McPartland, piano, radio show host, wife of cornetist Jimmy McPartland, and a Capitol Records artist, is born Margaret Marian Turner in Slough, Berkshire, England
90 Years Ago Today In 1922 - Carl Reiner, television and motion picture director, producer, actor, comedian, and Capitol Records artist (The "2000 Year Old Man" series of comedy albums) is born in The Bronx, New York City, New York
75 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Jerry Reed, musician, songwriter, singer, television and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist is born Jerry Reed Hubbard in Atlanta, Georgia
1951 - Guy Perry (aka Adrian Peritore), guitarist and vocalist in the Capitol Records group The Motels, is born in California. If anyone knows for sure where, please leave a comment

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1961 - Nat "King" Cole re-records "Unforgettable" in stereo at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. It's the tracks from this version that will be used to make the electronically created duet of the song with his daughter Natalie in 1991.
1961 - Faron Young's Capitol Records single "Hello Walls" enters the U.S. Country singles charts where it will peak at #1
1969 - John Lennon marries Yoko Ono on the Rock of Gibraltar
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records releases Glen Campbell's compilation album "The Very Best of Glen Campbell"
2011 - Ralph Mooney, steel guitarist, one of the creators of the Bakersfield sound and session musician on many recordings by Capitol Records artists Buck Owens, Wanda Jackson, Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, died of complications of cancer at his home in Kennedale, Texas at age 82. His obituary can be found at http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ralph-mooney-20110322,0,3909277.story

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1906 - Ozzie Nelson, radio and television actor, bandleader, and father of Imperial and Capitol Records artist Rick Nelson, is born Oswald George Nelson in Jersey City, New Jersey
60 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Capitol Records co-founder and lyricist Johnny Mercer and composer Hoagy Charmichael win the Academy Award for Best Music/Song for "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" from the motion picture "Here Comes the Groom"

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1936 - "Your Hit Parade" debuts on network radio

Monday, March 19, 2012

MARCH 19, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1946 - Paul Atkinson, original guitarist with the group The Zombies and Vice President A&R Catalog for Capitol Records until 2001, is born Paul Ashley Warren Atkinson in Cuffley, Hertfordshire, England. I met with Paul several times while doing work for Capitol. He would listen to your case if you really had a passion for a project and had done your research to back it up, but he had the unenviable job of having to justifying the cost of re-releasing material with predicted sales and having to say "no" when the numbers just didn't add up. I remember going to his 55th birthday party in the small 12th floor conference room in The Capitol Tower and how he played guitar for his department's track for the annual employee Christmas album.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Ballad Of Davy Crockett (From Walt Disney's Davy Crockett)", with "Farewell (From Walt Disney's Davy Crockett)" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1966 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Nowhere Man", with "What Goes On" on the flip side, is #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1979 - The group America signs with Capitol Records
1996 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' Apple Records compilation "Anthology 2" in the United States

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1894 or in 1903 - Joe Venuti, violinist, bandleader, who in 1937 after hearing 15 year old future Capitol Records artist Kay Starr on the radio made her the vocalist for his band for two years, is born Giuseppe Venuti in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If anyone knows for sure which year he was born, please leave a comment.
1928 - Henry Ford Maddox, vocalist, mandolin and guitar player, with the group The Maddox Brothers & Rose which featured his sister, future Capitol Records artist Rose Maddox, is born in Boaz, Alabama
1966 - Gary Lewis & The Playboys' Liberty Records single "Sure Gonna Miss Her", with "I Don't Wanna Say Goodnight" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1983 - Thomas Dolby's Harvest Records single "She Blinded Me With Science", with "Flying North" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Harvest Records is a subsidiary of Capitol Records.
1988 - Natalie Cole's Manhattan Records single "Pink Cadillac", with "I Wanna Be That Woman" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart where it will peak at #5. Manhattan Records is a division of Capitol Records.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
140 Years Ago Today In 1872 - Anna Held, actress, singer, one-time wife of Broadway producer Florence Ziegfeld, is born Helene Anna Held in Warsaw, Poland. The Institute of the American Musical in Los Angeles, California has a large collection of Held memorabilia, costumes and props, that was donated by her family.
1928 - Patrick McGoohan, stage, motion picture and television actor ("Danger Man" [aka "Secret Agent" in the United States], "The Three Lives of Thomasina", "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh" "Braveheart", "Escape from Alcatraz", "The Silver Streak", "Ice Station Zebra", "I Am a Camera", and "The Prisoner" [which he also directed and wrote episodes]) is born in in Astoria, Queens, New York
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Elvis Presley purchases his home, the Graceland mansion, in Memphis, Tennessee from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore

Sunday, March 18, 2012

MARCH 18, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1911 - Smiley Burnette, singer, motion picture actor and Capitol Records artist, is born Lester Alvin Burnette in Summum, Illinois
1950 - John Hartman, drummer with the Capitol Records group The Doobie Brothers, is born in Falls Church, Virginia

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra) record the track "Baby, It's Cold Outside" which will be released as a single by Capitol Records with "I Never Heard You Say" on the flip side
1956 - Les Baxter's Capitol Records single "The Poor People Of Paris", with "Theme from Helen of Troy" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1961 - Jo Stafford records the track "Black Is The Color", using an arrangement by her husband Paul Weston who also conducts the studio orchestra, for her 1962 Capitol Records album "Jo Stafford Sings American Folk Songs"
1965 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail", with "Cryin' Time" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Penny Lane", with "Strawberry Fields Forever, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1968 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' Apple Records single "Lady Madonna", with "The Inner Light" on the flip side, in the United States
1968 - Capitol Records releases Steve Miller's debut single "Sitting In Circles" with "Roll With It" on the flip side
1971 - Buck Owens records the track "I'll Still Be Waiting For You" for Capitol Records

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1959 - Capitol Records parent company EMI announces that it has now stopped all production of 78 rpm discs in the U.K.
2001 - John Phillips, singer, songwriter, founding member of the group The Mamas & The Papas, father of motion picture and television actress Mackenzie Phillips and singer, television actress and founding member of the SKG Records group Wilson Phillips Chynna Phillips, dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California at age 65

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1886 - Edward Everett Horton, motion picture actor and television cartoon voice actor, is born in Brooklyn, New York

Saturday, March 17, 2012

MARCH 17, 2012

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1919 - Nat "King" Cole, pianist, singer, bandleader, motion picture actor, radio and television variety show host, father of Capitol Records artist Natalie Cole, husband of Capitol Records artist Maria Ellington Cole, and Capitol Records artist as part of The King Cole Trio and as a solo artist, is born (according to census data) Nathaniel Adams Coles in Montgomery, Alabama
80 Years Ago Today In 1932 - Dick Curless, singer, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist, is born Richard William Curless in Fort Fairfield, Maine

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1970 - John Ono Lennon's Apple Records album "Plastic Ono Band - Live Peace In Toronto", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A., becoming Lennon's first solo album to do so
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Anne Murray's Capitol Records album "Country" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
2011 - Ferlin Husky, singer and Capitol Records artist as both himself and as Terry Preston and Simon Crum, dies at age 85 at a Nashville-area hospital.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Young World", with "Summertime" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Billy Corgan, singer, guitarist, songwriter, son of guitarist William Patrick Corgan, Sr., and member of the Virgin Records America group Smashing Pumpkins, is born William Patrick Corgan, Jr. in Elk Grove, Illinois
1979 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "Heart Of Glass" with "11:59" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1895 - Shemp Howard, Vaudeville, Broadway and motion picture actor and original member of Ted Healy and His Stooges, who after a fairly successful solo career will rejoin the group, now known as The Three Stooges, after his successor and brother Jerome Horowitz (aka "Curly" Howard) suffers a stroke, is born Samuel Horwitz in Brooklyn, New York
1916 - Ray Ellington (aka Ray Brown), singer, drummer, songwriter, and radio actor as part of the BBC Radio show "The Goon Show", is born in Kennington, London, England
1936 - Future Capitol Records artist Joe DiMaggio plays his first game with the New York Yankees

Friday, March 16, 2012

MARCH 16, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1926 - Jerry Lewis, singer, comedian, radio, motion picture and televison actor, writer, director and producer, fundraiser and telethon host, son of vaudeville performer Danny Lewis, and father of Liberty Records artist Gary Lewis, and a Capitol Records artist as part of the Martin and Lewis duo and as a solo artist, is born Joseph Levitch
1933 - Jay Ranellucci, recording engineer for Capitol Records from 1957 to 2007, is born Julio Francis Ranellucci. He will start his career in Korea with Armed Forces Radio as a radio broadcast specialist. On leaving the service in 1955, he'll work at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles until he starts at Capitol Records in 1957 where he'll work as a recording engineer until his retirement in 2007 - a remarkable 50- year career - working with such music/entertainment greats as Nat Cole, Julie London, Peggy Lee, the Kingston Trio, the Beach Boys, Stan Kenton, Stan Freberg, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hoyt Axton, Jo Stafford, Bobby Darin, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, The Band, and many others. He'll also be a lifelong fan of old-time radio, both drama and comedy, and had a tremendous memory for actors names and associated time periods, as well as the associated trivia of the genre.
1954 - Nancy Wilson, guitarist, songwriter and singer with the Capitol Records group Heart, is born Nancy Lamoureux Wilson in San Francisco, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1965 - Capitol Records releases Tommy Collins' last recording for the label "All The Monkeys Ain't In The Zoo" as a single. If anyone knows the flipside of this record, please leave a comment.
1975 - T-Bone Walker (born Aaron Thibeaux Walker), guitarist and Columbia, Capitol, Imperial, and Black & White Records artist, dies of pneumonia at age 64 in Los Angeles, California and is later interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
120 Years Ago Today In 1892 - James C. Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) who forced two recording bans in the first 4 years of Capitol Records history in order to win better pay and benefits for his union's members and to secure their jobs in the marketplace, is born in Chicago, Illinois
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Walkin'", with "I'm In The Mood For Love" on the flip side, hits #1 on the U.S. R&B charts where it will stay for 21 straight weeks
1959 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "It's Late", with "Never Be Anyone Else But You" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1991 - Roxette's EMI America Records single "Joyride", with "Come Back (Before You Leave)" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles charts where it will peak at #1 for one week on May 11, 1991

Thursday, March 15, 2012

MARCH 15, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
95 Years Ago Today In 1916 - Harry James, trumpet player, singer, bandleader, motion picture actor, one-time husband of actress Betty Grable, and a Capitol Records artist, is born Harry Haag James in Albany, Georgia
1941 - Mike Love, singer, songwriter, and founding member of the Capitol Records group The Beach Boys, is born Michael Edward Love in Baldwin Hills, California
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Bret Michaels, lead vocalist of the Capitol Records group Poison, is born Bret Michael Sychak in Butler, Pennsylvania

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - The King Cole Trio's first Capitol Records album, "The King Cole Trio", is the first #1 album on Billboard Magazine's new top selling record albums chart
60 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "Wheel of Fortune" is still #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1954 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Answer Me, My Love" is #4 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "She Loves You", with "I'll Get You" on the flip side is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1969 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Galveston", with "How Come Every Time I Itch I End Up Scratching You" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1970 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "It’s Just A Matter of Time", with "This World Of Ours" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1980 - Dr. Hook's Capitol Records single "Sexy Eyes", with "Help Me Mama" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1986 - Heart's Capitol Records single "These Dreams", with "Shell Shock" on the flip side, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
2004 - Capitol Records artists Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, as well as Apple, Capitol, Zapple, and Dark Horse Records artist George Harrison, are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
105 Years Ago Today In 1907 - Jimmy McPartland, cornetist, trumpet player, actor, bandleader, and husband of pianist and Capitol Records artist Marian McPartland, is born in Chicago, Illinois
80 Years Ago Today In 1932 - Arif Mardin, arranger, record producer for Atlantic, Manhattan and Blue Note Records, is born in Istanbul, Turkey
1944 - David Costell, original bass player with the Liberty Records group Gary Lewis & The Playboys, is born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
1959 - The Broadway musical "No Strings" opens at the 54th Street Theatre in New York City, New York starring Richard Kiley and Diahann Carroll as well as the show's composer, Richard Rodgers, singing his own lyrics. Capitol Records will later release the original Broadway cast album.
1959 - Lester Young (aka "Prez", born Willis Lester Young), saxophone and clarinet player, with the Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, and Andy Kirk bands, gave Billie Holiday the nickname "Lady Day", and Aladdin, Savoy, Blue Note and Verve Records solo artist, dies in the early morning at age 49 from liver disease and malnutrition in New York City, New York after recently returning from a short tour in Paris, France

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MARCH 14, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
100 Years Ago Today In 1912 - Les Brown, bandleader and Capitol Records artist, is born Lester Raymond Brown in Reinerton, Pennsylvania
90 Years Ago Today In 1922 - Les Baxter, singer, arranger, song and score writer, bandleader, member of Mel Torme's back up group The Mel-Tones, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Mexia, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Shoo-Fly Pie (And Apple Pan Dowdy)", with "I Been Down In Texas" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Andy Russell (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Anniversary Song", with "My Best To You" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1958 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' second single "Sweet Thing" with "I Only Know That I Love You" on the flip side
1964 - Billboard reports that The Beatles' Capitol Records releases currently account for 60 per cent of record sales in the United States
1969 - The Honeys sign with Capitol Records
1970 - Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "All I have To Do Is Dream" with "Less Of Me" on the flip side, enters the U.S. Country singles charts
1989 - Donny Osmond signs with Capitol Records. I met Donny a couple of years earlier at the listening party for Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers' "Conscious Party" album at Virgin Records offices in Beverly Hills. He and I were the only two not drinking alcohol.
2000 - Tommy Collins, singer, songwriter, 1999 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and Capitol Records artist, dies in Ashland City, Tennessee

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

MARCH 13, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1919 - Dave Cavanaugh (aka "Big Dave" Cavanaugh), tenor saxophonist, bass player, pianist, songwriter, arranger, conductor, session musician with Capitol Records artist Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends, Capitol Records A&R producer for artist such as Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dakota Stanton, and Nancy Wilson, and a Capitol Records band leader and solo artist, is born David D. Cavanaugh in Saint Paul, Minnesota. If anyone knows what Cavanaugh's middle name is, please leave a comment.
19?? - Wayne Watkins, Capitol Records employee for 18 years starting as Director of Catalog Marketing at Capitol Records then becoming National Director of Strategic Marketing and executive producer of over 200 releases from Capitol's catalog, is born

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Ella Mae Morse (with Dick Walters and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "No Love, No Nothin'", with "Shoo Shoo Baby" on the flip side, is #4 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1948 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "Manana", co-written with her husband Dave Barbour and with "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart" on the flip side, hits #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Eight Days a Week" with "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" on the flip side, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, the first time one of their singles hits #1 in the U.S. but not in the U.K.
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Sam's Place" with "Don't Ever Tell Me Goodbye" on the flip side
1971 - Paul McCartney's Apple Records single "Another Day", with "Oh Woman, Oh Why" on the flip side and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - The Sylvers' Capitol Recors single "Boogie Fever" with "Free Style" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Roots of My Raising", with "The Way It Was In '51" on the flip side, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
35 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights" hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records artists Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2009 - Alan Livingston, who as VP of Children's Records at Capitol Records created Bozo, Rusty, and Sparky and wrote the scripts for many of the releases, who as VP of A&R signed Frank Sinatra, who as head of programming at NBC greenlit Bonanza, and who as president of Capitol Records signed The Beach Boys, eventually signed The Beatles, as well as The Steve Miller Band and The Band, has died of age-related causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California at age 91. A private service for family members will be held.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1959 - Ronnie Rogers, guitarist with the Virgin Records America group T'Pau, is born in Nashville, Tennessee. I adapted their U.K. album art for the U.S. as well as designing packaging for their promotional singles as one of the first projects I did for Jeff Ayeroff at Virgin Records America. I also attended their first show at The Roxy in Los Angeles in 1987 with my friend Ron Gidseg and got to talk to them after the show back stage in the upstairs dressing room.
2006 - Chryalis Records band Blondie and EMI/Virgin Records band The Sex Pistols are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York. The Sex Pistols decide not to attend and let the world know why on their website.

Monday, March 12, 2012

MARCH 12, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
100 Years Ago Today In 1912 - Paul Weston, arranger, first musical director at Capitol Records, radio, television and record orchestra leader, husband of Capitol Records artist Jo Stafford, founding member and first president of the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (N.A.R.A.S.), and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Paul Wetstein in Springfield, Massachusetts
1921 - Gordon MacRae, Broadway and motion picture actor, singer, husband of Capitol Records artist Sheila MacRae and a Capitol Records solo artist and duet artist with Jo Stafford and Margaret Whiting, is born in East Orange, New Jersey
1946 - Liza Minnelli, singer, Broadway and Motion Picture actress, daughter of M-G-M picture director Vincent Minellia and actress and Captiol Records artist Judy Garland, and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Liza May Minnelli in Los Angeles, California
1948 - James Taylor, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Apple Records artist whose self-titled debut album was distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is born in Boston, Massachusetts
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Steve Harris, bassist, songwriter and founder of the Capitol and EMI America Records group Iron Maiden, is born in Leytonstone, London, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records album "Star Carol" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Penny Lane" with "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Fugitive", with "Someone Told My Story" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1969 - Parlophone, Capitol and Apple Records artist Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman at the Marylebone Registry Office in London, England
1971 - Capitol Records releases John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band's Apple Records single "Power To The People", with Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band's "Touch Me" on the flip side, in the United States

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Charlie Parker (aka Yardbird and Bird), tenor saxophonist and Blue Note (1953) and Roulette Records (1954) artist, dies of a bleeding ulcer and pneumonia at the age of 34, after a lifetime of heroin and alcohol abuse, while watching Tommy Dorsey on television in the suite at the Stanhope Hotel of his long time friend, Baroness Nina de Koenigswater. The coroner mistakenly estimated Parker's age to be between 50 and 60. Parker is one of the artists featured on the mural on the side of The Capitol Tower in Hollywood, California
1974 - Harry Nilsson and John Lennon are ejected from Doug Weston's Troubador Club in Los Angeles for heckling Tom Smothers' comedy act

Sunday, March 11, 2012

MARCH 11, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1981 - LeToya, two-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, original member of the group Destiny's Child, and a solo Capitol Records artist, is born LeToya Nicole Luckettin Houston, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "That Old Black Magic", with "Hit The Road To Dreamland" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1949 - Mel Torme's Capitol Records single "Careless Hands", with "She's A Home Girl" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1950 - Nat "King" Cole records the track "Mona Lisa" at Capitol Records Melrose studios in Hollywood, California
1951 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Shotgun Boogie", with "I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More" on the flip side, returns to the #1 spot on the U.S. Country singles charts
45 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles "Strawberry Fields Forever", with "Paperback Writer" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1970 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "Let It Be", with "You Know My Name (Now Look Up My Number)" (a typo as it should have read [Now Look Up The Number] which will not be corrected in the U.S. until the "Past Masters" compilation album is released in 1988) is released by Capitol Records in the United States
1971 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Fightin' Side Of Me", with "Every Fool Has a Rainbow" on the flip side, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1995 - Capitol Records artist Liz Phair marrys film editor Jim Staskauskas
2004 - Edmund Sylvers, lead singer of Capitol Records group The Sylvers, dies of lung cancer at age 47

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1950 - Bobby McFerrin, singer, songwriter and EMI Manhattan Records artist, is born Robert McFerrin Jr. in New York City, New York

Saturday, March 10, 2012

MARCH 10, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1920 - Jethro, singer, mandolin and banjo player, with the Capitol Records duo Homer & Jethro, is born Kenneth C. Burns in Conasauga, Tennessee

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Martha Tilton records the track "I'll Walk Alone", her first session after the end of the AFM's second recording ban, which Capitol Records will release as a single with "Texas Polka" on the flip side by Capitol Records
1945 - Johnny Mercer (with June Hutton, The Pied Pipers and Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Accentuate The Positive", with "There's A Fellow Waiting In P'Keepsie" is #3 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Mercer (with Jo Stafford, The Pied Pipers, and Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s single "Candy", with "I'm Gonna See My Baby" on the flip side, is #6
1950 - Margaret Whiting's Capitol Records single "I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Pray'rs)", with "Be Mine" on the flip side, peaks at #24 for it's only week on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Young Love", with " You're the Reason I'm in Love" on the flipside is #2 on the U.S. Pop singles charts. Ironically, Tab Hunter's cover version of the song, with "Red Sails In The Sunset" on the flip side and distributed by Dot Records, is #1.
1958 - Cannonball Adderley signs with Capitol Records
1965 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail", with "Cryin' Time" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1968 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "A World Of Our Own", with "An Old Sweetheart of Mine" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1975 - Capitol Records releases John Lennon's Apple Records single "Stand By Me", with "Move Over Ms. L." on the flip side, in the United States
1996 - Garth Brooks' Capitol Records Nashville single "Beaches Of Cheyenne" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
15 Years Ago Today In 1997 - Capitol Records artist Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1940 - Dean Torrence, musician, singer, songwriter and member of the Liberty Records duo Jan and Dean, is born in Los Angeles, California
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Gary Clark, singer, songwriter, and with the Virgin Records America group Danny Wilson, is born in Scotland. I went bowling with the whole band (who had never been bowling before and after a few beers were forgetting to let go of the ball) when they came to Los Angeles to open for Simply Red at the Wiltern Theatre and revised the album and single artwork for their first two U.S. albums and singles.
1963 - Neneh Cherry, singer, musician, songwriter, stepdaughter of trumpeter Don Cherry, with the groups singer Rip Rig + Panic and The Slits, and a solo Virgin Records America artist, is born Neneh Mariann Karlssson in Stockholm, Sweden. I revised the album and single artwork for her first album for U.S. release and met her and her son Tyson outside Virgin Records first office in Beverly Hills, California
1964 - Patrick Kane, violinist and vocalist with the Circa Records (a division of Virgin Records) group Hue & Cry, is born. I revised the artwork on their first album for U.S. release by Virgin Records America
2008 - The Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor, and Don Wilson) are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame by John Fogerty at a banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York. The Ventures recorded for Dolton Records, a subsidiary of Liberty Records whose catalog is currently owned and distributed by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.

Friday, March 09, 2012

MARCH 9, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
80 Years Ago Today In 1932 - Keely Smith, singer, Capitol Records artist as part of a duo with her then husband Louis Prima and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Dorothy Jacqueline Keely in Norfolk, Virginia
1948 - Jimmy Fadden, harmonica player, guitarist and vocalist with the Capitol Records group The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, is born in Long Beach, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Coleman Hawkins signs with Capitol Records
1946 - Johnny Mercer's Capitol Records single "Personality", with "If I Knew Then" on the flip side, hits #1 on the U.S. Pop singles chart
1949 - Jo Stafford, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra, records the tracks "Some Enchanted Evening" and "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair" which will be released together as a single by Capitol Records
60 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "Wheel Of Fortune", with "Angry" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1956 - The Louvin Brothers' Capitol Records single "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby", with "In The Middle Of Nowhere" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Ferlin Husky's Capitol Records single "Gone", with "Missing Persons" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1965 - Wanda Jackson records the track "Oh, Blacky Joe" for Capitol Records
1965 - Bobby Darin, with Ernie Freeman and His Orchestra, records the tracks "Venice Blue" and "In A World Without You" which will be released together as a single by Capitol Records
1966 - The Beach Boys record the track "God Only Knows" for Capitol Records
1969 - Buck Owens records the track "Johnny B. Goode" for Capitol Records
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Carole King, singer, songwriter and one-time Capitol Records artist, is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City, New York
2005 - Chris LeDoux, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Capitol Records Nashville artist, dies in a Casper, Wyoming hospital after a lengthy illness at age 56 and will be cremated the next day

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1930 - Ornette Coleman, alto saxophonist, trumpet player, violinist, composer, band leader, and Atlantic and Blue Note Records artist, is born Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman in Fort Worth, Texas. Blue Note's catalog is owned by EMI Music Group, the parent company of Capitol Music Group and Blue Note Records is currently a division of Capitol Music Group.
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Walkin'", with "I'm In The Mood For Love" on the flip side enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1959 - Ricky Nelson's Imperial Records single "Never Be Anyone Else But You", with "It's Late" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
15 Years Ago Today In 1997 - The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls and born Christopher George Latore Wallace), rapper and Bad Boy Entertainment artist, is killed at age 24 in a drive-by shooting at the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, California at approximately 12:30 AM outside a party thrown by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records at the Petersen Automotive Museum after the Soul Train Awards Show. The Los Angeles Police Department still have no suspects.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

MARCH 8, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1945 - Mickey Dolenz, motion picture and television actor, director, singer, musician, member of the groups The Monkees and the Capitol Records group Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart, is born George Michael Dolenz in Tarzana, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Clive Burr, drummer and member of the Capitol Records group Iron Maiden (1979-1983), is born in England. If anyone knows for sure where, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - The Pied Pipers' Capitol Records single "Dream", with "Tabby The Cat" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1949 - Frank Morgan (best known as The Wizard in the M-G-M motion picture "The Wizard Of Oz") signs with Capitol Records where he'll narrate the children's record "Gossamer Wump"
1969 - Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry's Capitol Records duet single "Let It Be Me", the flip side of "Little Green Apples", enters Billboard's Country singles chart
1978 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Fightin' Side Of Me", with "Every Fool Has A Rainbow" on the flip side is #1 on Billboard's Country singles chart
1989 - Don Dokken signs with Capitol Records
1991 - The group Mazzy Star signs with Capitol Records
20 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Red Callendar (born George Callender), band leader (trio and sextette), string bass and tuba player, motion picture actor (1958's "St. Louis Blues" which starred Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole) and Capitol Records session musician who worked with Judy Garland, Nat "King" Cole and Art Tatum, dies in Saugus, California two days after his 76th birthday
1999 - Joe DiMaggio, Baseball Hall of Famer and Capitol Records artist, dies of complications from lung cancer surgery at his home in Hollywood, Florida at age 84 and is later interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1971 - Francis Wolff, co-owner of Blue Note Records, dies in New York City, New York at age 64. Blue Note is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, and is a division of Capitol Music Group.
1980 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "Call Me" (written by Giorgio Moroder and the band's singer Debbie Harry), with Giorgio Moroder performing a version on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Chrysalis' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Huey Lewis & The News' Chrysalis single "Jacob's Ladder", with a live version of "Heart Of Rock 'N" Roll" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.Chrysalis' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1994 - Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) releases Suzy Bogguss's compilation album "Greatest Hits"

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

MARCH 7, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
95 Years Ago Today In 1917 - Lee Young, brother of saxophonist Lester Young, drummer who worked with the Capitol Records group The King Cole Trio and later bandleader of the Lee Young Band, is born Leonidas Raymond Young in New Orleans, Louisiana
1919 - Pappy "Gube" Beaver, singer, radio performer and Capitol Records artist, is born Parlin Kenneth Beaver in Newport, Tennessee
1943 - Leon Frank Sylvers III, singer, songwriter, music producer, and member of the Capitol Records group The Sylvers, is born Memphis, Tennessee
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Donna Loren, singer, actress, and Capitol Records artist is born in Boston, Massachusetts.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Margaret Whiting's Capitol Records single "Guilty", with "Oh! But I Do" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1948 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "MaƱana (Is Good Enough For Me)", with "All Dressed Up In A Broken Heart" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1961 - Buck Owens records the track "Heartaches By The Number" for Capitol Records
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Eight Days A Week", with "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1966 - Freddie Hubbard signs with Capitol Records
1966 - Capitol Records releases Brian Wilson's single "Caroline, No" with "Summer Means New Love" on the flip side. It is Wilson's only solo release while part of The Beach Boys
1970 - Badfinger's Apple Records single "Come And Get It", with "Rock Of All Ages" on the flip side and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1970 - John Ono Lennon's Apple Records single "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)", with Yoko Ono Lennon's "Who Has Seen The Wind" on the flip side and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
40 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Buck Owens records the track "Made In Japan" at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California. Capitol Records will issue the track as a single (Capitol 3314) with "Black Texas Dirt" on the flipside.
1973 - Helen Reddy's Capitol Records single "I Am Woman", with "More Than You Could Take" on the flip side, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1976 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Roots Of My Raising", with "The Way It Was in '51" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Country Singles chart
20 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Richard Marx's Capitol Records single "Hazard", with "Big Boy Now" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1999 - Marv Ingram (aka Marv Ingraham and born Marvin Inabnett), commodities broker and high tenor singer with the Capitol Records group The Four Preps, dies of a heart attack at age 60. If anyone knows what day he was born, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1939 - Future Capitol Records artists Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians record the track "Auld Lang Syne" for Decca Records. They will re-record the track for Capitol Records in Hi-Fi, which will later be voted by Lombardo's fans to be the superior version of the tune.
1946 - Peter Wolf, one time husband of actress Faye Dunaway (1974-1979), lead singer with The EMI America Records group The J. Geils Band, and solo artist, is born Peter Blankfield in the Bronx, New York City, New York
25 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Future Capitol Records and Grand Royal Records group The Beastie Boys' first album, "Licensed To Ill" (released by Def Jam and distributed by Columbia Records), is #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
95 Years Ago Today In 1917 - Nick La Rocca's Original Dixieland Jass Band's Victor Records single "The Dixie Jass Band One Step" becomes the first Jazz record released in the United States

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

MARCH 6, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1916 - "Red" Callendar, band leader (trio and sextette), string bass and tuba player, motion picture actor (1958's "St. Louis Blues" which starred Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole) and Capitol Records session musician who worked with Judy Garland, Nat "King" Cole and Art Tatum, is born George Sylvester Callender in Haynesville, Virginia
1946 - Dave Gilmour, CBE, guitarist with the groups Joker's Wild, Flowers, Bullitt, and lead guitarist and vocalist with the Harvest, Columbia, and Capitol Records group Pink Floyd, is born David Jon Gilmour in Cambridge, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - Jimmy Wakely's Capitol Records single "I Love You So Much It Hurts", with "I Don't Want Your Sympathy" on the flip side, returns to the #1 spot on the U.S. Country singles charts
1961 - Buck Owens records "I Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today" which will be released by Capitol Records
50 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Frank Sinatra, with Skip Martin conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Uan Rasey, Conrad Gozzo, Shorty Sherock, Mickey Mangano on trumpet, Tommy Pederson, Joe Howard, Ed Kusby, and William Schaefer on trombone, Willie Schwartz and Harry Klee on alto saxophone and flute, Justin Gordon on flute, clarinet, and tenor saxophone, Jules Jacob on clarinet, tenor saxophone, and oboe, Chuck Gentry on bassoon and bass clarinet, Bill Miller on piano, Al Viola on guitar, Ralph Pena on bass, Irving Cottler on drums, Emil Richards on percussion and tympani, Verlye Mills on harp and a string section with Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Jacques Gasselin, James Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Amerigo Marino, Erno Neufeld, Nathan Ross, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, and Gerald Vinci on violin, Justin DiTullio, Ray Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello), records his last track for Capitol Records, "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues", at United Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California. The track will later be included as a bonus track on the CD version of Sinatra's 1961 album "Come Swing With Me". Other tracks for Sinatra's new label, Reprise Records, were also recorded at the same session.
1971 - George Harrison's Apple Records single, distributed in the U.S. by Capitol Records, "What Is Life", with "Apple Scruffs" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
5 Years Ago Today In 2007 - Capitol Records releases Reliant K's album "Five Score and Seven Years Ago"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
30 Years Ago Today In 1982 - The J. Geils Band's EMI America Records single "Freeze-Frame", with "Flamethrower" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. EMI America's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company EMI Music Group

Monday, March 05, 2012

MARCH 5, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1928 - Lou Levy, pianist with Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd and the Capitol Records band Supersax, as well as session pianist for Capitol Records artists Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, and Anita O’Day, is born Lewis A. Levy in Chicago, Illinois

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1953 - Daws Butler signs with Capitol
1955 - Jerry Reed signs with Capitol
1955 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup", with "The Sand And The Sea" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1963 - The Beatles record the track "From Me To You" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Nowhere Man", with "What Goes On" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
45 Years Ago Today In1967 - Buck Owen's Capitol Records single "Where Does The Good Times Go", with "The Way That I Love You" on the flip side, returns to the #1 slot on the U.S. Country singles chart
1971 - Capitol Records releases Goose Creek Symphony's album "Welcome To Goose Creek" which was recorded during the summer of 1970 at Audio Recorders, Phoenix, Arizona
40 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Freddie Hart's Capitol Records single "My Hang-Up Is You", with "Big Bad Wolf" on the flip side is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1973 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Ain't It Amazing, Gracie" with "The Gold Old Days" on the flip side
1976 - Bill Cosby signs with Capitol
35 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights", with "The William Tell Overture" on the flip side, enters the U.S. Country singles chart
1996 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' Apple Records single "Real Love", with "Baby's In Black" on the flip side, in the United States

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
30 Years Ago Today In1982 - John Belushi, actor, singer and record collector, dies of a drug overdose in bungalow 3 at The Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California at age 33.