1901 - Marlene Dietrich, motion picture actress, singer, and Capitol Records artist (1961-1965), is born Maria Magdelene Dietrich in Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany. In his autobiography, Dave Dexter, Jr. remembers her calling him to get hundreds of promotional copies of her albums to give out while she was touring.
1950 - Terry Bozzio, drummer with Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention, and the Capitol Records group Missing Persons as well as one-time husband of Missing Persons' lead singer Dale Bozzio, is born
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Andy Russell's Capitol Records single "I Can't Begin To Tell You", with "Love Me" on the flip side, is released by Capitol Records and will peak at #7 on the U.S. Pop singles charts in 1946
1947 - During two sessions held at Universal Studios in Chicago, Illinois Nellie Lutcher and Her Rhythm (Nellie Lutcher on piano and vocals, Hurley Ramey on guitar, Charles "Truck" Parham on bass, and Alvin Burroughs on drums) recorded the titles "Fine Brown Frame", "Humoresque (Opus #7)", "Imagine You Having Eyes For Me", and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" at the first session between 12:30 PM and 4:30 PM and the titles "Without A Song", "Wish I Was In Walla Walla" and "Life Is Like That" at the second session between 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first song as a single (Capitol 15032) with "Pig Latin Song" on the flipside, the second song as a single (Capitol 1728) with "The Song Is Ended" on the flipside, the third song as a single (Capitol 15112) with "I Thought About You" on the flipside, the fourth song as a single (Capitol 15180) with "My Little Boy" on the flipside, and the sixth song as a single (Capitol 15279) with "A Maid's Prayer" on the flipside. Bear Family Records will issue all the tracks on Lutcher's box set "Nellie Lutcher And Her Rhythm" (BCD 15910).
1966 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' album "Open Up Your Heart"
25 Years Ago Today In 1988 - Poison's Capitol Records single "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", with "Back To The Rocking Horse" on the flipside, is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart and is, so far, the group's only #1 single
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50 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Merle Haggard's Tally Records single "Sing A Sad Song", with "You Don't Even Try" on the flipside, enters Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart where it will peak at #19. Haggard's Tally masters are currently owned and distributed by Capitol Records.
1980 - John Lennon's Geffen Records/Lenono Music single "(Just Like) Starting Over" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart and Lennon and Yoko Ono's Geffen Records/Lenono Music album "Double Fantasy" is #1 on Billboard's Pop album chart. Capitol Records currently distributes all of Lennon's catalog and has reissued "Double Fantasy" as a remastered CD on the Capitol label.
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1879 - Sydney Greenstreet, motion picture and radio actor, is born Sydney Hughes Greenstreet in Sandwich, Kent, England,
1906 - Oscar Levant, pianist, singer, motion picture actor, and television quiz show panelist, is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1927 - The Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II musical "Show Boat" premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.
1932 - Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City. It is the largest indoor theatre in the world at the time, with a nearly 10,000-square-foot stage and seating more than 6,200 people. The gala grand opening show is a six-hour extravaganza that will lose half a million dollars within three weeks.
1947 - Buffalo Bob (Smith), Clarabelle the Clown (Bob Keeshan, the future Captain Kangaroo), Judy Canova, and a host of others join puppet Howdy Doody for the premiere of his self-titled television show on NBC-TV. The show will stay on the air for 13 years and be revived in the 1970s.
1981 - Hoagy Carmichael, songwriter (one-time partner with Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer) and motion picture actor, dies of a heart attack at age 82 in Rancho Mirage, California