Thursday, January 30, 2014

JANUARY 30, 2014

80 Years Ago Today In 1934 - Tammy Grimes, Broadway, motion picture, television and radio actress, singer, and Capitol Records artist (1960 - Original Cast Album for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"), is born in Lynn, Massachusetts. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment.

1957 - Dean Martin finishes the last session for his Capitol Records album "Pretty Baby" after he records the tracks "Only Forever", "Maybe", "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)", "You've Got Me Crying Again", "Once in a While", "The Object of My Affection" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with Gus Levine conducting the orchestra (Alvino Rey and Vincent Terri on guitar, Joseph G. "Joe" Comfort on bass, Nick Fatool on drums, Edwin L. "Buddy" Cole on piano, Julian C. "Matty" Matlock on clarinet, Charles T. "Chuck" Gentry and Edward R. Miller on saxophone, Elmer R. "Moe" Schneider on trombone, and Charles Richard "Dick" Cathcart on trumpet).
1961 - Capitol Records releases The Kingston Trio's album "Make Way"
1963 - Nat "King" Cole signs his last contract with Capitol Records
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "Please Please Me" with "From Me To You" on the flipside.
1967 - The Beatles begin two straight days of shooting for a promo film for their Parlophone single "Strawberry Fields Forever" in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. The single will be released in the United States by Capitol Records and the footage would appear in "The Beatles Anthology" distributed by Capitol Video in 1995 that also includes home movies from the set of the shoot
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - The Beatles, with Billy Preston on keyboards, give their last public performance, an impromptu concert on the roof of Apple Records' offices at 3 Savile Row, London, England, after the roof was shored up to hold the weight. The performance was filmed until it was stopped after 42 minutes by the police. The footage will later appear in the documentary "Let It Be" and recordings of the songs performed, "Get Back" (three takes), "Don't Let Me Down" (two takes), "I've Got A Feeling" (two takes), "One After 909", and "I Dig A Pony", would later appear on the "Let It Be" Apple Records soundtrack, released by Capitol Records in the United States. The band also performed a version of "God Save The Queen" that was not recorded.
1997 - Tower Mastering duplicates a very limited quantity of a 3-song cassette sampler of alternate takes of Paul McCartney's songs "The World Tonight", "Young Boy", and "Somedays" to promote his Capitol Records album "Flaming Pie".

1958 - Future Capitol Records artist Merle Haggard was found guilty on a burglary charge in California

1933 - The first of 2,956 radio episodes of "The Lone Ranger" airs on WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan. The show's writer, Fran Striker (who also created The Green Hornet and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon) was born in Buffalo, New York. My dad loved this show as a kid. He even saved his Lone Ranger badge. When nostalgia for Old Time Radio was really at a peak in the early '70s, many programs were released on LP which he collected and played for me and my siblings and we just loved them. It really started my love for the great shows from the golden age of radio.

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