Tuesday, March 11, 2014

MARCH 11, 2014

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

1943 - Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "That Old Black Magic" with vocals by Margaret Whiting, and with "Hit The Road To Dreamland" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 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 - During a split session held this day at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California, first Nat "King" Cole, with Les Baxter conducting an uncredited orchestra and chorus, records the titles "Always You", "The Magic Tree", and (using an arrangement by Nelson Riddle) "Mona Lisa". Then The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano, Irving Ashby on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, and Lee Young on drums) records the titles "The Greatest Inventor Of Them All" (with Jack Costanzo on bongos and an uncredited chorus added later) and "Who's Who". Capitol Records will release "Always You" as a single (Capitol 1401) with "Destination Moon (Jeepers Creepers)" (recorded December 11, 1950) on the flipside, "The Magic Tree" as a single (Capitol 1365) with "Jet" (also recorded  December 11, 1950) on the flipside, "Mona Lisa" and "The Greatest Inventor Of Them All" (initially the A side) together as a single (Capitol 1010). EMI/Capitol will issue "Who's Who" in England on the album "The Unreleased Nat King Cole" (EMS1279).
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
1966 - The Beach Boys record the track "God Only Knows" for Capitol Records
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
10 Years Ago Today In 2004 - Edmund Sylvers, lead singer of Capitol Records group The Sylvers, dies of lung cancer at age 47

1950 - Bobby McFerrin, singer, songwriter and EMI Manhattan Records artist, is born Robert McFerrin Jr. in New York City, New York

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