Monday, September 08, 2014


1958 - Michael Lardie, guitarist, singer, arranger, keyboardist, producer, recording engineer, and member the Capitol Records group Great White, is born in Anchorage, Alaska

1953 - Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tommy Collins (with Buck Owens and Ferlin Husky on lead guitar, Lewis Tally on rhythm guitar, Fuzzy Owen on bass, and Bill Woods on fiddle), at his second Capitol Records recording session, waxes his self-penned tracks "Boob-I-Lak", "You Better Not Do That", "I Always Get A Souvenir" and "High On A Hill Top" with producer Ken Nelson at The Capitol Recording Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. "You Better Not Do That", with "High On A Hill Top" on the flipside, will be Collins' second single released by Capitol (January 1954), peak at #2 on the U.S. Country singles charts, and become Collins' first hit.
1958 - Capitol Records, after many requests by disc jockeys, releases The Kingston Trio's single "Tom Dooley" with "Ruby Red" on the flipside.
1961 - Dean Martin (on vocals) with Gus Levene conducting the orchestra (Ken Lane on piano, Carl Fortina on accordion, Bob Bain, Al Hendrickson, and Allan Reuss on guitar, Murray Shapinsky on bass, Nick Fatool and Lou Singer on drums, Ann Mason Stockton on harp and a string section comprised of Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Kurt Dieterle, Jacques Gasselin, James Getzoff, Benny Gill, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Mischa Russell, and Harry Zagon on violin, Joseph DiFiore, Louis Kievman, Virginia Majewski, and Paul Robyn on viola, Justin DiTullio, Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, and Ray Kramer on cello), records the tracks "Take Me In Your Arms (Torna A Surriento)", My Heart Reminds Me", and "Vieni Su (Say You Love Me Too)" between 8 and 11pm at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release all the tracks on Martin's album "Dino (Italian Love Songs)" (Capitol T 1659).
1966 - Wayne Newton (on vocals), with Perry Botkin, Jr. conducting his own arrangements to an uncredited orchestra, records the tracks "Half A World Away", "To Each His Own", "It's Only The Good Times", "Games That Lovers Play", and "You've Let Yourself Go" at The Capitol Records Tower  Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Newton's album "It's Only The Good Times" (T 2635).
1967 - The Beatles record the track "Flying" (under the working title "Aerial Tour Instrumental")in Studio Three, at EMI Studios, in London, England for their television musical "Magical Mystery Tour". This is The Beatles' first instrumental track since "Cry For A Shadow", which  they'd recorded in Hamburg for Polydor in 1961. It was also the first song credited to all four Beatles: Harrison-Lennon-McCartney-Starkey.
1970 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens and Susan Raye's album "The Great White Horse"
1977 - Mary Ford (born Iris Colleen Summers), guitarist, singer, one time wife of Les Paul with whom she was a Capitol Records duo group, dies at age 49
1977 - Zero Mostel (born born Samuel Joel Mostel), comedian, Broadway and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (the soundtrack to "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum") dies at age 62
1992 - Capitol Records releases the compilation album "The Best Of James Bond 30th Anniversary Limited Edition" on CD and cassette
1998 - Paul Westerburg's album "Self Defense" was scheduled to be released but was delayed until January 1999, possibly due to Gary Gersh's exit as president of Capitol Records
1998 - Capitol Records releases a remastered CD containing both of Frank Sinatra's first 10" Capitol albums, "Songs for Young Lovers" and "Swing Easy", both of which featured the arrangements of Nelson Riddle

1925 - Peter Sellers, comedian, radio and motion picture actor, and EMI recording artist, is born Richard Henry Sellers in Southsea, Hampshire, England
1935 - The Hoboken Four, featuring future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appear and win the competition on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" on WOR Radio, broadcast from The Capitol Theatre in New York City, New York
1967 - Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, with Woody Shaw on trumpet, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Lamont Johnson on piano Scotty Holt on bass, and Rashied Ali on drums, records the tracks "Conversion Point", "Erdu", and "Soul" for his Blue Note Records album "'Bout Soul" with producer Franciss Wolff and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1982 - Kenny Rogers' United Artists single "Love Will Turn You Around", with "I Want A Son" on the flip side, hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1987 - Columbia Records releases Pink Floyd's album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" in the United States. Capitol Records currently re-issues the album along with the rest of Pink Floyd's Columbia releases which in the UK are released by EMI.
1988 - The Hard Rock Cafe purchases the original bus used in The Beatles television musical "Magical Mystery Tour", which they'll refurbish and tour around the United States at various Hard Rock Cafes and eventually give away for the restaurant's 30th anniversary in 2001
1991 - Paula Abdul's Virgin Records America single "The Promise Of A New Day" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Virgin Records is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's  parent company.
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - To promote Apple/EMI's September 14 release of The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" album, a Eurostar cross-Channel train custom-designed with artwork from the animated film leaves London's Waterloo Station at 11:57 a.m. GMT for Paris.

1922 - Sid Caesar, comedian, motion picture and television actor, is born Isaac Sidney Caesar in Yonkers, New York. I designed the logo and did the packaging for Caesar's 1984 Media Home Entertainment exercise video "Shape Up!" (made for people who don't always have access to a gym, Caesar showed how to use available items to get a good workout). I designed and handled getting t-shirts made for the photo shoot. I went to the photo shoot and found out that the photographer was the nephew of Howard Morris, one of Caesar's co-stars on "Your Show Of Shows". Mr. Caesar was very professional, and once the cover concept was explained to him, really got into it, making it a great experience. The only scary part was that he ripped the sleeves of the t-shirts to show off his biceps and I only had maybe 6 shirts made on different styles of t-shirts, so I hoping that the one he picked worked because we didn't have another just like it.
1932 - Patsy Cline, singer, is born Virginia Patterson Hensley in the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia
1965 - Auditions are announced in Daily Variety for a new series called "The Monkees"
1966 - The television series "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV with the episode "Man Trap" (aka "The Salt Vampire")

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