Sunday, December 20, 2015

DECEMBER 20, 2015

1949 - Alan Parsons, singer, keyboardist, flutist, music engineer (on The Beatles’ album "Abbey Road", Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side Of The Moon", early Wings albums, and many others), record producer, and founder of the band The Alan Parsons Project, is born in London, England

1944 - Eddie LeMar "Buddy" Cole And His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the tracks "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Fine & Dandy" and "You Do Something To Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the album "Manhattan Moods" (BD-43).
1944 - The Hollywood Studio Orchestra (lineup unlisted), with Paul Weston conducting his own arrangements, record the tracks "Kashmiri Song", "In A Persian Market", "Santa Lucia", "Come Back To Sorrento" and "Caprice Viennois" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the album "Music By Candlelight" (BD-46).
70 Years Ago Today In 1945 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, John Anderson, Russ Burgher, and Bob Lymperis on trumpet; Freddie Zito, Jimmy Simms, Milt Kabak, and Ray Kline on trombone; Bart Varsalona on baritione trombone; Al Anthony and Boots Mussulli on alto saxophone; Vido Musso and Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone; Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone; Kenton on piano; Bob Ahern on guitar; Eddie Safranski on bass; Ralph Collier on drums; June Christy and Gene Howard on vocals) record the tracks "Solitude" (solo by Simms), "No Baby, Nobody But You" (vocal by Christy, solos by Kenton, Safranski, Wetzel, Musso, and Simms), "Never Too Late To Pray" (vocal by Howard), "Tea For Two" (solos by Kenton, Safranksi, and Mussulli), "One Twenty" (solos by Mussulli, Kenton, and Childers), "Dont Blame Me" (vocal by Howard), "Intermission Riff" (solos by Musso, Wetzel, and Mussulli) "It Ain't Necessarily So" (vocal by Christy), "I Never Thought I'd Sing The Blues" (vocal by Christy, solos by Safranski, Kenton and Wetzel), "Artistry In Rhythm - Opening Theme" (with solo by Kenton), and "Artistry In Rhythm - Closing Theme" (solos by Kenton and Collier) for Capitol Records Transcription Service at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California. Mosaic Records will issue all the titles in the box set "The Complete Capitol Studio Recordings of Stan Kenton" (Vinyl MQ12-163, CD MD7-163).
70 Years Ago Today In 1945 - During two session held today (probably at "The Chateau") in Hollywood, California, The  King Sisters record five unlisted titles at the first session and five more unlisted titles plus a "theme" at the second session for The Capitol Records Transcription Service which will issue the first five titles on a transcription disc (ET 528/32) and the last five titles and the "theme" on another transcription disc (ET 428/32). If anyone knows what titles were recorded, please leave a comment.
1946 - At a split session in Los Angeles, California, first Jo Stafford (on vocals), with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the tracks "That's Where I Came In" and "Give Me Something To Dream About" and then Hal Derwin (on vocals), with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup still unlisted) records a rejected take of the track "When Day Is Done". Capitol Records will issue both of Staffords tracks together as a single (Capitol 355).
1947 - Frank DeVol conducting his own arrangements to a studio orchestra (Arthur L. Frantz on French horn; Jules Kinsler and Floyd Dornbach on woodwinds; Buddy Cole on piano and celeste; George Smith on guitar; Tom Romersa on drums; and on strings: David Frisina, Harry Bluestone, Erno Neufeld, Mischa Russell, Joseph Quadri, Samuel Albert on violin; Cyril Towbin and Paul Lowenkron on viola) records instrumental overdubs for The King Cole Trio tracks "There's A Train Out For Dreamland" (with Buddy Cole on celeste), "(Go To Sleep) My Sleepy Head", "Brahms Lullaby (Wienenlied)", "Nature Boy" (with Buddy Cole on piano), and "Wildroot Charlie (with Buddy Cole on celeste) that were recorded on August 22, 1947.
1949 - In Los Angeles, California, Lois Butler records vocal overdubs for the instrumental tracks "Naughty Marietta", "My Heart Stood Still" and "Just We Two" that were recorded by unlisted studio orchestra conducted by Serge Dupre in Paris, France in 1948-1949. Capitol Records will issue the final versions of all the tracks on Butler's album "Operetta Encores" (CCF-227).
1949 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Mule Train" is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1949 - Harry Belafonte, with Pete Rugolo conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the tracks "Whispering", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "I Still Get A Thrill (Thinking Of You)" and "Farewell To Arms" in New York City, New York at his second (and last) recording session for Capitol Records. Capitol Records will issue the first two tracks together as a single (Capitol 856) and the last two tracks together as a single (Capitol 1018).
65 Years Ago Today In 1950 - Pete Dailey (on cornet) and His Chicagoans (Burt Johnson on trombone, Joe Darensbourg on clarinet, Albert "Pud" Brown on tenor saxophone, Skippy Anderson on piano, Jack Coss on guitar and banjo, Budd Hatch on bass and tuba, and Hugh Allison on drums) record the titles "Walkin' The Dog", "Johnson Rag", "Chicken Rag", and "Louis-i-an-ia" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Walkin' The Dog" as a single (Capitol 1486) with "Roamin' In The Gloamin'" (recorded August 22, 1950) on the flipside, "Johnson Rag" and "Louis-i-an-ia" together as a single (Capitol 1370), and "Chicken Rag" as a single (Capitol 1820) with "Peggy O'Neil" (recorded May 14, 1951) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1950 - Mickey Katz (on vocals with an unidentified orchestra) records the titles "The Family Danced", "Gehakte Mambo", "Borscht Riders In The Sky", an instrumental track for "Yonkel And Molke", and "She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Katskills (She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Mountain)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "The Family Danced" as a single (Capitol 2795) with "Paisach in Portugal" (recorded January 6, 1954) on the flipside, "Gehakte Mambo" as a single (Capitol 1419) with "Chinytown (Chinatown, My Chinatown)" (recorded May 12, 1950) on the flipside, and "Borscht Riders In The Sky" and "She'll Be Comin' 'Round The Katskills (Comin' 'Round The Mountain) together as a single (Capitol 1718). Even after a vocal overdub by Sandra Gould is recorded on January 4, 1951, the title "Youkel And Molke" still remains unreleased.
60 Years Ago Today In 1955 - Nat "King" Cole (on vocals), with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Ed Kusby and Juan Tizol on trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, James Decker and Vincent De Rosa on French horn, Harry Klee, Ted Nash, and Jim Williamson on reeds, Bill Miller on piano, Herman "Tiny" Mitchell on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, Lee Young on drums, and a string section with Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, Kurt Dieterle, Paul Nero, Nathan Ross, Paul Shure, and Felix Slatkin on violin, Stanley Harris, Paul Robyn, and David Sterkin on viola, and Jim Arkatov, Ed Lustgarten, and Raphael "Ray" Kramer on cello), records the titles "Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow", "Too Young To Go Steady", "Dreams Can Tell A Lie", and "Back In My Arms" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California between 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first three titles on Cole's album "This Is Nat King Cole - Dreams Can Tell A Lie" (T 870), "Back In My Arms" as a single (Capitol F3860) with "Angel Eyes" (recorded November 22, 1957) on the flipside, and, after a rhythm overdub is recorded on an unlisted date, will issue the new version of "Back In My Arms" on Cole's compilation album "Beautiful Ballads" (T 2820).
60 Years Ago Today In 1955 - Dick Haymes, with Ian Bernard and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Love Is Here To Stay", and "If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Haymes' album "Rain Or Shine" (T 713).
1957 - Peggy Lee, with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, records the tracks "I Hear Music", "Old Devil Moon", and "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" for her Capitol Records album "Jump For Joy" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1960 - Nancy Wilson (on vocals) with Gerald Wilson conducting the orchestra with a string section and chorus (lineups unlisted except for Kenny Dennis on drums), records an unissued take of the title "Give Him Love", "The Seventh Son", "My Foolish Heart" and a unissued take of "The Next Time You See Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "The Seventh Son" and "My Foolish Heart" together as a single (Capitol 4509).
1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "I Feel Fine" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1965 - Peter And Gordon (vocalists Peter Asher and Gordon Waller), with unlisted others, record the titles "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (About Her)" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the duo's album "Sing And Play The Hits Of Nashville, Tennessee" (T 2430).
50 Years Ago Today In 1965 - Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, purchases the masters for vocalist Denny Rockwell's titles "The Rain Follows Me" and "No Mon-No-Fun-Your Son", produced by Don Ralke. Tower Records will issue the two titles together as a single (Tower 203).
1966 - The Beatles record the track "When I'm Sixty-Four"
45 Years Ago Today In 1970 - George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
45 Years Ago Today In 1970 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased of Kurt Russell's titles "Baby, Believe Me", "Singing Boy", "Skip-A-Long Sam", and "Feel Free" produced by Danny Jannsen and Bobby Young. Capitol Records will issue "Baby, Believe Me" as a single (Capitol 3032) with "Hey Baby, I Love You" on the flipside.
1973 - Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassoto), singer, motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist, dies of heart failure after open-heart surgery at age 37. In accordance with his wishes, his body was donated to the UCLA Medical Center for research purposes.
1997 - Garth Brook's Capitol Nashville single "Longneck Bottle", with "Rollin'" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Country Singles chart

1907 - Paul Francis Webster, lyricist ("Masquerade", "Two Cigarettes In The Dark", Betty Hutton's Capitol Records release "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief", "Secret Love", The Lettermen's Capitol Records release "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing", and many more), is born in New York City, New York
1918 - John Hardee, tenor saxophonist, band leader, and Blue Note Records artist (1946-1948), is born in Corsicana, Texas. Blue Note's catalog is currently owned by Capitol's parent company, EMI Music, and Blue Note Records is currently a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
95 Years Ago Today In 1920 - Future Capitol Records artist Bob Hope (born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, London, England) becomes an American citizen.
1967 - Chrysalis band Jethro Tull is formed when Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick name the band after an eighteenth-century inventor of farming implements. Chrysalis' catalog was once owned by Capitol Records' former parent company, EMI Music and is now owned by Warner Music Group.

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