Saturday, January 16, 2016

JANUARY 16, 2016

1942 - Bill Francis, keyboardist with the Capitol Records group Dr. Hook, is born William Francis in Mobile, Alabama
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Ronnie Milsap, singer and Capitol Records artist (1996), is born Ronnie Lee Milsap in Robbinsville, North Carolina

60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - June Christy (on vocals), with Pete Rugolo directing his own arrangements to the orchestra (John Graas on french horn, Bud Shank on flute and alto saxophone, Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone on oboe, Bernie Mattinson on vibraphone, bells, and percussion, Ann Mason Stockton on harp, Howard Roberts on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, Shelly Manne on drums, and a string section with Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, and Nick Pisani on violin, David Sterkin on viola, and Edgar Lustgarten on cello), records the titles "That's All", "'Round Midnight", "The Wind", and "Day Dream" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 12:00 AM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Christy's album "The Misty Miss Christy" (T 725).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Frank Sinatra (on vocals), with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Harry Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, and Mickey Mangano on trumpet, Milt Bernhart and Jimmy Priddy on trombones, Juan Tizol on valve trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Harry Klee and Willie Schwartz on alto saxophone and clarinet, Justin Gordon and James Williamson on tenor saxophones, Mort Friedman on baritone saxophone, Bill Miller on piano, George Van Eps on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Irv Cottler on drums, Frank Flynn on percussion, Kathryn Julye on harp, and a string section with Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, David Frisina, Henry Hill, Paul Nero, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, and Marshall Sosson on violin, Alvin Dinkin, Maxine Johnson, and Milton Thomas on viola, and Cy Bernard, Ennio Bolognini, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello), records, "Makin' Whoopee", "Old Devil Moon", "Anything Goes", "Too Marvelous For Words", and "We'll Be Together Again" at radio station KHJ's studios (now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and the Academy Film Archive) at 1313 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 12:00 AM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Sinatra's album "Songs For Swingin' Lovers" (W 653). This would mark the last time that Frank Sinatra would record in the KHJ studios.
1960 - Capitol Records artist Gene Vincent and Liberty Records artist Eddie Cochran appear together on ITV's pop show "Boy Meet Girl" in England
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Buck Owens (on vocals and guitar) and Rose Maddox (on vocals), with George French Jr. on piano, Donald Eugene Ulrich aka Don Rich on guitar and fiddle, Ralph Eugene Mooney on steel guitar, Allen J. Williams on bass, and Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams on drums, record the titles "Loose Talk", "Mental Cruelty" and as yet unissued takes of the titles "Under The Influence Of Love" and "Talk Of The Town" at the Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 4550).
1973 - Merle Haggard records the track "If We Make It Through December" for Capitol Records
1975 - Paul McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Capitol Records album "Venus and Mars" at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Final overdubs are recorded for Natalie Cole's tracks "Can We Get Together Again?", "No Plans For The Future", "Mr. Melody", "Hard To Get Along (Without You)", "Good Morning Heartache", "Keep Smiling", "Touch Me", "Not Like Mine", "Sophisticated Lady (She's A Different Lady)", and "Heaven Is With Me" at an unlisted location. Capitol Records will issue the final versions of all tracks on Cole's album "Natalie" (ST-11517).
1980 - Kenny Rogers' Capitol Records album "Kenny" is certified Gold and Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

1937 - Bob Bogle, bass guitarist and lead guitarist with the Dolton Records (a subsidiary of Liberty Records, whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records' parent company EMI Music) group The Ventures, is born Robert Lenard Bogle at his family's home near Wagoner, Oklahoma
1938 - Future Capitol Records artist Benny Goodman, his orchestra, and his quartet, with future Capitol Records artist Martha Tilton supplying vocals, play Carnegie Hall for the first time at the venue's first Jazz and Swing concert. The performance is broadcasted by CBS Radio, transcribed, and later released on album and CD by Columbia Records. Anyone for a 12 plus minute version of "Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing")? Wow! It's my favorite Big Band track.
1957 - The Cavern Club opens under Matthew Street in Liverpool, England.
1972 - Ross Bagdasarian (aka David Seville), actor, songwriter, singer, record producer, creator (and voices) of the Liberty Records group The Chipmunks, dies at age 52 of a heart attack in Beverly Hills, California and is later cremated at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles, California
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - The television variety show "Donny and Marie", starring future Capitol Records artists (as solo performers) Donny and Marie Osmond, debuts on ABC-TV
1980 - Paul McCartney is jailed in Tokyo, Japan, for possession of a half-pound of marijuana found in his luggage. He will spend ten days in jail before being thrown out of the country by the Japanese authorities, forcing the cancellation of his Japanese tour.
1988 - George Harrison's Dark Horse Records single "I Got My Mind Set On You", with "Lay His Head" on the flip side and distributed by Warner Bros. Records in the United States, hits #1 on Billboard's Top 100 Singles chart setting a record for longest span between #1s (23 years and 11 months after The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" hit #1 in February 1964). Harrison's record will be broken the same year by Capitol Records artists The Beach Boys when their Elektra Records single "Kokomo" (from the soundtrack to the motion picture "Cocktail"), with Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" on the flip side, hits #1 on November 5, 1988 (24 years and 6 months after their Capitol Records single "I Get Around" hit #1 in May 1964).
20 Years Ago Today In 1996 - Former Capitol Records artist Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th show in Las Vegas

1884 - Irving Mills, agent and music publisher (including "Straighten Up And Fly Right"), is born in New York City, New York
1909 - Ethel Merman, Broadway, motion picture, and television actress and singer, is born Ethel Agnes Zimmerman in Astoria, New York
95 Years Ago Today In 1921 - Charlie Chaplin's motion picture "The Kid", co-starring Jackie Coogan (later known for his role of Uncle Fester on the ABC-TV series "The Addams Family"), opens.

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