1913 - Danny Kaye, motion picture and television actor (who, among many other roles, played the role of Capitol Records artist Red Nichols in the biopic "The Five Pennies"), comedian, singer, dancer, UNICEF ambassador, and Capitol Records artist, is born David Daniel Kaminski in Brooklyn, New York
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Tex Ritter's Capitol Records single "You Will Have To Pay", with "Christmas Carols By The Old Corral" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Don Wilson records the vocal overdubs on to music tracks recorded by Billy May and a orchestra on October 11, 1950 for the titles "The Flying Mouse: Part 1" and "The Flying Mouse: Part 2" using a script adaptation by Alan Livingston at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release the final version of both tracks on the children's album "The Flying Mouse" (CAS-3092).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Composer Ferde Grofé conducts The Capitol Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "On The Trail", "Sunset", and parts 1 and 2 of "Cloudburst" from his "Grand Canyon Suite" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles and parts on Grofé and the orchestra's album "Grand Canyon Suite" (L-270).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - During a split session held at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California, first Wesley "Speedy" West (on steel guitar), with Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra (Harold Glenn Hensley on fiddle, Billy Liebert on organ, Ivy "Jimmy" Bryant and Eddie Kirk on guitar, Clifford "Cliffie Stone" Snyder on bass, and Milton "Muddy" Berry on drums), records a unreleased and lost take of the title "Railroadin'" then Tex Williams and Tennessee Ernie Ford (on vocals), also with Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra (with the addition of Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar), records the titles "I'm A Bad Man" and "You Can Tell A Texan Every Time". Capitol Records will eventually release the "I'm A Bad Man" on the CD "Capitol Collectors Series - Tennessee Ernie Ford" (7-95291-2) and "I'm A Bad Man" and "You Can Tell A Texan Every Time" on the CD "Tennessee Ernie Ford - Masters 1949-1976" (C2-30292).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Hollywood String Quartet sign with Capitol Records
1960 - Capitol Records releases The Louvin Brothers single "Nellie Moved To Town" with "The Stagger" on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Jack Teagarden (on trombone and vocals) with Van Alexander's Orchestra (Mannie Klein and Charlie Teagarden on trumpet, Francis "Joe" Howard and Ben Benson on trombone, Gus Bivona and Skeets Herfurt on alto saxophone, Eddie Miller on tenor saxophone, Butch Stone on baritone saxophone, Ray Sherman on piano, Phil Stephens on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums), records the titles "Beale Street Blues", "If I Could Be With You", "I'm Coming Virginia", and "Fare Thee Well To Harlem" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Teagarden's album "This Is Teagarden" (T 721).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Ray Anthony (on trumpet) and His Orchestra (Johnny Best, Frank Beach, Ray Triscari, and Bob Fowler on trumpet, Dick Nash, Hoyt Bohannon, and Murray McEachern on trumpet, Abe Most and Wilbur Schwartzon clarinet and alto saxophone, Georgie Auld and Charles Butler on tenor saxophone, Leo Anthony and baritone saxophone, Geoff Clarkson on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Don Simpson on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums), using arrangements by Don Simpson and George Williams, records the titles "Dream Dancing", "Moonlight In Vermont", and a rejected take of the title "Poet And Peasant Overture". Capitol Records will issue the first two titles on Anthony's album "Ray Anthony Plays For Dream Dancing" (T 723).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Jerry Reed (on vocals and guitar), with unlisted other musicians, records the titles "I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter", "How Can I Go On This Way?", "Mister Whiz", and "Honey Chile" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "I'm A Lover, Not A Fighter" and "Honey Chile" together as a single (Capitol F3381) and "Mr. Whiz" as a single (Capitol F3429) with "When I Found You" (recorded March 28, 1956) on the flipside. Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany on the compilation CD "Jerry Reed - Here I Am" (BCD 16306).
1964 - The Beatles appear on Billboard's Pop singles chart for the first time with their Capitol Records single "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - During their first two session held in New York City, New York for Capitol Records with producer Marvin Holtzman and conductor Horace Ott using "IMU" arrangements, The Magnificent Men (Dave Bupp on lead vocals, Buddy King on backing vocals and trumpet, Tom Pane on backing vocals and saxophone, Terry Crousare on guitar, Jim Seville on bass, Tom Hoover on organ, and Bob "Puff" Angelucci on drums, organ, and piano) record the title "I've Got News" and an unissued take of the title "So Smooth" at the first session and another unissued take of "So Smooth", the title "All Your Loving's Gone To My Head", and an unissued take of the title "Break Down And Let It All Out" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "I've Got News" as a single (Capitol 5732) with "Maybe, Maybe Baby" (recorded January 19, 1966) on the flipside and "All Your Loving's Gone To My Head" as a single (Capitol 5608) with "Peace Of Mind" (also recorded on January 19, 1966) on the flipside.
1969 - The Capitol Records soundtrack to United Artists' animated feature film "Yellow Submarine" debuts on Billboard's Pop albums chart
40 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Happy & Artie Traum (Artie Traum on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Happy Traum on guitar and banjo), record the title "Handful Of Love" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the title on the duo's album "Double-Back" (ST-799).
1973 - Pink Floyd begin the last 11 of 38 days of recording tracks at EMI's Abbey Road studios in London, England for their album "Dark Side Of The Moon", after taking a break on October 27, 1972 for touring. Sessions will end on February 1 and the completed album will be distributed by Capitol Records in the United States.
1993 - Capitol Records releases Hoyt Axton's album "American Originals"
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1932 - Irene Kral, singer, and a United Artists Records artist (whose UA album "The Band And I" has been reissued on the Capitol Jazz label by Blue Note Records), is born in Chicago, Illinois
1944 - The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts it's first jazz concert which features performances by future Capitol Records artists Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, and Lionel Hampton (who recorded for Capitol as part of Goodman's bands), as well as Louis Armstrong (who would record tracks for Verve Records at The Capitol Tower Studios as well as perform on the soundtrack for the motion picture "High Society" which was released by Capitol), Artie Shaw, and Roy Eldridge.
1975 - Epic Records releases future Capitol Records artist Minnie Ripperton's single "Lovin' You" with "Edge Of A Dream" on the flip side. Capitol Records currently distributes Ripperton's catalog.
1992 - Right Said Fred's Charisma Records (a division of Virgin Records America, whose catalog is now owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company) single "I'm Too Sexy", with a 7" version on one side and a Spanish version on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
20 Years Ago Today In 1996 - Future Capitol Records artist Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Jackson
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1892 - Oliver Hardy, comedian and motion picture actor, best known as part of the team Laurel and Hardy, is born Oliver Norvell Hardy in Harlem, Georgia
1952 - Curly Howard (born Jerome Lester Horwitz), vaudeville and motion picture actor, comedian, brother of Moe and Shemp Howard, and member of The Three Stooges dies at age 48 in San Gabriel, California. He would later be buried at Home of Peace Memorial Park in East Los Angeles in the Western Jewish Institute Section, Row 5, Grave 1.
1954 - Sydney Greenstreet, stage and motion picture actor, dies at age 74 and is later interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California
1987 - Billy Vera & The Beaters' single "At This Moment" peaks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. The single, reissued by Rhino Records after being featured on the television series "Family Ties", was originally issued in 1981 by Alfa Records, which was shuttered by its Japanese owners, and Rhino licensed the track from ATCO. The single was originally released by Rhino with Vera's own composition "I Can Take Care Of Myself" on the flip side but later, according to Billy, "Rhino got word that 'Peanut Butter' was popular within the Carolinas Beach Music scene, so they repressed with that song on the flip...". Billy's still busy performing, writing, producing, and doing some really fun voiceover work.