ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "Golden Earrings", with "I'll Dance At Your Wedding" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1950 - Capitol Records releases Tommy Duncan's single "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" with "Just a Plain Old Country Boy" on the flip side
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Shotgun Boogie", with "I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1957 - Dean Martin begins the first of two sessions (the second will be on January 30, 1957) at The Capitol Tower studios, recording the tracks "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "Sleepy Time Gal", "Pretty Baby", "For You", "It's Easy To Remember", and "Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)" for his Capitol Records album "Pretty Baby" with Gus Levene conducting the orchestra (Alvino Rey and Vincent Terri on guitar, Joseph G. "Joe" Comfort on bass, Nick Fatool on drums, Edwin L. "Buddy" Cole on piano, Julian C. "Matty" Matlock on clarinet, Charles T. "Chuck" Gentry and Edward R. Miller on saxophone, Elmer R. "Moe" Schneider on trombone, Charles Richard "Dick" Cathcart on trumpet).
1964 - Buck Owens records the tracks "Together Again" and "My Heart Skips A Beat" that Capitol Records will release together as a single. Both sides will reach #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts.
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Kay Starr (on vocals), with Perry Botkin Jr, conducting arrangements by Billy Liebert to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Tears And Heartaches", "Old Records", and "Talk, Talk, Talk" in Los Angeles, California with producer Lex De Azevedo. After overdubs are recorded for "Tears And Heartaches" and "Old Records" on February 2, 1966, Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5601) and all three titles on Starr's final album for the label, "Tears And Heartaches" (T 2550).
1969 - The Beatles record tracks for the songs "I Dig A Pony", "Get Back", "Don't Let Me Down", "I've Got A Feeling", and "One After 909" that will appear on their Apple Records album "Let It Be" that's released by Capitol Records in the U.S.
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - John Lennon's second solo Apple Records album "Plastic Ono Band", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - During three sessions that took place in New York City, New York, The Manhattan Transfer (vocalists Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson,and Pat Rosalia) and guitarist Gene Pistilli, at the first session, accompanied by Saber on electric guitar, Tim Hauser also on banjo, Norbert Putnam on electric bass, and Kenny Buttrey on drums, record the titles "Roll Daddy, Roll" and, with the addition of Tommy West on piano and organ, George Edwards on steel guitar, and Gary Chester replacing Kenny Buttrey on drums, "Fair And Tender Ladies". At the second session, this time accompanied by Marty Nelson on clarinet, David Briggs on piano, Adam Mitchell on electric guitar, Norbert Putnam on electric bass, and Kenny Buttrey on drums, they record the title "I Need A Man". At the third session, this time accompanied by Saber on electric guitar, Norbert Putnam on electric bass, and Kenny Buttrey drums, they record the titles "One More Time Around Rosie" with Marty Nelson also on clarinet and "Rosianna" with Buddy Spicher on violin. Capitol Records will issue the titles on the group's debut album "Jukin'" (ST-778).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Wanda Jackson (on vocals), with Ron Oates on piano, Charlie Cochran on guitar, Mike Post on rhythm guitar, Jerry Shook, Billy Sanford, and James Wilkerson on guitar, Stuart Basore on steel guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, records the titles "Happy Tracks", "Chicken On The Ground", "Am I Not My Brother's Keeper", and "Jubal" at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. After overdubs are recorded for the last two titles on February 2, 1971, Capitol Records will issue "Happy Tracks" on Jackson's album "I Wouldn't Want You Any Other Way" (ST-11096) and "Am I Not My Brother's Keeper" on Jackson's album "Praise The Lord" (ST-11023). Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the eight CD boxset "Wanda Jackson - Tears Will Be Chaser For The Wine" (BCD 16114).
1992 - Hammer's Capitol Records single "Addam's Groove", with "Addam's Groove - instrumental (The Addams Family Theme)" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1997 - Capitol Records releases T-Connection's compilation CD "The Best of T-Connection: Everything's Still Cool" as part of the label's "Heart Of Soul" series
2003 - Capitol Records releases Glen Campbell's compilation CD "All The Best"
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1967 - The Spencer Davis Group's United Artists Records single "Gimme Some Lovin'" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records parent company EMI Music. The group's lead singer, Steve Winwood, would later become a solo artist on Virgin Records America. I worked on the design and production of the packaging "Roll With It", his first album for the label, as well as promo materials, advertising and the 45 and CD single (including a 3" CD) versions of the first single from album, also called "Roll With It".
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
310 Years Ago In 1706 - John Baskerville, printer and typefounder, is born in England
1917 - William Gottlieb, columnist (The Washington Post), editor (Down Beat magazine), author (with articles and photos in The Record Changer, The Saturday Review and Collier's magazines, children's books and "The Golden Age Of Jazz"), and photographer of the jazz scene in the 1940s, is born William Paul Gottlieb in Brooklyn, New York
1985 - More than 40 artists gather at A&M's Hollywood studios to record "We Are The World" under the collective name USA for Africa with proceeds from the single to go toward worldwide hunger prevention
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - The liquid hydrogen tank for the space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after take off, killing the ship's entire crew (Commanders Francis "Dick" Scobee and Michael J. Smith, Dr. Judith A. Resnik, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Lt. Colonel Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory B. Jarvis and school teacher Christa McAuliffe)