Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FEBRUARY 23, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1950 - Steve Priest, bass player, vocalist, and founding member of the Parlophone and Capitol Records group Sweet, is born Stephen Norman Priest in Hayes, Middlesex, England
1962 - Michael Wilton, bass guitarist with the Capitol Records group Queensr├┐che, is born in San Francisco, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Coleman Hawkins (on tenor saxophone) and His Orchestra (Howard McGhee on trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Denzil Best on drums) record "April In Paris", "Rifftide", "Stardust" and "Stuffy" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third tracks on the album "Classics In Jazz - Coleman Hawkins" (CCF-327), the second track as a single (Capitol 15335) with "What Is There To Say" on the flip side and the last track as a single (Capitol 205) with "It's The Talk Of The Town" on the flip side.
1945 - Shug Fisher and His Ranchmen Trio (Shug Fisher and Wesley Tuttle on vocal, Merle Travis on vocals and lead guitar with Charles Linville and Margie Ann DeVere on fiddle, Don Whiston on guitar. Frankie Marvin on steel guitar and Cliffie Stone on bass) record "The Texas Plain", the (as of 2005) unreleased track "Cool Water", and the tracks "Out On The Open Range" and "The Cowboy's Dream" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first, third and fourth tracks on the album "Sing, Cowboy, Sing" (AC-77).
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Margaret O'Brien records the vocal track for a as yet unissued take of the title "Goldilocks And The Three Bears" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records.
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra with a chorus (lineups unlisted) records the titles "Sparrow In The Treetop" and "Tonight We'll Go Dancing", both with additional vocals by Linda Doherty,  a as yet unissued take of the title "John And Marsha", and the titles "Roller Coaster" and, also with additional vocals by Linda Doherty, "Sarah Kelly From Plum Nelly (Way Down In Georgia)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1440), "Roller Coaster" as a single (Capitol 1546) with "On Top Of The Ferris Wheel" (recorded March 22, 1951) on the flipside, and the last title as a single (Capitol 1731) with "Longing For You" (recorded May 28, 1951) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Vocalist and guitarist "Texas" Bill Strength, with unlisted piano, guitar, steel guitar, bass and drums players, records the titles "Where Did My Heart Go?", "When The Bright Lights Grow Dim" with a unlisted fiddle player, "Gotta Lotta Love", and "It Ain't Much But It's Home" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol F3477) and the second and fourth titles together as a single (Capitol F3394).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Vocalist Kathy Lloyd, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "You Are Mine", "The Wind-Up", "Only When You're Lonely" and a as yet unissued take of the title "Let The Chips Fall (Where They May)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol 3385) and the "The Wind-Up" as a single (Capitol 3479) with "The West Point Dress Parade" (recorded June 8, 1956) on the flipside.
1957 - Tommy Sands' Capitol Records single "Teen-Age Crush", with "Hep Dee Hootie (Cutie Wootie)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1957 - The Hollywood String Quartet (unlisted musicians), conducted by Felix Slatkin, records Beethoven's "Quartet N°12 In E Flat Major, Opus 127, 3rd Movement" in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the track on the quartet's album "BEETHOVEN - Quartet N°12 in E Flat Major, Op.127" (P-8443).
1957 - Pee Wee Hunt (on trombone, with Andy Bartha on cornet, Leo Kaminsky on clarinet, Joe Hall on piano, Joe Galbraith on guitar, Gene Dragoo on bass, and Cody Sandifer on drums), using arrangements by Van Alexander and Dave Cavanaugh, records the tracks "Springtime Down In Dixie (From 'Spring Song' By Mendelssohn)", "Cotton Pickin' Carmen (From 'Habanera' By Bizet)", "Hoffman's Hideaway (From 'Barcarolle' By Offenbach)" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Hunt's album "The Classics A La Dixie" (T 846).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist Kay Starr, with Jimmie Haskell conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the title "Foolin' Around" and a as yet unissued take of the title "Two Brothers" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Foolin' Around" as a single (Capitol 4542) with "Kay's Lament" (recorded on February 10, 1961) on the flipside.
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Cornet player Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (Robbie Robinson on trombone, Bill Wood on clarinet, Joe Rushton on bass saxophone, Bobby Hammack on piano, and Rollie Culver on drums), record the titles "Summertime", "Corky", "Londonberry Air", "Moonlight Bay", "Why Was I Born?", and "What Is There To Say" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Nichols' album "Dixieland Supper Club" (T 1665).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Bob Engemann), with unlisted others, record the title "There's Got To Be A Girl" and unissued takes of the titles "My Desire" and "The Glory Of Love". Capitol Records will issue "There's Got To Be A Girl" on the trio's album "A Song For Young Love" (T 1669).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Mrs. Elva Miller, with Fred Block conducting his arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "My Love", "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", and "Gonna Be Like That" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Mrs. Miller's album "Mrs. Elva Miller's Greatest Hits" (T 2494).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line", with "In The Palm Of Your Hand" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1967 - The Beatles record the track "Lovely Rita" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Capitol Records will issue the track on the band's album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (MAS 2653).
1967 - The "E" Types (lineup unlisted) record the tracks "Put The Clock Back On The Wall" and "4th Street" in Los Angeles, California. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both tracks together as a single (Tower 325).
1967 - The Sunrays record the unissued track "I Wanna Know" and the tracks "Loaded With Love" and "Time (A Special Thing)" in Los Angeles, California. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both tracks together as a single (Tower 340).
1967 - Pink Floyd records the track "Matilda Mother" in London, England. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue the track on the band's album "The Piper At The Gate Of Dawn" (ST 5093).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Vocalist and piano player Leon Russell and The Shelter People (lineup unlisted) finish recording their eponymous album "Leon Russell And The Shelter People" (SW-8903) which will be released by Shelter Records and distributed by Capitol Records.
1974 - Paul McCartney and Wings Apple Records single "Jet", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States with "Let Me Roll It" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Sweet's Capitol Records single "Fox On The Run", with "Burn On The Flame" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
25 Years Ago Today In 1991 - Wilson Phillips' SBK Records (a division of Capitol Records) single "You're In Love" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1993 - Capitol Records releases Eddie Cochran's 2-album set "Singin' To My Baby/Never To Be Forgotten", originally released on Liberty Records, on CD

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - David Sylvian, singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, with the group Japan, recorded with Virgin Records America artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and a solo Virgin Records America artist, is born David Batt in London, England
1959 - The Chipmunk's single "Alvin's Harmonica", the flipside of "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Time Is Here Again), enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1978 - Kenny Rogers' wins the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his United Artists Records track "Lucille". The flip side of the single is "Till I Get It Right".
1982 - The J. Geils Band's EMI America Records single "Centerfold" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

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