Monday, February 08, 2016

FEBRUARY 8, 2016

1942 - Terry Melcher, singer, songwriter (co-wrote "Kokomo"), son of motion picture and television actress and singer Doris Day and her first husband trombonist Al Jorden, and record, television, and festival producer, is born Terry Jorden in New York City, New York. 10 years later, he was adopted by Doris Day's third husband, agent and producer Martin Melcher, and took his surname. Part of the duos Bruce & Terry and The Rip Chords with future member of The Beach Boys Bruce Johnston. Performed on The Beach Boys' Capitol Records album "Pet Sounds". Produced The Byrd's tracks "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn, Turn, Turn". Did not sign Charles Manson to a recording contract which may have caused the Manson Family murders as they attacked his former home that had recently been leased to Sharon Tate and Manson didn't know Melcher had moved.
1948 - Dan Seals, singer, part of the duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, and Capitol Records solo artist, is born in McCamey, Texas

65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - During a split session held today at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:30 PM and 12:00 AM, first vocalists Bucky Tibbs and Jimmie Dale (aka Dale Warren), with bassist Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra (Harold Glenn Hensley on fiddle, Billy Liebert on organ and piano, Jimmy Bryant on electric guitar, Eddie Kirk on guitar, and Milton "Muddy" Berry on drums), record the titles "Shenandoah Waltz" and "Just Like Two Drops Of Water" then steel guitarist Wesley "Speedy" West, with Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra (same lineup as above), records a new take of the title "Railroadin'" and the title "Stainless Steel". Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1425) and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 1464).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist Peggy Lee, with Louis Prima and His Orchestra (no lineup listed, although artist file lists backing band as Benny Carter and His Orchestra), records the titles "Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!", "Rock Me To Sleep", and "That Old Devil Won't Get Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1428) and the last title as a single (Capitol 1450) with "The Cannonball Express" (recorded June 16, 1950) on the flipside.
1952 - Ella Mae Morse's Capitol Records single "Blacksmith Blues" and Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "Wheel Of Fortune" both enter the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1964 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "Fun, Fun, Fun"
1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "I Saw Her Standing There" enters Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1967 - The Capitol Records duo Peter and Gordon announce that they're disbanding. Peter Asher would go on to become a record producer, most notably for future Capitol Records artist Linda Ronstadt.
1967 - The Beatles record tracks for their song "Good Morning Good Morning"
1967 - The Seekers' Capitol Records single "Georgy Girl" is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1968 - The Beatles record tracks for their song "The Inner Light"
1968 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Apple Records album "Unfinished Music No. 1 - Two Virgins", distributed by Capitol in the United States, enters the U.S. album charts
1970 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "It's Just A Matter Of Time" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart

1929 - Floyd Dixon, pianist and Aladdin Records artist (1951), is born in Marshall, Texas
85 Years Ago Today In 1931 - James Dean, television and motion picture actor, is born James Byron Dean at the Seven Gables apartment house located at the corner of 4th Street and McClure Street in Marion, Indiana. Capitol Records would later release the soundtrack to the documentary "The James Dean Story"
1944 - Jim Capaldi with the United Artists Records group Traffic, is born
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Adolpho de la Parra (aka Alfredo Fito and Fito de la Parra), drummer and leader of the United Artists Records group Canned Heat after the deaths of the band's founders Alan Wilson and Bob Hite, is born in Mexico City, Mexico
1958 - Paul McCartney introduces George Harrison to John Lennon after Lennon and McCartney's band, The Quarrymen, performs at the Wilson Hall in the Garston section of Liverpool, England
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vince Neil, singer with the band Mötley Crüe, is born Vince Neil Wharton in Hollywood, California
1968 - Jukka Perko, alto and soprano saxophone player, is born in Finland. His album "Music of Olavi Virta" will become the first ever release of Blue Note Finland in November 2000
1972 - The Beatles' official fan club disbands
2002 - The Liverpool City Council votes to dismantle and store the wooden church stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met instead of demolishing it to make room for renovations to the church

1990 - Del Shannon (born Charles Westover), singer (best known for "Runaway"), commits suicide at age 50 by shooting himself in the head with a 22 calibre rifle at his home in Santa Clarita, California
1994 - Raymond Scott, composer (whose works were adapted for the musical soundtracks for many Warner Bros. cartoons by Carl Stalling), electronic musical instruments inventor, and bandleader on stage and radio, dies at age 85 in North Hills, California

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