1920 - Jethro, singer, mandolin and banjo player, with the Capitol Records duo Homer & Jethro, is born Kenneth C. Burns in Conasauga, Tennessee
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Martha Tilton, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Texas Polka" and "I'll Walk Alone" at her first session for Capitol Records after the end of the AFM's second recording ban. Capitol Records will issue both songs together as a single (Capitol 157).
1945 - Johnny Mercer (with June Hutton, The Pied Pipers and Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Accentuate The Positive", with "There's A Fellow Waiting In P'Keepsie" is #3 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Mercer (with Jo Stafford, The Pied Pipers, and Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s single "Candy", with "I'm Gonna See My Baby" on the flip side, is #6
1950 - Margaret Whiting's Capitol Records single "I Said My Pajamas (and Put on My Pray'rs)", with "Be Mine" on the flip side, peaks at #24 for it's only week on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
1957 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Young Love", with " You're the Reason I'm in Love" on the flipside is #2 on the U.S. Pop singles charts. Ironically, Tab Hunter's cover version of the song, with "Red Sails In The Sunset" on the flipside and distributed by Dot Records, is #1.
1958 - Cannonball Adderley signs with Capitol Records
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - The Piltdown Men (Jackie Kelso on tenor saxophone, Lincoln Mayorga on piano, Bob Bain on guitar, and Earl Palmer on drums) under the direction of Ed Cobb, record a still unissued take of the title "Gargantua" and the title "Fossil Rock" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Fossil Rock" as a single (Capitol 4582) with a remake of the title "Gargantua" (aka "Gargantua II, recorded April 11, 1961) on the flipside.
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist Jack Scott, with Stan Applebaum and his Orchestra (lineup unlisted but including guitar, bass, drums, and strings players) and a vocal group (lineup also unlisted), records the titles "A Little Feeling (Called Love)" and "Now That I" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F4554).
1965 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail", with "Cryin' Time" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts.
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - During two session producer Brian Wilson held this day, at the first session the band tracks for the title "God Only Knows", with Hal Blaine on drums, Lyle Ritz on string bass, Carol Kaye on electric bass, Ray Polhman on danelectro bass, Don Randi on piano, Larry Knechtel on organ, Carl Mortino and Frank Morocco on accordion, Larry Hartman on clarinet and bass clarinet, Bill Green and Jim Horn on flute, Alan Robinson on French horn, Jay Migliori on baritone saxophone, Leonard Malarsky and Sid Sharp on violin, Darryl Terwilliger on viola, and Jesse Erlich on cello (and possibly six other uncredited musicians), are recorded at Western Recorders' studios in Hollywood, California, then at the second session held at Columbia Records studios at Sunset and Gower in Hollywood, California, which had a then rare 8 track mixing system, first The Beach Boys (vocalists Mike Love, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, and Al Jardine) record vocals for the title "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that are overdubbed onto instrumental tracks that were recorded on January 22, 1966 at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, California and for the title "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" which are overdubbed onto instrumental tracks that were recorded on February 14, 1966 also at Gold Star Studios, then vocals by Carl Wilson (lead) and Brian Wilson and Bruce Johnston (harmonies) are recorded for the title "Gold Only Knows". After final editing sessions for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows" are held on April 11, 1966 and for "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" on April 13, 1966 at Columbia's studios, Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of the "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows" together as a single (Capitol 5706) on July 11, 1966 and all three titles on the group's album "Pet Sounds" (T 2468) on May 16, 1966.
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Red Simpson, with unlisted others, records the titles "I'm Actin' Like My Old Self Again", "I Just Cry A Little", "It's My Last Night In Town", "There's Nothin' Happenin' To Me", and a as yet to be issued take of the title "The Big Robbery" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first four titles on Simpson's album "Bakersfield Dozen" (T 2829).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Guitarist George Van Eps, with Frank Flynn on vibraphones, marimba, bongos, and percussion, records the titles "Theme From 'A Summer Place'", "Lollipops And Roses", "Yesterday", "I'll Walk Alone", "And I Love Her", and "All My Loving" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Van Eps' eponymous album "George Van Eps" (T 2533).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Sonny James, with unlisted others, records the titles "How Many Times Can A Man Be A Fool" and "She Believes In Me" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol 5690) with "Room In Your Heart" (recorded December 8, 1965) on the flipside and, after a overdub session for "She Believes In Me" on April 28, 1966, will issue that title as a single (Capitol 3653) with "Heaven And Earth" (recorded October 31, 1967) on the flipside.
1968 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "A World Of Our Own", with "An Old Sweetheart of Mine" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Grand Funk Railroad (Mark Farner on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, Mel Schacher on bass, and Don Brewer on drums and vocals) record the titles "Gimme Shelter" and "Comfort Me" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the group's album "Survival" (ST-764).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Vocalist Tex Ritter, with a orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Fall Away", "Looking Back", "The Best Times Of All" in Nashville, Tennessee. After a overdub session for "Fall Away" is held on May 6, 1971, Capitol Records will issue that title and "Looking Back" together as a single (Capitol 3154) and the first and last titles on Ritter's album "Fall Away" (ST-11351).
1975 - Capitol Records releases John Lennon's Apple Records single "Stand By Me", with "Move Over Ms. L." on the flip side, in the United States
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Larry Muhoberac, records the titles "Sweet Feelin's", "The Dogs And Sheriff John", "I've Been Through The Mill", and "Ain't Goin' Down In The Ground Before My Time" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs for the first and last titles are held on March 15, 1976 and for all four titls on March 17, 1976, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ford's album "For The 83rd Time" (ST-11561).
20 Years Ago Today In 1996 - Garth Brooks' Capitol Records Nashville single "Beaches Of Cheyenne" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1997 - Capitol Records artist Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1940 - Dean Torrence, musician, singer, songwriter, member of the Liberty Records duo Jan and Dean, and a graphic designer of album covers, is born in Los Angeles, California. I was fortunate enough to meet Dean when he was working on the "That Was Rock" home video release which used of parts of "The T.A.M.I Show" and "The Big T.N.T. Show" and was released by Media Home Entertainment where I was part of the art department.
1964 - Patrick Kane, violinist and vocalist with the Circa Records (a division of Virgin Records) group Hue & Cry, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. I revised the artwork on their first album for U.S. release by Virgin Records America
2008 - The Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor, and Don Wilson) are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame by John Fogerty at a banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York. The Ventures recorded for Dolton Records, a subsidiary of Liberty Records whose catalog is currently owned and distributed by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.