90 Years Ago Today In 1926 - Jerry Lewis, singer, comedian, radio, motion picture and televison actor, writer, director and producer, fundraiser and telethon host, son of vaudeville performer Danny Lewis, and father of Liberty Records artist Gary Lewis, and a Capitol Records artist as part of the Martin and Lewis duo and as a solo artist, is born Joseph Levitch
1933 - Jay Ranellucci, recording engineer for Capitol Records from 1957 to 2007, is born Julio Francis Ranellucci. He will start his career in Korea with Armed Forces Radio as a radio broadcast specialist. On leaving the service in 1955, he'll work at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles until he starts at Capitol Records in 1957 where he'll work as a recording engineer until his retirement in 2007 - a remarkable 50- year career - working with such music/entertainment greats as Nat Cole, Julie London, Peggy Lee, the Kingston Trio, the Beach Boys, Stan Kenton, Stan Freberg, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hoyt Axton, Jo Stafford, Bobby Darin, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, The Band, and many others. He'll also be a lifelong fan of old-time radio, both drama and comedy, and had a tremendous memory for actors names and associated time periods, as well as the associated trivia of the genre.
1954 - Nancy Wilson, guitarist, songwriter and singer with the Capitol Records group Heart, is born Nancy Lamoureux Wilson in San Francisco, California
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Serge Chaloff Quartet (Serge Chaloff on baritone saxophone, Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums) records the titles "All The Things You Are", "Stairway To The Stars", and "How About You" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles on Chaloff's album "Blue Serge" (T 742) and all three titles on the CD release of the album (4-94505-2).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Jo Stafford, with Paul Weston conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted) using his own arrangements, records the titles "Poor Wayfaring Stranger", "Black Is The Color", "Red Rosey Bush", and "Barbara Allen" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Stafford's album "Jo Stafford Sings American Folk Songs" (T1653).
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1892 - James C. Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) who forced two recording bans in the first 4 years of Capitol Records history in order to win better pay and benefits for his union's members and to secure their jobs in the marketplace, is born in Chicago, Illinois
1957 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Walkin'", with "I'm In The Mood For Love" on the flip side, hits #1 on the U.S. R&B charts where it will stay for 21 straight weeks
1959 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "It's Late", with "Never Be Anyone Else But You" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
25 Years Ago Today In 1991 - Roxette's EMI America Records single "Joyride", with "Come Back (Before You Leave)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles charts where it will peak at #1 for one week on May 11, 1991