70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - "St. Louis Woman", a musical with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Capitol Records' co-founder and president Johnny Mercer, opens at the Martin Beck Theatre (now the Al Hirschfeld Theatre) at 302 West 45 Street in midtown Manhattan, New York and will run for 113 performances. The cast includes Robert Pope as Badfoot, Harold Nicholas as Little Augie, Fayard Nicholas as Barney, June Hawkins as Lilli, Pearl Bailey as Butterfly, Ruby Hill as Della Green, Rex Ingram as Biglow Brown, and Milton J. Williams as Mississippi. After sessions are held on April 7, 8, and 9, 1946, Capitol Records will issue the original cast album which will be the label's first (CE-28).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist Smiley Burnette, with unlisted others, recorded the titles "Do The Pines Grow Green In The Valley?", "I Ain't Done Nothin' To You", "Can't Go On", and "I Can't Be Honest With You" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and last titles together as a single (Capitol 1520) and the second and third titles together as a single (Capitol 1746).
1952 - During three sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, the original Broadway cast of "Three Wishes For Jamie" (Anne Jeffreys, John Raitt, Bert Wheeler, Robert Halliday, Charlotte Rae, and Peter Conlow), with an uncredited chorus and Joseph Littaw directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted) using music and lyrics by Ralph Blane, record the titles "Prologue/The Wake (with vocals by the ensemble)/The Girl That I Court In My Mind (vocals by John Riatt)", "My Home's A Highway (vocals by Anne Jeffreys)/We're For Love (vocals by Bert Wheeler and Chorus)", and "My Heart's Darlin' (vocals by Anne Jeffreys and John Raitt)/Love Has Nothing To Do With It (vocals by Bert Wheeler, Robert Halliday, Charlotte Rae, and Chorus)" at the first session, "Goin' On A Hayride" (vocals by Anne Jeffreys, John Raitt, Petter Conlow, and Chorus)/I'll Sing You A Song (vocals by Bert Wheeler, Robert Halliday, Peter Conlow, and Chorus), "It Must Be Spring (vocals by Anne Jeffreys and Chorus)/Wedding March (vocals by the Ensemble)/The Army Mule Song (vocals by John Raitt, Bert Wheeler, Peter Conlow, and The Chorus)", "What Do I Know? (vocals by Anne Jeffreys)/Love Has Nothing To Do With Looks (Reprise) (vocals by Anne Jeffreys)" at the second session, and "It's A Wishing World (vocals by Anne Jeffreys and John Raitt)/Trottin' To The Fair (vocals by John Raitt, Robert Halliday, and Chorus)" and "April Face (vocals by Anne Jeffreys, John Raitt, and Bert Wheeler)/Kevin's Prayer (vocals by Bert Wheeler)/Finale (vocals by The Ensemble)" at the third session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the original Broadway cast album "Three Wishes For Jaime" (S-317).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Nat "King" Cole, with Ralph Carmichael conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted but possibly including Hank Jones on piano, John Collins on guitar, Charlie Harris on bass, and Lee Young on drums), records new versions of the titles "Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa", and "The Christmas Song" in stereo at Capitol Records' studios at 151 W. 46th Street in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the 3 LP set "The Nat 'King' Cole Story" (SWCL 1613). It's the tracks from this version of "Unforgettable" that will be used to make the electronically created duet of the song with Cole's daughter Natalie in 1991.