1942 - Leon Russell, pianist, singer, songwriter, Capitol Records session musician and solo artist is born Claude Russell Bridges in Lawton, Oklahoma,
1952 - Billy May (conducting his own arrangements) and His Orchestra (Tony Facciuto, Conrad Gozzo, Bob McKenzie, and Stu Williamson on trumpet, Karl De Karske, Charles Etter, Bob Raesinger, and Bob Robinson on trombone, Willie Smith and Eddie Freeman on alto saxophone, Charlie Deremoe and Joe Spang on tenor saxophone, Bob Dawes on baritone saxophone, Cliff Fishbach on piano, Ray Pohlman on guitar, Ted Hammond on bass, and Remo Belli on drums), with the vocal group The Maytimers (Willie Smith, Charles Etter, Bob McKenzie, and Ray Pohlman), record the tracks "Honest And Truly", "Gin And Tonic", "Love Is Just Around The Corner", "Easy Street" and "When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and last tracks together as a single (Capitol 2054), the second and third tracks together as a single (Capitol 2157), and the fourth track as a single (Capitol 2113) with "Mayhem" (recorded on February 8, 1952) on the flipside.
1953 - Capitol Records artist Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Bob Burgess, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers, Vinnie Dean, Don Dennis, Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Lee Konitz, Hank Levey, Stan Levey, Keith Moon, George Roberts, Glen Roberts, Frank Rosolino, Ernie Royal, Sal Salvador, Tom Shepard, Don Smith) perform live at Birdland where the track "Swinghouse" is recorded and later released on the album "23 Degrees North, 82 Degrees West".
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Pianist Lou Busch, as Joe "Fingers" Carr", with a orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Fingers Medley: Hot Potatoes/Two Dollar Rag/Looney Louie", "Portuguese Washerwoman", and "Lucky Pierre" (originally titled "La Saint Amour") in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol F3883) with "Dominque" (recorded August 9, 1957) on the flipside and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 3418).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Trumpet player Ray Anthony and his orchestra (Ray Sims on trombone, Ronny Lang on alto saxophone, Med Flory on alto and tenor saxophone, Dave Pell on tenor saxophone, Marty Berman on baritone saxophone, Geoff Clarkson on piano, Tony Rizzi on guitar, Don Simpson on bass, Roy Harte on drums, and Lou Singer on percussion), using arrangements by Don Simpson, record the titles "The Sleepwalker" with a vocal group (lineup unlisted) and the as yet to be issued takes of the titles "Cornet Capers" and "Let's Make A Scene" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "The Sleepwalker" as a single (Capitol 3416) with "Chubasco" (recorded March 26, 1956) on the flipside.
1957 - Peggy Lee, with Frank Sinatra producing and conducting the orchestra (Buddy Collette and Harry Klee on alto saxophone; Stanley "Champ" Webb and James Williamson on tenor saxophone; Tommy Pederson on trombone; James Decker and Sinclair Lott on french horn; Juan Tizol on valve trombone; George Roberts on bass trombone; Nick Bonney on guitar; Max Bennett on stand up bass; Lou Levy on piano; Stella Castellucci on harp; Lou Singer on drums; Victor Arno, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, David Frisina, Henry Hill, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Eudice Shapiro, and Marshall Sosson on violin; Alvin Dinkin, Maxine Johnson, and Barbara Simons on viola; and Ennio Bologinni, Victor Gottlieb, Edgar Lustgarten, and Kurt Reher on cello), records the tracks "He's My Guy", "Something Wonderful", "Please Be Kind", and "The Man I Love" for her Capitol Records album "The Man I Love" using arrangements by Nelson Riddle at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Comedians Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, in front of a live audience, record the titles "2000 Year Old Man", "Fabiola", "The Astronaught", "In A Coffee House: The Depressed One/The Actor/The Painter/The Folk Singer", "The Peruvian", and "The Psychiatrist" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "2000 Years With Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks" (W 1529).
1963 - "Best Foot Forward", an off Broadway show starring Capitol Records artist Liza Minnelli, opens. Her mother, Judy Garland, will attend the show the next night so as not to draw attention away from Liza on opening night.
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Vocalist Tina Turner, with unlisted others, records the title "Don't Turn Around" in a unlisted studio. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5615) with "Typical Male" (recorded March 5, 1986) on the flipside.
20 Years Ago Today In 1996 - Capitol Records releases Rosanne Cash's album "10 Song Demo"
It's been a decade of learning and having fun communicating with those with questions or comments about the label. It's led me to making some great new friends and being able to contribute to a number of Capitol related projects. The Capitol Records Tower's official 60th anniversary of opening is this Wednesday, April 6 and the label's 75th anniversary of incorporation as Capitol Records will be next year on April 9, 2017 (the label did start out as Liberty Records on February 7, 1942 but had to change its name due to a conflict with Liberty Music in New York City that couldn't be resolved). Here's a link to my first post. From there, you can follow the links to the posts from the first week or so when I posted a lot of information about the company and the tower.