Sunday, May 01, 2016

MAY 1, 2016

1929 - Sonny James (aka "The Southern Gentleman"), singer, guitarist, and Capitol Records artist, is born James Loden in Hackleburg, Alabama

1948 - Capitol Records holds the #1 and #2 spots on Billboard's Best Selling Singles Chart with Peggy Lee's "MaƱana" at # 1 for the 9th straight week and Nat "King" Cole's first solo recording, "Nature Boy", at # 2 (it would hit #1 the following week and stay for 7 weeks)
1954 - Capitol Records releases its first ever 12" LP, Nat "King" Cole's "10th Anniversary Album", at a consumer list price of $4.75 (with inflation that's $41.72 in 2014) plus excise tax. It is Cole's 11th album for the label and a collection of previously unreleased masters and features sides by the original King Cole Trio and the orchestras of Pete Rugulo, Les Baxter, Dave Cavanaugh, and Nelson Riddle. All promotional materials for the album have been given  de luxe treatment, with streamers, browser -box cards, etc., printed in gold metallic inks.
1954 - Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Young At Heart" is #5 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Answer Me, My Love" is #6, Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "If You Love Me (Really Love Me) is #11, and it's flipside, "The Man Upstairs", is at #12. Cole's "Answer Me, My Love" is also #10 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart. Cole's single "It Happens To Be Me" is #20 and its flipside, "Alone Too Long", is #24 also on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart.
1954 - Capitol Records artist Andy Griffith debuts at The Grand Ole Opry
1957 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "Maybe You'll Be There" and "Where Are You?" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1958 - The Kingston Trio make their TV debut on the Playhouse 90 episode "Rumors Of Evening" when they play WW2 pilots as well as sing.
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Faron Young's Capitol Records single "Hello Walls" is at #39 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Beatles' last scheduled concert in the UK is held at the New Musical Express Poll Winner's Show at Empire Pool, Wembley. The Beatles played a fifteen-minute set performing the songs, "I Feel Fine," "Nowhere Man," "Day Tripper," "If I Needed Someone," and "I'm Down."
1969 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records album "Natural Woman" is released
1988 - Pink Floyd's Capitol Records album "Dark Side Of The Moon" finally leaves Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart after 725 weeks
1999 - Matador Records ends it distribution relationship with Capitol Records and goes independent
15 Years Ago Today In 2001 - After a transition period, Andy Slater starts full time as president of Capitol Records

1868 - Tom Dula, the basis for the Kingston Trio's first million selling single "Tom Dooley", is hung in Statesville, North Carolina
1918 - Jack Paar, television host who, via a short clip, introduced The Beatles to the U.S. television audience on "The Jack Paar Show" on NBC-TV , is born in Canton, Ohio
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Bud Powell (on piano, with Curly Russell on bass and Max Roach on drums) records three versions of his "Un Poco Loco", a pair of takes on "A Night in Tunisia", and unaccompanied piano work on "Over the Rainbow" and "It Could Happen to You" at a session for Blue Note Records
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Ernie K-Doe's Minit Records single "Mother-In-Law" is #2 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records Chart, Gene McDaniel's Liberty Records single "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" is #4, Steve Lawrence's United Artists Records single "Portrait Of My Love" is #11, Al Caiola and His Orchestra's United Artists Records single "Bonanza" is #33, and Ricky Nelson's Imperial Records single "Travelin' Man" is #34
1963 - Future Virgin Records band The Rollin' Stones sign Andrew Loog Oldham as manager
1967 - Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu are married at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas by District Court Judge David Zenoff. They will become the parents of future Capitol Records artist Lisa Marie Presley.
1968 - D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown, with the Virgin Records America group Smashing Pumpkins, is born

115 Years Ago Today In 1901 - The Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo, New York
1909 - Kate Smith, singer and radio, television and motion picture performer, is born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith in Greenville, Virginia
85 Years Ago Today In 1931 - The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City
75 Years Ago Today In 1941 - Orson Welles's Citizen Kane premieres in New York City
1965 - Spike Jones (born born Lindley Armstrong Jones), comedian, motion picture and television performer, musician and bandleader, dies at age 53 and later interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California

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