105 Years Ago Today In 1911 - Vincent Price, Broadway, motion picture and television actor and Capitol Records recording artist (his "Witchcraft and Magic: An Adventure In Demonology" album had a gatefold cover and accompanying booklet, and I have a 16mm copy of a scenes from a publicity event Capitol held at The Magic Castle to promote the album), is born Vincent Leonard Price Jr. in St. Louis, Missouri. The soundtrack to his movie "Dr. Goldfoot & The Girl Bombs" was released by Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records.
1927 - Ralph R. Carmichael, arranger who worked with Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole, is born in Quincy, Florida
1927 - Mac Wiseman, singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, disc jockey and Capitol Records artist (1962), is born Malcolm B. Wiseman in Crimora (near Waynesboro), Virginia
1939 - Don Williams, singer and Capitol Records artist (1986-1989), is born Donald Ray Williams in Floydada, Texa
1943 - Cilla Black, singer, and Captiol Records artist, is born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool, England
1958 - Neil Finn, singer and songwriter with the Capitol Records band Crowded House, as well as the band Split Enz, is born Neil Mullane Finn in Te Awamutu, New Zealand
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1942 - George G. DeSylva, John Mercer, and Glenn E. Wallichs appear before Los Angeles county and California state Notary Public Leta Niccum to apply for a Certificate of Amendment to change the name of the corporation from Liberty Records to Capitol Records, Inc. The amendment will be filed with the state of California on June 1, 1942.
1944 - Jo Stafford (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Long Ago (And Far Away)" is #7 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Andy Russell (with orchestra conducted by Al Sack)'s Capitol Records single "Amor" is tied for #10 with Jo Stafford (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "I Love You"
1950 - Future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra makes his TV debut when he appears on NBC-TV’s "Star-Spangled Review" with Capitol Records artist Bob Hope
1950 - Kay Starr (with orchestra conducted by Frank DeVol)'s Capitol Records single "Hoop-Dee-Doo" debuts at #14 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
1957 - Nat "King" Cole's album "Love Is The Thing", arranged and conducted by Gordon Jenkins, hits #1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart where it will stay for 8 weeks
1957 - The Four Freshmen (Bob Flanigan on vocals, trombone, and bass; Don Barbour on vocals and guitar; Ross Barbour on vocals and drums; and Ken Albers on vocals trumpet, mellophone and bass) with arranger Pete Rugolo conducting the accompanists (Gus Bivona on soprano saxophone and alto saxophone; Bud Shank on alto saxophone; Dave Pell and Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone; Chuck Gentry on baritone and bass saxophone; Al Hendrickson on guitar; Geoff Clarkson on piano; Joe Comfort on bass; and Frank Carlson on drums record the tracks "I May Be Wrong", "Liza", "East Of The Sun", and "This Can't Be Love" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California and will all be released on their Capitol Records album "The Four Freshmen and Five Saxes"
1967 - Buck Owens's Capitol Records single "Sam's Place" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart
1989 - Paul McCartney's Capitol Records single "My Brave Face" debuts at #72 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1993 - It's announced that EMI Music fired Capitol Records president Hale Milgrim and his #2 man, executive VP Art Jaeger.
1993 - Patti Ouderkirk takes Crowded House band member Tim Finn's photo at a shoot at Capitol Records' New York City office
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1933 - Disney releases the cartoon "The Three Little Pigs" with its hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?". Capitol Records will later release a children's record of the song.
1962 - Frank Ifield, with Norrie Paramor conducting the orchestra, records the title "I Remember You" (words by Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer with music by Victor Schertzinger) for EMI Records in the U.K.
1963 - Vee-Jay Records releases The Beatles' single "From Me To You", with "Thank You Girl" on the flip side
1964 - Gerry and The Pacemakers record the track "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey"
1977 - Virgin Records releases The Sex Pistols' single "God Save the Queen" in the U.K.
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1924 - The Music Corporation of America (MCA) is founded.
1932 - Junior Walker, singer, songwriter, and musician, is born Herman Parker, Jr. in Clarksdale, Mississippi. His song "Mystery Train" will be covered by The Band on their sixth Capitol Records album "Moondog Matinee".