1954 - Berton Averre, lead guitarist and vocalist with the Capitol Records group The Knack, is born in Van Nuys, California
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Singer June Christy signs a personal contract with Capitol Records
1945 - Wesley Tuttle and His Texas Stars (Wesley Tuttle and Merle Travis on vocals and guitars, with Margie Ann "Fiddlin' Kate" De Vere and Charles Linville on fiddle, Paul Sells on accordion, Paul Stambaugh on piano, Phil Marx Jr. on steel guitar, Cliffie Stone on bass, Jack Turner on drums, and Conrad Cottrell on an unlisted instrument), using arrangements by Paul Sells, record the titles "Detour", "I Wish I Never Met Sunshine", "Little You Cared", and "Why Do I Love You, Oh Why" at Radio Recorders studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 233), the third title as a single (Capitol 373) with "A Broken Promise Is A Broken Heart" (recorded August 2, 1946) on the flipside, and the last title as as single (Capitol Americana 40021) with "If You Ever Needed A Friend" (recorded September 17, 1946) on the flipside.
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - The vocal trio The Dinning Sisters, with accordionist Paul Sells leading his orchestra (Andrew Secrest on trumpet, Darol Rice on clarinet, Fred Cianci and Mischa Russell on fiddles, Johnny Bond and Lewis Jack Rivers on guitar, Agapito "Pepe" Martinez on steel guitar, and Cliffie Stone on bass), records the title "When The White Azaleas Start Blooming" and then with the addition of vocalist Tex Ritter, the titles "Down In The Valley" and "You Are My Sunshine" at Radio Recorders' studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue all three titles on the album "Tex Ritter And The Dinning Sisters" (AD-96).
1950 - Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan (on vocals and guitar, with Marvin "Rocky" Stone on fiddle, Eddie Kirk, on guitar, Noel Boggs on steel guitar, and Cliffie Stone on bass), record the titles "Lost Love Blues", "One Diamond Ring" and "Many's The Time" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California between 3:45 PM and 6:45 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Love Lost Blues" and "Many's The Time" together as a single (Capitol 1371) and Bear Family Records will issue "Love Lost Blues" and "One Diamond Ring" on the CD "Jimmie Dolan - Juke Box Boogie" (BCD 16192) in Germany.
1950 - During a split session held today (possibly at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue Studios) in Hollywood, California, first Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted but possibly Marvin "Rocky" Stone on fiddle, Eddie Kirk, on guitar, Noel Boggs on steel guitar, and Cliffie Stone on bass) record the titles "Tater Pie", "With A Kiss" featuring Bucky Tibbs and Dale Warren (as "Jimmie Dale") on vocals, and "Amen, Brother Ben" then Stan Freberg (on vocals), with Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra (lineup still unlisted but possibly the same as above with an unlisted piano player who is probably Lou Busch aka Joe "Fingers" Carr), records the titles "Ragtime Dan" and a remake of the title "John And Marsha" with only an unlisted string section and organist. Capitol Records will issue "Tater Pie" and "With A Kiss" together as a single (Capitol 1354), "Amen, Brother Ben" as a single (Capitol 1406) with "Red Headed Polka" (recorded September 25, 1950) on the flipside, and "Ragtime Dan" and "John And Marsha" together as a single (Capitol 1356).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Pianist Buddy Cole, with unlisted other musicians, records the titles "On A Dew-Dew-Dewy Day", "I Love You Truly", "Nobody's Sweetheart", and "Sweet Sue, Just You" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "On A Dew-Dew-Dewy Day" and "Nobody's Sweetheart" together as a single (Capitol 1923) and "I Love You Truly" and "Sweet Sue, Just You" are still unreleased.
1954 - Frank Sinatra, with Ray Anthony conducting the studio orchestra (Morris Bercov and Fred Fallensby on reeds; Arthur "Skeets" Herfert and Wilbur Schwartz on alto saxpohone; Leo Anthony on baritone saxophone; John Best, Conrad Gozzo, Manny Klein, and Uan Rasey on trumpet; Ed Kusby, Tommy Pederson, and Si Zentner on trombone; George Roberts on bass trombone; Al Hendrickson on guitar; Paul Smith on piano; and Jack Constanzo, Lou Singer, and Alvin Stoller on drums), records the tracks "Melody Of Love" and "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die", both of which are arranged by Dick Reynolds and released on the same Capitol Records single, at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Pianist Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Dalton Smith, Marvin Stamm, Bob Rolfe, Bob Behrendt, and Norman Baltazar on trumpet, Bob Fitzpatrick, Dee Barton, and Bud Parker on trombone, Jim Amlotte and Dave Wheeler on trombone and tuba, Ray Starling, Dwight Carver, Keith LaMotte, and Carl Saunders on mellophone, Gene Roland on mellophone and soprano saxophone, Gabe Baltazar on alto saxophone, Sam Donahue, Buddy Arnold, and Paul Renzi on tenor saxophone, Joel Kaye and Allan Beutler on baritone saxophone, Pat Senatore on bass, and Jerry
McKenzie on drums), record the titles "The Blues Story", "Night At The Gold Nugget", and "Dragonwyck" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. After Marvin Stamm's trumpet solo was edited out of "Dragonwyck" and replaced with one by an unlisted trumpet player, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Kenton's album "Adventures In Blues" (T 1985).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Nelson Riddle conducts his own arrangements to His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as the record the titles "Something You Never Had Before", "This Kind Of Girl", "Magic Moments", "For The First Time", "Why Go Anywhere At All", and "Reprise (Gay Life Medley)", in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra's album "Magic Moments From 'The Gay Life'" (T 1670).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Jack Marshall directs his large orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Indiana", "South Of The Border", and "St. Louis Blues" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs for the titles are recorded, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Marshall's album "Tuff Jack" (T 1727).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - During two sessions held this day in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California, vocalist and guitarist Hank Thompson, with Harold Glenn Hensley, Billy Jack Saucer, and Billy Wright on fiddles, Jimmy Pruett on piano, Billy Gray and Merle Travis on guitar, Robert John "Bobby" Garrett on pedal steel guitar, Billy Briggs Stewart on bass, and Bernard Nelson Young on drums, recorded the titles "That's The Recipe For A Heartache" and "The Blue Skirt Waltz" at the first session between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM and the title "I Cast A Lonesome Shadow" at the second session between 9:15 PM and 12:45 AM on December 14, 1961. Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol F4694), the second title as a single (Capitol F4722), and the third title as a single (Capitol F4786).
1963 - Capitol Records signs a right of first refusal agreement with The Beatles
1965 - Capitol Records releases its version of The Beatles' album "Rubber Soul"
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Peter and Gordon's Capitol Records single "Lady Godiva", with "Morning's Calling" on the flipside is at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Beach Boys record overdub vocals for their title "Heroes And Villans" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release the final version on the group's album "Smiley Smile" (ST 2891).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Billy May conducts his own arrangements to The Time-Life Orchestra (John Audino, John Best, Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, and Joe Graves on trumpet, Joe Howard, Lloyd Ulyate, Lew McCreary, and Dick Nash on trombone, Marshall Royal, Wilbur Schwartz, Abe Most, Justin Gordon, Don Raffell, and Chuck Gentry on saxophones, Ray Sherman on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Morty Corb on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums) who records the titles "Broadway", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Plymouth Rock", and "Runnin' Wild" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Time-Life Records will issue all the titles in the box set "Volume 13 - Curtain Call - The Sounds Of Swing" as part of its "The Swing Era" series (STA/STL 352).
1990 - Poison's Capitol Records single "Something To Believe In", with "Ball and Chain" on the flipside, is #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
2004 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Trace Adkins' track "Songs About Me" to Country radio stations
2012 - In the early hours of the morning, George Osaki, art director at Capitol Records from the 1960 until leaving to join AGI in 1970, and then going on to become MCA Records' first director of creative services in November 1971, whose protégés included Roland Young (A&M), Ed Thrasher (Warner Bros.), John Van Hamersveld, Bob Lockhart, Rod Dyer and Roy Kohara, who succeeded him at Capitol, dies at age 78.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1994 - Liberty Records (now Capitol Records Nashville) releases Garth Brooks' compilation album "Garth Brooks: The Hits"
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - The second American Federation of Musicians strike ends after 11 1/2 months