1923 - Jim Eanes, singer, songwriter, guitarist and Capitol Records artist (1951), is born either James Robert Eanes or Homer Robert Eanes in Danville, Virginia. If anyone knows for sure what Jim's birth name is, please leave a comment.
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Frankie Beverly, vocalist with the Capitol Records band Maze, is born Howard Beverly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - At a split session held in Los Angeles, California, first Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford and The Pied Pipers (June Hutton, Clark Yocum, Hal Hopper, and Chuck Lowry), with Paul Weston and his Orchestra (Charles Griffard, Don Anderson, and Nate Kazebier on trumpet, Allan Thompson and Joe Yukl on trombone, Arthur "Doc" Rando, Julian "Matty" Matlock, Harold Lawson, Eddie Miller, and Lennie Hartman on reeds, Stan Wrightsman on piano, George Van Eps on guitar, Jack Ryan on bass, Nick Fatool on drums and a string section) record a remake of the track "Candy", the unissued track "You Wear Love So Well" and a rejected take of "There's No You" and then The Pied Pipers, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra, record a remake of the track "Dream". Capitol Records will issue "Candy" as a single (Capitol 183) with "I'm Gonna See My Baby" on the flipside and "Dream" as a single (Capitol 185) with "Tabby The Cat" on the flipside.
1945 - Betty Hutton's Capitol Records single "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief", with "A Square In The Social Circle" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1945 - Clyde Hurley records the as yet unissued takes of "Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life", "Glendale Glide", "I Cover The Waterfront:, and "Twelve-Thirty Deadline" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records.
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records single "The Christmas Song" enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Merle Travis' Capitol Records single "Divorce Me C.O.D.", with "Missouri" on the flipside, is #1 for the eighth week on The Billboard magazine's Most-Played Juke Box Folk Records chart (the precursor to the Country Music chart).
1950 - Mel Blanc records vocals for the tracks "Woody Woodpecker's Picnic - Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California which will be overdubbed onto instrumental tracks recorded on November 30, 1950. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the children's album "Woody Woodpecker's Picnic" (DBS-3091)
1954 - The Cheers (vocalists Bert Convy, Gil Garfield, and Sue Allen), with Buddy Bregman and his Orchestra (lineup not listed) record the tracks "Blueberries", "Whadaya Want", "I Must Be Dreaming", and "Bernie's Tune" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Blueberries" (after a vocal overdub is recorded on February 2, 1955) as a single (Capitol 3075) with "Can't We Be More Than Friends?" (recorded sometime in August 1954) on the flipside, "Whadaya Want" and "Bernie's Tune" together as a single (Capitol 3019), and "I Must Be Dreaming" as a single (Capitol 3146) with "Fancy Meeting You Here" (also recorded sometime in August 1954) on the flipside.
1954 - The Al Belletto Sextet (Jack Martin on trumpet, flugelhorn, and who also did the vocal arrangement, Jimmy Guinn on trombone, tenor saxophone and vocals, Al Belletto and clarinet, alto and baritone saxophone, and vocals, Fred Crane on piano, baritone saxophone, and vocals, Skip Fawcett on bass, and Charles McKnight on drums and vocals) records the track "Russ Job" and a as yet unreleased take of "Ebb Tide" at Universal Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Capitol Records will issue "Russ Job" on the group's album "Sounds And Songs" (T 6514).
1955 - pianist Joe "Fingers" Carr (aka Lou Busch, with unlisted others) records the tracks "Moonlight And Roses", "That Old Gang Of Mine", "Smiles", "The Gang That Sang 'Heart Of My Heart'", and "On Moonlight Bay" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Carr's album "Joe 'Fingers' Carr Plays Parlor Piano" (T 698).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Organist Jackie Davis, with Irving Ashby on guitar, and Shelly Manne or Ed Hall on drums, records the tracks "Blue Orchids", "You Keep Coming Back Like A Song", "Lovely Lady Waltz", and "The Fable Of The Rose" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records issues all the tracks on Davis' album "Chasing Shadows" (T 815).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Dean Martin (on vocals), with Gus Levend directing the orchestra (John Cave, Vincent De Rosa, and Richard Perissi on French horn, Alexander Gershunoff, Ethmer Roten, Warren "Champ" Webb, and James Williamson on woodwinds, Fred Travers on accordion, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Jack Rose on mandolin, Abe Luboff on bass, Lou Singer on drums, and a string section with Victor Arno, Ben Gill, William Miller, and Joseph Pepper on violin, Louis Kievman on viola, Kurt Reher on cello, and Kathryn Julye on harp), records the tracks "A Day In The Country", "Hollywood Or Bust", and "The Man Who Plays The Mandolin (Guaglione)" at the Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 3:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first two tracks on Martin and Lewis' soundtrack EP "Hollywood Or Bust" (EAP-1-806) and the last track as a single (Capitol F3648) with "Captured" (recorded on August 20, 1956) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Guy Lombardo conducts His Royal Canadians (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "I Could Write A Book", "September Song", and "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" with vocalist Kenny Gardner, and the titles "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered" and "All The Things You Are" with vocalist Bill Flannigan in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Lombardo's album "Decade On Broadway '35-'45" (T 916).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Guitarist Laurindo Almeida records Turina's "Sonata For Guitar" and Albeniz's "Cadiz" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Sonata For Guitar" on Almeida's album "The New World Of The Guitar" (P-8392) and "Cadiz" on his album "Vistas D'España: ALBENNIZ/TURINA" (P-8367).
1957 - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (Gene Vincent on vocals, Max Lipscomb on piano and rhythm guitar, Johnny Meeks on guitar, Bobby Lee Jones on bass, Dickie Harrell on drums, and Paul Peek and Tommy Facenda on handclapping & vocal chorus), record "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Baby Blue", "Walkin' Home From School", "and "It's No Lie" at the Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first and last track together on the group's LP "" (T 970), the second track as a single (Capitol F3959) with "True To You" (recorded June 20, 1957) on the flipside, and the third track as a single (Capitol F3874) with "I Gotta Baby" (recorded December 5, 1957) on the flipside.
1957 - Tennessee Ernie Ford on vocals, with Harry Geller conducting the orchestra and chorus (lineup unlisted) records the tracks "Down Deep" and "Bless Your Peas Pickin' Heart" at the Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue both tracks together as a single (Capitol F3868).
1958 - Jeri Southern (on vocals) with Billy May conducting his arrangements to the orchestra (Conrad Gozzo Vito "Mickey" Mangano, Alexander Golden, and Mannie Klein on trumpet, Ed Kusby, William Schaefer, Murray McEachern, and Dick Nash on trombone, Wilbur Schwartz, Ted Nash, Justin Gordon, Jules Jacob, and Fred Falensby on saxophones, Paul Smith on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, John Kitzmiller on bass, and Irving Cottler on drums), records the tracks "It's Bad For Me", "You're The Top", "Let's Fly Away", and "Don't Look At Me That Way" at the Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Southern's album "Jeri Southern Meets Cole Porter" (T 1173).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist and guitarist Buck Owens, with unlisted other musicians, records the titles "Mirror, Mirror On The Wall", "Storm Of Love", "One Way Love", a cover of Wanda Jackson's "Kickin' Our Hearts Around", and a new take of "The King Of Fools" (which remains unissued) in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Mirror, Mirror On The Wall" as a single (Capitol 4679) with "Nobody's Fool But Yours" (recorded May 24, 1961) on the flipside, "Storm Of Love" on Owens' album "Together Again" (T 2135), and "One Way Love" and "Kickin' Our Hearts Around" on Owens' album "On The Bandstand" (T 1879).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - The Kingston Trio (vocalists Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane, and John Stewart), with David "Buck" Wheat on bass, give two live show at the University of California between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM where they perform "Little Light", "Coplas Revisited", "Chilly Winds", "Oh, Miss Mary", "Laredo", and "O Ken Karanga". Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "College Concert" (T 1658) and in Germany by The Bear Family in the ten CD box set "The Kingston Trio - The Stewart Years" (BCD 16161) and according to its liner notes, "Chilly Winds" and "Oh, Miss Mary" were remade in studio later on and issued on Capitol with dubbed applause from the concert tape.
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, Gabe Baltazar on alto saxophone, 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 "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered", "It's All Right With Me", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", and a rejected take of "Almost Like Being In Love" at The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Creative World will release the first three titles on Kenton's album "Adventures in Standards" (ST-1025) and Capitol Records will issue "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered" on the CD "Sophisticated Approach" (3-52994-2).
1964 - Capitol Records artist Tex Ritter is inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame
1965 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' album "Rubber Soul" and single "We Can Work It Out" with "Day Tripper" on the flipside. Neither "We Can Work It Out" nor "Day Tripper" appear on "Rubber Soul" and would later appear on the album "Yesterday And Today".
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Beatles record the title "When I'm Sixty-Four" at Abbey Road Studios in London England with producer George Martin. Capitol Records will issue the title in the United States of America on the group's album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (SMAS 2653).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Grace Markay, with either Bob Bain or Sid Feller conducting their own arrangements to unlisted musicians, records the titles "On A Clear Day", "Summer Wind", "What Now My Love", and "Matchmaker" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first three titles on Markay's album "" (T 2687) and has yet to issue "Matchmaker".
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Guitarist Laurindo Almeida, with Lex de Azevedo conducting his own arrangments to unlisted string and brass musicians as well as producing the session, records the titles "Michelle", "Secret Love", "A Man And A Woman", and "Distant Shores" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first three titles on Almeida's album "A Man And A Woman" (T 2701) and has yet to release the take of "Distant Shores" recorded at this session.
1968 - The Beatles' self titled Apple Records album (aka "The White Album"), distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is certified Gold in by the R.I.A.A.
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - The final mastering session for John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and The Harlem Community Choir's title "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" and Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band's title "Listen, The Snow Is Falling" is held. Apple Records will issue both titles together as a single (Apple 1842) which Capitol Records will distribute in the United States of America.
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - The final mastering session for Badfinger's Apple Records album "Straight Up" is held. Capitol Records will issue the album in the United States Of America" (SW-3387).
1994 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' Apple Records compilation album "Live at the BBC" in the United States
2000 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Garth Brooks is divorced from his wife Sandy
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Johnny Richards (with Burt Coillins, Jerry Kail, Ray Copeland, Nat Pavone, and Marvin Stamm on trumpet; Bill Watrous, Garnett Brown, Wayne Andre or Mickey Gravine on trombone; Ray Starling on mellophonium; Don Butterfield on tuba; Arnie Lawrence on alto saxophone; Clifford Jordan on tenor saxophone; Joel Kaye on baritone saxiphone and piccolo; Johnny Campo on bass saxophone; Johnny Knapp on piano; Chet Amsterdam on bass; Ronnie Bedford on drums; Steve Little and Chino Pozo on percussion) begins two days of sessions (the next will be on December 8, 1966) at Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York recording tracks for his Roulette album "AQUI SE HABLA ESPANOL (SPANISH SPOKEN HERE)". Roulette's catalog is currently managed by Blue Note Records and owned by EMI Music, Capitol Records' parent company.
1984 - Paul McCartney’s film "Give My Regards to Broad Street" and George Harrison’s film "A Private Function" are released
1988 - Roy Orbison, singer, songwriter, guitarist, 1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Virgin Records America artist, dies of a heart attack while visiting his mother in Hendersonville, Tennessee at age 52 after losing 50 pounds from a crash diet he went on before the release of his upcoming Virgin Records America album "Mystery Girl". All the artwork had been approved the day before so the album was released on schedule. At the direction of his wife, Barbara, Orbison is interred on December 15, 1988 at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California. Virgin Records is now owned by EMI Music, Capitol Records' parent company.
5 Years Ago Today In 2011 - 23 years to the day of her husband Roy's death, Barbara Anne Marie Wellhöner Jakobs Orbison, his wife, manager, producer, mother of his sons Roy Kelton Orbison, Jr.and Alexander Lee Orbison, dies of pancreatic cancer at age 61 in Los Angeles, California.
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
120 Years Ago Today In 1896 - Ira Gershwin, lyricist (including "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", "Nice Work if You Can Get It", "Love Walked In", and many other standards that have been recorded by many Capitol Records artists and others), older brother of, and partner with, composer George Gershwin, is born Israel Gershovitz in New York City, New York