Monday, February 29, 2016

FEBRUARY 29, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
100 Years Ago Today In 1916 - Dinah Shore, singer, radio and motion picture actress, television variety and talk shows host, professional women's golf tournament sponsor, and Capitol Records artist, is born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1952 - Vocalist Jimmy Wakely, with Les Baxter and his Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Goodbye, Little Girl", "Love Song Of The Waterfall", and a as yet unissued take of the title "Goodbye Little Darlin'" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 2028).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Trumpet Player Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (John Best, Conrad Gozzo, John Audino, Art DePew, and John Dolny also on trumpets, Dick Nash, Jimmy Priddy, Ray Sims, and Ken Trimble on trombones, Med Flory and Gene Merlino on clarinets and alto saxophones, Georgie Auld abd Irv Roth on tenor saxophones, Leo Anthony on baritone saxophone, Paul Smith on piano, Nick Bonney on guitar, Don Simpson on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums), using arrangements by Don Simpson, record the titles "How High The Moon", "Perdido", and "One O'Clock Jump" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Anthony's album "Jam Session At The Tower" (T 749).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Vocalist Ella Mae Morse, with Les Baxter conducting His Chorus (lineup unlisted) and Orchestra (Paul Smith on piano, David Grupp on xylophone, Barney Kessel and Jack Marshall on guitars, Phil Stephens on bass, Ray Sherman and Lou Singer on drums, and Frank "Chico" Guerrero on percussion), records the titles "Down In Mexico", "I'm Gonna Walk", "Rock 'N' Roll Wedding", and "Coffee Date" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 9:00 PM and 1:30 AM on March 1, 1956. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol F3387) and the second and last title together as a single (Capitol F3458).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Milt Buckner Quartet (collectively, Milt Buckner on organ, Skeeter Best, Everett Barksdale, Mickey Baker on guitars, Milt Hinton on bass, Osie Johnson and Shadow Wilson on drums) record the title "We'll Be Together Again" and, with Buckner later also overdubbing piano tracks, the titles "The Late, Late Show" and "The Beast" in New York City, New York between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the Quartet's album "Rockin' Hammond" (T 722).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Five Keys (Rudy West on lead vocals, Ripley Ingram on tenor vocals, Maryland Pierce and Ramon Loper on baritone vocals, and Bernie West on bass vocals), with Howard Biggs and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the title "My Pigeon's Gone" and the as yet unissued takes of the titles "Just Sittin'" and "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind" at Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "My Pigeon's Gone" as a single (Capitol F3455) with "Peace And Love" (recorded April 25, 1955) on the flipside.
1960 - Tak Shino conducts his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the title "A String Of Pearls", a as yet unissued take of "Happy Talk", and the title "Cherokee" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "A String Of Pearls" and "Cherokee" on Shindo's album "Accent On Bamboo" (T 1433).
1960 - The George Shearing Quintet (Warren Chiasson on vibraphone, George Shearing on piano, Dick Garcia on guitar, Wyatt Ruther on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums) with Billy May conducting his own arrangements to a string choir (Jacques Gasselin, Murray Kellner, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Nathan Ross, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, and Gerald Vinci on violins, Lou Kievman, Paul Robyn, and Virginia Majewski on viola, and Charles Gates, Victor Gottlieb, Kurt Reher, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello), record a remake of the title "It's Not You" and the titles "Here's What I'm Here For", "The Party's Over", "My Own", and "My Romance" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Shearing's album "Satin Affair" (T 1628).
1968 - The Beach Boys record tracks for the title "Little Bird" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded on March 4 and 5, 1968, Capitol Records will issue the final mix of the title as a single (Capitol 2160) with "Friends" (recorded March 15 and 19, 1968) on the flipside and on the group's album "Friends" (ST 2895).
1968 - At The Grammy Awards ceremony:
· The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins for "Album Of The Year" and "Best Contemporary Album"
· Geoff E. Emerick wins for Best Engineered Recording for The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
· Peter Blake and Jann Haworth with for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts for The Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
· Bobbie Gentry wins for Best New Artist, Best Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Contemporary Solo Performance, Female for her Capitol Records single "Ode To Billie Joe"
· Jimmie Haskell wins for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) or Instrumentalist(s) for Bobbie Gentry's Capitol Records track "Ode To Billie Joe"
· Glen Campbell wins for Best Vocal Performance, Male and Best Contemporary Solo Performance, Male for his Capitol Records single "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", and Best Country & Western Recording and Best Country & Western Solo Performance, Male for his Capitol Records track "Gentle On My Mind"
· The Cannonball Adderley Quintet wins for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance by a Small Group or Soloist or Soloist with a Small Group (7 or fewer) for his Capitol Records single "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"
· Senator Everett M. Dirksen wins for Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording for his Capitol Records album "Gallant Men".
1972 - Vocalist Tex Ritter, with orchestra (collectively, Buddy Spicher on fiddle, Charlie McCoy on harmonica and keyboards, Pig Robbins and David Briggs on pianos, Harold Bradley, Ray Edenton, Dave Kirby, Jerry Byrd, Pete Wade, and Tommy Floyd on guitars, Joe Zinkan and Bob Moore on basses, Willie Ackerman and Buddy Harman on drums) and chorus (vocal group The Nashville Sounds with a unlisted lineup), records the titles "Love Me Now", "Green Grow The Lilacs", and "You Will Have To Pay For Your Yesterday" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles on Ritter's album "The Super Country Legendary Tex Ritter" (ST-11037) and the last title as a single (Capitol 3457) with "Comin' After Jinny" (recorded September 8, 1972) on the flipside.
1972 - Bang (lineup unlisted) records the title "Questions" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
1972 - Vocalist Glen Campbell with a orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Al De Lory, records the as yet unissued remake of the title "Love Is Blue" and the as yet unissued takes of the titles "Someday Soon", "My Kind Of People", and "We'll Sing In The Sunshine" for Capitol Records.
1980 - The Shirts (vocalist Annie Golden, Robert Racioppo on bass and vocals, Artie Lamonica on keyboards, guitar and vocals, Johnny 'Doom' Piccolo on keyboards, Ronnie Ardito on gutiar, keyboards, and backup vocals, and Johnny 'Zeeek' Criscione on drums and backup vocals), at two sessions held today, record the title "I Can't Get It Through My Head" at the first session and the titles "I'm Not One Of Those", "Hanging Around", and "Pleasure Is The Pain" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Inner Sleeve" (ST-12085).
1980 - Vocalist Natalie Cole, with Gene Barge directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted) records the title "Stairway To The Stars" and a as yet unissued take of the title "It's Sand Man" at Scott/Sunstorm Studios in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Stairway To The Stars" on Cole's album "Don't Look Back" (ST-12079).
1992 - Garth Brook's Capitol Records Nashville single "What's She Doing Now" is  #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
2000 - Capitol Records releases Glen Campbell's compilation CD "20 Greatest Hits"
2004 - Capitol Records re-releases Pink Floyd's album "Animals" on CD

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
80 Years Ago Today In 1936 - 44 year old Fanny Brice introduces her character of Baby Snooks, whom she has performed as in skits on the vaudeville stage for the past 24 years, and said she had based as a parody on child star Baby Peggy, to radio audiences when she appears on the CBS-Radio program "The Ziegfeld Follies Of The Air". Brice will later record the children's album "Baby Snooks Learns" for Capitol Records as the Snooks character.
1940 - Future Capitol Records artist Judy Garland is awarded the Academy Award for Best Juvenile for her work in the M-G-M motion picture musical "The Wizard of Oz"
1968 - Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin win the Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance for their Angel Records title "West Meets East". Once owned by Capitol Records and EMI Music Group, Angel Records' catalog is now owned by Warner Music Group.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

FEBRUARY 28, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1915 - Zero Mostel, Broadway and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (original Broadway cast album for "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum"), is born Samuel Joel Mostel in Brooklyn, New York
1940 - Joe South, singer, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist, is born Joseph Alfred Souter in Atlanta, Georgia

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Vocalist Andy Russell, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "They Say It's Wonderful" and "Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 252).
1949 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's first single for the label "Milk 'Em In The Mornin' Blues" with "Tennessee Border" on the flipside. Both tracks were recorded January 21, 1949
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Frank De Vol conducts his own arrangements to His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Lonely Acres (In The West) with a vocal chorus (lineup unlisted, then, with vocalist Linda Doherty, the titles "Dear John" and "Play Ball" then, without any additional vocals, "Theme For John and Marsh" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1503) and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 1460).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist Benny Strong, with a unidentified orchestra, records the titles "Ask For Mabel", "Pretty Little Bells", "Are You Sincere", and "There's Something About An Old Love" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the first and last titles together as a single (Capitol 1549) and the second and third titles together as a single (Capitol 1462).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Trumpet player Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (John Best, Conrad Gozzo, Art DePew, and John Dolny also on trumpets, Tommy Pederson, Jimmy Priddy, Ray Sims, and Ken Trimble on trombones, Med Flory and Gene Merlino on clarinets and alto saxophones, Georgie Auld and Irv Roth on tenor saxophones, Leo Anthony on baritone saxophone, Corky Hale on piano and harp, Nick Bonney on guitar, Don Simpson on bass, and Irv Kluger on drums), using arrangements by Don Simpson, Gearge Williams, and Dick Reynolds, record the title "Warsaw Concerto" in Los Angeles, California. After a overdub session is held on March 1, 1956, Capitol Records will issue the final mix of the title on Anthony's album "Concert" (T 406).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Frank Sinatra conducts the orchestra (Mannie Klein, Conrad Gozzo, and Uan Rasey on trumpets, Si Zentner and Ed Kusby on trombones, George Roberts on bass trombones, James Decker, John Cave, and Arthur Frantz on French horns, Arthur Gleghorn and Harry Klee on flutes, Mitchell Lurie and Sal Franzella on clarinet, Bert Gassman and Harry
Schuchman on oboe, Fred Moritz and John Hacker on bassoon, Bill Miller on piano, Ray Turner on celeste, Bob Bain on guitar, George Boujie, Sam Goldman, and Eddie Gilbert on bass, Lou Singer, David Grupp, and Ralph Hansell on drums and percusssion, Kathryn Julye on harp, and a string section with Victor Arno, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Samuel Cytron, David Frisina, Ben Gill, Henry Hill, Murray Kellner, Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Nathan Ross, Mischa Russell, Eudice Shapiro, and Marshall Sosson on violins, Maxine Johnson, Virginia Majewski, Paul Robyn, David Sterkin, Milton Thomas, and Abraham Weiss on violas, and Cy Bernard, Victor Gottlieb, Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, Joseph Saxon, and Eleanor Slatkin on cellos) as it records the instrumental titles "Red", arranged by Andre Previn, and "Silver", arranged by Elmer Bernstein in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Sinatra's album "Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems Of Color" (W 735).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - During two sessions held today in New York City, New York, vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with Jack Fascinato conducting a choir (lineup unlisted), records a remake of the title "Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide" and the titles "Jesus Paid It All", "It Is Well With My Soul", and "Lord, I'm Coming Home" at the first session and the titles "Did You Think To Pray?" and "His Amazing Grace" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ford's album "Hymns At Home" (T 1604).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Billy May and Charlie Barnet, using arrangements by May, direct The Kon-Tikis (Arthur Frantz, John Cave, James Decker, and William Hinshaw on French horns, Charlie Barnet, Wilbur Schwartz, Justin Gordon, and Ted Nash on saxophones, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Bobby Gibbons, Al Hendrickson, and Alvino Rey on guitars, Ralph Pena on bass, and Frank Flynn, Irving Cottler, and Larry Bunker on drums) as they record a remake of the title "Return To Paradise" with vocalist Marni Nixon, and the instrumental titles "Honorable Hong Kong Rock" and "Ebb Tide" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM on March 1, 1961. After renaming the group to The Out Islanders, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Polynesian Fantasy" (T 1595).
1964 - The Beatles record the tracks "From Us To You", "Till There Was You", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Roll Over Beethoven", "All My Loving" at BBC Studios for "live" broadcasts and released in 1994 on The Beatles' Apple Records compilation double album "Live At The B.B.C."
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Shacklefords (lineup unlisted) record the titles "The First Street Blues" and "The Biplane, Evermore" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5636).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966, During two sessions held today in New York City, New York, The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Bob Engemann), with Jimmie Haskell conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Michelle", "What Now, My Love?", and "Graduation Gal" at the first session and the titles "Listen People", "Moon River", and "Love Letters" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the trio's album "A New Song For Young Love" (T 2496).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Capitol Records registers all the masters for all the titles to be included on Anne Murray's eponymous album "Anne Murray" (ST-667) which were recorded in 1970 in Toronto, Canada with a uncredited orchestra using arrangements by Brian Ahern.
1998 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Garth Brooks hosts Saturday Night Live
5 Years Ago Today In 2011 - Jane Russell, motion picture actress, founder of the World Adoption International Fund and a Capitol Records artist, dies at her home in Santa Maria, California at age 89 of a respiratory related illness.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1903 - Vincente Minnelli, Broadway and motion picture director, one time husband of Capitol Records artist Judy Garland, and father of Capitol Records artist Liza Minnelli, is born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago, Illinois
85 Years Ago Today In 1931 - Gavin MacLeod, motion picture and television actor, and step-father of Tommy Steele (designer, art director, writer, and Vice President of Creative Services at Capitol Records [1987-2002] and Creative Director at Virgin Records America [2002]) and Drew Steele (with the band The Surf Punks), is born Allan George See in Mount Kisco, New York

Saturday, February 27, 2016

FEBRUARY 27, 2016

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Capitol Records registers the master it purchased of Les Paul's title "Walkin' And Whistlin' Blues" in Los Angeles, California and will issue the title as a single (Capitol 1451) with Les Paul and Mary Ford's title "How High The Moon" (master purchased in January 1951) on the flipside.
1954 - Hank Thompson's Capitol Records single "Wake Up, Irene", with "Go Cry Your Heart Out" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
60 Years Ago In 1956 - Clarinetist Les Brown and His Band of Renown (Wes Hensel, Don Paladino, Stan Stout, and Don Fagerquist on trumpets, Ray Sims, Bob Burgess, and Bob Pring on trombone, Stumpy Brown on bass trombone, Ronnie Lang on flute and alto saxophone, Sol Libero on alto saxophone, Billy Usselton on tenor saxophone, Abe Aaron on tenor and baritone saxophones, Butch Stone on baritone saxophone and vocals, Don Trenner on piano, Vernon Polk on guitar, Buddy Clark on bass, and Lloyd Morales on drums), record a as yet unissued take of the title "Pink Coats" and the title "Harlem Nocturne" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Harlem Nocturne" on 60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Five Keys (Rudy West on lead vocals, Ripley Ingram on tenor vocals, Maryland Pierce and Ramon Loper on baritone vocals, and Bernie West on bass vocals), with Howard Biggs and his Orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "I Dreamt I Dwelt In Heaven", "She's The Most", "That's Right", and "Boom-Boom" at Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol F3392), "That's Right" as a single (Capitol F3502) with "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind" (recorded June 26, 1956) on the flipside, and "Boom Boom" as a single (Capitol F3786) with "The Face Of An Angel" (recorded January 14, 1957) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Carmen Dragon conducts The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Mijail Glinka's "Jota Aragonesa" and a as yet unissued take of Bizet's "Gypsy Dance (Chanson Boheme) (From 'Carmen')" on Stage 7 at the Samuel Goldwyn Studios on North Formosa Avenue at Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "Jota Aragonesa" on the orchestra's album "Fiesta!" (P-8335).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Billy May and Charley Barnet, using May's arrangements, direct The Kon-Tiki's (Vincent De Rosa, John Cave, James Decker, and William Hinshaw on French horns, Charlie Barnet, Wilbur Schwartz, Justin Gordon, and Ted Nash on saxophones, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Bobby Gibbons, Al Hendrickson, and Alvino Rey on guitar, Ralph Pena on bass, Frank Flynn, Irving Cottler, and Emil Richards on drums) as they record the title "Sand In My Shoes", as yet unissued take of the title "Return To Paradise" with vocalist Marni Nixon, the titles "Little Island" and "Beyond The Reef" and incomplete and as yet unissued takes of the titles "Beyond The Reef" and "In My Shoes" at The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. After re-naming the orchestra to The Out-Islanders, Capitol Records will issue "Sand In My Shoes", "Little Island" and "Beyond The Reef" on the group's album "Polynesian Fantasy" (ST-1595).
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Eight Days A Week", with "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Conductor Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (lineup unlisted) record the titles "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "On The Street Where You Live", "Make Someone Happy", and a as yet unissued take of the titles "C'est La Vie" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first three titles on Lombardo's album "Lombardo's Hideaway" (T 2559).
1967 - The Pink Floyd records the tracks "Arnold Layne" and "Candy And A Current Bun" with producer Joe Boyd at Sound Techniques in Chelsea, England with John Wood engineering. The tracks will make up their first single which will be released by Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, in the United States.
1970 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "It’s Just a Matter of Time", with "The World Is Ours" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
40 Years Ago Today in 1976 - Gene Watson records the titles "When My World Left Town", "Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall", "I Fell Apart" and "He Little Thinged Her Out Of My Arms" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the first three titles on Watson's album "Because You Believed In Me" (ST-11529) and the last title on his album "Gene Watson's Beautiful Country" (ST-11715).
1979 - Peabo Bryson's Capitol Records album "Crosswinds" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Jay Ferguson records the titles "Tonite (Fallin' For Ya)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 511) with "Empty Sky" (recorded April 2, 1981) on the flipside and on Ferguson's album "White Noise" (ST-12196).
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Marie Osmond's Capitol Records single "There's No Stopping Your Heart", with "Blue Sky Shinin'" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Capitol Records band Marillion begin their first major U.S. tour in Buffalo, New York

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1923 - Dexter Gordon, saxophone player, motion picture actor, and Blue Note Records artist is born Dexter Keith Gordon in Los Angeles, California
1947 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra record the tracks "Rhythm Incorporated, parts 1 & 2" at Radio Recorders studios in Hollywood, California for AFRS Program #231 with Kenton sharing master of ceremonies duties with Gene Norman
1960 - Paul Humphreys, keyboard player for the Virgin Records group Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark (aka OMD) is born in London, England
1964 - The Beatles record the tracks "Tell Me Why", "I'll Cry Instead", and "If I Fell" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London England with producer George Martin and engineers Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick for their United Artists Records soundtrack album to their first film "A Hard Day's Night". Capitol Music Group's parent company EMI Music Group currently owns the United Artists catalog.
1965 - Shirley Bassey's United Artists single "Goldfinger", with "Strange How Love Can Be" enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
2002 - Spike Milligan, comedian, writer, radio, television, and motion picture actor, and Parlophone Records artist as part of "The Goon Show", dies at age 83

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Billboard magazine announces that, for the first time, seven-inch 45 rpm singles are outselling 78s in the United States
1988 - Gene De Paul, songwriter, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song in 1941 for "Hellzapoppin", collaborated with lyricist and Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer on the M-G-M motion picture musical "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers" and the Broadway musical "Li'l Abner", dies in Los Angeles, California at age 68 and is later interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California

Friday, February 26, 2016

FEBRUARY 26, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
100 Years Ago Today In 1916 - Jackie Gleason, comedian, motion picture, radio and television actor, composer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Herbert John Gleason in Brooklyn, New York
95 Years Ago Today In 1921 - Betty Hutton, singer, Broadway and motion picture actress brought to Hollywood by Capitol Records co-founder Buddy DeSylva, sister of Glenn Miller Orchestra vocalist Marion Hutton, one time wife of Capitol Records artist and trumpeter Pete Condoli and later Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston, a Capitol Records solo artist, and teacher, is born Elizabeth Thornburg in Battle Creek, Michigan

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Guitarist Alvino Rey and His Orchestra (Chuck Peterson, Jake Gerheim, Russ Granger, and Frank Nelson on trumpets, Sam Levine, Bob McReynolds, and Bob Swift on trombones, Bob Walsh and Hal McKusick on alto saxophones, Herbie Steward on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Rocky Coluccio on piano and vocals, Jim Bates on bass, and Ben Weber on drums) record the titles "Cheek To Cheek", "Sepulvada", and a rejected take of the title "Should I?" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Cheek To Cheek" as a single (Capitol 57-644) with "Strummin' On The Old Banjo" (recorded May 5, 1949) on the flipside, and "Sepulvada" as a single (Capitol 262) with "Bumble Boogie" (recorded April 15, 1946) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - The Oklahoma Sweethearts (vocalists Jean Anderson and Edna Leeper), with a unidentified combo, record the titles "Somewhere In Old Wyoming", "Little Miss Mischief", "Don't Steal Daddy's Medal", and "Call Me Sweetheart" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1455) and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 1564).
1955 - Capitol Records duo The Louvin Brothers joins the Grand Ole Opry
1955 - Capitol Records releases Faron Young's single "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young", with "Forgive Me My Dear" on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - During two sessions that take place today on Stage 7 at the Samuel Goldwn Studio at 1041 North Formosa Avenue in West Hollywood, California, Carmen Dragon conducts The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they records Lara's "Granada" and De Campo's "Las Chiapanecas" at the first session and Delibes' "The Maids Of Cadiz", Monterde's "La Virgen De La Macarena", and Granados' "Andaluza Seraphim" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the orchestra's album "Fiesta!" (P-8335).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Al Martino, with Belford Hendricks conducting his own arrangements to unlisted musicians, records the title "Wiederseh'n", a as yet unissued take of the titles "I Wanted Someone To Love", and the titles "The Minute You're Gone", "Crying Time", and "Together Again" in New York City, New York with producer Tom Morgan. Capitol Records will issue "Wiederseh'n" and "The Minute You're Gone" together as a single (Capitol 5652) and all the titles, except "I Wanted Someone To Love" on Martino's album "Think I'll Go Somewhere And Cry Myself To Sleep" (T 2528).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - During two sessions held on this day in Los Angeles, California, conductor Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (lineup unlisted) record the titles "She's Too Far Above Me", "I Enjoy Being A Girl", and a as yet unissued take of the title "Do I Hear A Waltz?" at the first session and the titles "Hello, Dolly", "My Kind Of Town", and "Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue the first, second, fourth and last titles on Lombardo's album "Lombardo's Hideaway" (T 2559) and "My Kind Of Town" on Lombardo's album "Wonderful Year" (T 2481).
1967 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive", with "Someone Told My Story" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1970 - The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Hey Jude", composed of tracks not previously released on albums in the United States, is released by Capitol Records
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Vocalist Helen Reddy, with unlisted others, recorded the titles "A Song For You", "Crazy Love", and "How Can I Be Sure" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs for "A Song For You" and "How Can I Be Sure" are recorded on March 3 and March 27, 1971 and for "Crazy Love" on March 8, March 27, and June 17, 1971, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Reddy's album "I Don't Know How To Love Him" (ST-762).
1977 - Natalie Cole's Capitol Records single "I've Got Love On My Mind", with "Unpredictable You" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
35 Years Ago In 1981 - The Whites (vocalist and mandolin player Buck White and his daughters vocalists Sharon White and Cheryl White), with unlisted others, record the title "West Virginia Memories" in Nashville, Tennessee with producers Ricky Skaggs and Neil Wilburn. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5004) with "Send Me The Pillow You Dream On" (recorded June 3, 1980) on the flipside.
1985 - Tina Turner wins Grammys for her Capitol Records singles "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "Better Be Good to Me"
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Vocalist Marie Osmond, with unlisted others, records the title "New Love" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5613) with "You're Still New To Me" (recorded February 18, 1986) on the flipside and on Osmond's album "I Only Wanted You" (ST-12516).
1987 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles first four Parlophone albums on CD for the first time in the United States
1997 - At the 39th annual Grammy Awards held in New York City, The Beatles win Grammys for Best Pop Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocal for their Apple Records track "Free As A Bird", Best Music Video, Short Form for the video to "Free As A Bird", and Best Music Video, Long Form for "The Beatles Anthology", all of which were released by Capitol Records/Video in the United States
2008 - Buddy Miles (born George Allen Miles), drummer, singer, songwriter, voice actor and member of the Capitol Records group Band of Gypsys, has died today of congestive heart failure at the age of 60 at his home in Austin, Texas. More information can be found at his website at http://www.buddymiles.com/.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1928 - Fats Domino, pianist, singer, songwriter, and Imperial Records artist, is born Antoine Domino, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana
1932 - Johnny Cash, singer, songwriter, guitarist, motion picture and television actor, television variety show host, and father of Capitol Records artist Roseanne Cash, is born in Kingsland, Arkansas
1945 - Bob "The Bear" Hite, vocalist with the Liberty Records group "Canned Heat" is born in Torrance, California
1964 - Vee-Jay Records releases the album "Jolly What! Beatles and Frank Ifield"
1989 - Roy Eldridge, trumpet player and Blue Note Records artist, dies in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York at age 78

Thursday, February 25, 2016

FEBRUARY 25, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1932 - Faron Young, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Capitol Records artist is born near Shreveport, Louisiana
1943 - George Harrison, MBE, singer, songwriter, motion picture actor and producer, lead guitarist of the Parlophone, Capitol and Apple Records band The Beatles, solo Apple, Dark Horse and Capitol Records artist, and member of The Traveling Wilburys, is born at 12:10 PM in Liverpool, England
1957 - Dennis Diken, drummer, percussionist and vocalist for the Capitol Records group The Smithereens, is born in Belleville, New Jersey
1962 - Foster Sylvers, singer, member of the Capitol Records group The Sylvers, and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born in Memphis, Tennessee

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Nelson Riddle's Capitol Records single "Lisbon Antigua", with "Theme From Robin Hood" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Pop Singles charts
1964 - The Benny Goodman Quartet appear live at Koesi Ninkin Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The concert was recorded and later the tracks the "Cheek To Cheek", "Like Someone In Love", "Close Your Eyes", "As Long As I Live", "Stompin' At The Savoy", "My Melancholy Baby", "Memories of You", "I've Got The World On A String", "You're Blase", "Dinah", and "Goodbye" were released by Capitol Records on the album "Recorded Live at Kosei Nenkin Hall in Tokyo".
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, conductor Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Sunrise, Sunset", "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Try To Remember", and "Alley Cat" at the first session and "Spanish Eyes", "A Taste Of Honey", "On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)", "Thunderball", and "Love Makes The World Go 'Round" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue the "Sunrise, Sunset", "Try To Remember", "On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)", and "Love Makes The World Go 'Round" on Lombardo's album "Lombardo's Hideaway" (ST 2559) and "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Alley Cat", "Spanish Eyes", "A Taste Of Honey", and "Thunderball" on Lombardo's album "Wonderful Year" (ST 2481).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California with producer Dave Cavanaugh and associate producer Jack Marshall, The Howard Roberts Quartet (Howard Roberts and Bill Pittman on guitar, Henry Cain on organ, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums), record the titles "Manha De Carnaval" and "Whatever's Fair" at the first session and "On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)", "A Taste Of Honey", and, with the addition of Jill Roberts on Latin percussion, "Sweet September" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Roberts' album "Whatever's Fair!" (T 2478).
1969 - The Beach Boys record the track "Celebrate The News" which will be released as the flipside of their Capitol Records single "Break Away" on June 23, 1969
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Billy May conducts his own arrangements to The Time-Life Orchestra (John Audino, Shorty Sherock, Frank Beach, John Best, and Pete Candoli on trumpets, Francis "Joe" Howard and Ed Kusby on trombones, Abe Most, Wilbur Schwartz, Les Robinson, Jules Jacob, and Don Raffell on saxophones, Ray Sherman on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Rolly Bundock on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums) as they record the titles "Boogie Woogie Maxixe (Bob Crosby Version)", "My Inspiration (Bob Crosby Version)", "G.T. Stomp (Earl Hines Version)", and "Slow Freight (Glenn Miller Version)" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Time-Life Records will issue all the titles in the 3 LP set "Swing Era" Series - Volume 5 (1939-1940) - 1939: A Real Dream Of A Year" (STA/STL 344).
1974 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "On The Cover Of The Music City News" with "Stony Mountain West Virginia" on the flipside
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - During two sessions held today in Los Angeles, California, Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart (vocalists Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart), with unlisted others, record the titles "Along Came Jones", "Moonfire", and "Sail On Sailor" at the first session and additional recording and possibly remakes at the second session for "Along Came Jones" and "Sail On Sailor". Capitol Records will issue all the final versions of the titles on the group's eponymous album "Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart" (ST-11513).
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Charles Veal records the title "Don't Ya Try It" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Veal's album "Believe It!" (ST-12174).
1995 - Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra give his last concert at a performance at the Palm Desert Marriott Ballroom in Palm Desert, California
1997 - Capitol Records group Megadeth perform live at a concert at Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California where the tracks "Tornado Of Souls" and "A Tout Le Monde" are recorded and later released by Toshiba EMI in Japan on the six track (actually seven tracks since it includes the track "Peace Sells" as a hidden track) CD EP "Live Trax"
15 Years Ago Today In 2001 - Capitol Records releases Billy Idol's album “VH1 Storytellers”
2007 - All music lovers were invited to a viewing of the body of Al Viola on Sunday night from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Faith Chapel at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. A service will be held the next day, Monday afternoon at 3PM, at Church of the Hills, Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1980 - Sir Joseph Lockwood resigns from the Board of EMI Ltd, Capitol Records' parent company, having been a director for 26 Years (20 of which are spent as Chairman)
25 Years Ago Today In 1991 - EMI International releases Glen Campbell's 2 CD compilation album "The Capitol Years '65/'77"
1992 - Natalie Cole wins the Grammy for Album Of The Year for her Elektra album "Unforgettable" and her recording of the title track, which uses tracks from her father's Capitol Records stereo re-recording of "Unforgettable", wins her the Grammys for Traditional Pop Performance and Record Of The Year. "Unforgettable"'s writer, Irving Gordon, wins the Grammy for Song Of The Year.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

FEBRUARY 24, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1947 - Lonnie Turner, bass player and vocalist in the Capitol Records group The Steve Miller Band, is born

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Sonny Greer and the Duke's Men (Taft Jordan on trumpet, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Otto Hardwicke on alto saxophone, Duke Brooks on piano, Fred Guy on guitar, Red Callender on bass, and Greer on drums) record the tracks "Mood Indigo" (two takes, the first used on a single released by Capitol Records, the second used on the album released by Capitol), "Bug In A Rug", "The Mooche" (also two tracks, the first used on a single released by Capitol Records, the second used on the album released by Capitol), and "Kandylamb" in Los Angeles, California
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Betty Hutton's Capitol Records single "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief", with "A Square In The Social Circle" on the flipside" is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1954 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Answer Me, My Love", with "Why?" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Vocalist Andy Griffith, with Dick Ryan, records the titles "Opera Carmen, Part 1" and "Opera Carmen, Part 2" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3402) and on Griffith's album "Just For Laughs" (T 962).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Cues (Ollie Jones on lead tenor vocals, Abel De Costa and Jimmy Breedlove on tenor vocals, Robie Kirk on baritone vocals, and Eddie Barnes on bass vocals), with possibly King Curtis on tenor saxophone, and unlisted trumpet, piano, guitar, bass, and drums players, record the titles "Don't Make Believe" with Jimmy Breedlove on lead vocals, "Crazy, Crazy Party" and "Rock 'N' Roll Mr. Oriole" both with Ollie Jones on lead vocals, and a as yet unissued and lost take of "Destination Twenty-One Hundred And Sixty-Five" in Capitol Records' 47th Street studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Don't Make Believe" as a single (Capitol F3400) with a remake of the title "Destination Twenty-One Hundred And Sixty-Five" (recorded March 1, 1966) on the flipside, Prep Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) will issue "Crazy, Crazy Party" as a single (Prep F104) with "I Pretend" (recorded September 20, 1956) on the flipside, and Bear Family Records will release the first three titles in Germany on the album "The Cues" (BFX 15309) and on the CD "The Cues/The Four Students - Why: The Cues" (BCD 15510).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Paul Weston conducts his own arrangements to his orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Always", "For You", "Goodnight Sweetheart", and "Our Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Weston's album "Music For My Love" (T 1563).
1964 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "My Heart Skips A Beat" with "Together Again" on the flipside. Both sides will go on to hit #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts.
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Conductor Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (lineup unlisted) record the titles "King Of The Road", "Dear Heart", "Red Roses For A Blue Lady", and "Yesterday" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Lombardo's album "Wonderful Year" (T 2481).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California with producer Dave Cavanaugh and associate producer Jack Marshall, The Howard Roberts Quartet (Howard Roberts and Bill Putman on guitars, Henry Cain on organ, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums), records the titles "Bye Bye Blues" and "Pussy Cat" at the first session and "Michelle", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "This Is The Life", and "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Roberts' album "Whatever's Fair!" (T 2478).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Cindy Malone, with unlisted others, records the titles "Is It Over, Baby?" and "Thou Shall Not Lie" in Los Angeles, California with producer David Axelrod. Capitol Records will issue "Is It Over, Baby?" as a single (Capitol 5629) with "It's Up To You" (recorded February 9, 1966) on the flipside. There is no issuing information listed for "Thou Shall Not Lie".
1975 - Grand Funk's Capitol Records single "Some Kind Of Wonderful", with "Wild" on the flipside, is #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Jay Ferguson records the title "Million Dollar (Love Affair)", a as yet unissued take of the title "Debra Lee", and the title "She's Mine Tonight" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Million Dollar (Love Affair)" and "She's Mine Tonight" on Ferguson's album "White Noise" (ST-12196).
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Vocalist Cheryl Ladd, with unlisted others, records the titles "Just Another Lover Tonight" and "Hold On To Love" in Los Angeles, California with producer Daryl Dragon. Capitol Records, with distribution by Toshiba-EMI, will issue both titles in Japan on Ladd's album "Take A Chance" (ECS-91031) which was released only in Japan.
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Charles Veal records the title "How Many Times" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Veal's album "Believe It!" (ST-12174).
1983 - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's Capitol Records single "Shame On The Moon", with "House Behind A House" on the flipside, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1994 - Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore on February 29th, 1916), singer, radio show performer, motion picture actress, television talk show host, golfer, and Capitol Records artist from 1959 to 1962, dies of ovarian cancer in Beverly Hills, California at age 77, five days before her 78th birthday (though some would say she had 2 years and 5 days before her next birthday as she was born on a leap year and her next birthday, her 20th, would be in 1996). Her ashes are later divided and half are interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California and the other half at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cathedral City) near Palm Springs, California.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1950 - George Thorogood, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and EMI America Records artist, is born in Wilmington, Delaware.
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Future Capitol Records artist Judy Garland ends a 19 week engagement (originally scheduled for just 4 weeks) that reopens The Palace Theatre in New York City
1959 - Colin Farley, bass player with the Virgin Records America group Cutting Crew, is born in England
1982 - Pat Benatar wins the Best Female Rock Performance Grammy for her Chrysalis Records track "Fire and Ice"
1998 - Virgin Records America, Inc. files suit against The Smashing Pumpkins for alleged breach of contract and non-delivery of albums

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FEBRUARY 23, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1950 - Steve Priest, bass player, vocalist, and founding member of the Parlophone and Capitol Records group Sweet, is born Stephen Norman Priest in Hayes, Middlesex, England
1962 - Michael Wilton, bass guitarist with the Capitol Records group Queensr├┐che, is born in San Francisco, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Coleman Hawkins (on tenor saxophone) and His Orchestra (Howard McGhee on trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Denzil Best on drums) record "April In Paris", "Rifftide", "Stardust" and "Stuffy" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third tracks on the album "Classics In Jazz - Coleman Hawkins" (CCF-327), the second track as a single (Capitol 15335) with "What Is There To Say" on the flip side and the last track as a single (Capitol 205) with "It's The Talk Of The Town" on the flip side.
1945 - Shug Fisher and His Ranchmen Trio (Shug Fisher and Wesley Tuttle on vocal, Merle Travis on vocals and lead guitar with Charles Linville and Margie Ann DeVere on fiddle, Don Whiston on guitar. Frankie Marvin on steel guitar and Cliffie Stone on bass) record "The Texas Plain", the (as of 2005) unreleased track "Cool Water", and the tracks "Out On The Open Range" and "The Cowboy's Dream" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first, third and fourth tracks on the album "Sing, Cowboy, Sing" (AC-77).
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Margaret O'Brien records the vocal track for a as yet unissued take of the title "Goldilocks And The Three Bears" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records.
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra with a chorus (lineups unlisted) records the titles "Sparrow In The Treetop" and "Tonight We'll Go Dancing", both with additional vocals by Linda Doherty,  a as yet unissued take of the title "John And Marsha", and the titles "Roller Coaster" and, also with additional vocals by Linda Doherty, "Sarah Kelly From Plum Nelly (Way Down In Georgia)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1440), "Roller Coaster" as a single (Capitol 1546) with "On Top Of The Ferris Wheel" (recorded March 22, 1951) on the flipside, and the last title as a single (Capitol 1731) with "Longing For You" (recorded May 28, 1951) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Vocalist and guitarist "Texas" Bill Strength, with unlisted piano, guitar, steel guitar, bass and drums players, records the titles "Where Did My Heart Go?", "When The Bright Lights Grow Dim" with a unlisted fiddle player, "Gotta Lotta Love", and "It Ain't Much But It's Home" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol F3477) and the second and fourth titles together as a single (Capitol F3394).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Vocalist Kathy Lloyd, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "You Are Mine", "The Wind-Up", "Only When You're Lonely" and a as yet unissued take of the title "Let The Chips Fall (Where They May)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol 3385) and the "The Wind-Up" as a single (Capitol 3479) with "The West Point Dress Parade" (recorded June 8, 1956) on the flipside.
1957 - Tommy Sands' Capitol Records single "Teen-Age Crush", with "Hep Dee Hootie (Cutie Wootie)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1957 - The Hollywood String Quartet (unlisted musicians), conducted by Felix Slatkin, records Beethoven's "Quartet N°12 In E Flat Major, Opus 127, 3rd Movement" in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the track on the quartet's album "BEETHOVEN - Quartet N°12 in E Flat Major, Op.127" (P-8443).
1957 - Pee Wee Hunt (on trombone, with Andy Bartha on cornet, Leo Kaminsky on clarinet, Joe Hall on piano, Joe Galbraith on guitar, Gene Dragoo on bass, and Cody Sandifer on drums), using arrangements by Van Alexander and Dave Cavanaugh, records the tracks "Springtime Down In Dixie (From 'Spring Song' By Mendelssohn)", "Cotton Pickin' Carmen (From 'Habanera' By Bizet)", "Hoffman's Hideaway (From 'Barcarolle' By Offenbach)" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Hunt's album "The Classics A La Dixie" (T 846).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist Kay Starr, with Jimmie Haskell conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the title "Foolin' Around" and a as yet unissued take of the title "Two Brothers" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Foolin' Around" as a single (Capitol 4542) with "Kay's Lament" (recorded on February 10, 1961) on the flipside.
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Cornet player Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (Robbie Robinson on trombone, Bill Wood on clarinet, Joe Rushton on bass saxophone, Bobby Hammack on piano, and Rollie Culver on drums), record the titles "Summertime", "Corky", "Londonberry Air", "Moonlight Bay", "Why Was I Born?", and "What Is There To Say" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Nichols' album "Dixieland Supper Club" (T 1665).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Bob Engemann), with unlisted others, record the title "There's Got To Be A Girl" and unissued takes of the titles "My Desire" and "The Glory Of Love". Capitol Records will issue "There's Got To Be A Girl" on the trio's album "A Song For Young Love" (T 1669).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Mrs. Elva Miller, with Fred Block conducting his arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "My Love", "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", and "Gonna Be Like That" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Mrs. Miller's album "Mrs. Elva Miller's Greatest Hits" (T 2494).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line", with "In The Palm Of Your Hand" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1967 - The Beatles record the track "Lovely Rita" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Capitol Records will issue the track on the band's album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (MAS 2653).
1967 - The "E" Types (lineup unlisted) record the tracks "Put The Clock Back On The Wall" and "4th Street" in Los Angeles, California. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both tracks together as a single (Tower 325).
1967 - The Sunrays record the unissued track "I Wanna Know" and the tracks "Loaded With Love" and "Time (A Special Thing)" in Los Angeles, California. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both tracks together as a single (Tower 340).
1967 - Pink Floyd records the track "Matilda Mother" in London, England. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue the track on the band's album "The Piper At The Gate Of Dawn" (ST 5093).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Vocalist and piano player Leon Russell and The Shelter People (lineup unlisted) finish recording their eponymous album "Leon Russell And The Shelter People" (SW-8903) which will be released by Shelter Records and distributed by Capitol Records.
1974 - Paul McCartney and Wings Apple Records single "Jet", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States with "Let Me Roll It" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Sweet's Capitol Records single "Fox On The Run", with "Burn On The Flame" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
25 Years Ago Today In 1991 - Wilson Phillips' SBK Records (a division of Capitol Records) single "You're In Love" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1993 - Capitol Records releases Eddie Cochran's 2-album set "Singin' To My Baby/Never To Be Forgotten", originally released on Liberty Records, on CD

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - David Sylvian, singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, with the group Japan, recorded with Virgin Records America artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and a solo Virgin Records America artist, is born David Batt in London, England
1959 - The Chipmunk's single "Alvin's Harmonica", the flipside of "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Time Is Here Again), enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1978 - Kenny Rogers' wins the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his United Artists Records track "Lucille". The flip side of the single is "Till I Get It Right".
1982 - The J. Geils Band's EMI America Records single "Centerfold" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

Monday, February 22, 2016

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford with The Pied Pipers and Paul Weston and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Candy", with Mercer's "I'm Gonna See My Baby" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1949 - Margaret Whiting's Capitol Records single "Far Away Places", with "My Own True Love" on the flipside, is #2 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart
1949 - Jimmy Wakely's Capitol Records single "I Love You So Much It Hurts", with "I Don't Want Your Sympathy" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist Mary Mayo, with Al Ham conducting the orchestra (Louis Mucci and Joe Ferrante on trumpets, Will Bradley on trombone, Bill Stegmeyer, Stanley Webb, and Sam Donahue on reeds, probably Art Wagner on piano, Arnold Fishkin on bass, and Jimmy Crawford on drums), records the titles "My Love An' My Mule" and "It Only Takes A Minute" and the as yet unissued titles "Mighty Lak' A Rose" and "I'll See You In My Dreams" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "My Love An' My Mule" and "It Only Takes A Minute" together as a single (Capitol 1439).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - At the first recording session held in The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California, Frank Sinatra conducts the orchestra (Mannie Klein, Uan Rasey, and Cecil Read on trumpets, Si Zentner and Ed Kusby on trombones, George Roberts on bass trombone, James Decker, John Cave, Arthur Frantz, and Hyman Markowitz on French horns, Arthur Gleghorn and Harry Klee on flutes, Mitchell Lurie and Sal Franzella on clarinets, Bert Gassman and Harry Schuchman on oboes, Fred Moritz and John Hacker on bassoons, Bill Miller on piano, George Van Eps on guitar, George Boujie, Sam Goldman, and Eddie Gilbert on basses, David Grupp and Milt Holland on drums and percussion, Kathryn Julye on harp, and a string section with Victor Arno, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Samuel Cytron, David Frisina, Ben Gill, Henry Hill, Murray Kellner, Dan Lube, Paul Nero, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Nathan Ross, Eudice Shapiro, and Marshall Sosson on violins, Maxine Johnson, Virginia Majewski, Paul Robyn, David Sterkin, Milton Thomas, and Abraham Weiss on violas, and Cy Bernard, Victor Gottlieb, Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, Joseph Saxon, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello), with copyist Vern Yocum, as they record the titles "Black" arranged by Victor Young, "Orange" arranged by Nelson Riddle, "White" arranged by Victor Young, and "Brown" arranged by Jeff Alexander between 8:00 PM and 11:30 PM. Also in attendance are copyist Vern Yocum, Capitol Records president Glenn Wallichs, and photographer Ken Veeder. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Sinatra's album "Tone Poems Of Color" (W735).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Vocalists Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly, with Johnny Green conducting The MGM Studio Orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the title "True Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the soundtrack album "High Society" (W 750) as well as a single (Capitol 3507) with "Well Did You Evah" (recorded January 17, 1956) on the flipside. The single will go on to earn Crosby a gold record, the last of his career.
1957 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Young Love", with "You're The Reason I'm In Love" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1964 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Fun, Fun, Fun", with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1973 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me", with "I Forget You Every Day" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1975 - John Lennon's Apple Records single "No. 9 Dream", with "What You Got!" on the flipside and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, peaks at #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1975 - Ringo Starr's Apple Records single "No No Song", with "Snookaroo" on the flip side, enters the top 40 Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1982 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "I Get Around", with "Don't Worry Baby" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1989 - Dan Seals Capitol Records single "Big Wheels in the Moonlight", with "Factory Town" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
5 Years Ago Today In 2011 - Jean Dinning (born Eugenia Dinning), singer, songwriter ("Teen Angel" recorded by her younger brother Mark Dinning), and part of the Capitol Records vocal group The Dinning Sisters, died of respiratory illness in Garden Grove, California at age 86.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
85 Years Ago Today In 1936 - Ernie K-Doe, singer, songwriter and Minit Records artist (best known for the 1961 #1 track "Mother-In-Law"), is born Ernest Kador, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana. Minit's catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company
1964 - Classics IV's Liberty Records single "Traces" with "Everyday With You Girl" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1964 - The Beatles' Vee-Jay Records Single "Please Please Me", with "From Me To You" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1965 - The Beatles start filming their second film "HELP!" ("this one's a gonna be in colour") in the Bahamas
1989 - Paula Abdul's Virgin Records America single "Straight Up", with "Cold Hearted" on the flipside, is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
120 Years Ago Today In 1896 - Nacio Herb Brown, composer (while working for M-G-M he wrote "Broadway Melody", "You Are My Lucky Star", "Temptation", "Singing In The Rain" and many others with lyricist Arthur Freed and also composed with Richard Whiting, father of Capitol Records artist Margaret Whiting, and Capitol Records co-founder Buddy DeSylva) and music publisher (managing the sales of songs by Hoagy Carmichael, Sammy Fain and many others), is born Ignacio Herb Brown Jr. in Deming, New Mexico.
1907 - Sheldon Leonard, motion picture actor ("Another Thin Man", "It’s a Wonderful Life", "To Have And Have Not", "Guys and Dolls"), radio actor (recurring role as the race track tout on "The Jack Benny Show" and various roles on "The Adventures Of The Saint"), Emmy Award-winning television director ("The Danny Thomas Show", "My Favorite Martian"), and Executive Producer ("The Danny Thomas Show", "The Andy Griffith Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "I Spy" and "My World and Welcome to It"), inspiration for the names of the roommates on "Big Bang Theory", and voice of the Warner Bros. cartoon character Dodsworth ("Y'know, one of these days I'ma gonna have to buy me a mousetrap"), is born Sheldon Leonard Bershad in New York City, New York.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

FEBRUARY 21, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vince Welnik, keyboardist with the Capitol Records band The Tubes and The Grateful Dead, is born in Phoenix, Arizona

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - The Voices Of Walter Schumann (vocal choir - lineup unlisted), with rhythm accompaniment (lineup also unlisted), records the title "In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'" and the as yet unissued take of the title "Wonderful Counselor" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "In That Great Gettin' Up Mornin'" on the group's album "Great Gettin' Up Mornin'" (CCN-316).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist Johnny Parker, with Sid Feller directing the orchestra (featuring Will Bradley on trombone with unlisted others), records the titles "Caring", "My Love Serenade", "Go Tell Your Troubles To Somebody Else", and "When Are You Gonna Come Home" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Caring" and "When Are You Gonna Come Home" together as a single (Capitol 1516) and "My Love Serenade" and "Go Tell Your Troubles To Somebody Else" together as a single (Capitol 1442).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Don Wilson records narration overdubs on to band tracks recorded by The INR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Franz Andre in Brussels, Belgium in 1950 for the four parts of Paul Dukas' "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the parts on Wilson's album "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (DBS-3094) as part of the label's Classics For Children line.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Vocalist Betty Hutton, with Vic Schoen directing the orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Sleepy Head" and "Hit The Road To Dreamland" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 3383).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Les Baxter conducts his own arrangements to his orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Green Eyes", "The Breeze And I", "Nightingale", and "Ay, Ay, Ay" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Baxter's album "Caribbean Moonlight" (T 733).
1957 - Buck Owens signs a recording contract with Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - During two sessions held this day at Goldwyn Studios in Hollywood, California, piano and celeste player Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Dalton Smith, Bud Brisbois, Bob Rolfe, and Sanford Skinner on trumpets, Bob Fitzpatrick, Tom Shepard, Jim Amlotte, and Bob Knight on trombones, Albert Pollan on tuba, Dwight Carver, Gene Roland, Gordon Davison, and Joe Burnett on mellophones, Pete Chivily on bass, Art Anton on drums, and Larry Bunker on percussion) records the titles "O Holy Night", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" at the first session between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM and the title "Angels We Have Heard On High" and some of "Christmas Medley - Joy To The World/We Wish You A Merry Christmas/Away In A Manger/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/The First Noel/Silent Night" at the second session between 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM. After finishing recording "Christmas Medley" on March 14, 1961, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Kenton's album "A Merry Christmas" (T 1621).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "Nowhere Man" with "What Goes On" on the flipside (Capitol 5587) in the United States.
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Girls (vocalists Diane Sandoval,  Margaret Sandoval,Rosemary Sandoval, and Sylvia Sandoval), with unlisted others, record the as yet unissued takes of the titles "Goodbye, Boys, Goodbye" and "Top 20" and the titles "Chico's Girl" and "The Dumb Song" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the titles "Chico's Girl" and "The Dumb Song" together as a single (Capitol 5675).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Roundabouts (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Falling So In Love With You" and "Hey! Little Lover" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5627).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Verdelle Smith, with Alan Lorber conducting the orchestra (Irving Markowitz and Burt Collins on trumpets, Richard Berg on cornet, Joe Grimaldi and Art Kaplan on reeds, Ernie Hayes on organ, Lee Pockriss on piano, Allen Hanlon and Al Gorgoni on guitars, Russ Saunders and Earl Chaplin on bass, Maurice Belkin on cello, Ted Sommer on drums, and Michael Chimes on harmonica), records the titles "Over The Rainbow", "Oh How Much I Love You", and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Smith's album "(Alone) In My Room" (T 2476).
1967 - The Beatles record tracks for their song "Fixing A Hole" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England
1970 - John Ono Lennon's Apple Records single "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)", with Yoko Lennon Ono's "Who Has Seen The Wind?" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Pop singles charts one day after being released and just 26 days after being recorded
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Vocalist Merle Haggard and The Strangers (lineup unlisted), at a live performance at the Assembly of God Tabernacle in Keyes, California after a "Introduction" by Reverend J.D. Smith and the congregation singing "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms", perform the titles "Guide Me, Lord", "The Family Bible", "I'll Be List'ning", and "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" with the congregation joining in, then Reverend Smith delivers the "Closing Prayer". Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Haggard and The Strangers's two LP set "The Land Of Many Churches" (SWBO-803).
1987 - Crowded House's Capitol Records single "Don't Dream It's Over", with "That's What I Call Love" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1988 - Tanya Tucker (with Paul Davis and Paul Overstreet)'s Capitol Records single "I Won't Take Less Than Your Love", with "Heartbreaker" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country Singles charts
1990 - Bonnie Raitt's Capitol Records album "Nick Of Time" wins the Grammy for Album Of The Year
1990 - Paul McCartney, Polygram, Parlophone, Vee-Jay, Swan, Capitol, Apple, Columbia and Capitol (again) Records artist, is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony
2007 - Al Viola, mandolin player, guitarist, member of the Page Cavanaugh Trio, session musician for motion pictures (most notably the mandolin solo in the soundtrack for "The Godfather"), and a Capitol Records and Liberty Records session musician at many sessions for Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Frank Zappa and with Bobby Troup, dies of cancer at age 87 at his home in Studio City, California. I was able to talk to Al briefly at Bill Miller's wake in 2006 and he was a very approachable guy and was still performing until late January 2007 at Spazio, a jazz supper club, in Sherman Oaks, California
5 Years Ago Today In 2011 - Haila Stoddard, actress, Broadway producer as herself and as Bonard Productions which produced in association with Charles Russel the musical "Sail Away" whose original Broadway cast album was distributed by Capitol Records, died of cardiopulmonary arrest at her home in Weston, Connecticut at age 97.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1965 - Gary Lewis and The Playboy's United Artists Records single "This Diamond Ring" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1982 - "Murray The K" Kaufman, disc jockey at Radio WINS in New York City and early United States supporter of The Beatles (aka "The Fifth Beatle"), dies of cancer at age 60 in Los Angeles, California

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1977 - Members of the band KISS have small quantities of their blood taken after their appearance at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York which will later be mixed with the red ink used for the band's pseudo-autobiographical Marvel Comics comic book
2003 - Tom Glazer, singer and songwriter (best known for "On Top of Spaghetti" [1963]) dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at age 88

Saturday, February 20, 2016

FEBRUARY 20, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1937- Nancy Wilson, singer, television variety show host and actress, 1999 Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, and Capitol Records artist, is born Nancy Sue Wilson in Chillicothe, Ohio
70 Years Ago today In 1946 - Jerome Giles, guitarist and leader of the Capitol Records group J. Giles Band, is born in New York City, New York

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Carlos Molina and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the title "Palabras De Mujer" with vocalist Bobby Rivera and the as yet unissued takes of the titles "Acabaste" with vocals by Jean Colby, "Pearl Fisher", and "Siboney" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Palabras De Mujer" as a single (Capitol 307) with "Estoy Apriendo Ingles
(I'm Learning To Speak English)" (recorded June 19, 1945) on the flipside.
1947 - Merle Travis' Capitol Records single "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed", with "Sweet Temptation" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country charts
1952 - Mel Blanc records the tracks "Tweet, Tweet, Tweety" and (with an uncredited vocal by June Foray) "Bugs Bunny And The Grow-Small Juice" with producer Alan Livingston and composer and arranger Billy May conducting the orchestra at Capitol Records' studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. The tracks will be released as individual singles by Capitol Records.
1959 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records album "Hymns" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
55 Years Ago Today In 1951 - The Derringers (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Maybe Baby" and "Pledging My Love" in Los Angeles, California with producer Nick Venet. Capitol Records will issue "Maybe Baby" as a single (Capitol 4572) with "Don't Deceive Me" (recorded March 29, 1961) on the flipside. No release information is listed for "Pledging My Love"
1965 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "I've Got A Tiger By The Tail", with "Cryin' Time" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1965 - The Beatles record the track "That Means a Lot" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios around midday
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Matt Monro, with John Barry conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes players of horns, reeds, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and strings) records the titles "Born Free" and "Other People" in London, England. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5623).
1970 - John Ono Lennon's Apple Records single "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)", with Yoko Lennon Ono's "Who Has Seen The Wind?" on the flipside, is released by Capitol Records in the United States just 25 days after being recorded
1985 - Clarence Nash, voice actor (best known for "Donald Duck") and Capitol Records artist, dies at age 80
25 Years Ago Today In 1991 - Polygram, Parlophone, Vee-Jay, Swan, Capitol, Apple, Zapple, and Geffen Records artist John Lennon is posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award
2007 - Capitol Records releases Luscious Jackson's compilation album "Greatest Hits"
2009 - I was interviewed for a documentary about Johnny Mercer by director/producer Bruce Ricker at the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, CA in the Eastwood Sound Stage. I followed Leonard Maltin and Miles Kreuger and met Richard Carpenter on the way in.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1957 - Dave Guard And The Calypsonians, forerunners of the Capitol Records group The Kingston Trio, record an acetate demo of "Run Joe"
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Johnny Burnette's Liberty Records single "Little Boy Sad", with "(I Go) Down To The River" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Country singles charts
1972 - James C. Bracken, co-owner of Vee-Jay Records, dies in Chicago, Illinois at age 62
1982 - Chrysalis Records artist Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Gerado, in Hawaii

Friday, February 19, 2016

FEBRUARY 19, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
80 Years Ago Today In 1936 - Bob Engemann, singer with the Capitol Records group The Lettermen, is born in Highland Park, Michigan
1960 - Mike Lookinland, actor (best known as Bobby Brady in "The Brady Bunch"), singer, and Capitol Records artist (1974), is born Michael Paul Lookinland in Mount Pleasant, Utah.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Jan Garber and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the title "The Hot Canary" with vocals by Paul Nero, a as yet unissued take of the title "Dreamy Melody", and the titles "Swingin' Down The Lane" with vocals by Roy Cordell and The Ewing Sisters (lineup unlisted) and "That's How Our Love Will Grow" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "The Hot Canary" and "That's How Our Love Will Grow" together as a single (Capitol 1430) and "Swingin' Down The Lane" as a single (Capitol 1905) with "The Tavern Song" (recorded October 12, 1951) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Trumpet player Ray Anthony and His Orchestra Ray Anthony(tp,arr-1) (Woody Fansler, Jack Laubach, Tom Pattin, and Marty White also on trumpets, Keith Butterfield, Tom Oblak, Bob Quatsoe, and Dick Reynolds on trombones, Earl Bergman and Steve Cole on clarinets and alto saxophones, Cliff Hoff and Robert "Buddy" Wise on tenor saxophones, Leo Anthony on alto saxophone and baritone saxophone, Fred Savarese on piano, Danny Gregus on guitar, Frank Szosteck on bass, and Howie Mann on drums) record the titles "Vilia" using an arrangement by Ray Anthony, "My Prayer" and "Eleanor" with vocals by Tommy Mercer and "Saddle Shoe Shuffle" using an arrangement by George Williams in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Villa" as a single (Capitol 1556) with "Melancholy Rhapsody" (recorded November 3, 1950) on the flipside, "My Prayer" and "Eleanor" together as a single (Capitol 1438), and "Saddle Shoe Shuffle on Anthony's album "Arthur Murray Favorites: Fox Trots" (T 258).
1953 - Tex Ritter records the track "High Noon" for Capitol Records
1954 - Hank Thompson's Capitol Records single "Wake Up, Irene", with "Go Cry Your Heart Out" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Nelson Riddle's Capitol Records single "Lisbon Antigua", with "Robin Hood" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1965 - The Beatles record the track "You're Going To Lose That Girl" during a three hour session at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England
1970 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "It’s Just a Matter of Time", with "This World Of Ours" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1972 - Badfinger's Apple Records album "Straight Up", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, enters the Pop album charts
1977 - Capitol Records artist Natalie Cole wins the Best R&B Female Vocal Performance Grammy for her track "Sophisticated Lady"
1977 - Wings' Capitol Records single "Maybe I'm Amazed", with "Soily" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - George Harrison is ordered to pay ABKCO Music the sum of $587,000 for "subconscious plagiarism" of the Chiffon's "He's So Fine" for his Apple Records single "My Sweet Lord" which was distributed by Capitol Records in the United States

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1952 - Seventeen-year-old Vincent Eugene Craddock (aka future Capitol Records artist Gene Vincent) enters the US Navy

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1878 - The phonograph is patented by Thomas Edison who, after making a sketch of the device, paid his assistant $18 to make it.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

FEBRUARY 18, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1933 - Yoko Ono, artist, singer, songwriter, wife and partner of Apple, Capitol, and Geffen Records artist John Lennon, mother of Capitol Records artist Sean Lennon, and solo Apple, Geffen, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Toyko, Japan
1952 - Juice Newton, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist, is born Judith Kaye Newton at the Lakehurst Naval Base, Lakehurst, New Jersey
1953 - Derek Pellicci, percussionist and drummer with the group Mississippi and the Capitol Records group Little River Band, is born somewhere in Australia. If anyone knows for sure where, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Shotgun Boogie", with "I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More" on the flipside, returns to the #1 spot on the U.S. Country singles chart
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Les Baxter's Capitol Records single "The Poor People Of Paris", with "Theme from 'Helen of Troy'" on the the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Pop singles chart
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Pianist Madam Agi Jambor, records Johann Sebastian Bach's "Toccata In D Minor", "Toccata In G Minor", "Toccata In G Major", and "Toccata In E Minor" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Jambor's two LP album "BACH-Toccatas/Fantasias" (PBR-8354).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Van Alexander conducts his own arrangements to his orchestra (featuring Milt Bernhart and Dick Kenney on trombone, Plas Johnson and Babe Russin on tenor saxophone, and unlisted others) as they record a as yet unissued take of the title "Black And Tan Fantasy", the title "Say It Isn't So", a as yet unissued take of the title "Pick Yourself Up", and the title "In A Mellow Tone" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "Say It Isn't So" and "In A Mellow Tone" on Alexander's album "Swing! Staged For Stereo" (STAC 1635).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist Matt Monro, with Johnnie Spence conducting his own arrangement to the orchestra (4 tps,4 tbs,poss. Johnny Scott(fl,sax) & p,g,b,dm,perc,harp) records the titles "My Kind Of Girl" at EMI Studios in London, England. Capitol Records will issue the title on the compilation CD "Spotlight On...,Volume 18 - Matt Monro" (8-29394-2).
1965 - The Beatles record tracks for their songs "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" and "Tell Me What You See" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England
1968 - David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd as the replacement for founding member and guitarist Syd Barrett
1974 - Apple Records (with Capitol Records handling U.S. distribution) releases Ringo Starr's single "Oh My My", with "Step Lightly" on the flipside
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Charles Veal records the title "This Girl's Got A Hold On Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Veal's album "Believe It!" (ST-12174).
1982 - The Motels, featuring Martha Davis on vocals, record the title "He Hit Me (And It Felt Just Like A Kiss)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release the title on the band's album "All Four One" (ST-12177).
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Alcatrazz (Graham Bonnet on vocals, Jimmy Waldo on keyboards and vocals, Steven Vai on guitar and vocals, Gary Shea on bass, and Jon Uvena on drums, percussion and vocals) record the titles "That Ain't Nothin'" at American Recording Studios in Woodland Hills, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the band's album "Dangerous Games" (ST-12477).
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Vocalists Marie Osmond and Paul Davis, with unlisted others, record the title "You're Still New to Me" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5663) with "New Love" (recorded February 26, 1986) on the flipside and on Osmond's album "I Only Wanted You" (ST-12516).
15 Years Ago Today In 2001 - Keith Urban's Capitol Records Nashville single "But For The Grace Of God" hits #1 on Billboard's Country Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1967 - Johnny Rivers' Imperial Records single "Baby I Need Your Lovin'", with "Gettin' Ready For Tomorrow" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

FEBRUARY 17, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1972 - Taylor Hawkins, drummer for the Capitol Records group Foo Fighters, is born Oliver Taylor Hawkins in Laguna Beach, California
? - Walter Gross, Senior Director, Digital Strategy - EMI Music North America at EMI is born in Brooklyn, New York
1984 - Farrah King, singer and founding member of the Capitol Records group Cherish, is born in Maywood, Illinois

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - During a split session held at Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York, first Johnny Mercer, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) records a rejected take of the title "Li'l Angie Is A Natural Man" then Margaret Whiting, with Paul Weston conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra, records the title "Come Rain Or Come Shine". Capitol Records will issue "Come Rain Or Come Shine" as a single (Capitol 247) with "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man Of Mine" (recorded January 12, 1956) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Jackie Gleason conducts His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "Japanese Sandman", "and "I Cover The Waterfront" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Gleason's 2 LP set "Jackie Gleason's Lover's Portfolio" (WBO 1619).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Trombonist Pee Wee Hunt, with unlisted others, records new takes of the titles "Surrender" and "Lonely Man" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles in France on Hunt's EP "Pee Wee Hunt" (EAP-1-20163).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Pianist Leonard Pennario, with Felix Slatkin conducting The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the title "Rhapsody In Blue" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Pennario's album "GERSHWIN - Rhapsody In Blue/An American In Paris" (P 8343).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Pianist Madam Agi Jambor records Johann Sebastian Bach's "Toccata In D Major", "Toccata In F Sharp Minor", and "Toccata In C Minor" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Jambor's 2LP album "BACH-Toccatas/Fantasias" (PBR-8354).
1965 - The Beatles record the tracks "The Night Before" in the afternoon and then at 11 pm they record "You Like Me Too Much" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Brian Wilson, at the first session of nineteen full sessions (and many other hours of separate recordings) held between today and September 21, 1966, records tracks for The Beach Boys' title "Good Vibrations" at Gold Star Studios at 6252 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the final version as a single (Capitol 5676), with "Let's Go Away For Awhile" (recorded January 18 and 19, 1966) on the flipside, on October 10, 1966.
1967 - Smiley Burnette (born Lester Alvin Burnette), singer, songwriter, motion picture, radio and television actor, comedian, and Capitol Records artist, dies at age 55 of leukemia in Encino, California and is later interred at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
1967 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "Strawberry Fields Forever" with "Penny Lane" on the flipside
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Rene & Angela (vocalists Rene Moore and Angela Winbush), with unlisted others, record the as yet unissued title "Eyes On You" and "Secret Rendezvous" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Secret Rendezvous" as a single (Capitol 5220) with "Bangin' The Boogie" (recorded September 21, 1982).
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Vocalist Lisa Dal Bello, with unlisted others, records the title "Just Like You" in Los Angles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Dal Bello's album "Drastic Measures" (ST-12140).
1985 - Mel McDaniel's Capitol Records single "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On", with "The Gunfighter's Song" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1999 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Lady Madonna", with "Inner Light" on the flipside, and their Apple Records single "The Long And Winding Road", with "For You Blue" on the flipside, which was distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, are certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
2010 - Kathryn Grayson, singer, motion picture actress and wife of Capitol Records artist and motion picture actor Johnnie Johnston, died at age 88 of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, California.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1962 - The Beach Boys' first single "Surfin'" on Candix Records enters Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

FEBRUARY 16, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1914 - Jimmy Wakely, singer, guitarist, and Capitol Records artist, is born James Clarence Wakely in Mineola, Arkansas
1920 - Patty Andrews, singer and member of the Capitol Records group The Andrews Sisters, is born Patricia Marie Andrews in Minneapolis, Minnesota
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Andy Taylor, lead guitarist of the Capitol Records groups Duran Duran and The Power Station, is born in Dolver-Hampton, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Capitol Records artist Jack Guthrie debuts as a guest on "Purina's Grand Ole Opry" radio show.
1949 - Gordon MacRae records the track "Were Thine That Special Face", then he and Jo Stafford record the track "Wunderbar", and finally Jo records the track "Why Can't You Behave" in Los Angeles, California with Paul Weston and His Orchestra and members of an unlisted string section and vocal chorus. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the album "Kiss Me Kate" (CD-144).
1950 - Les Baxter directs unlisted members of an orchestra in Los Angeles, California, recording the instrumental tracks for "Monkeys (Monos)", "Dance Of TheWinds (Wayra)", "High Andes (Ataypora!)" and "Earthquake (Tumpa)". The next day vocal overdubs by Yma Sumac will be recorded the next day. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Sumac's album "Voice Of The Xtabay" (CD-244).
1953 - Vicky Young, with Dave Cavanaugh and His Orchestra (members unlisted), records the (as of 2005) unissued track "I'll Stop Loving You" and the tracks "I'm Wonderin'", "Let Me Hear You Say (I Love You)", "I Love You So Much" and "Goodbye, Charlie, Goodbye" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the second and fifth tracks together as a single (Capitol 2395) and the third and fourth tracks together as a single (Capitol 2478).
1954 - The Four Freshmen (Bob Flanigan on vocals, bass and trombone; Don Barbour on vocals and guitar; Ross Barbour on vocals and drums and Ken Errair on vocals, trumpet, mellophone and bass) record the tracks "After You" and "Mood Indigo" at Capitol's Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release the tracks on the album "Voices In Modern" (H-522).
1954 - The Ever Ready Singers (vocalists Chris Tyler, Isiah Robertson, James Knight, Leroy Fontenot and Sam Campbell) record the tracks "One Day When I Was Walking" "I'm A Pilgrim And A Stranger, "Two Wings" and "This Heart Of Mine" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two tracks together as a single (Capitol 2763) and the last two tracks together as a single (Capitol 2867).
1955 - Frank Sinatra, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Harry Edison on trumpet; Mahlon Clark, Skeets Herfurt, Champ Webb, Babe Russin and Ted Nash on saxophones and woodwinds; Bill Miller on piano; Paul Smith on celeste; George Van Eps on guitar; Phil Stephens on bass; Alvin Stoller on drums; Kathryn Julye on harp and Harry Bluestone, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin on violins; Alvin Dinkin and Eleanor Slatkin on viola), records 4 takes of the title "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and the titles "Ill Wind", "I See Your Face Before Me" and "Mood Indigo" at radio station KHJ's studios (now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and the Academy Film Archive) at 1313 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue the last take of "What Is This Thing Called Love" and the last three tracks on Sinatra's album "In The Wee Small Hours" (W 581).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Roger Wagner Chorale (unlisted singers directed by Roger Wagner with uncredited musicians) records the tracks "Spain: Baile De Gaita", "England: Greensleeves" featuring Frank Alpers on vocals, and "Spain: Ayer Te He Visto" featuring Harve Presnell on vocals in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the chorale's 2 LP set "Folk Songs of the Old World" (PBR-8345).
1959 - Murray McEachern (on trombone), and unlisted others, record the (as of 2005) unissued tracks "Lover Come Back To Me" and "Amor" and an overdub for previously recorded (and still unissued) "Satin Doll" in Los Angeles, California.
1959 - Jack Marshall (on guitar and zither), using his own arrangements, and His Music (Don Fagerquist, Mannie Klein and Uan Rasey on trumpet; Milt Bernhart on trombone; Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone; Justin Gordon and George Smith on saxophones; Milt Raskin on piano; Barney Kessel on guitar; Joe Mondragon and Mike Rubin on bass; Shelly Manne on drums and Larry Bunker, Milt Holland and Lou Singer on percussion) record the tracks "Should I", "A Hot Sombrero" (listed as "Mexican Hat Dance" in the files), "Mimi" (with George Roberts on bass trombone) and "Whistlin' Blues" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Marshll's album "Soundsville! - Swinging Sketches By Jack Marshall And His Music" (T 1194).
1959 - The Kingston Trio (Dave Guard on vocals, banjo and guitar, Nick Reynolds on vocals and guitar, Robert "Bob Shane" Schoen on vocals and guitar) with Morris "Buck" Wheat on bass, record the tracks "Blow Ye Winds", "M.T.A.", Getaway John", and "Remember The Alamo" at Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the group's album "The Kingston Trio At Large" (T 1199).
1959 - Kenyon Hopkins conducts his to own arrangements to his Orchestra (unlisted musicians) as they record "Serenade In Blue", "Serenade (From 'The Student Prince')", and "Serenade For A Wealthy Widow" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Hopkins' album "Swingin' Serenades" (T 1236).
1960 - Glen Gray leads The Casa Loma Orchestra (listed as similar to Shorty Sherock, Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey and Mannie Klein on trumpet; Milt Bernhart, Joe Howard, Tommy Pederson and Si Zentner on trombone; George Roberts on bass trombone; Gus Bivona on clarinet and alto saxophone; Skeets Herfurt on alto saxophone; Plas Johnson and Babe Russin on tenor saxophone; Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone; Ray Sherman on piano; George Van Eps on guitar; Mike Rubin on bass and Nick Fatool on drums) as they record a retake of "Stars And Stripes Forever" and the tracks "Panama", "Cotton Belt Cannonball", "That's A Plenty" and Riverboat Shuffle" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol will issue all the tracks on the album "Swingin' Southern Style" (T 1400).
1960 - Evalyn Tyner (on piano with unlisted musicians) records the tracks "The Sound Of Music", "The Very Next Man", "Do You Ever Dream Of Vienna?", and "Staying Young" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Tyner's album "On & Off Broadway" (T 1431).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Rita Faye (on auto harp) records and does overdubs for the tracks "Are Ye Able?" and "Showers Of Blessing" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the album "Rita Faye's Autoharp" (T 1606).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - During two sessions held this day in New York City, New York, Jackie Gleason and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Garden In The Rain", "There'll Be Some Changes Made", and "I May Be Wrong" at the first session and the medley "Someday I'll Find You/I Can't Get Started/I Remember It Well/I'll Follow My Secret Heart/If I Didn't Care/I See Your Face Before Me/Allez-Vous-En/Lovely To Look At/The Touch Of Your Hand/What Is There To Say" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Gleason's album "Jackie Gleason's Lover's Portfolio" (WBO 1619).
1963 - At George Shearing's concert at The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (featuring Gary Burton on vibraphone, Shearing on piano, John Gray on guitar, Bill Yancey on bass, and Vernel Fournier on drums) in California the tracks "Walkin'", Look No Further", "Love Is Just Around The Corner", "Bel Aire", "Lee's Blues", "My Reverie", "Love For Sale", "African Inspiration" (with Armando Peraza on congas), "There With You" and "Moanin'" were recorded. Capitol will issue the tracks "Walkin'", Love Is Just Around The Corner", "Bel Aire" and "There With You" on the album "George Shearing - Jazz Concert" (T 1992). Mosaic Records will issue all the tracks on the album "The Complete Capitol Live Recordings of George Shearing Quintet" (CD MD5-157).
1963 - Marian Montgomery (on vocals, with collectively: Joe Newman on trumpet, Sam Taylor on tenor saxophone, Dick Hyman on piano and organ, Kenny Burrell and Chuck Wayne on guitar, Milt Hinton or Joe Benjamin on bass, Osie Johnson on drums, Joe Venuto and Phil Kraus on vibraphone and xylophone, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion) records the tracks "My Buddy", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Confessin' The Blues" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Montgomery's album "Marian Montgomery Swings For Winners And Losers" (T 1884).
1965 - The Four Freshmen (Bob Flanigan on vocals trombone and bass; Bill Comstock on vocals and guitar; Ross Barbour on vocals, trumpet and drums and Ken Albers on vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn and bass), with Gary Paxton conducting his arrangements to unlisted orchestra members, record the tracks "When I Stop Loving You" and "Nights Are Long" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both tracks together as a single (Capitol 5401).
1965 - The Beatles (George Harrison on lead guitar and vocals, John Lennon on rhythm guitar and vocals, Paul McCartney on bass guitar and vocals, and Ringo Starr on drums and vocals) record tracks for their song "Yes It Is" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Capitol Records will issue the track as a single (Capitol 5407) with "Ticket To Ride" on the flip side.
1965 - Charlie Louvin (on vocals, with unlisted musicians) records the tracks "Live Begins At Love", "That's What Your Leaving's Done To Me", "I Don't Have Any Place To Go", and "I Gave My Love A Cherry" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Louvin's album "The Many Moods Of Charlie Louvin" (T 2437).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - David McCallum, directing unlisted musicians, records the tracks "Isn't It Wonderful?", "Far Away Blue", a as yet unissued take of "British Grenadier", "The Edge" and "Final" in Los Angeles, California with producer David Axelrod. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks except "British Grenadier" on the album "Music - A Bit More Of Me" (T 2498).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Glen Campbell (on vocals), with unlisted musicians), records the track "Together Again" and the (as of 2005) unissued track "I'm The One" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Together Again" on Campbell's album "Burning Bridges" (T 2679).
1967 - Lou Rawls (on vocals), with H. B. Barnum conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Freddie Hill and Tony Terran on trumpet; Teddy Edwards on tenor saxophone; Jim Horn on alto saxophone and baritone saxophone; Gerald Wiggins on piano; Barney Kessel on guitar; Jimmy Bond on bass and Earl Palmer on drums), records the tracks "You're Always On My Mind", "Dead End Street - Song", "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", "I'll Take Time" and "Dead End Street - Monologue" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the album "Too Much!" (T 2713).
1967 - The Beatles record tracks for their song "Good Morning Good Morning" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England
1968 - Grace Markay (on vocals), with unlisted musicians, records the tracks "Sally Go 'Round The Roses", "Distraction" (unissued as of 2005) and "Sonny Boy" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and last tracks together as a single (Capitol 2161).
1968 - The Band (Garth Hudson on piano, organ and vocals, Richard Manuel on piano, organ, bass, and vocals, Jaime Robbie Robertson on guitar and vocals, Rick Danko on bass and vocals, and Levon Helm on drums and vocals) record the as yet unissued take and overdubs for the track "Waiting" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records.
1970 - Wanda Jackson (on vocals, with Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Harold Ray Bradley, Ray Edenton, and Billy Sanford on guitar, Mike Post on rhythm guitar, Pete Drake on steel guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, and The Jordanaires [vocal chorus of Hoyt H. Hawkins, Neal Matthews Jr., Hugh Gordon Stoker, and Raymond C. Walker]) records the tracks "Let Trouble Be You", "The Man You Could Have Been", and Stop The World" at Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first and third tracks on Jackson's album "Woman Lives For Love" (ST-554) and the second track as a single (Capitol 3218) with "I Already Know" on the flip side.
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Gary Pike, with unlisted musicians) record final overdubs for the tracks "Yes, I'm Ready" and "Don't Make Me Over" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the final version of both tracks on the group's album "Feelings" (SW-781).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Roy Rogers (on vocals, with unlisted musicians) records the as yet unissued take of the track "Follow The Lamb" and the tracks "Take Your Time" and "Spotted Dog Named Sam" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the last two tracks on Rogers' album "Man From Duck Run" (ST-785).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Tennessee Ernie Ford (on vocals) with Mike Deasy conducting the orchestra (unlisted musicians), records the tracks "Happy Songs Of Love" and "Don't Life Pass You By" and overdubs for both tracks in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 3079).
1972 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, The Steve Miller Band records the tracks "Enter Maurice" and "Journey From Eden" at the first session and the track "Guitar Blue" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue the first two tracks on the band's album "Recall The Beginning...A Journey From Eden" (SMAS-11022). There is no release listing for the last track.
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Bjorn Skifs records the tracks "Firefly" and "You Better Run" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records. There is no release information for either track.
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Tom Snow, with Jeff Porcaro, David Paich, Wilton Felder, Fred Tackett, Elliot Randall, Waddy Wachtel, Milt Holland, Stevie Nicks, Valerie Carter, Tom Jans, Bill Scwhartz, records the title "Hurry Boy" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Snow's eponymous album "Tom Snow" (ST-11545).
1977 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records, The Section records the track "Spider Man" at the first session and the track "Rainbows" at the second session. No issuing information is listed.
1978 - Mike DeVille records the tracks "Young Boy Blues" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
1978 - During two session held this day in Los Angeles, California, Brian Cadd records the tracks "Hangin' By A Thread" and "Yesterday Dreams" at the first session and "Next Time I See You" and "Pale Fire" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue the last three tracks on Cadd's album "Yesterday Dreams" (SW-11681).
1979 - Lee Dresser records the tracks "Love Me Tonight (Let's Love Tonight)", "Someone Who Loved You Just Like Me", and an unissued take of the track "Just Be You" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the first two tracks together as a single (Capitol 4798).
1982 - Missing Persons (Chuck Wild on keyboards and synthesizer, Warren Cuccurullo on guitar and vocals, Patrick O'Hearn on bass and synthesizer, Terry Bozzio on drums, guitar, synthesizer, and vocals, and Dale Bozzio on vocals) records the track "Words" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the track on the band's album "Spring Session M".
1982 - During two sessions held on this day in Los Angeles, California, The Motels, featuring Martha Davis on vocals, record the track "Change My Mind" at the first session and "He Hit Me (And It Felt Just Like A Kiss)" at the second session. Capitol Records will release both tracks on the band's album "All Four One" (ST-12177).
1984 - Zappacosta records the track "Spread Myself Too Thin". Capitol Records will issue the track on the group's album "Zappacosta" (ST-12296).

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