Sunday, January 22, 2017

JANUARY 22, 2017

1946 - Cootie Williams and His Orchestra record the titles "Jumping To Conclusions (part one)", "Jumping To Conclusions (part two)", "Someone I Knew", and "You're The One For Me, Sweetheart" at the WMCA studios in New York City, New York for Capitol Records. The tracks will remain unreleased until they are included in Mosaic Records' 1997 box set "Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions" (MQ19-170 on vinyl and MD12-170 on CD).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Violinist Jascha Datsko and His Gypsy Ensemble (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Yablochko (Red Apple)" and "Tachanka" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Datsko's album "Gypsy Dreams" (CC-100).
1951 - During two sessions held today at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California, pianist Leonard Pennario records Franz Liszt's "Sonetto Del Petrarca #104 (From 'Années De Pèlerinage - 2ème Année - Italie') St. François d'Assise Prédicant Aux Oiseaux (#1 of "Deux Légendes") (Grove's #57)" in two parts, and "Hungarian Rhapsody #12 In C Sharp Minor" in two parts at the first session and "Sonata In B Minor" in five parts at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles and parts on Pennario's album "Liszt (Selections)" (P-8136).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Gordon MacRae, with Van Alexander and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Call Her Your Sweetheart", "Gentle Hands", "Nine Hundred Miles", "These Things Shall Pass", and "Brotherly Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Call Her Your Sweetheart" and "Nine Hundred Miles" together as a single (Capitol 1990), "Gentle Hands" and "These Things Shall Pass" together as a single (Capitol 2010), and "Brotherly Love" as a single (Capitol 2311).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Francis Scott and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "It's A Blue World", "This Love Of Mine", "I'll Get By", and "More Than You Know" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Scott's album "Music For Candlelight" (H-304).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Trumpet player Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (Bruce Brukert, Dean Hinkle, Chris Griffin, Jack Laubach, and Marty White also on trumpet, Keith Butterfield, Tom Oblak, Ken Trimble, and Dick Reynolds on trombone, Earl Bergman and Jim Schneider on clarinet and alto saxophone, Bob Hardaway and Bill Usselton on tenor saxophone, Leo Anthony on alto and baritone saxophone, Fred Savarese on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Billy Cronk on bass, and Archie Freeman on drums), record the titles "There Are Such Things" with vocals by Tommy Mercer and The Anthony Choir (lineup unlisted), "Moonlight Saving Time" with vocals by Marcie Miller and The Skyliners (lineup unlisted), "You're So Right" with vocals by Tommy Mercer, and, using an arrangement by George Williams, "Bandstand Matinee" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "There Are Such Things" and "Moonlight Saving Time" together as a single (Capitol 2002), "Bandstand Matinee" on Anthony's album "House Party Hop" (T 292), and has yet to issue "You're So Right".
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Gordon MacRae, with Van Alexander and His Orchestra and a vocal chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Oklahoma Hills", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", and "The Cowboy's Serenade" in Los Angles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on MacRae's album "A Cowboy's Lament" (T 834).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Pianist and arranger George Shearing, with Emil Richards on vibraphone, Jean "Toots" Thielemans on guitar and harmonica, Al McKibbon on bass, Percy Brice on drums, Armando Peraza, Frank Guerrero, Carlos Vidal on congas, and The Jud Conlon Singers (Loulie Jean Norman, Sue Allen, Betty Noyes Hand, Peggy Clark, Dorothy McCarty, Clark Yocum, Charles Parlato, Mack McLean, Thurl Ravenscroft, Charles Schrouder, Jud Conlon, Gil Mershon, and Robert Wagner), records "Long Ago And Far Away", "Cubano Chant", and "Imagination" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Glen Gray leads The Casa Loma Orchestra (Shorty Sherock, Conrad Gozzo, and Mannie Klein on trumpet, Walt Benson, Joe Howard, Si Zentner, Murray McEachern on trombones, Skeets Herfurt on alto saxophone, Gus Bivona on clarinet and alto saxophone, Ted Nash, and Howard "Pete" Terry 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), using arrangements by Gene Gilford and Larry Wagner, as it records the titles "Lover's Lullaby", then, with vocals by Kenny Sargeant, "The World Is Waiting For Sunrise", "Through (How Can You Say We're Through)", and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Casa Loma Caravan" (T 856).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Paul Smith Quartet (Paul Smith on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Stan Levey on drums) records the titles "Easy To Love", "Blues A La P.T.", "I Got Rhythm", "Invitation", "Long Live Phineas", and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Softly, Baby" (T 829).
60 Years Ago In 1957 - The Jodimars (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Guess What", "Hurry Back To Me", and the instrumental "Sandy" in New York City, New York for Capitol Records which has not yet issued any of the titles.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Concert Arts Orchestra (lineup unlisted), conducted by Leopold Stokowski, records Barber's "Adagio For Strings" and Sibelius' "The Swan Of Tuonela" at The Riverside Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Adagio For Strings" on the album "The Orchestra Full Dimensional Sound" (SAL/SSAL-8385), "The Swan Of Tuonela" on the album "Leopold Stokowski Conducting His Symphony Orchestra - Landmarks Of A Distinguished Career (BACH/DEBUSSY/STRAUSS/SIBELIUS)" (P/SP-8399), and both titles on the album "The Best Of Leopold Stokowski In Stereo" (SP-8673).
1960 - Capitol Records opens a new pressing plant in Los Angeles, California. It has been closed for a while but there's a recent photo of the site on
1966 - The Wrecking Crew (Hal Blaine on drums, Frank Capp on percussion, bells, and tympani, Roy Caton on trumpet, Jerry Cole on detuned 12-string guitar, Steve Douglas and Plas Johnson on tenor saxophone, Jay Miglioni on baritone saxophone, Carl Fortina and Frank Marocco on accordion, Carol Kaye on electric bass, Barney Kessel and Ray Pohlman on mandolin, Larry Knechtel on organ, Al de Lory on piano, and Lyle Ritz on string bass) record 21 takes of the instrumental track for The Beach Boys' title "Wouldn't It Be Nice" at Gold Star Recording Studios with engineer Larry Levine and producer Brian Wilson. The vocal tracks will be recorded on March 10 and April 11, 1966 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood, California with engineer Ralph Balantin. The finished song will be released on July 18, 1966 as a single (Capitol 5706), with "God Only Knows" on the flipside, and will be included on their Capitol Records album "Pet Sounds" (T2458).
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Day Tripper" peaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. On the same date, the single's flip side, "We Can Work It Out", is currently #11 on the chart, after peaking at #1 on January 8, 1966.
1966 - The Checkmates, Ltd. (vocalists Sonny Charles, Bobby Stevens, Harvey Trees, Bill Van Buskirk, and Marvin Smith), with unlisted musicians, records the title "Do The Walk (The Temptation Walk)", a as yet unissued take of the title "Searching For Love", and the titles "Glad For You" and "Mastered The Art Of Love" in Los Angeles, California with producers Nancy Wilson and David Cavanaugh. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol 5603) and the last title as a single (Capitol 5814) with "Please Don't Take My World Away" (recorded November 11, 1966) on the flipside.
1969 - The Beatles record the tracks for the songs "I Dig A Pony", "I've Got A Feeling", and "Don't Let Me Down". On the same day, George Harrison, at a meeting held at the Apple Corps. offices, persuades Billy Preston to join The Beatles' "Get Back" sessions, which will later be released by Capitol Records in the United States as the album "Let It Be"
1969 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Wichita Lineman", the flipside of "Fate Of Man" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Wings' Capitol Records album album "Wings Over America" hits #1 on Billboard's album chart
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, The Rance Allen Group (lineup unlisted) records a unknown title and the title "Peace Of Mind" at the first session, and the title "You're My Everything" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the "Peace Of Mind" and "You're My Everything" on the group's album "Say My Friend" (ST-11613).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - The J. Geils Band's Capitol Records single "Centerfold", the flipside of "Rage In The Cage" is #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
2004 - Billy May, trumpet player, composer, arranger, band leader, conductor, and Capitol Records recording artist, dies of a heart attack at his home in in San Juan Capistrano, California at age 87

1914 - Frank and Ethel Gumm, a vaudeville team known as Jack and Virginia Lee, and parents of the vaudeville team The Gumm Sisters which included Capitol Records artist Francis Gumm (aka Judy Garland) and grandparents of Capitol Records artist Liza Minnelli, are married in Superior, Wisconsin.
1931 - Sam Cooke, singer, songwriter and record executive, is born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He would later record at two sessions at The Capitol Tower Studios for his own record company.
60 Years Ago today In 1957 - Vocalist Roy Brown, listed as probably with Lee Allen, Clarence Hall, and Herb Hardesty on saxophones, Edward Frank on piano, Justin Adams on guitar, Frank Fields on bass, and Charles Williams on drums, records the title "Let The Four Winds Blow" in New Orleans, Louisiana for Imperial Records. After the Imperial catalog is sold to Liberty Records and Liberty Records is sold to EMI Music Group, Blue Note Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records will issue the title on the compilation CD "Jump Blue - Rockin' The Jooks" (8-54364-2). Universal Music Group currently owns the Imperial, Liberty, Capitol Records, Blue Note Records catalogues.
1963 - Gerry and The Pacemakers, at their first session for Parlophone Records, record the track "How Do You Do It?" (which had been recorded by The Beatles in 1962 but not released until the "Anthology 1" albums came out in 1995) written by Mitch Murray and Pete Callendar (who went on to write songs for other acts like Mud and Tony Christie) as well as the tracks "Away From You" and "Pretend", with producer George Martin
1968 - Apple Corps (home of the boutique and the label) opens its first London headquarters at 95 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, 4th floor
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Don McLean's United Artists Records album "American Pie" hits #1 on Billboard's album chart
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - The Sex Pistols leave the EMI label 3 1/2 months after signing with label and will later write and record the song "EMI" about their experiences with the label which will be released on the band's Virgin Records album "Never Mind The Bollocks". Virgin Records catalog is currently owned by EMI Music and the label is now owned by EMI.
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Vocalist George Clinton, with unlisted others, records the titles "Free Alteration", "Generator Pop", and "A Dog Is Man's Best Friend" at United Sound Systems' studios in Detroit, Michigan for EMI America. No issuing information is listed.
1985 - Zak Starkey, eldest son of Ringo Starr, marries Sarah Menikides at a private ceremony in a registry office in Bracknell, Berkshire, England

1875 - D.W. Griffith, playwright, actor, director, film producer, and one of the four founders (Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin were the other three) of United Artists Studios (which many years later would release three movies and one soundtrack by The Beatles as well as the James Bond franchise and spawn the United Artists Records label whose catalog is currently owned by EMI Music, Capitol Records' parent company), is born David Llewelyn Wark Griffith in La Grange, Kentucky.
1889 - The Columbia Phonograph Company is formed in Washington, DC. The record label would eventually morph into the Columbia Broadcast System, better known today as CBS. The record label is currently owned by Sony.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - KTLA, Channel 5 in Hollywood, California, broadcasts for the first time, becoming the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River
1968 - "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", filmed in "beautiful downtown Burbank", California, debuts on NBC-TV

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