Friday, February 24, 2017

FEBRUARY 24, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Lonnie Turner, songwriter and bass player and vocalist in the Capitol Records group The Steve Miller Band, is born Leonard Lewis Turner in Berkeley, California.

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
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
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).
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).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Trombonist Pee Wee Hunt, with Andy Bartha on clarinet, Leo Kaminsky on clarinet, Joe Hall on piano, Art Ryerson on guitar, Gene Dragoo on bass, and Cody Sandifer on drums and using arrangements by Van Alexander and Dave Cavanaugh, records the titles "Hi-Ho Pee Wee (from Rossini's 'William Tell Overture')", "Hunt's Goulash (from Brahms' 'Hungarian Dance #6')", "The Iceman Cometh (from 'Waldteufel')", and "Twelfth Street Toreador (from Bizet's 'Toreador Song')" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles except the take of "Twelfth Street Toreador (from Bizet's 'Toreador Song')" recorded today (and will be re-recorded on February 25, 1957), on Hunt's album "The Classics A La Dixie" (T 846).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Jonah Jones Quartet (Jonah Jones on trumpet, George Rhodes on piano, John Brown on bass, and Harold Austin on drums) records the titles "Rose Room", "I Can't Get Started", "My Blue Heaven" with vocals by Jonah Jones, "Royal Garden Blues" and "I Could Have Danced All Night" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "I Could Have Danced All Night" which has yet to be issued, on the quartet's album "Muted Jazz" (T/ST 839).
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.
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).
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).
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".
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Alexis De Azevedo records the titles "I Wanna Be Free" and "'Hotel' Theme" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5891).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Wayne Newton, with unlisted others, records the titles "Born Free", "What Now, My Love", "Michelle", "The Impossible Dream (The Quest)", and "Almost Persuaded" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Newton's album "Song Of The Year" (T/ST 2714).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Dallas Frazier records the titles "Write That Down", "Tell It Like It Is", "Honk 'N Tonk", and "Ain't Nothin' Shakin' But The Leaves" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Frazier's album "Tell It Like It Is" (T/ST 2764).
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
1981 - Jay Ferguson records the titles "Million Dollar (Love Affair)", "Debra Lee", and "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) and has yet to issue "Debra Lee".
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.
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.
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
35 Years Ago Today In 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

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