Sunday, February 26, 2017

FEBRUARY 26, 2017

1916 - Jackie Gleason, comedian, motion picture, radio and television actor, composer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Herbert John Gleason in Brooklyn, New York
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

80 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Pianist Jean Françaix records his "Concertino For Piano And Orchestra" in two parts with The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (lineup unlisted), conducted by Leo Borchard, in Berlin, Germany for Telefunken Records. After licensing the masters in 1948, Capitol Records will issue both parts in the United States on Françaix's album "Concertino For Piano And Orchestra/Serenade For Twelve Instruments" (L-8051). Capitol Records' classical catalog is now owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by Warner Classics.
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.
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).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Pianist Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Buddy Childers, Clyde Raesinger, Conte Candoli, Ruben McFall, and Jack Millman on trumpet, Bill Russo, Harold Branch, Gerald Finch, and Bob Fitzpatrick on trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Dick Meldonian and Lennie Niehaus on alto saxophone, Bill Holman and Lee Elliott on tenor saxophone, Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone, Ralph Blaze on guitar, Don Bagley on bass, and Frank Capp on drums) record the titles "Don't Worry 'Bout Me", and "Yes" with vocalist Jerri Winters, and "Mambo Rhapsody (Mambo On My Mind)" with the addition of Mike Pacheco on percussion in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM, Capitol Records will issue "Yes" and "Mambo Rhapsody (Mambo On My Mind) together as a single (Capitol 2020) and Classics will issue all the titles in France on the CD "The Chronological Stan Kenton 1951-1952" (1428).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Mel Blanc, with Franklyn Marks, records the titles "Lord Bless His Soul", "Morris" and "Grandfather's Will" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Lord Bless His Soul" and "Morris" together as a single (Capitol 2048) and on Blanc's album "Party Panic" (H-436). Collectors' Choice Music will issue "Morris" and "Grandfather's Will" on the CD "" (CCM 593-2).
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.
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).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalists Beryl Davis, Connie Haines, and Jane Russell, with Van Alexander conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Vaya Con Dios", "He Was There", and "Lonesome Valley" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the trio's album "The Magic Of Believing" (T 822).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist and guitarist Sonny James, with Bob Bain and Alvis "Buck" Owens on guitar, Rollly Bundock on bass, and Roy Harte on drums, records the titles "First Date, First Kiss, First Love" and "Speak To Me" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 7:30 PM and 11:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3674) and on James' album self-titled EP "Sonny James" (EAP -1-861).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Trombonist Pee Wee Hunt, with Andy Bartha on clarinet, Leo Kaminsky on clarinet, Joe Hall on piano, Hy White on guitar, Gene Dragoo on bass, and Cody Sandifer on drums using arrangements by Van Alexander and Dave Cavanaugh, records the titles "Dixie By Drigo ('Drigo's Serenade' from Drigo's 'Harlequin's Millions'Tauber's )", "Creepin' Can Can ('Gaité Parisienne' from Offenbach's 'Orphée Aux Enfers')", and "Oh! Martha! Oh! ('M'appari' from Von Flotow's 'Martha')" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Hunt's album "The Classics A La Dixie" (T 846).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Pianist Cy Coleman, with unlisted bass and drums players and voices, records the titles "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Night Of My Nights", "The Best Thing For You", "Luck Be A Lady Tonight", and "Bewitched" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "Bewitched" which it has yet to issue, on Coleman's album "Broadway Pianorama" (T/ST 1740).
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).
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).
50 Years Ago Today In 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
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).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Vocalist and guitarist Freddie King, with John Gallie or Leon Russell on piano, Don Preston on guitar, Carl Radle on electric bass, Chuck Blackwell and Jim Gordon on drums, starts two straight days of recordings at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee recording the titles "Lowdown In Lodi", "I'd Rather Be Blind", "My And My Guitar", "Reconsider Baby", "Big Legged Woman", "Something You Got", "Ain't No Big Deal On You", and "I Just Want To Make Love To You". Shelter Records, at the time distributed by Capitol Records will issue  "Lowdown In Lodi", "I'd Rather Be Blind", "My And My Guitar", and "Reconsider Baby" on King's self-titled album "Freddie King" (SW-8913) and all the titles on the CD compilation "The Best Of Freddie King - The Shelter Records Years" (8-34972-2).
40 Years Ago Today In 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
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"
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).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Vocalist Martha Davis, with unlisted others, records the titles "Rebecca", "Bridge Of Sighs", and "Don't Ask Out Loud". Capitol Records will issue "Rebecca" as a single (Capitol 44105), "Bridge Of Sighs" as a single (Capitol 44114), and has yet to issue "Don't Ask Out Loud".
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles first four Parlophone albums on CD for the first time in the United States
20 Years Ago Today In 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, dies of congestive heart failure at the age of 60 at his home in Austin, Texas. More information can be found at his website at

1928 - Fats Domino, pianist, singer, songwriter, and Imperial Records artist, is born Antoine Domino, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana
85 Years Ago Today In 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"
35 Years Ago Today - RPM (lineup unlisted) records the titles "A Legend Never Dies", "Video Games", "I Don't Feel The Same", "Rendezvous", "Envy", "You", "Firestarter", "Don't Make It Hard", "2 + 2", and "I'm A Wreck". EMI America Records will issue "Rendezvous" and "I'm A Wreck" together as a single (EMI-America 8125). No issuing information is listed for the other titles.
1989 - Roy Eldridge, trumpet player and Blue Note Records artist, dies in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York at age 78

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