ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Pianist Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Chico Alvarez, John Anderson, and Ken Hanna on trumpet, Kai Winding, Skip Layton, Milt Bernhart, and Harry Forbes on trombone, Bart Varsalona on bass trombone, Eddie Meyers and Boots Mussulli on alto saxophone, Vido Musso and Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone, Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone, Bob Ahern on guitar, Eddie Safranski on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums), using arrangements by Pete Rugolo, record the titles "Collaboration" and, in two parts, "Rhythm Incorporated (Capitol Punnishement)" in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California for AFRS Program #231 with Kenton sharing master of ceremonies duties with Gene Norman. Capitol Records will issue both parts of "Rhytm Incorporated (Capitol Punishement)" on Kenton's album "Stan Kenton Encores" (T 155). Mosaic Records will issue all the titles in the box set "The Complete Capitol Studio Recordings of Stan Kenton 1943-47" (MQ12-163 on vinyl and MD7-163 on CD).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Clarinetist Benny Goodman and vocalist Fred Astaire record the title "The Astaire" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue the title. Sepia Records issued the title in 2011 as a bonus track on the 2 disc CD set "Three Evenings With Fred Astaire" (Sepia 1168). The song was written to help promote Astaire's recently opened chain of dance studios, one of which will open on the top floor of the Gogerty Building at the southeast corner of Vine Street and Yucca Street in Hollywood, right next to the future location of The Capitol Tower. The building will later be purchased by EMI and after gutting the interior, turned into new offices for the company.
1956 - Vocalist Stan Freberg, with Billy May directing His Music (Justin Gordon on saxophone, Paul Smith on piano, Phil Stephens on bass, Lou Singer on drums, and Ann Stockton on harp), records the titles "The Quest For Bridey Hammerschlauger" with additional vocals by June Foray and "The Great Pretender" with additional vocals by The Toads (lineup unlisted) in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street In Hollywood, California. The takes of both titles recorded on this date were rejected and both titles will be re-recorded on March 5, 1956.
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.
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).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist and guitarist Sonny James, with Bob Bain and Alvis "Buck" Owens also on guitar, Rollly Bundock on bass, and Roy Harte on drums, records the titles "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" and "Baby You Melt My Heart" 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 "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" on James' album "This Is Sonny James!" (T 1178). Bear Family Records will issue both titles in Germany in the six CD box set "Sonny James - Young Love" (BCD 16373).
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).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - At two sessions held this day in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California, vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with Jack Fascinato conducting the orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord", "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", "Peace In The Valley", "I Want To Be Ready", and "I Know The Lord Laid His Hands On Me" at the first session and the titles "Wayfaring Pilgrim", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "When God Dips His Love In My Heart", "He'll Understand And Say Well Done", "Stand By Me", "Get On Board, Little Children", and "Were You There?" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ford's album "Spirituals" (ST 818).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Journeymen (John Phillips and Scott McKenzie on vocals and guitars, and Dick Weissman on guitar and banjo) record the titles "Don't Turn Around", "Rock Island Line", "I Will Never Marry", and "Hush Now Sally" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Don't Turn Around" and "Hush Now Sally" together as a single (Capitol 4737), "I Will Never Marry" as a single (Capitol 4943), and have yet to issue "Rock Island Line".
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Galaxies (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Why Does It Hurt so, "Just Another Date", and "Little Man" in New York City, New York for Capitol Records which has yet to issue any of the titles.
1964 - The Beates record the titles "If I Fell", "Tell Me Why", and "And I Love Her" in Abbey Road Studios in London England. Capitol Records will issue all the titles in the United States on the group's album "Something New" (T/ST 2108).
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Eight Days A Week", with "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
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).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Fred Neil, with unlisted others, records the titles "Dreamer's Dream", "Endless Dream", and "Sweet Mama" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue any of the titles.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Wayne Newton, with unlisted others, records the titles "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", "Monday, Monday", "Strangers In The Night", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "Winchester Cathedral", and "Georgy Girl" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" and "Strangers In The Night" on Newton's album "Song Of The Year" (T/ST 2714) and "Monday, Monday", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "Winchester Cathedral", and "Georgy Girl" on Newton's album "The Greatest Wayne Newton" (ST 2847).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Pink Floyd (Syd Barrett on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and lead vocals, Richard Wright on Farfisa organ and backing vocals, Roger Waters on bass guitar, and Nick Mason on drums) record new takes of the titles "Arnold Layne", "Candy And A Current Bun", "Interstellar Overdrive", and "Chapter 24" at Abbey Road Studios in London, England with producer Norman Smith. It's listed that Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue the takes of "Arnold Layne" and "Candy And A Current Bun" recorded on this date together as the group's first single to be released in The United States (Tower 333) but other sources have said the label may have used the original takes recorded on January 29, 1967 instead. Tower Records will issue the takes of "Interstellar Overdrive" and "Chapter 24" recorded on this date on the group's album "Piper At The Gates Of Dawn" (ST 5093).
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
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.
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).
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
1986 - Capitol Records band Marillion begin their first major U.S. tour in Buffalo, New York
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Vocalist Martha Davis, with unlisted others, records the titles "Hardest Part Of A Broken Heart" and "Troubled Child" for Capitol Records will has yet to issue either title.
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
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
15 Years Ago Today In 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