Sunday, March 12, 2017

MARCH 12, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
105 Years Ago Today In 1912 - Paul Weston, arranger, first musical director at Capitol Records, radio, television and record orchestra leader, husband of Capitol Records artist Jo Stafford, founding member and first president of the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (N.A.R.A.S.), and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Paul Wetstein in Springfield, Massachusetts
1921 - Gordon MacRae, Broadway and motion picture actor, singer, husband of Capitol Records artist Sheila MacRae and a Capitol Records solo artist and duet artist with Jo Stafford and Margaret Whiting, is born in East Orange, New Jersey
1946 - Liza Minnelli, singer, Broadway and Motion Picture actress, daughter of M-G-M picture director Vincent Minellia and actress and Captiol Records artist Judy Garland, and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Liza May Minnelli in Los Angeles, California
1948 - James Taylor, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Apple Records artist whose self-titled debut album was distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is born in Boston, Massachusetts
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Steve Harris, bassist, songwriter and founder of the Capitol and EMI America Records group Iron Maiden, is born in Leytonstone, London, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist Jimmy Wakely, with Stan Ellison directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "I Can't Keep The Tears Out Of My Eyes" and "I Hear You Talkin'" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I Can't Keep The Tears Out Of My Eyes" as a single (Capitol Americana 40040) and have yet to issue "I Hear You Talkin'".
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalists Pinto Colvig and Billy Bletcher, with unlisted other cast members reading a script by Alan Livingston and with Billy May conducting arrangements of his own compositions to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Bozo And His Rocket Ship: Part 1" and "Bozo And His Rocket Ship: Part 2" at Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together in the children's album "Bozo And His Rocket Ship" (BBX-65).
1951 - Vocalists Jo Stafford and birthday boy Gordon MacRae, with Bill Loose and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), recorded the titles "Nights Of Splendor", a yet to be issued take of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", "When It's Springtime In The Rockies", and a yet to be issued take of the title "Let The Rest Of Go By" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol 1523).
1956 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, The George Shearing Quintet (Johnny Rae on vibraphones, George Shearing on piano, Jean "Toots" Thielemans on guitar, Al McKibbon on bass, Armando Peraza congas, Tony Martinez on Latin percussion, and Chico Guerrero on timbales), record a remakes of the title "Canto Karabali (Jungle Drums)" and "Mi Musica Es Para Ti (My Music Is For You)" as will as the titles "Anitra's Dance (released as 'Anitra's Nanigo') and "Without You (Tres Palabras)" at the first session between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM and the titles "That Old Devil Moon", "Cuban Love Song", and a as yet to be issud take of the title "You Must Remember (As Time Goes By)" at the second session between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles except the last on the quintet's album "Latin Escapade" (T 737).
1956 - The Milt Buckner Quartet (collective personnel - Milt Buckner on organ, Skeeter Best, Everett Barksdale, and Mickey Baker on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson and Shadow Wilson on drums) records the as yet to be issued take of the title "Danny's Tune" and the titles "Jumpin' At The Woodside" with Buckner also on piano, "Blue And Sentimental", and "Mighty Low" in New York City, New York between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM), Capitol Records will issue the last three titles on the quartet's album "Rockin' Hammond" (T 722).
1962 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records album "Star Carol" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Penny Lane" with "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1967 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Fugitive", with "Someone Told My Story" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1969 - Parlophone, Capitol and Apple Records artist Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman at the Marylebone Registry Office in London, England
1971 - Capitol Records releases John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band's Apple Records single "Power To The People", with Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band's "Touch Me" on the flipside, in the United States

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Charlie Parker (aka Yardbird and Bird), tenor saxophonist and Blue Note (1953) and Roulette Records (1954) artist, dies of a bleeding ulcer and pneumonia at the age of 34, after a lifetime of heroin and alcohol abuse, while watching Tommy Dorsey on television in the suite at the Stanhope Hotel of his long time friend, Baroness Nina de Koenigswater. The coroner mistakenly estimated Parker's age to be between 50 and 60. Parker is one of the artists featured on the mural on the side of The Capitol Tower in Hollywood, California
1974 - Harry Nilsson and John Lennon are ejected from Doug Weston's Troubador Club in Los Angeles for heckling Tom Smothers' comedy act

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