Monday, March 13, 2017

MARCH 13, 2017

1919 - Dave Cavanaugh (aka "Big Dave" Cavanaugh), tenor saxophonist, bass player, pianist, songwriter, arranger, conductor, session musician with Capitol Records artist Julia Lee and Her Boyfriends, Capitol Records A&R producer for artist such as Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dakota Stanton, and Nancy Wilson, and a Capitol Records band leader and solo artist, is born David D. Cavanaugh in Saint Paul, Minnesota. If anyone knows what Cavanaugh's middle name is, please leave a comment.
1958 - Wayne Watkins, Capitol Records employee for 18 years starting as Director of Catalog Marketing at Capitol Records then becoming National Director of Strategic Marketing and executive producer of over 200 releases from Capitol's catalog, is born

1944 - Ella Mae Morse (with Dick Walters and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "No Love, No Nothin'", with "Shoo Shoo Baby" on the flip side, is #4 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Violinst Jascha Datsko and His Gypsy Ensemble (lineup unlisted) record the title "Roumanian Rhapsody, Part 1" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Datsko's album "" (CC-100).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist Martha Tilton, with Dean Elliott and His Orchestra and a vocal group (lineups unlisted), records the titles "I Wonder, I Wonder" and "That's My Desire" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I Wonder, I Wonder" as a single (Capitol 395) and "That's My Desire" as part of its "Capitol Vaults" series on the CD "Volume 4 - Love Letters" (5-28202-2).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Trumpet player and vocalist Wingy Manone, with Charlie Griffard, Zeke Zarchy, and Robert Fite also on trumpet, Bill Schaefer, Allan Thompson, and Elmer Smithers on trombone, MattyMatlock on clarinet, Fred Stulce and Harold Lawson on alto saxophone, Herbie Haymer and Leonard Hartman on tenor saxophone, Milt Raskin on piano, George Van Eps on guitar, Jack Ryan on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums, records the titles "Hello, Baby" in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 442).
1948 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "MaƱana", co-written with her husband Dave Barbour and with "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Don Wilson, Pinto Colvig, and June Foray overdub vocals using a script adaptation by Alan Livingston on to music tracks recorded by Billy May and an orchestra on March 12, 1952 for the titles "Country Cousin: Part 1" and "Country Cousin: Part 2" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of both titles together on the childrens' album "Walt Disney's The Country Cousin" (CAS-3135).
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Eight Days a Week" with "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, the first time one of their singles hits #1 in the U.S. but not in the U.K.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Sam's Place" with "Don't Ever Tell Me Goodbye" on the flipside
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records purchases the masters for Bobbie Gentry's titles "Mississippi Delta" and "Ode To Billie Joe" and will issue both together as a single (Capitol 5950).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Heart And Flowers (Larry Murray on vocals and guitar, Dave Dawson on vocals, guitar, and autoharp, and Rick Cunha on vocals and guitar), with unlisted studio musicians, record the titles "Please" and "Ten Thousand Sunsets" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the group's self-titled album "Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers" (T/ST 2762) and "Please" as a single (Capitol 5897) with "The View From Ward 3" on the flipside.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, The Checkmates, Ltd. (listed as probably vocalists Sonny Charles, Bobby Stevens, Harvey Trees, Bill Van Buskirk, and Marvin Smith), with unlisted others, record the titles "Sonny", "Here Is The Best Of Me", and "Teeny Boppin' Child" at the first session and "I'll Walk In The Sunlight" and "A & I" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "I'll Walk In The Sunlight" and "A & I" together as a single (Capitol 5922) and have yet to issue any of the other titles.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967, David McCallum conducts unlisted musicians as they record the titles "I'm A Believer", "Mellow Yellow", "California Dreamin'", and "White Daises" in Los Angeles, California with producer David Axlerod. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on McCallum's album "McCallum" (T/ST 2748).
1971 - Paul McCartney's Apple Records single "Another Day", with "Oh Woman, Oh Why" on the flipside and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - The Sylvers' Capitol Recors single "Boogie Fever" with "Free Style" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Roots of My Raising", with "The Way It Was In '51" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights" hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records artists Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band get their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of The Capitol Records Tower.
2009 - Alan Livingston, who as VP of Children's Records at Capitol Records created Bozo, Rusty, and Sparky and wrote the scripts for many of the releases, who as VP of A&R signed Frank Sinatra, who as head of programming at NBC greenlit Bonanza, and who as president of Capitol Records signed The Beach Boys, eventually signed The Beatles, as well as The Steve Miller Band and The Band, has died of age-related causes at his home in Beverly Hills, California at age 91. A private service for family members will be held.

1959 - Ronnie Rogers, guitarist with the Virgin Records America group T'Pau, is born in Nashville, Tennessee. I adapted their U.K. album art for the U.S. as well as designing packaging for their promotional singles as one of the first projects I did for Jeff Ayeroff at Virgin Records America. I also attended their first show at The Roxy in Los Angeles in 1987 with my friend Ron Gidseg and got to talk to them after the show back stage in the upstairs dressing room.
2006 - Chrysalis Records band Blondie and EMI/Virgin Records band The Sex Pistols are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame at a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York. The Sex Pistols decide not to attend and let the world know why on their website.

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