1926 - Jerry Lewis, singer, comedian, radio, motion picture and televison actor, writer, director and producer, fundraiser and telethon host, son of vaudeville performer Danny Lewis, and father of Liberty Records artist Gary Lewis, and a Capitol Records artist as part of the Martin and Lewis duo and as a solo artist, is born Joseph Levitch
1933 - Jay Ranellucci, recording engineer for Capitol Records from 1957 to 2007, is born Julio Francis Ranellucci. He will start his career in Korea with Armed Forces Radio as a radio broadcast specialist. On leaving the service in 1955, he'll work at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles until he starts at Capitol Records in 1957 where he'll work as a recording engineer until his retirement in 2007 - a remarkable 50+ year career - working with such music/entertainment greats as Nat Cole, Julie London, Peggy Lee, the Kingston Trio, the Beach Boys, Stan Kenton, Stan Freberg, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hoyt Axton, Jo Stafford, Bobby Darin, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, The Band, and many others. He'll also be a lifelong fan of old-time radio, both drama and comedy, and had a tremendous memory for actors names and associated time periods, as well as the associated trivia of the genre.
1954 - Nancy Wilson, guitarist, songwriter and singer with the Capitol Records group Heart, is born Nancy Lamoureux Wilson in San Francisco, California
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - The Serge Chaloff Quartet (Serge Chaloff on baritone saxophone, Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, Philly Joe Jones on drums) records the titles "All The Things You Are", "Stairway To The Stars", and "How About You" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles on Chaloff's album "Blue Serge" (T 742) and all three titles on the CD release of the album (4-94505-2).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Violinist Erich Leinsdorf conducts The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchesta (rest of lineup unlisted) as they record Debussy's "La Mer" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the orchestra's album "DEBUSSY - La Mer/ RAVEL - Daphnis And Chloe" (P/SP-8395).
1961 - Jo Stafford, with Paul Weston conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted) using his own arrangements, records the titles "Poor Wayfaring Stranger", "Black Is The Color", "Red Rosey Bush", and "Barbara Allen" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Stafford's album "Jo Stafford Sings American Folk Songs" (T1653).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Vocalist Nancy Wilson, with Milt Raskin conducting a large orchestra that includes Shelly Manne on drums (the rest of the lineup is unlisted) and using a string arrangement by George Shearing, records the titles "Put On A Happy Face", "Hello Young Lovers", "Little Girl Blue", "When Sunny Gets Blue", and a new take of "Sophisticated Lady" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Wilson's album "Hello Young Lovers" (T/ST 1767).
1965 - Capitol Records releases Tommy Collins' last recording for the label "All The Monkeys Ain't In The Zoo" as a single (Capitol 5345) with "Don't Let Me Stand In His Footsteps".
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Conductor Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (lineup unlisted) record the title "Medley On Parade #1: The Touch Of Your Lips/Sentimental Me/Tonight You Belong To Me/Wake The Town And Tell The People/She's Funny That Way/Poinciana/I Get Ideas/I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling/I'm Beginning To See The Light/Bouquet Of Roses/Honeysuckle Rose/Moonlight And Roses/Only Forever/You Have Taken My Heart/You Turned The Tables On Me/Miss You/More Than You Know/Without A Song/Singing A Vagabond Song/When The Organ Played At Twilight" in Las Vegas, Nevada. Capitol Records will issue the title on Lombardo's album "Medleys On Parade" (ST-2825).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Jesse Lee Kincaid records the titles "Baby You Come Rollin' Cross My Mind", "Brass Drum Henry", "Gypsy In My Hands", and "Electric Blues Guitar" in (listed as possibly) Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will purchase the masters and issue "Baby You Come Rollin' Cross My Mind" and "Bass Drum Henry" together as a single (Capitol 5906) and have yet to issue "Gypsy In My Hands" and "Electric Blues Guitar".
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Frank Zappa conducts the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the title "Lumpy Gravy, Part 2: Gypsy Airs/Hunchy Punchy/Foamy Soaky/Let's Eat Out/Teenage Grand Finale" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the orchestra's self-titled album "Francis Vincent Zappa Conducts The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra Performing Lumpy Gravy" (TAO/STAO 2719).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Al Martino, with Peter DeAngelis conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "My Cup Runneth Over", "Mary In The Morning", "Born Free", and "This Is My Song" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except this version of "Mary In The Morning" which will be re-recorded on April 5, 1967, on Martino's album "Daddy's Little Girl" (T/ST 2733).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Pink Floyd (lineup unlisted) record the title "Flaming" in London, England. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records will issue the title in the United States as a single (Tower 378) with "The Gnome" (recorded March 27, 1967) on the flipside and on the group's album "The Piper At The Gate Of Dawn" (ST 5093).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - The Blues Project (Don Kretmar on saxophone, David Cohen on keyboard and guitar, Danny Kalb on guitar and vocals, Bill Lussenden on guitar, Roy Blumenfeld on drums, and Tommy Flanders on vocals) records the titles "Little Rain", "Railroad Boy", "Danville Dame", and "Rainbow" and "Slow Blues" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "Slow Blues" which it has yet to issue, on the group's album "Blues Project" (SMAS-11017).
1975 - T-Bone Walker (born Aaron Thibeaux Walker), guitarist and Columbia, Capitol, Imperial, and Black & White Records artist, dies of pneumonia at age 64 in Los Angeles, California and is later interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Helen Reddy, with Marc Peters conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Midnight Skies", "Happy Girl", and "You're My World" at Brother Studio in Santa Monica, California. After overdub sessions are held on March 17 and 18, 1972 for all the titles and on March 19, 1977 for"Midnight Skies" and "Happy Girl", Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Reddy's album "Ear Candy" (SO-11640).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Nancy Wilson, with Gene Page conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Patience My Child", "Flying High", and "Car Of Love" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded on April 7, 1977 for "Car Of Love", on April 8, 1977 for "Car Of Love", and "Flying High", on April 12, 1977 for "Patience My Child", on April 14, 1977 for "Patience My Child" and "Flying High", and on April 18, 1977 for "Patience My Child", Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Wilson's album "I've Never Been To Me" (ST-11659).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Linda Hargrove, with unlisted others, records the titles "Hangin' On", "I'd Rather Keep My Distance (And Your Memory)", and "Nashville, You Ain't Hollywood" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Hargrove's album "Impressions" (ST-11685).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Vocalist and guitarist Billy Squier, with Allan St. John on keyboards, Jeff Golub also on guitar, Doug Lubahn on bass, and Bobby Chouinard on drums, records the title "Catch 22" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Squier's album "Emotions In Motion" (ST-12217).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - At two sessions held this day at The Hit Factory studios in New York City, New York, Chew (Ray Chew on keyboard, synthesizer, and vocals, Eluriel "Tinker" Barfield on electric bass and vocals, Yogi Horton on drums and vocals, and Sammy Figueroa on percussion and vocals), with George Wadenius and Eric Gale also on guitar, a unidentified horn section and Kenya Gray and "Little Tink" Barfield on vocals, using arrangements by Ray Chew, record the title "Yummy Yum" at the first session and, without Wadenius, Gale, Gray, and "Little Tink" Barfield, the title "I Like It" with Sandy Barbara on lead vocals. Capitol Records will issue "Yummy Yum" as a single (Capitol 5209) with "Please Don't Take Your Love" (recorded on March 18, 1977) on the flipside and both titles on the album "See The Light" (ST-12231).
125 Years Ago Today In 1892 - James C. Petrillo, head of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) who forced two recording bans in the first 4 years of Capitol Records history in order to win better pay and benefits for his union's members and to secure their jobs in the marketplace, is born in Chicago, Illinois. For many of us baby boomers, the first time we heard about Petrillo was at the end of the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hurdy Gurdy Hare".
1957 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Walkin'", with "I'm In The Mood For Love" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. R&B charts where it will stay for 21 straight weeks
1959 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "It's Late", with "Never Be Anyone Else But You" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Vocalist Kim Carnes, with unlisted others, records the title "Looker". EMI-America will issue the title on Carnes' album "Voyeur" (ST-17078).
1991 - Roxette's EMI America Records single "Joyride", with "Come Back (Before You Leave)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles charts where it will peak at #1 for one week on May 11, 1991.
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Vocalist and pianist Rachelle Ferrell, with unlisted others, records the titles "Peace On Earth" and "Extensions" at Le Gonks West studios in Los Angeles, California. Blue Note Records will "Peace On Earth" in Holland on the compilation CD "Jaavanse Jonsens Jazz Collection '92" (7-99918-2) and "Extensions" on Ferrell's CD "First Instrument" (8-27820-2).