1904 - Dr. Seuss, artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author ("The Cat in the Hat", "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", "Green Eggs and Ham" and many others) is born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts. Capitol Records would release Seuss' "Gerald McBoing-Boing" in 1950 as a children's record with The Great Gildersleeve (Harold Peary) narrating the story. The story would later be the first cartoon released by UPA.
1955 - Dale Bozzio, singer with Frank Zappa and the Capitol Records group Missing Persons, is born Dale Frances Consalvi in Boston, Massachusetts
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - During two sessions held this day in New York City, New York, vocalist Dakota Staton, with Van Alexander conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Jonah Jones on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, and unlisted musicians on vibraphone, guitar, bass and drums) records the titles "Trust In Me" (with the addition of an unlisted flute player), "Summertime", "The Late, Late Show" and "Ain't No Use" at the first session and the titles "A Foggy Day", "Give Me The Simple Life", "Broadway", "As Long As I Live", and "Moonray" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "As Long As I Live" which has yet to be issued, on Staton's album "The Late, Late Show" (T 876).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - During two sessions held this day in Studio A in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California, The Hollywood String Quartet (Felix Slatkin on violin, Paul C. Shure on violin, Eleanor Aller on cello, and Alvin Dinkin on viola), conducted by Felix Slatkin, records Beethoven's "Quartet N°12 In E Flat Major, Opus 127, 2nd Movement, Part 1" at the first session and "Quartet N°12 In E Flat Major, Opus 127, 2nd Movement, Part 2" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the quartet's album "BEETHOVEN - Quartet N°12 In E Flat Major, Opus 127" (P-8443).
1966 - During two sessions held this day in Nashville, Tennessee, vocalist Sonny James, with unlisted others, records the titles "There's No Way To Get There From Here" and "Red Mud" at the first session and the titles "I Let Her Down Somewhere" and "A Tree Of Birds" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on James' album "Need You" (T 2703).
1966 - Vocalist and guitarist Merle Haggard, with George French, Jr. on piano, Phil Baugh on guitar, Billy Mize on guitar and harmony vocals, Lewis Ley on rhythm guitar, Ralph Mooney on steel guitar, Jerry Ward on bass, Helen "Peaches" Price on drums, and Bonnie Owens on harmony vocals, records the titles "I Threw Away The Rose", "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive", and "Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive" at the Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee for Capitol Records. Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the 5 CD box set "Merle Haggard - Untamed Hawk" (BCD 15744). Haggard will remake "I Threw Away The Rose" on June 2, 1966, "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" on August 1, 1966, and "Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive" on August 3, 1966 and Capitol Records those versions.
1966 - Vocalist and guitarist Roy Clark, with unlisted others, records the titles "Frankie and Johnny", "A Worried Mind", "Turkey In The Straw", and "South" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Clark's album "Stringin' Along" (T 2535).
1966 - Trumpet player Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "The Ballad Of The Green Berets", "Merci, Cherie", "Goodbye, My Love (Il Silenzio)", and a still unissued take of the title "Only You My Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first three titles on Anthony's album "Hit Songs To Remember" (T 2530).
1969 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Only The Lonely", with "The Journey" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1971 - Vocalist Helen Reddy, with unlisted others, records the titles "Don't Make Promises" and "L.A. Breakdown (And Take Me In)" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for "Don't Make Promises" on March 17 and 27, 1971 and for "L.A. Breakdown (And Take Me In)" on March 3, 27, and 30, 1971, Capitol Records will issue both titles on Reddy's album "I Don't Know How To Love Him" (ST-762).
1971 - During two sessions held this day at Cleveland Recording Company in Cleveland, Ohio, Grand Funk Railroad (Mark Farner on keyboards, guitar, and vocals, Mel Schacher on bass, and Don Brewer on drums and vocals) records the title "Feelin' Alright" at the first session and the title "Gimme Shelter" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Feelin' Alright" as a single (Capitol 3095) with "I Want Freedom" (recorded March 9, 1971) on the flipside, "Gimme Shelter" as a single (Capitol 3160) with "I Can Feel Him In The Morning" (also recorded on March 9, 1971) on the flipside, and both titles on the CD "Collectors Series - Grand Funk Railroad" (7-90608-2).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Grand Funk Railroad records the title "Upsetter" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the track as a single (Capitol 3316) with "No Lies" on the flipside.
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased for Murray Roman's titles "One And One-Half To Life, Side 1" and "One And One-Half To Life, Side 2" but has yet to issue them.
1976 - Vocalist and guitarist Bob Seger, with unlisted others, records the titles "Sunspot Baby", "Come To Poppa", and "Main Street" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Seger's album "Night Moves" (SW-11557).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Helen Reddy (on vocals), with Kim Fowley directing the orchestra (unlisted musicians), records the titles "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler" and "Aquarius Miracle" Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded on March 14, 1972 at Brother Studio for "Aquarius Miracle' with Joseph A. Chemay on guitar, Nigel Olsson on drums and Jon Joyce on vocals, Capitol Records will issue both titles on Reddy's album "Ear Candy" (SO-11640).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - The Section (which includes Danny Kortchmar on guitar, Craig Doerge on keyboards, Leland Sklar on bass, and Russ Kunkel on drums) records the track "Moon Over Fontana" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's album "Fork It Over" (ST-11656).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Navarro (Michael Wooten on drums, Rob Galloway on bass, Mark Hallman on guitar, keyboards, harmonica, lead, and background vocals, Robert McEntee on guitar, keyboards, and piano, Ben Carnes and James Tuttle on guitar, Carole King on piano and harmony vocals, David Muse on keyboards, Miguel Rivera on percussion, Richard Hardy on saxophone) records the titles "Laying My Life Down", "Newborn Highway", and "Listen" with producer Norm Kinney in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the band's album "Listen" (ST-11670).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - America (Gerry Beckley and Lee "Dewey" Bunnell on vocals and guitar with Carl Wilson on backing vocals) records the title "Inspector Mills" at Amigo Studios in North Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5177) with "Right Before Your Eyes" on the flipside.
1986 - Walk The West (Paul Kirby on lead vocals and guitar, Will Goleman on lead guitar, John Goleman on bass guitar, and Richard Ice on drums) record the title "Living At Night" with producers Jozef Nuyens and Winny Nuyens for Castle Productions, Inc. in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's eponymous album "Walk The West" (ST-12494).
1900 - Kurt Weill, composer (best known for "Mack The Knife" ["Mackie der Messer"] from the musical "Three Penny Opera" ["Drei Pfennig Opera"] written with Berthold Brecht) is born in Dessau, Germany.
1983 - The compact disc is launched for home audio by its co-developers Sony and Philips. In seven months I'll design my first CD package (including 6x12 long box) for Paul Simon's Warner Bros. album "Hearts And Bones" under the art direction of Jeri McManus (later Jeri Heiden after she married fellow designer John Heiden). The three color posterization on the back of the box was my idea.