Sunday, April 23, 2017

APRIL 23, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - At their first session for Capitol Records, Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan record "Bugs Bunny Meets Elmer Fudd - Part 1""Bugs Bunny Meets Elmer Fudd - Part 2" and "Daffy Duck Flies South - Part 1" using a script by Tedd Pierce and Warren Foster and adapted by Alan Livingston and with Billy May conducting his own arrangements to his Orchestra (Uan Rasey, and Emanuel "Mannie" Klein on trumpet, Ed Kusby and Carl Loeffler on trombone, Mario Grilli on French horn, Harold Lawson, Jules Kinsler, Gordon Green, Arthur Fleming, and George Smith on saxophones, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, Noel Boggs on guitar, Phil Stephens on bass, John Cyr on drums, June Weiland on harp, and a string section with Nick Pisani, Mischa Russell, and Olcott Vail on violin, David Sterkin on viola, and Cy Bernard on cello).in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood between 8:00 PM and 12:00 AM on April 24, 1947. After additional vocals by Pinto Colvig and "Daffy Duck Flies South - Part 2" are recorded on April 30, 1947, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the children's album "Bugs Bunny's Stories for Children" (CC-64).
1949 - Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "'A' You're Adorable", the flipside of "I Need You", debuts at #4 on Billboard's Best Selling Singles chart where it will peak the next week at #3
1949 - Mel Tormé has three Capitol Records singles in the top 20 of Billboard's Best Selling Singles chart: "Careless Hands" (with orchestra conducted by Sonny Burke), with "She's A Home Girl" on the flipside, is at #9, "Again" (with orchestra conducted by Pete Rugolo) debuts at #18, and it's flipside, "Blue Moon", debuts at #20 (in a tie with Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks' single "Blue Skirt Waltz").
1961 - Judy Garland's Sunday night concert at Carnegie Hall is recorded live by Capitol Records and rush released as a double album which will go on to win 5 Grammys and be the #1 album for 13 weeks. It will be remastered and re-released in 2001 for its 40th anniversary under the supervision of then VP of Catalog A&R Paul Atkinson
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Need You", with "On And On" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1969 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Galveston", with "How Come Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratchin' You" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1969 - The Beach Boys finish recording the track "Break Away", written by Murray Wilson and produced by Brian Wilson with Carl Wilson on lead vocals. The track will be released as a single, with "Celebrate The News" on the flip side, by Capitol Records on June 23, 1969 and peak at #63 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.
1986 - Harold Arlen (born Hyman Arluck in Buffalo, New York), bandleader, pianist, Broadway actor, singer, composer ("Stormy Weather", "Over The Rainbow" and many others and worked with lyricists "Yip" Harburg, Capitol Records' co-founder Johnny Mercer, Ted Koehler, and others) and Capitol Records artist, dies at age 81 in New York City, New York and is later interred next to his wife, Anya Taranda, in Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York
1988 - Iron Maiden's Capitol Records album "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" is #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart
2011 - Tom King, a guitarist and founding member of the Capitol Records band The Outsiders who co-wrote the band's biggest hit, "Time Won't Let Me," died at age 68 at a nursing home in Wickliffe, Ohio, after a period of declining health.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1924 - The Gramophone Company (later to become EMI, Capitol Music Group's parent company) records His Majesty King George V's speech at the opening of the Wembley Exhibition. The recording was made by a semi-electrical process with the wireless loudspeaker connected by a short tube to the recording box.
1936 - Roy Orbison, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Virgin Records America recording artist, is born Roy Kelton Orbison in Vernon, Texas
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Sandra Dee, motion picture actress and future wife of Capitol Records artist Bobby Darin, is born Alexandra Zuck
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Decca Records releases Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers (aka The Beatles with Pete Best on drums) single "My Bonnie", with "The Saints" (aka "When the Saints Go Marching In") on the flipside, in the United States
1994 - Pink Floyd's Columbia Records album "The Division Bell" debuts at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart where it will stay for 4 weeks. spending 4 weeks as the top album in the country. The album will be certified Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum in the US in June of 1994 and Triple Platinum in January of 1999. Pink Flyod's catalog is now distributed by Capitol Records.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

APRIL 22, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1936 - Glen Campbell, guitarist, singer, motion picture actor, television variety show host, a Capitol Records session artist and solo artist, is born in Delight, Arkansas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Romance" with vocals by Lois Butler and, with vocalist Lee Sweetland", "The Desert Song" and "The Riff Song" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles Lois Butler and Lee Sweetland's album "Songs Of Sigmund Romberg" (CD-61),
1949 - The Miles Davis Nonet (with Davis on trumpet, Kenny Clarke on drums, J.J. Johnson on trombone, Lee Konitz on alto saxophone, John Lewis on piano, Gerry Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Bill Barber on tuba, Nelson Boyd on double bass, and Sandy Siegelstein on french horn) records the titles "Venus De Milo" (arranged by Gerry Mulligan), "Boplicity" (arranged by Gil Evans), "Israel" (arranged by Johnny Carisi), and "Rouge" (arranged by John Lewis). The session, set up by Capitol A&R man Walter Rivers (a cousin of Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer, who also signed Yma Sumac to the label) and produced by Pete Rugolo, was held at radio station WMGM's studios at 711 Fifth Avenue in New York City, New York. Capitol Records eventually released all the titles Davis' album "Birth Of The Cool".
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Capitol Records files the masters it purchased for Les Paul and Mary Ford's titles "Tuxedos And Flowers" and "Hummin' and Waltzin'", both with vocals by Mary Ford, and will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3725).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Trumpet player Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (Art De Pew, Jack Laubach, and Jack Holman also on trumpet, Ken Trimble, Lew McCreary, and Jimmy Priddy on trombone, Med Flory and Gene Merlino on alto saxophone, Bob Enevoldsen and Jeff Massingill on tenor saxophone, Leo Anthony on baritone saxophone, Geoff Clarkson on piano, Al Viola on guitar, Don Simpson on bass, and Bill Richmond on drums), using arrangements by Don Simpson, record the titles "Young Ideas", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", "Lonely Night In Paris", and, with the addition of four cellos and a vocal chorus (lineups unlisted), "Cello-phane" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first three titles on Anthony's album "Young Ideas" (T/ST 866) and "Cello-phane" as a single (Capitol F3739) with "The Lonely Trumpet" (recorded May 15, 1957) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Peggy Lee, with Jack Marshall and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Every Night", "Uninvited Dream", and "Baby, Baby Wait For Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Baby, Baby Wait For Me" as a single (Capitol F3722) with "Ev'ry Night" (recorded April 13, 1957) on the flipside, the version recorded at this date (another take was recorded on August 30, 1957) of "Uninvited Dream" on the CD "Peggy Lee - The Singles Collection" (5-39756-2), and have yet to the take of "Every Night" recorded on this date
1958 - Ethel Ennis records Harry Warren's "Serenade in Blue" for her Capitol album "Have You Forgotten" (Capitol T1078) with the orchestra conducted by Sid Feller. For more on Ethel Ennis go to this New York Times article.
1961 - Capitol Records artist Faron Young is one of the headliners (along with Webb Pierce, Porter Wagoner, Patsy Cline and Earl Scruggs) at the first annual Country Music Festival held in United States at the 13,000-seater Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1963 - Gene Vincent's recording contract with Capitol Records expires. His last recording for the label is a remake of "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
1969 - John Lennon legally changes his middle name from Winston to Ono in a ceremony on the rooftop of The Beatles' Apple Building and later requires that all of his Gold Record awards bear the correct legal name, John Ono Lennon
1970 - Variety magazine runs an article entitled "Split Of Beatles Clips Capitol Industries Stocks"
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Irving C. Ashby, guitarist in the Capitol Record group The King Cole Trio, dies in Perris, California at age 66
1991 - Vocalist Joe Cocker, with Girls Talk (lineup unlisted) on backing vocals, T.M. Stevens on bass, Steve Holley on drums, Phil Grande on guitar, Chris Stainton, Greg Philinganes, and Rory Kaplin on keyboards, and Alex Acuna on percussion, records the title "I Can Hear The River" at A&M Studios at 1416 North La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, California with producer David Tickle. After additional tracks are laid down at Metropolis Recording Studios at 70 Chiswick High Road, in London, England, Capitol Records will release the title on Cocker's CD "Night Calls" (7-97801-2).

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - David Seville's Liberty Records single "Witch Doctor", with "Don't Whistle At My Baby" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Pop Singles charts. Seville (aka Ross Bagdasarian) would use the techniques from this single to create the sound of The Chimpmunks.
1978 - Kenny Rogers and Dottie West's United Artists Records single "Every Time Two Fools Collide", with "We Love Each Other" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts. United Artist's catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1979 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "Heart Of Glass" with "11:59" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Chrysalis' American catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group and distributed by Capitol Music Group.
1990 - Sinead O' Connor's Chrysalis Records album "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" is #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. Chrysalis' American catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group and distributed by Capitol Music Group.

Friday, April 21, 2017

APRIL 21, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1924 - Ira Louvin, singer, songwriter, guitarist, 2001 Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee, part of  the Capitol Records duo The Louvin Brothers with his brother Charlie and a solo Capitol Records artist, is born Ira Lonnie Loudermilk in Rainsville,near Section, Alabama. Ira was inducted with his brother into the Alabama Hall of Fame in 1991 with a Lifework Award for Performaning Achievement. They have a great biography of the brothers on their website.
1968 - Michael Franti, poet, songwriter, musician, singer, member of the Island Records group The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and the Capitol Records group Spearhead, is born in Oakland, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist Peggy Lee, with guitarist Dave Barbour and His Orchestra and a male chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back" and "Chi-Baba-Chi Baba (My Bambino Go To Sleep)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 419).
1949 - Mel Blanc starts recording tracks for the Capitol Record Reader "Bugs Bunny In Storyland" and will finish the next day. The sessions are produced by Alan Livingston, with music by Billy May. The story is by Tedd Pierce and Warren Foster with illustrations for the attached booklet by Robert McKimson and Richard Thomas. Also on the record, but uncredited, were Arthur Q. Bryan (Elmer Fudd) and June Foray. Jack Tatay maintains a great site about all the Capitol childrens records with Warner Brothers cartoon characters, with lots of images and sound clips.
1951 - Capitol Records releases Les Paul and Mary Ford's single "Mockin' Bird Hill", with Les Paul's "Chicken Reel" on the flipside
1953 - The Ballet Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Joseph Levine, records the track "Undertow" written by William Schuman in New York City which Capitol Records will later release on album P-8238 with a recording of "Billy The Kid" (Ballet Suite) by Aaron Copland on the flip side
1968 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Legend Of Bonnie And Clyde" with "I Started Loving You Again" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country Singles Chart
1975 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "Always Wanting You", with "I've Got A Yearning" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
2000 - Neal Matthews, singer with the Capitol Records group The Jordanaires, dies in Nashville, Tennessee at age 70

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1908 - Alfred Lion, record producer and founder of Blue Note Records, is born in Berlin, Germany. Blue Note Records is currently a division of Capitol Music Group and its catalog is currently owned by Capitol's parent company, EMI Music Group
85 Years Ago Today In Company Ltd merge and register a holding company - "Electric and Musical Industries Ltd". Alfred Clark (The Gramophone Company) becomes Chairman, and Louis Sterling (The Columbia Company) becomes Managing Director. In 1955 E.M.I., under the helm of then managing director Joseph Lockwood (later chairman Sir Joseph Lockwood), bought controlling interest in Capitol Records for $3 million dollars, and Glenn Wallichs joined the board of E.M.I.. Lockwood was criticized for paying so much but, within 4 years, Capitol would be worth an estimated $85 million. The E.M.I. Archive Trust's website has a good history section.
1955 - Capitol Records artist Bob Hope's NBC radio program airs its last segment
1963 - Future Capitol Records artists The Beatles and future Virgin Records artists The Rolling Stones meet for the first time at a Rolling Stones performance at The Crawdaddy Club, in Richmond, England

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1985 - Irving Mills, music publisher, dies in Palm Springs, California at age 91

Thursday, April 20, 2017

APRIL 20, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1908 - Lionel Hampton, drummer, band leader, vibraphone player, percussionist, solo artist and with Capitol Records artist Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, is born in Louisville, Kentucky
95 Years Ago Today In 1922 - Frank "Hylo" Brown, Jr., vocalist for Capitol Records artist Bradley Kincaid, leader of his own bluegrass band The Timberliners, and a Capitol Records solo artist (1954-1960), is born in River, Johnson County, Kentucky. He would get his nickname "Hylo" from his wide vocal range. Brown would go to be lead singer for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and be inducted into the Grand Ol' Opry, the Kentucky Hall of Fame and become the 52nd member of the SPBGMA's Preservation Hall of Greats.
1948 - Craig Frost, keyboardist for the Capitol Records group Grand Funk Railroad, is born in Flint, Michigan. If anyone knows his middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Jo Stafford's Capitol Records single "I Love You", with "Long Ago And Far Away" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1948 - Capitol Records releases the children's record "Sparky's Magic Piano".
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Pee Wee Hunt's Capitol Records single "Oh!", with "San" on the flipside, becomes a million seller
1958 - Laurie London's Capitol Records single "He’s Got the Whole World (In His Hands)", with "Handed Down" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, after becoming the third single to be certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. on March 14, 1958
1956 - Vocalist and trumpet player Louis Prima and vocalist Keely Smith, with tenor saxophonist Sam Butera & The Witnesses (James "Little Red" Blount Jr. on trombone, William "Willie" McCumber on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Amado Rodrigues on bass, and Robert "Bobby" Morris on drums), record the instrumental title "Night Train" and "The Lip" with Prima and Smith on vocals at The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 1:00 AM and 4:00 AM. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Prima's album "the WILDEST!" (T 755). Here's a live video of "Night Train".
1960 - The Kingston Trio record the track "Bad Man's Blunder" for Capitol Records, which is the last single to feature the line up of Dave Guard, Nick Reynold and Bob Shane. This was also the first time Dave Guard recorded playing the first 12 string guitar made by Gibson Guitars, which was custom built for him.
1963 - The Kingston Trio's Capitol Records single "Reverend Mr. Black", with "One More Round" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1969 - The last original episode of The Beatles' King Features Syndicate cartoon show aired on ABC. Paul Frees voiced John and George and Lance Percival did Ringo and Paul.
1974 - Capitol Records releases Paul McCartney & Wing's Apple Records single "Band On The Run", with Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five" on the flipside, in the United States
1974 - Savannah Churchill, singer, singer for Capitol Records artist Benny Carter and His Orchestra, and a Capitol Records solo artist (1943-1945 with tracks that included "Hurry, Hurry" written by Carter for her and "Just a Baby's Prayer at Twilight"), dies in Brooklyn, New York at age 54
1974 - Grand Funk Railroad's Capitol Records single "The Loco-Motion", with "Destitute & Losin’" on the flipside, enters the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - The Sylvers' Capitol Records single "Boogie Fever", with "Free Style" on the flipside, is certified Gold
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights", with "William Tell Overture" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1985 - Katrina and The Waves' Capitol Records single "Walking On Sunshine", with "Going Down To Liverpool" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1986 - Anne Murray's Capitol Records single "Now And Forever (You And Me)", with "I'd Fall In Love Tonight" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1953 - Miles Davis records an alternate take of "Enigma" for Blue Note Records at WOR Studios in New York City, New York. Besides Miles on trumpet, also at the session were Art Blakey (Drums), Jimmy Heath (tenor saxophone), J.J. Johnson (trombone), Percy Heath (double bass), Gil Coggins (piano). The session was produced by Alfred Lion and Doug Hawkins was the recording engineer. Blue Note Records is a division of Capitol Music Group and it's catalog is currently owned by Capitol's parent company, Universal Music Group.
1960 - Tommy Guard, son of Capitol Records artist Dave Guard (part of The Kingston Trio), is born
1960 - Pianist Horace Parlan, along with George Tucker on bass and Al Harewood on drums, records seven tracks, including the title song for his "Us Three" Blue Note Records album, at Rudy Van Gelder's Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey studio. Blue Note Records is a division of Capitol Music Group and it's catalog is currently owned by Capitol's parent company, Universal Music Group.
1980 - Dottie West's United Artists Records single "A Lesson In Leavin'", with "Love Is Easy" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1935 - The first episode of "Your Hit Parade", starring Kay Thompson, Charles Carlyle, Gogo DeLys and Johnny Hanser, is broadcast on NBC Radio. The show will air for the next 24 years and future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra will later be a featured vocalist on the program.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

APRIL 19, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
90 Years Ago Today In 1927 - Don Barbour, singer in the Capitol Records group The Four Freshmen, is born in Greencastle, Indiana

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California Jan Garber and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Rambling Wreck From Georgia Tech/Fight Alabama", "Maryland, My Maryland/Hark The Sound Of Tal Heel Voices", "Washington And Lee Swing/Glory To Old Georgia", and "Maine Stein Song/Hail To Old O.S.C." at the first session and "Yale's Boola Song/The Princeton Canon Song", "The Fordham Ram/Hail To Pitt", "On, Brave Old Army Team/Anchors Aweigh", and "Lights Out (University Of California)/Strike Up The Band (UCLA)" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Garber's album "College Medleys" (H-154).
1951 - General Douglas MacArthur delivers a farewell address before a joint meeting of Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Capitol Records will issue two highlights of the speech on the 78 RPM version (DAS-274) and six excerpts on the 10 inch 33 1/3 RPM version (H-274) of the album "General MacArthur Farewell Address".
Here's the entire speech: Part OnePart TwoPart Three, and Part Four of the entire speech.
1954 - Frank Sinatra, with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the orchestra (Harry Edison on trumpet, Tommy Pederson and Ray Sims on trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Abe Most and Skeets Herfurt on alto saxophone, Eddie Miller and Babe Russin on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Joe Koch on baritone saxophone, Frank Flynn on vibraphone, Bill Miller on piano, Bob Bain on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums), records the titles "All Of Me", "Jeepers Creepers", "Get Happy", and "Taking A Chance On Love" for his Capitol Records album "Swing Easy" at radio station KHJ's studios (now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and the Academy Film Archive) at 1313 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Sinatra's album "Swing Easy" (H-528)
1955 - It's a Tuesday, and Capitol Records album department head, Francis Scott, leaves on the first leg of a trip to London to confer with executives of Electric & Musical Industries, Ltd. on a mutual exchange of masters between the companies.
1956 - Actress Grace Kelly, actress and Capitol Records artist (on the motion picture soundtrack to "High Society", and whose duet with Bing Crosby on the single "True Love" earned a Gold record [the last in Crosby's career]), marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco
1956 - During two sessions held this day in The Capitol Tower at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California vocalist and trumpet player Louis Prima, with Keely Smith on background vocals and tenor saxophonist Sam Butera & The Witnesses (James "Little Red" Blount Jr. on trombone, William "Willie" McCumber on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Amado Rodrigues on bass, and Robert "Bobby" Morris on drums) records the titles "Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody (And Nobody Cares For Me)", the instrumental "Body And Soul""Oh Marie", and "Buona Sera" at the first session between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM and "Jump. Jive An' Wail""(Nothin's Too Good) For My Baby""(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You", and "Medley: Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South" at the second session between 10:00 PM and 1:00 AM on April 20, 1951. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Prima's album "the Wildest!" (T 755).
1956 - Pianist Lou Busch as Joe "Fingers" Carr, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Spaghetti Rag", "12th Street Rag", and "The Old Piano Roll Blues" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Carr's album "Mister Ragtime" (T 760).
1956 - Vocalist Sonny James, with Bill Simmons on piano, Paul Buskirk on electric mandolin, and possibly Paul Brawley on bass, and William Pecchi on drums, records the titles "Twenty Feet Of Muddy Water" and "All Mixed Up" at the Jim Beck Studio in Dallas, Texas. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 3441).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Ferlin Husky's Capitol Records single "Gone", with "Missing Persons" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Beach Boys (David Marks on guitar, Carl Wilson on guitar and vocals, Brian Wilson on bass guitar and vocals, Mike Love on vocals, and Dennis Wilson on drums and vocals) record the tracks "Surfin' Safari", "409", "Lonely Sea", and "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring" at Western Recorders in Los Angeles, California with Brian Wilson producing the session. Capitol Records will issue "Surfin' Safari" and "409" as the band's first single for the label (Capitol 4777).
1964 - The Beatles pre-record the tracks "Can't Buy Me Love"; "I Wanna Be Your Man"; "Long Tall Sally"; a medley that used "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", "From Me To You", "She Loves You", and "I Want to Hold Your Hand"; "Roll Over Beethoven"; "Shout"; and "Twist and Shout" for an Associated Rediffusion UK TV special "Around The Beatles" that will air on May 9, 1964
1965 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "Ticket To Ride" with "Yes It Is" on the flipside
1975 - Grand Funk Railroad's Capitol Records single "Bad Time", with "Good And Evil" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1990 - Dave Dexter, author, Kansas City reporter for Down Beat magazine (his reviews for Count Basie and His Orchestra got the band noticed), Capitol Records publicity and A&R man (got Peggy Lee to come out of retirement, signed Nellie Lutcher and Julia Lee) and record producer (The History Of Jazz series, New American Jazz all star album, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others), VP of A&R for Capitol Records' International division (created over 500 albums for "The Capitol Of The World" series of world music), remixed the early albums by The Beatles (until Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) for U.S. release, editor and writer for Billboard Magazine, dies in Sherman Oaks, California at age 74. His papers have been donated to the University of Missouri Kansas City and they have a great biography of Dave as part of their Club Kaycee website.
2001 - Billy Idol and his band travel to New York City to tape his edition of "VH1 Storytellers". Ten months after the taping, on February 26, 2002, Capitol Records will release "Billy Idol's VH1 Storytellers" featuring 14 songs from the session including three tracks from his days fronting the band Generation X ("Dancing With Myself," "Kiss Me Deadly," "Ready Steady Go") to his 1983 solo hit, "White Wedding" and Idol's covers of Tommy James & The Shondell's "Mony, Mony" and the Doors' "L.A. Woman".
2011 - Roy Edward "Eddie" Burris, a drummer for Capitol Records artist Merle Haggard's band The Strangers who co-wrote the 1969 song "Okie From Muskogee" with Haggard, dies at age 79 of heart-related problems at a Tulsa, Oklahoma hospital.
2011 - Vanguard/Capitol Records releases Kimberly Caldwell's debut album "Without Regret"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1981 - Sheena Easton's EMI America single "Morning Train (Nine to Five)", with "Calm Before The Storm" on the flipside, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. EMI America's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, Universal Music Group.
1995 - The Georgia legislature declares April 19, 1995 to be Johnny Mercer Day in the state for Mercer's "outstanding contributions to the field of music". Johnny Mercer is a co-founder of Capitol Records.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

APRIL 18, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
135 Years Ago Today In 1882 - Leopold Stokowski, conductor, band leader and Capitol Records artist as part of Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra, is born in London, England
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Jim Scholten, singer and bass player for the Liberty Records, Capitol Records Nashville, and Curb Records group Sawyer Brown, is born in Midland, Michigan

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Capitol Records Recording Department is established with Bill Miller (not to be confused with Frank Sinatra's accompanist, Bill Miller) as boss. Miller would, 21 years later in 1966, "prepare for release" The Beatles "Yesterday ...And Today" and "Revolver" albums. He was also an A&R man and producer. He was responsible for signing and producing Jackie Davis and producing sessions for June Christy, Benny Goodman, The Four Freshmen, Sebastian Temple, Warren Durrett and even co-produced Ted Cassidy's novelty record "The Lurch". The current manager is Paula Salvatore, who has guided the always busy Capitol Studios since 2001. Check out Capitol Studios' website for more information. There's also a great article about the Capitol Studios on the studio expresso website.
1951 - Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "How High The Moon", with "Walkin' And Whistlin' Blues" on the flipside, is #1 on The Billboard magazine's Records Most Played by Disc Jockeys and Best Selling Pop Singles charts and #6 on the magazine's Most Played Juke Box Records chart.
1951 - Yma Sumac's Capitol Records album "Voice Of The Xtabay" hits #1 on The Billboard magazine's Best Selling Pop Albums chart in both the album's 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM formats.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Buck Owens records "Save The Last Dance For Me" which will be released by Capitol Records on a single with "King Of Fools" on the flipside and enter the Country single charts on May 24, 1962
1966 - Wanda Jackson records the track "I Talk A Pretty Story" at Columbia Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Ken Nelson which will be released as a single by Capitol Records as the flipside of "Little Soldier Boy" in July 1968
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - The Steve Miller Band's Capitol Records album "Fly Like An Eagle" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1989 - Judge Robert Takasugi bars Curb Records from releasing Donny Osmond's album and single "Soldier Of Love" in the United States. Owner Mike Curb (who had signed The Osmonds to M-G-M Records in 1970) had argued that he had a verbal agreement with Osmond to release the album previously released by Virgin Records in the UK which Osmond denied. Capitol Records will release the album in the United States on April 25, 1989
1996 - Bernard Edwards, record producer with partner Nile Rodgers for Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Norma Jean Wright, and Sister Sledge; solo producer for Rod Stewart, Nona Hendryx, ABC, Starpoint, and Missing Persons; songwriter, bass player, and producer for the group Chic and the Capitol Records band Power Station, dies of pneumonia in his hotel room in Tokyo, Japan at age 43 after performing with a reformed Chic as well as with guests Simon Le Bon, Slash, Steve Winwood and Sister Sledge, at The SuperProducers tribute show for Niles Rodgers, who had been named JT SuperProducer of the Year in Japan, at the Budokan Arena

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1929 - Future Capitol Records artist Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (which includes at the time Gene Krupa and future Capitol Records artists Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden) record Glenn Miller's arrangement of "Indiana" for Brunswick Records in New York City, New York

Monday, April 17, 2017

APRIL 17, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1933 - David Axelrod, composer, arranger, record producer, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Los Angeles, California
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Liz Phair, musician, singer, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist is born in New Haven, Connecticut

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano and vocals, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass) record two takes of the title "Could 'Ja", two takes of the title "Baby, Baby All The Time", and the titles "Oh, But I Do" with a vocal ensemble (possibly just Cole, Moore, and Miller) and the instrumental "Rex Rumba" (aka "Rumba A La King") at Radio Recorders' studios on Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the second take of "Could 'Ja" on the compilation album "Campus Capers" (BD-58), the second take of "Baby, Baby All The Time" as a single (Capitol 15165) with "Money Is Honey" (recorded November 3, 1947) on the flipside, "Oh, But I Do" as a single (Capitol 274) with "You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)" (recorded May 1, 1946) on the flipside, and "Rex Rhumba" as a single (Capitol 15240) with "Kee-mo Ky-mo (The Magic Song)" (recorded September 26, 1948) on the flipside. Mosaic Records will issue all the titles and takes in the box set "The Complete King Cole Trio Sessions" (MR27-138 on vinyl and MD18-138 on CD).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Merle Travis' Capitol Records single "So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed", with "Sweet Temptation" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Benny Goodman (on clarinet), with Jimmy Rowles on piano, Harry Babasin on bass, and Tommy Romersa on drums, records the titles "The Bannister Slide" (with Ernie Felice on accordion and Al Hendrickson on guitar), "Benny's Boogie", and "How High The Moon" (with Ernie Felice on accordion and Ray Sims on trombone) in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Goodman's album "Benny Goodman Rides Again" (BD-57).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Cliffie Stone and His Square Dance Band (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Virginia Reel", "American Patrol", "Shot Gun Boogie", and "Moonwinks" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Virginia Reel" and "American Patrol" together as a single (CAS-4025), "Shot Gun Boogie" as a single (CAS-4026) with "Washington And Lee Swing" (recorded on October 10, 1946) on the flipside, and "Moonwinks" as a single (Capitol CAS-4034) with "Stepping Stone Schottische" (recorded on January 9, 1952) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - The Four Knights (Gene Alford - 1st tenor vocals, John Wallace - 2nd tenor vocals and guitar, Clarence Dixon - baritone vocals, and Oscar Broadway - bass vocals), with an unlisted orchestra, record a new take of the title "Easy Street" and the titles "I'm The World's Biggest Fool", "If I Had My Way", "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie", "Doo Wacka Doo", and "Oh Miss Hannah" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Easy Street" and "Oh Miss Hannah" on the group's album "Spotlight Songs" (T 346), "I'm The World's Biggest Fool" and "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie" together as a single (Capitol 2087) and "Doo Wacka Doo" as a single (Capitol 2127) with "Win Or Lose" (recorded May 13, 1952) on the flipside. Capitol Records will sell the master to "If I Had My Way" to Coral Records which will issue it on the group's self-titled album "The Four Knights" (CRL-57221).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Violinist Nathan Milstein, with William Steinberg conducting The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, records Dvorak's "Concerto In A Minor, Opus 53 For Violins And Orchestra" and Glazounov's "Concerto In A Minor, Opus 82 For Violin And Orchestra" at Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Milstein's album "DVORAK - Concerto In A Minor, Opus 53 For Violin And Orchestra/GLAZOUNOV - Concerto In A Minor, Opus 82 For Violin And Orchestra" (P-8382).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - At two sessions held at Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, Sonny James (on vocals and guitar), with Chet Atkins on guitar, Floyd T. "Lightnin'" Chance on bass, Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, and The Jordanaires (lineup unlisted) as a vocal chorus, records the titles "A Fool Such As I", "Near You", and "Ages And Ages Ago" at the first session and the titles "Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)", "I'll Never Get Over You", "I Forgot More Than You'll Never Know" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on James' album "Sonny" (T 867).
1960 - Capitol Records artist Gene Vincent is seriously injured after the taxicab hired after a gig in Bristol, England, blows a tire while rounding a curve on the way back to London, England and crashes into a cement post at 70 mph on the A4 at Chippenham, Wilshire. Vincent survives with a badly injured leg that will give him a limp for the rest of his life, but Liberty Records artist Eddie Cochran, who was touring with Vincent and shared the cab, is killed at age 21 and Cochran's girlfriend, songwriter Sharon Sheeley, is seriously injured. Cochran is later interred in the Forest Lawn Cypress cemetery in Cypress, California.
1969 - Capitol Records group The Band make their solo stage debut at the Winterland in San Francisco, California
1970 - Apple Records releases Paul McCartney's first solo album, "McCartney", which is distributed by Capitol Records in the United States. McCartney plays all the instruments heard on the album.
1970 - The Beatles officially disband
1971 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Empty Arms", with "Everything Begins And Ends With You" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1973 – Tavares signs with Capitol Records
1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings' Capitol Records single "Silly Love Songs", with "Cook Of The House" on the flipside, is #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Crowded House's Capitol Records single "Don’t Dream It’s Over", with "That's What I Call Love" on the flipside, is #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1998 - Linda McCartney (born Linda Eastman), photographer, activist, creator and owner of a vegetarian frozen meal company, keyboard player, singer, wife of Capitol Records artist Paul McCartney, member of the Capitol Records band Wings, and, posthumously, a Capitol Records solo artist, dies of breast cancer at age 56
2000 - Godhead signs with Capitol Records

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Imperial Records releases Fats Domino's single "Ain't That a Shame", with "Goin' Home" on the flipside. Imperial's catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Records parent company.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Composer, arranger and conductor Johnny Richards (with Al Stewart, Charlie Shavers, Burt Collins, and Ray Copeland on trumpets; Jimmy Cleveland, Jim Dahl, and Frank Rehak on trombones; Julius Watkins on french horn; Jay McAllister on tuba; Gene Quill on alto saxophone; Seldon Powell and Frank Socolow on tenor saxophone; Billy Slapin on baritone saxophone and piccolo; Shelly Gold on bass saxophone; Hank Jones on piano; Chet Amsterdam on bass; Jimmy Campbell on drums; Joe Venuto on tympani; Sol Gubin on maracas; Pete Terrace on bongos; Umbaldo Nieto on timbales; Carlos Valdes on congas; Raymond Rodriguez on tambauri; and Al Epstein on percussion) records the self-penned tracks "La Pecadora" and "Ofo" for his Roulette Records album "The Rites Of Diablo" at Webster Hall in New York City, New York. Roulette's catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Records parent company.
1965 - Liberty Records releases Gary Lewis and The Playboys' single "Count Me In" with "Little Miss Go-Go" on the flipside. Liberty's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Records parent company.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1924 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed after a merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and The Louis B. Mayer Company.
80 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Daffy Duck debuts in the Warner Bros.' cartoon "Porky's Duck Hunt"

Sunday, April 16, 2017

APRIL 16, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1971 - Selena, singer, actress and EMI Latin Records (a division of Capitol Records) artist, is born Selena Quintanilla Perez in Lake Jackson, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - The San Francisco branch of Capitol Records Distribution Corporation opens for business under the direction of Paul Featherstone with salesmen Voyle Gilmore, Ed Nielsen, and Bob Martin.
1946 - Betty Hutton's Capitol Records single "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief", with "A Square In The Social Circle" on the flipside enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1948 - The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records single "Nature Boy", the flipside of "Lost April", enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1949 - Capitol Records artist Tex Ritter is a judge at the final day of a two day music contest for country musicians sponsored by radio station WESC in Greenville, South Carolina with a $1,500 top prize. A one hour portion of the finals is aired at 11PM (CST) on the Mutual network.
1950 - Victor Blanchard is becomes a vice-president of Capitol Records Distribution Corporation.
1951 - Capitol Custom Division is started. This division of Capitol handled creating, producing, and distributing special promo records for outside companies and charities like Scripto, Uniroyal, Bacardi, 7-Up, Firestone, A&W Root Beer, Chevrolet, Dextol, March of Dimes, Renuzit, Salada Tea using tracks from Capitol's catalog as well as specially created material by Capitol artists.
Capitol Custom also produced demos and commercial records for independent artists like Cracker Jills, Help, Gert Benhana, Rafael Mendez, Harry Fields, The Legends, V. Attl, etc. as well as for church choirs and school bands.
Capitol Custom also handled creating promotional records for events like the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and even a single for John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign featuring Frank Sinatra singing a reworded version of his hit "High Hopes".
Probably the most desired record created by Capitol Custom is the 7" single created as a limited pressing released on June 5, 1964 to promote the Beatles for Hollywood radio station KFWB and Wallichs' Music City that had an interview on side 1 and "You Can't Do That" on the flipside. Copies of this disc have been valued for as much as $2250 with the original mailer.
Most of the physical production was done out of the Capitol pressing plant in Scranton, PA.
There were branches of Capitol Custom in Canada, the U.K., and Australia.
Capitol Custom eventually became EMI-Capitol Special Markets and Capitol and its associated label's catalog are now marketed this way as part of Universal Music Enterprises' Universal Music Special Markets division.
1956 - Vocalist Tex Ritter, with Harry Gellar conducting the orchestra and chorus (lineup unlisted), records the titles "The Searchers" and "The Wayward Wind" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 3430).
1956 - Vocalist Dick Haymes,  with Ian Bernard and his orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Then I'll Be Tired Of You""Skylark", and "You Don't Know What Love Is" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Haymes' album "Moondreams" (T 787).
1969 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Galveston", with "How Come Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratchin' You" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1973 - Paul McCartney stars in his first solo TV special, "James Paul McCartney", which features his new band, Wings
1994 - Bonnie Raitt's Capitol Records album "Longing In Their Hearts" is #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart
1996 - Capitol Records releases Richard Thompson's double CD album "You? Me? Us?" (CDP 7243 8 33704 2 9) in the United States with one disc of acoustic material being dubbed "Nude" and the other disc of electric material titled "Voltage Enhanced". Capitol also releases The Jesus Lizard's label debut "Shot" after recording six albums for Touch And Go and a live album for Collision Arts.
2013 - Capitol Records releases Sky Ferreira's single "Everything Is Embarrassing" from her second EP "Ghost" in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1889 - Charlie Chaplin, actor, writer, motion picture actor, director and producer, and co-founder of United Artists Pictures, is born Charles Spencer Chaplin in Walworth, London, England. United Artists would later create United Artists Records whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group
1918 - Spike Milligan, comedian, musician, radio (most notably on BBC Radio's "The Goon Show"), television, and motion picture writer and actor, Parlophone Records recording artist as part of "The Goon Show" cast with producer George Martin, is born Terence Alan Milligan in Ahmed Nagar or Ahmadnagar, India
1929 - Edie Adams, singer, Broadway (originated the role of Daisy Mae in the Johnny Mercer musical "Li'l Abner" and won the 1956 Tony award for her perfomance), motion picture and television actress, one time wife of comedian, motion picture and television actor Ernie Kovacs, one time wife of trumpet player and Capitol Records artist Pete Candoli, is born Elizabeth Edith Enke in Kingston, Pennsylvania
1935 - "Fibber McGee and Molly" debuts on NBC Radio. Future Capitol Records music director Paul Weston will begin doing arrangements for the show in 1940 and future Capitol Records artist Martha Tilton will be on the show for about a year starting in 1941. One of Capitol Records' first album releases will be "On The Night Before Christmas" which features the cast of the show (Jim and Marion Jordan) as well as the vocal group The King's Men, with the orchestra conducted by Billy Mills and music and vocal arrangements by Ken Darby.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Gerry Rafferty, singer, guitarist, member of the groups The Humblebums and Stealers Wheel, and United Artists Records solo artist, is born in Paisley, Scotland
1979 - Kenny Rogers and Dottie West's United Artists Records single "Every Time Two Fools Collide", with "We Love Each Other" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart

Saturday, April 15, 2017

APRIL 15, 20167

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1898 - Marian Jordan, radio and motion picture actress (best known as Molly McGee in the series "Fibber McGee and Molly") and Capitol Records artist (on the 78 rpm album "On The Night Before Christmas", is born Marian Driscoll in Peoria, Illinois
1908 - eden ahbez, songwriter (best known for Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records track "Nature Boy"), is born Alexander Aberle in Brooklyn, New York
1909 - Vern Yocum, clarinetist, alto and baritone saxophone player, vocalist, copyist, orchestrator, whose company maintained the arrangement libraries for Capitol Records artists Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Nelson Riddle, Roy Clark, and Nancy Wilson as well as for Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Lane, Trini Lopez, and Julie Andrews, and brother of Capitol Records group The Pied Pipers singer Clark Yocum, is born George Vernon Yocum in Sunbury, Pennsylvania
1933- Roy Clark, singer, guitarist, banjo player, motion picture actor, television variety show host, and Capitol Records artist, is born Roy Linwood Clark in Meherrin, Virginia
1968- Ed O'Brien, guitarist and vocalist with the Capitol Records group Radiohead, is born Edward John O'Brien in Oxford, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford's Capitol Records single "Candy", with "I'm Gonna See My Baby" on the flipside, is #4 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1946 - Guitarist Alvino Rey and his orchestra (Chuck Peterson, Jake Gerheim, Russ Granger, and Frank Nelson on trumpets, Sam Levine, Bob McReynolds, and Bob Swift on trombones, Bob Walsh and Hal McKusick on alto saxophones, Herbie Steward on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Rocky Coluccio on piano and vocals, Jim Bates on bass, and Ben Weber on drums) record the titles "Bumble Boogie" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 262) with "Sepulveda" (recorded February 26, 1946) on the flipside.
1946 - Tenor saxophonist Sam Donahue and his orchestra (Mitch Paul, Bill Marshall, Frank Beach, and Earl Collier on trumpets, Dick Le Fave, Tak Takvorian, Kenny Miesel, and Sid Brantley on trombones, Harry Peterson, Bill Nichol, and Paul Petrillo on alto saxophones, Max Kriseman also on tenor saxophone, George Perry on baritone saxophone, Bob Durant on piano, Louis Pop on bass, and Harold Hahn on drums) record the titles "Take Five" with vocals by Mynell Allen and the instrumental "Convoy" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Take Five" as a single (Capitol 260) with "Dinah" (recorded April 3, 1946) on the flipside and "Convoy" in the compilation album "Classics In Jazz - Sam Donahue" (T 626).
1961 - Vocalist Peggy Lee, with Quincy Jones conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Bob Fowler, Conrad Gozzo, Al Porcino, and Jack Sheldon on trumpets, Vernon Friley, Lewis McCreary, and Frank Rosolino on trombones, George Roberts on bass trombone, Benny Carter and Bill Green on alto saxophones, Plas Johnson and Bill Perkins on tenor saxophones, Jack Nimitz on baritone saxophone, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Dennis Budimir and Howard Roberts on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, Stan Levey on drums, and Chino Pozo on congas and percussion), records a new take of the title "Goin' To Chicago Blues" and the titles "Boston Beans""The Grain Belt Blues" (aka "Orange Blues"), and "Basin Street Blues" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Lee's album "Blues Cross Country" (T 1671).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Ringo Starr's Apple Records single, "Back Off Boogaloo", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States with "Blindman" on the flipside, enters the top 40 Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1978 - Sweet's Capitol Records single "Love Is Like Oxygen", with "Cover Girl" on the flip side, enters the top 40 Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1989 - Donny Osmond's Capitol Records single "Soldier Of Love", with "My Secret Touch" on the flipside, enters the top 40 Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. I met Donny in 1988 at the listening party for Ziggy Marley and The Melody Maker's first Virgin Records album "Conscious Party", which was held at Virgin's first office in Beverly Hills, California
1990 - Dan Seals' Capitol Records single "Love On Arrival", with "Those" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1991 - MC Hammer's Capitol Records album "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" is certified Diamond (10 million units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
1998 - Rose Maddox, singer, with the group The Maddox Brothers & Rose, and a Capitol Records solo artist, dies in Ashland, Oregon at age 72

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Kenny Rogers United Artists Records single "Lucille" (aka Country Music's "National Anthem"), with "Till I Get It Right" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.
1979 - Kenny Rogers and Dottie West's United Artists Records single "All I Ever Need Is You", with "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, Universal Music Group.
1990 - Sinead O'Connor's Chrysalis Records single "Nothing Compares 2 U", with "Jump In The River" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Chrysalis' U.S. catalog was merged with Capitol Records catalog by Universal Music Group in 2013 and Capitol currently distributes Chrysalis' U.S. catalog.

Friday, April 14, 2017

APRIL 14, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1924 - Shorty Rogers, trumpet player, band leader, composer, arranger, member of Capitol Records band Stan Kenton and His Orchestra and Blue Note Records artist, is born Milton M. Rajonsky in Great Barrington, Massachusettes
1925 - Rod Steiger, Broadway and motion picture actor and singer, and Capitol Records artist (1955 on the "Oklahoma!" motion picture soundtrack), is born Rodney Stephen Steiger in Westhampton, New York.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Willem Mengelberg conducts The Concertgebouw Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Richard Strauss' "Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24" in six parts in Amsterdam, Holland for Telefunken Records. Capitol Records will issue all six parts on the album "Richard STRAUSS - Death and Transfiguration Op. 24/Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks" after it acquires distribution rights in the United States to Telefunken's library (P-8100):
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist Betty Hutton, with Paul Weston conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted but included brass, reeds, piano, guitar, bass, and drums players), records the titles "The Sewing Machine" and "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 409).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist Jerry Colonna, with Frank De Vol and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Cow Pasture Polka", "Saloon", and "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Cow Pasture Polka" and "Saloon" together as a single and have yet to issue "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life".
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Capitol Records files the masters it purchased for Les Paul and Mary Ford's titles "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" featuring vocals by Mary Ford and "Carioca" and will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 2080).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Skip Martin and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Night And Day", "The Continental", "The Waltz In Sambatime", and "We Saw The Sea" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Martin's album "Music For Tap Dancing" (L-341).
1954 - Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)", with "The Man Upstairs" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist and pianist Carole Simpson records vocal tracks in Los Angeles, California over band tracks recorded by Lennie Neihaus and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted but included guitar, bass, drums, three violas and a cello players) on April 3, 1957 for the titles "There Will Never Be Another You", "Your Name Is Love", "Oh, Look At Me Now", and "A Gentleman Friend". Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Simpson's album "The Song Stylings Of Carole Simpson - All About Carole" (T 878).
1958 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Looking Back", with "Do I Like It" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1961 - Comedians Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks record the titles "The Astronaut", "Taxes", "2000 Year & 6 Month Old Man", and "Baby Routine" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "2000 Year & 6 Month Old Man" on the multi-artist comedy album "Fly Buttons" (T/ST 2502) and have yet to issue any of the other titles.
1966 - The Beatles record the title "Rain" at Abbey Road Studios in London, England with producer George Martin. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5651) with "Paperback Writer" (recorded April 13, 1966) on the flipside in the United States.
1969 - Paul McCartney and John Lennon finish recording the title "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England. It is the first title released as a single by The Beatles not to feature George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
1975 - Fredric March (born Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel), motion picture actor and Capitol Records artist (narrator on the album "Hark The Years"), dies at age 77 in Los Angeles, California from cancer.
1980 - The Knack's Capitol Records album "…But The Little Girl's Understand" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1983 - Tina Turner signs with Capitol Records
1990 - Heart's Capitol Records single "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You", with "Call Of The Wild" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1991 - Wilson Phillip's SBK Records (a division of Capitol Records) single "You're In Love" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1959 - The Fleetwood's Liberty Records single "Come Softly To Me", with "I Care So Much" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1990 - Thurston Harris, singer (best know for the track "Little Bitty Pretty One") and Aladdin Records artist,  dies of a heart attack in Pomona, California at age 58. I designed the album cover, with art director Henry Marquez, for EMI America's release of Harris' "Greatest Hits" album in 1986.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

APRIL 13, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1951 - Peabo Bryson, singer, songwriter, music producer, and Capitol Records artist (1977-1983 and 1989), is born Robert Peapo Bryson in Greenville, South Carolina

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Andy Russell's Capitol Records single "Besame Mucho", with "You're The Dream, I'm The Dreamer" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Country singles charts
1956 - Vocalist Dick Haymes, with Ian Bernard and his orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "I Like The Likes Of You""Isn't It A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain)", and "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Haymes' album "Moondreams" (T 787).
1956 - Vocalist Meg Myles, with unlisted others, records the yet to be issued titles "13 Men" and "Abracadabra" and the titles "Past The Age Of Innocence" and "My Melancholy Baby" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 3437).
1956 - Ray Heindorf conducted The Warner Bros. Orchestra (lineup unlisted) and Chorus (vocalists Betty Allan, Burton Dole, William Lee, Elizabeth Mulliner, Ernest Newton, Betty Noyes, Thurl Ravenscroft, Virginia Rees, William Reeve, Max Smith, Robert Stevens, Betty Wand, and Gloria Wood) as they record the title "Fight Scene (The Yellow Rose Of Texas)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the original motion picture soundtrack album for the film "GIANT" (W 773).
1956 - Vocalist John Raitt, with unlisted others, records the titles "Amapola""Lamento Gitano (Gypsy Lament)""Granada", and "Malaguena" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Raitt's album "Mediterranean Magic" (T 714).
1961 - Vocalist and pianist Ivory Joe Hunter, with Stan Applebaum directing the studio orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes trumpet, saxophone, guitar, bass, and drum players) and a chorus, (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Because I Love You", and "I'm Hooked" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 4587).
1963 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Act Naturally", with "Over And Over Again" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Country singles charts where it will eventually become Owens' first #1
1963 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Surfin' U.S.A.", with "Shut Down" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1965 - The Beatles win the Grammy award for Best New Artist of the Year
1966 - The Beatles record the title "Paperback Writer" in Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 6296) in the United States with "Rain" (recorded April 14, 1966) on the flipside.
1966 - Vocalist and guitarist Roy Clark, with unlisted others, records a yet to be issued take of the titles "Steppin' Out", the title "(I'd Be) A Legend In My Time", and yet to be issued takes of the titles "A Good Woman's Love", and "Oh How I Miss You" in Nashville, Tennessee. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue "(I'd Be) A Legend In My Time" as a single (DT 5118) with "Rose Colored Glasses" (recorded October 14, 1965) on the flipside.
1966 - Vocalists Jean Shepard and Ray Pillow, with unlisted others, records the titles "Nobody's Business", "We Could", and "Willingly" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Shepard and Pillow's album "I'll Take The Dog" (T 2537).
1969 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Galveston", with "How Come Every Time I Itch I Wind Up Scratchin' You" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1971 - During two sessions held today in Los Angeles, California with producer Earl Ball, vocalist Merle Haggard and The Strangers (Roy Nichols on electric guitar, Norman Hamlet on steel guitar, Bobby Wayne on guitar, Dennis Hromek on bass, and Clair "Biff" Adam on drums) record the titles "The Conversion Of Ronnie Jones" and "Caroline" at the first session then just The Strangers record the titles "Honky Tonk", "Raunchy", and "Song From 'Sleep Walk'" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "The Conversion Of Ronnie Jones" on Haggard's album "It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)" (ST-11127), after a overdub session is held on April 30, 1971 for "Carolyn" it will release that title as a single (Capitol 3222) with "When The Feelin' Goes Away" (recorded November 9, 1970) on the flipside and on Haggard and The Strangers' album "Someday We'll Look Back" (ST-835) and all three titles from the second sessions on Merle Haggard's Strangers' album "Honky Tonkin'" (ST-796) and "Song From 'Sleep Walk'" as a single (Capitol 3144) with "Slow 'N' Easy" (recorded April 14, 1971) on the flipside.
1974 - Wings' Apple Records album "Band on the Run", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart
1975 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "Always Wanting You", with "I've Got A Yearning" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1976 - Asleep At The Wheel (lineup unlisted) records the title "Miles And Miles Of Texas" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 4357) with "Blues For Dixie" (recorded April 1, 1966) on the flipside and on the group's album "Wheelin' And Dealin'" (ST-11546).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Natalie Cole's Capitol Records single "I've Got Love On My Mind", with "Unpredictable You" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) releases Linda Davis' album "Linda Davis"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1923 - Don Adams, comedian, television and motion picture actor, animated cartoon voice artist, and Roulette and United Artists Records artist, is born Donald James Yarmy in New York City, New York
1980 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "Call Me", with an instrumental version of the song by Georgio Moroder on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Chrysalis' catalog was owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's one time parent company but was sold by Universal Music Group to Warner Music Group when UMG bought EMI Music Group.
1983 - Sheena Easton and Kenny Rogers' duet Liberty Records single "We've Got Tonight", with Rogers' "You Are So Beautiful" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts. Liberty Records catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1991 - Queensryche's EMI America Records single "Silent Lucidity", with "The Mission (Live)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. EMI America's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

APRIL 12, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1908, 1913, or 1914 - Some sources give this as the birthdate of Lionel Hampton, drummer, band leader, vibraphone player, percussionist, solo artist and with Capitol Records artist Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, but the majority say that Lionel Leo Hampton was born April 20, 1908 in Louisville, Kentucky. If anyone knows for sure, please leave a comment.
1918 - Helen Forrest, singer with the bands of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Lionel Hampton, and a Capitol Records solo artist (1955, with the album "Voice Of The Name Bands"), is born Helen Fogel in Atlantic City, New Jersey
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Mellow Man Ace, rapper, songwriter, brother of Sen Dog of the group Cypress Hill, and a Capitol Records artist, is born Ulpiano Sergio Reyes in Pinar del Rio, Cuba

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Voice artist Pinto Colvig, with Billy May conducting his own arrangements to his orchestra (Emmanuel "Mannie" Klein, Uan Rasey, and Leonard Mach on trumpet, Elmer Smithers and James Skiles on trombones, J.A. Krechter, Harry Schuchman, Victor Garber, and Vincent Spolidoro on saxophones, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, Phil Stephens on bass, John Cyr on drums, and a string section with Mischa Russell, Harry Bluestone, and Samuel Freed on violins, Paul Robyn on viola, Cy Bernard on cello) and using a script by Bozo's creator Alan Livingston, records the titles "Bozo At The Circus: Part 3" and "Bozo At The Circus: Part 4" at Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles as part of the label's first Record Reader album (also created by Alan Livingston) "Bozo At The Circus" (BBX-34).
1956 - Pianist Lou Busch as Joe "Fingers" Carr and His Ragtime Band (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Entertainer's Rag""Black And White Rag", and "Maple Leaf Rag" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Carr's album "Mister Ragtime" (T 760).
1963 - Dick Dale signs with Capitol Records
1971 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens single "Ruby (Are You Mad)", which will peak at #3 on December 4, 1971, with "Heartbreak Mountain" on the flip side
1989 - Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) releases Garth Brooks' album "Garth Brooks"
1998 - James B. Conkling, one time VP at Capitol Records, who went on to be president of Columbia Records, co-founder of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, helped launch and was first president of Warner Bros. Records, married Donna King (member of the Capitol Records group The King Sisters), father of actress Xandra Conkling (aka Donna Alexandra Conkling) and actor and screenwriter Chris Conkling, dies at Sutter Oaks Alzheimer's Hospital in Sacramento, California at age 83

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1966 - Jan Berry, songwriter, record producer, singer and Liberty Records artist as part of the duo Jan & Dean, crashes his white Corvette into a parked truck on Whittier Drive in Los Angeles, California, very close to a legendary “Dead Man’s Curve” that Jan & Dean had immortalized in their hit single. The young genius, with a 180 I.Q., suffered extensive brain and physical damage, and never quite fully recovered but, to the astonishment of his doctors, learned to speak, sing, walk, and perform again.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1954 - Bill Haley And His Comets' have their first session for Decca Records at the Pythian Temple in New York City, New York, where they record the track "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

APRIL 11, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1921 - Dorothy Shay (aka "The Park Avenue Hillbilly"), singer, comedian, actress, and Capitol Records artist, is born Dorothy Nell Sims in Jacksonville, Florida
85 Years Ago Today In 1932 - Joel Grey, singer, dancer, Broadway, motion picture, and television performer, son of comedian and Capitol Records artist Mickey Katz, father of motion picture and television actress Jennifer Grey and chef James Grey, and Capitol Records artist, is born Joel David Katz in Cleveland, Ohio
1970 - Dylan Keefe, bass player and background vocalist in the the Capitol Records group Marcy Playground is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Jean Shepard records the tracks "Satisfied Mind", which Capitol Records will release as a single with "Take Possession" on the flip side in May 1955, and "Beautiful Lies", which Capitol will release with "I Thought Of You" on the flip side in September 1955, at Capitol Records' Melrose studios in Hollywood, California with producer Ken Nelson

1956 - Keely Smith and Louis Prima sign with Capitol Records. I had the unexpected joy of meeting Keely late one night in at The Capitol Tower Studios. I was heading down the hall towards the parking lot on my way home and she was coming out of the hallway from the studios. I recognized her at once and was just blown away. I mean, who could imagine bumping into Keely Smith at the Tower in 1999? Overcoming my tongue-tied shyness when meeting legends, I introduced myself, told her what a pleasure it was to meet her, and asked what brought her back to Capitol. She said she was working on a new album which turned out to be "Swing, Swing, Swing" released by Concord in 2000. She was very gracious and seemed tickled that someone, besides those working in the studios, recognized her and appreciated the significance of her return.
1964 - The Beatles occupy a record-breaking fourteen positions on US Hot 100 chart - "Can't Buy Me Love" (1), "Twist and Shout" (2), "She Loves You" (4), "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (7), "Please Please Me" (9), "Do You Want To Know A Secret" (14), "I Saw Her Standing There" (38), "You Can't Do That" (48), "All My Loving" (50), "From Me To You" (52), "Thank You Girl (61), "There's A Place" (74), "Roll Over Beethoven" (78), and "Love Me Do" (81)
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records artist Judy Garland divorces husband Mark Herron
1969 - Apple Records, with Capitol Records handling distribution in the United States, releases The Beatles single "Get Back", with "Don't Let Me Down" on the flip side
1970 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "Let it Be", with "You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" on the flipside, is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1981 - A Taste Of Honey's Capitol Records single "Sukiyaki", with "Don't You Lead Me On" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Poison's Capitol Records single "Talk Dirty To Me", with "Look What The Cat Dragged In" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1998 - Capitol Records artist Merle Travis is named a charter inductee in the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame
2006 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' compilation box set "The Beatles: The Capitol Albums Vol. 2"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Future Capitol Records artist Dean Martin and his wife Elizabeth welcome their second daughter, Barbara Gail Martin, into the world
2001 - Sir Harry Secombe (born Harry Donald Secombe), singer, comedian, motion picture ("Down Among The Z-Men", "Oliver!"), television and radio performer (most notably as Neddy Seagoon on "The Goon Show") and Parlophone Records artist (whose "Goon Show" recordings were produced by George Martin), dies from prostate cancer at his home in Shamley Green, Guildford, Surrey, England at age 79

Monday, April 10, 2017

APRIL 10, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Margaret Whiting, with Frank De Vol and His Orchestra, records the titles "Ask Anyone Who Knows", "Old Devil Moon", "Thou Swell", and "This Can't Be Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Ask Anyone Who Knows" and "Old Devil Moon" together as a single (Capitol 410) and "Thou Swell" and "This Can't Be Love" on Whiting's self-titled album "Margaret Whiting" (BD-51).
Here's a version of "This Can't Be Love" with Margaret and Lou Busch
Here's a version of "This Can't Be Love" with Frank Sinatra
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Nellie Lutcher (on piano and vocals) and Her Rhythm (Ulysses Livingstone on guitar, Billy Hadnott on bass, and Lee Young on drums) records the titles "The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)", "Hurry On Down", "The Lady's In Love With You", and "You Better Watch Yourself, Bub" at Radio Recorders' Studio B in Los Angeles, California between 2:00 PM and 4:45 PM. Capitol Records will issue "The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)" on Lutcher's album "Nellie Lutcher & Her Rhythm" (CC-70), "Hurry On Down" and "The Lady's In Love With You" as a single (Capitol Americana 40002), and "You Better Watch Yourself, Bub" as a single (Capitol Americana 40042) with "My Mother's Eyes" (recorded April 30, 1947) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "Wheel of Fortune", with "Angry" on the flipside, is still #1 on Billboard's Pop singles charts
1956 - Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole is badly beaten up on stage by a white supremacist group, in front of a white audience, in Birmingham, Alabama
55 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Frank Sinatra (on vocals) with Gordon Jenkins conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Vincent De Rosa, Arthur Frantz, and John Cave on French horns, Dent Eckles on flute, Wayne Songer on clarinet, Willie Schwartz on woodwinds, Jack Shaney on bassoon, Matty Matlock on baritone saxophone, Bill Miller on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Jack Ryan on bass, Nick Fatool on drums, Kathryn Julye on harp and a string section with Victor Arno, Harry Bluestone, Samuel Cytron, Kurt Dieterle, Walter Edelstein, Ben Gill, Murray Kellner, Sol Kindler, Dan Lube, Joseph Livoti, Erno Neufeld, Nicholas Pisani, Joseph Quadri, Mischa Russell, Felix Slatkin, and Marshall Sosson on violins, William Baffa, Ray Menhennick, Paul Robyn, and David Sterkin on viola, Cy Bernard and Armand Kaproff on cello), records the titles "Where Is The One?", "There's No You", "The Night We Called It A Day", "Autumn Leaves" and an alternate take of "Autumn Leaves" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Where Is The One?", "There's No You", "The Night We Called It A Day", and "Autumn Leaves" on Sinatra's album "Where Are You?" (W 855) and "Where Is The One?", "There's No You", "The Night We Called It A Day", and the alternate take of "Autumn Leaves"on the stereo version of the album (SW 855).
1958 - Wanda Jackson records the tracks "(Every Time They Play) Our Song", which will be released by Capitol Records as the flipside of "Mean Mean Man", and "A Date With Jerry", which will be released as a single by Capitol with "You're The One For Me" on the flip side
1961 - Capitol Records releases Rose Maddox and Buck Owens' single "Mental Cruelty" with "Loose Talk" on the flipside
1965 - Freddie and The Dreamers' Tower Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) single "I'm Telling You Now", with "What Have I Done To You?" on the flipside, is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Merle Haggard records the track "Branded Man" which will be the title track for his 1967 Capitol Records album and released by Capitol as a single with "You Don't Have Very Far To Go (1967 version)" on the flipside
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Paul McCartney visits a Beach Boys' recording session, producing the track "Vegetables"
1970 - Paul McCartney announces that The Beatles have broken up
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Freddie Hart's Capitol Records single "My Hang-Up Is You", with "Big Bad Wolf" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1998 - CEMA (the then catlog division of Capitol Records and EMI) releases Freddie Hart's compilation album "Best of Freddie Hart"
10 Years Ago Today In 2007 - Dakota Staton (aka Aliyah Rabia), singer, dancer, sister of saxophonist Fred Staton, and a Capitol Records and United Artists Records artist, dies in Manhattan, New York at age 74 after a few years of declining health.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1911 - Martin Denny, bandleader, composer, pianist, and Liberty Records artist, is born in New York City, New York. Some listings have him being born on April 5, 1911. If anyone knows for sure, please leave a comment.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Future Imperial and Capitol Records artist Ricky Nelson starts his singing career on his parents' network television show "Ozzie and Harriet" when he sings the track "I'm Walkin'". That's Capitol Records artist and bandleader Ray Anthony as the bandleader in the background.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Stuart Sutcliffe, artist and original bass player for The Beatles, who had quit the band to return to art school and stay with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr, dies from a brain hemorrhage following a series of violent headaches in Hamburg, West Germany at age 21, the day before The Beatles were to return to Hamburg from Liverpool to start their third tour in the city.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Leo Fender is granted the patent for The Stratocaster guitar

Sunday, April 09, 2017

APRIL 9, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1920 - Art Van Damme, accordionist, bandleader (Art Van Damme Quintet), Capitol Records artist (the Quintet accompanied The Dinning Sisters on their Capitol Records single "Buttons And Bows"), is born in Norway, Michigan

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY

75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Papers signed on March 27, 1942 by George G. DeSylva, John Mercer, and Glenn E. Wallichs, before Los Angeles county and California state Notary Public Leta Niccum to acknowledge that they have executed articles of incorporation for Liberty Records, Inc., are stamped "FILED" with the state of California. The three will apply for a Certificate of Amendment on May 27, 1942, again before Ms. Niccum, to change the name of the corporation to Capitol Records, Inc. Those papers will be stamped "FILED" with the state of California on June 1, 1942.
1955 - Les Baxter's Capitol Records single "Unchained Melody", with "Medic" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1956 - Local Disc Jockey Sherrif Tex Davis takes Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps to radio station WCMS' studios in Nashville, Tennessee to record the demo of "Be-Bop-A-Lula" as well as demos for "Race With The Devil" and "I Sure Miss You". Davis sends the demos to Capitol's A&R man and producer Ken Nelson who will set up a recording session at Owen Bradley's Nashville studio on May 4th, 1956 which will produce the released single version of "Be-Bop-A-Lula".
1964 - Capitol Records is granted an injunction restraining Vee Jay Records from further manufacturing, distributing or advertising recordings by The Beatles
1973 - Apple Records, with Capitol Records handling distribution in the United States, releases Paul McCartney And Wings' single "My Love" from their album "Red Rose Speedway" with "The Mess" on the flipside
1983 - The Tubes' Capitol Records single "She's A Beauty", with "When You're Ready To Come" on the flipside, enters Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1990 - Capitol Records releases Lacy J. Dalton's album "Lacy J."

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1951 - Future Capitol Records artist Judy Garland begins a 4 week appearance at The London Palladium in London, England
2004 - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of former Capitol Records artist "Weird Al" Yankovic, die of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Fallbrook, California home. Their accidental deaths are caused by a fire burning without an open flue.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

APRIL 8, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
110 Years Ago Today In 1907 - Wesley Prince, bass player with The King Cole Trio, is born in Pasadena, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - Mel Torme's Capitol Records single "Again", with "Blue Moon" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1966 - Vocalist Liza Minnelli, with Ray Ellis conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Marriage Is For Old Folks""Say Liza (Liza With A 'Z')", and "Come On And Baby Me" in New York City, New York. 40 years later in 2006, DRG Records will issue all the titles on the 2 disc CD set "Liza Minnelli: The Complete Capitol Collection"  (DRG 19093).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Wanda Jackson records the title "I'd Like To Help You Get Out" for her Capitol Records album "You'll Always Have My Heart" that will be released in September 1967
1968 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "Lady Madonna", with "The Inner Light" on the flipside and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1978 - Wing's Capitol Records single "With A Little Luck", with "Backwards Traveller/Cuff Link (Medley)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
2003 - Capitol Records releases Lisa Marie Presley's album "To Whom It May Concern"
2003 - Chris Cagle's second Capitol Records album, "Chris Cagle," debuts at #1 on the Billboard's Top Country Albums chart

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
125 Year Ago Today In 1892 - Mary Pickford, actress and co-founder of United Artists Pictures, is born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. United Artists Pictues would release The Beatles' movies "A Hard Day's Night", "Help!", and "The Yellow Submarine". The catalog for United Artists Records, a subsidiary which will also release the soundtrack to "A Hard Day's Night", is now owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1920 - Carmen McRae, singer and Blue Note Records artist is born in Harlem, New York City, New York
1963 - Julian Lennon, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and son of John and Cynthia Powell, is born John Charles Julian Lennon in Liverpool, England. Julian was the inspiration for the songs "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "Good Night", and "Hey Jude"
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Spencer Davis Group's single "I'm A Man", with "Can't Get Enough" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
2001 - Janet Jackson's Virgin Records America single "All For You", with "Someone To Call My Lover" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

Friday, April 07, 2017

APRIL 7, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1915 - Billie Holiday, singer and Capitol Records artist (the track "Trav'lin' Light", with Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra, using the name Lady Day), is born Eleanora Fagan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1920 - Ravi Shankar, composer, sitar player, Capitol ("Concert For Bangladesh") and Angel Records artist, and father of Angel Records artist Anoushka Shankar and Blue Note Records artist Nora Jones, is born Bharat Ratna Ravi Shankar in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
1951 - Janis Ian, singer, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist is born Janis Eddy Fink in New York City, New York
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Bruce Gary, percussionist and drummer with the Capitol Records group The Knack, is born in Burbank, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1954 - Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "The Man Upstairs", with Harold Mooney conducting the orchestra and "If You Love Me" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1958 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Sweet Thing" with "I Only Know That I Love You" on the flipside
1958 - Dean Martin's Capitol Records single "Return To Me", with "Forgetting You" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1991 - Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) artist Garth Brooks wins American Country Music awards for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, Album of the Year (for "No Fences,") Single "Friends in Low Places," Song, and Video of the Year "The Dance"
15 Years Ago Today In 2002 - Chris Cagle's Capitol Records Nashville single "I Breathe In I Breathe Out", with "Country By The Grace of God" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1938 - Freddie Hubbard, trumpet player, sideman, bandleader, and Blue Note Records artist, is born Frederick Dewayne Hubbard in Indianapolis, Indiana. Blue Note's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company EMI Music Group
1943 - Mick Abrahams, guitarist, founder of the Chrysalis Records group Jethro Tull, and a solo artist, is born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Chrysalis' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company EMI Music Group
1949 - The Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opens at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. Capitol Records will later release an album of cover versions of the hit songs from the musical featuring Gordon MacRae and Jo Stafford
1958 - Ricky Nelson's Imperial Records single "Believe What You Say", with "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart. Imperial's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company EMI Music Group
1959 - The Fleetwoods' Dolphin Records (later renamed Dolton Records) single "Come Softly To Me", with "I Care So Much" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles chart. Dolton Records was distributed and later bought by Liberty Records. Liberty Records catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1968 - Bobby Goldsboro's United Artists Records single "Honey", with "Danny" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1975 - Victoria Adams (aka Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice), with the Virgin Records group Spice Girls, wife of European football player David Beckham, is born Victoria Caroline Adams in Hetfordshire, England
1990 - "Hold On", Wilson Phillips' SBK single "Hold On", distributed by Capitol Records with "Over And Over" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Single chart

Thursday, April 06, 2017

APRIL 6, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1924 - Dorothy Donegan, pianist, leader of The Dorothy Donegan Trio, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Chicago, Illinois
90 Years Ago Today In 1927 - Gerry Mulligan, arranger, songwriter, pianist, clarinet and baritone saxophone player, bandleader, Capitol (solo and as part of Miles Davis' "Birth Of The Cool" band), Pacific Jazz, and Blue Note Records artist, is born Gerald Joseph Mulligan in New York City, New York
80 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Merle Haggard, singer, songwriter, guitarist, 1977 inductee into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall Of Fame, 1994 inductee into the The Country Music Hall Of Fame, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Kern General Hospital, in Bakersfield, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY



75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - The first session for Liberty Records (officially renamed Capitol Records on June 1, 1942) is held as a split session at C.P. MacGregor's studios at 729 S. Western Avenue in Los Angeles, California. First, vocalist Martha Tilton and the vocal group The Mellowaires (lineup unlisted), with Gordon Jenkins' Orchestra (Jenkins on piano and leading the rest of the unlisted musicians), record "Moondreams" (co-written by Johnny Mercer and J. C. "Chummy"  MacGregor) and "The Angels Cried" (written by Mercer alone), which features a solo by Hubert "Bumps" Myers on tenor saxophone, then Johnny Mercer, with Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra (lineup still unlisted but including Jimmy Van Heusen on piano), records "Strip Polka" (words and music by Mercer, arranged by Paul Weston) with additional M.C. vocals by Phil Silvers and harmony vocals by The Mellowaires and "They Didn't Believe  Me" (music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Herbert Reynolds). Capitol Records will issue "Moondreams" as a single (Capitol 138) with "Comin' Thru The Rye" (recorded June 25, 1942) on the flipside, "The Angels Cried" as a single (Capitol 105) with "I'll Remember April" (recorded June 4, 1942) on the flipside, "Strip Polka" as single (Capitol 103) with "The Air-Minded Executive" (recorded May 21, 1942) on the flipside, and "They Didn't Believe Me" as a single (Capitol 129) with "Riffette" (recorded July 20, 1942) on the flipside.
1951 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Too Young", with "That's My Girl" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1956 - The grand opening of The Capitol Tower at 1750 Vine Street, Hollywood, California takes place. Check out the April 6, 2006 posting in the April archives to find all the information and photos that I posted for the 50th anniversary of The Tower's opening.
1966 - Buck Owens records the track "Open Up Your Heart" which will be released by Capitol Records
1968 - Syd Barrett officially leaves Tower Records' (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) band Pink Floyd
1968 - After nearly four months of remodeling, The Beatles open their Apple Corporation office on the fourth floor of  95 Wigmore Street, London, England. The office workers find out that they can't play records during office hours so as not to disturb other tenants in the building. About three months later, the company will move to 3 Savile Road on July 15, 1968 after The Beatles buy the entire building.
1999 - Red Norvo, xylophonist, bandleader, Capitol Records session player and artist, dies at the age of 91

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Bob Marley, singer, songwriter, guitarist, husband of Rita Marley (member of member of I3), and literaly the father of EMI America and Virgin Records group Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, is born Robert Nesta Marley in Rhoden Hall, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
1971 - Donavan Freberg, photographer and son of Capitol Records artist Stan Freberg, is born.
1973 - Future Capitol Records band Queen sign their first recording contract
1981 - Bob Hite (aka "The Bear"), guitarist, harmonica player, and founding member of the Liberty Records group Canned Heat, dies of a heart attack brought on by a combination of drug use and extreme weight at age 38. The attack happened in a van that was taking him home from a gig at The Palimino. Though his bandmates tried to revive him, they had to call paramedics when they got to Hite's home in Mar Vista, California, where he was later pronounced dead. If anyone knows for sure where Bob is buried, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
100 Years Ago Today In 1917 - The United States of America enters the first world war.