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).
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