Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MAY 17, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Audie Desbrow, drummer with the Capitol Records group Great White, is born in Los Angeles, California
1959 - Paul Di'Anno, vocalist with the Capitol Records and EMI America Records band Iron Maiden, is born in London, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)' Capitol Records single "Mam'selle" is #10 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Kay Starr (with orchestra conducted by Harold Mooney)'s Capitol Records single "Wheel Of Fortune" is #2 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Ella Mae Morse (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Blacksmith Blues" is #7, Jane Froman (with orchestra conducted by Sid Feller)'s Capitol Records single "I'll Walk Alone" is #16, and Les Paul's Capitol Records single "New Carioca" is #19
1953 - Capitol Records releases the original Broadway cast album of Cole Porter's "Can-Can"
1969 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Where's The Playground Susie", with "Arkansas" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Country singles charts
1971 - Apple Records releases Paul McCartney's second solo album, "Ram", with Capitol Records handling distribution in the United States
1976 - Dr. Hook's Capitol Records single "Only Sixteen", with "Let Me Be Your Lover" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
85 Years Ago Today In 1932 - Blue Note artist (1959-1967) and alto saxophonist Jackie McLean is born John Lenwood McLean in New York City, New York
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Tracy Bryn, member of the band Voice Of The Beehive and daughter of Bruce Belland of the Capitol Records band The Four Preps, is born in Encino, California
15 Years Ago Today In 2002 - Sharon Sheely, songwriter ("Poor Little Fool", "Something Else, "Hurry Up", etc.) and one-time fiancee of Liberty Records artist Eddie Cochran, dies of complications following a cerebral hemorrhage in Los Angeles, California at age 62. Sheely was also injured in the same cab crash in England that killed Cochran and injured Capitol Records artist Gene Vincent.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1846 - The saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax
1963 - The first Monterey Folk Festival is held in California with Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, and others performing

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