Thursday, May 18, 2017

MAY 18, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
115 Years Ago Today In 1902 - Meredith Willson, flute and piccolo player, bandleader, radio performer, motion picture scorer ("The Great Dictator") and composer of the Broadway musicals "The Music Man" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (in which Capitol Records invested so that it could release their original Broadway cast albums) as well as "Here's Love" and "1491", is born Robert Meredith Reiniger in Mason City, Iowa
95 Years Ago Today In 1922 - Kai Winding, trombonist, composer, member of the Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and Miles Davis' Capitol Records bands (including four tracks with the Miles Davis Nonet on the "Birth Of The Cool" sessions) and Aladdin and Capitol Records artist, is born Kai Chresten Winding in Aarhus, Denmark.
1931 - Robert Morse, Broadway, movie, and television actor, singer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Robert Xavier Morse in Newton, Massachusetts.
1934 - Dwayne Hickman, television ("The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis") and motion picture ("Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine" the soundtrack of which was released by Capitol Records subsidiary Tower Records) actor, CBS Television executive, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Los Angeles, California
1953 - Feliciano "Butch" Tavares, who with his four brothers made up the Capitol Records group Tavares, is born in New Bedford, Massachusetts

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - At Capitol Records' fourth recording session, vocalist Dennis Day, with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland" (which Day had previously performed on The Jack Benny Show on radio on May 10, 1942), "Phil, The Fluter's Ball", "I'm Glad There Is You", "Dear Old Pal Of Mine", and a rejected take of a unlisted title in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue  "Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland" and "Phil, The Fluter's Ball" together as a single (Capitol 104, part of the label's first release of singles to retail), "I'm Glad There Is You" as a single (Capitol 125) with "Always" (recorded June 25, 1942) on the flipside, and have yet to issue "Dear Old Pal Of Mine.
1946 - Alvino Rey and His Orchestra (with vocals by Rocky Coluccio)'s Capitol Records single "Cement Mixer (Put-Ti Put-Ti)" is #6 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Andy Russell (with Paul Weston & His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Laughing On The Outside (Crying On The Inside) is #8
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Ferlin Husky's Capitol Records single "Gone" is #4 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Tommy Sand's Capitol Records single "Teenage Crush" is #34
1959 - Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles' Capitol Records single "Only You (Loin De Vous)", with "Rainy Night In Paris" on the flip side, is #10 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and The Kingston Trio's Capitol Records single "Tijuana Jail" is #27
1963 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Surfin' U.S.A" is #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, The Kingston Trio's Capitol Records single "Reverend Mr. Black" is #8, and Al Martino's Capitol Records single "I Love You Because" is #10
1968 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "I Wanna Live", with "That's All That Matters" on the flipside, becomes his first #1 on the country charts
1969 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "Get Back", released by Capitol Records in the United States, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1970 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' Apple Records soundtrack album "Let It Be" in the United States
1970 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "The Kansas City Song"
1975 - Jesi Colter's Capitol Records single "I'm Not Lisa", with "For The First Time" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1988 - Daws Butler (born Charles Dawson Butler), Capitol Records artist (on recordings of Stan Freberg and on various children's records), radio actor, and voice for many Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, dies of a heart attack at age 71 in Los Angeles, California
2009 - Carol Cole, actress, niece and adopted daughter of Nat and Maria Cole, and administrator of her father's estate, has died at age 65.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Walkin'" is #12 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single of the same song is #33, and Eddie Cochran's Liberty Records single "Sittin' In The Balcony" is #38
1959 - Martin Denny's Liberty Records single "Quiet Village" is #8 on Billbard's Hot 100 Singles chart, The Fleetwood's Dolton (originally Dolphin) Records single "Come Softly To Me" (distributed by Liberty Records) is #21, Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Ready" is #27, and Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Never Be Anyone Else But You" is #40
1963 - Lou Christie's Roulette Records single "Two Faces Have I" is #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, Bobby Vee's Liberty Records single "Charms" is #20, and Jan and Dean's Liberty Records single "Linda" is 340
1981 - President Ronald Reagan announces his intention to nominate former VP of Capitol Records (1942-1951) and former president of Columbia Records (1951-1956), James B. Conkling, to be Associate Director of the International Communication Agency (Broadcasting)
1986 - Kenny Rogers' United Artists Records single "Tomb Of The Unknown Love", with "Our Perfect Song" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
2004 - Elvin Jones, drummer, Blue Note, United Artists, and Roulette Records artist, dies at age 76 of heart problems in Englewood, New Jersey

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1883 - Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the Bauhaus, is born Walter Adolph Gropius in Berlin, Germany
105 Years Ago Today In 1912 - Perry Como, singer and star on radio and television, is born Pierino Ronald Como in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
1975 - Leroy Anderson, conductor and composer of light instrumental music ("Sleigh Ride", "The Typewriter", "The Penny Whistle Song", etc.) dies of cancer at age 66 in Woodbury, Connecticut

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