Monday, May 29, 2017

MAY 29, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1903 - Bob Hope, comedian, Broadway, motion picture, radio and television actor, and Capitol Records recording artist, is born Leslie Towns Hope in Eltham, England, a suburb of London
1909 - Dick Stabile, alto saxophonist and bandleader of the Capitol Records group Dick Stabile and His Orchestra which released solo recordings and was the studio orchestra for many Dean Martin recordings, is born in Newark, New Jersey
1941 - Roy Crewsdon, guitarist with the Tower Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) group Freddie and The Dreamers, is born

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL HISTORY
1945 - Carl Kress records the tracks "The Goose From Gander (Squeeze Box Swing)" and "Jazz In G" as guitar solos at the WMCA studios in New York City, New York
1945 - Cootie Williams and His Orchestra (Cootie Williams, E. V. Perry, George Treadwell, Billy Ford, and Clarence "Gene" Redd on trumpet; Ed Burke, Dan Logan, and Bob Horton on trombone; Rupert Cole and Eddie Vinson on alto saxophone; Sam Taylor and Lee Pope on tenor saxophone; George Favors on baritone saxophone; Arnold Jarvis on piano; Carl Pruitt on bass; and Sylvester Payne on drums), record the tracks "Mood For Coot", "Juice Head Baby" with vocal by Eddie Vinson, "Salt Lake City Bounce" and "Jitterbug Serenade" with an unknown vocalist, possibly Cootie Williams
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Hollywood Hucksters (Benny Goodman on clarinet; Red Norvo on xylophone; Benny Carter on alto saxophone; Charlie Shavers on trumpet; Dave Cavanaugh on tenor saxophone; Joe Koch on baritone saxophone; Jimmy Rowles on piano; Irving Ashby on guitar; Red Callendar on bass; and Lee Young on drums), with producer Dave Dexter, Jr., record the tracks "I Apologize", "Them There Eyes", and "Happy Blues" (with vocals by Stan Kenton and Benny Goodman).
1948 - The King Cole Trio (with orchestra conducted by Frank DeVol)'s Capitol Records single "Nature Boy" (with "Lost April" on the flipside) is still #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Peggy Lee (with Dave Barbour and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "MaƱana" (with "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart" on the flipside) is #10, and The Sportsmen's a capella Capitol Records single "You Can't Be True, Dear" (with "Toolie Oolie Doolie" on the flipside) is #18
1951 - Fanny Brice (born Fania Borach), comedienne, Broadway, motion picture and radio actor, and Capitol Records artist (as Baby Snooks), dies at age 59 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood, California from a cerebral hemorrhage. Her ashes were interred in the Chapel Mausoleum at the Jewish Home of Peace Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California. A half-century later, at the time of Brice's daughter Frances's death in 1992, Fanny Brice's ashes were reinterred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, some 20 miles west of her original interment place. Today the ashes, and those of her daughter, are in an outdoor pavilion. Her life story will be turned into the Broadway musical "Funny Girl" whose original Broadway cast album will be released by Capitol Records, marking the only time Barbra Streisand would record for the label.
1954 - Kay Starr (with orchestra conducted by Harold Mooney)'s Capitol Records single "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)" (with "The Man Upstairs" on the flip side which is on the same chart at #10) is #4 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Frank Sinatra (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Young At Heart" (with "Take A Chance" on the flip side) is #6, Nat "King" Cole (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Answer Me, My Love" (with "Why?" on the flip side) is #11,
1958 - Frank Sinatra, during a session produced by Dave Cavanaugh, records the tracks "Monique", "Ebb Tide", "Angel Eyes", "Spring Is Here", "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry", "Only The Lonely", "Lush Life" and "Willow Weep For Me" at a full day and night session with Felix Slatkin conducting the Nelson Riddle Orchestra that included the musicians Pete Candoli on trumpet; Milton Bernhart, Tommy Pederson, Kenneth Shroyer on trombones; John Cave, James Decker, Vincent DeRosa on french horns; Mahlon Clark, Mitchell Lurie on clarinet; Don Christlieb, Jack Marsh on Bassoon; Arnold Koblentz, Warren Webb on oboe; Charles Buttler, Chuck Gentry on bass clarinet; Arthur Gleghorn, Harry Klee on flute; Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Arnold Belnick, David Frisina, James Getzoff, Henry Hill, Daniel Karpilkowsky, Erno Neufeld, Paul Shure, Marshall Sosson on violin; Alvin Dinkin, Stanley Harris, Paul Robyn, David Sterkin on viola; James Arkatov, Armand Karproff, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin on cello; Bill Miller, Harry Sukman on piano; Joe Comfort, Mike Rubin on bass; Al Viola on guitar; Frank Flynn, Bill Richmond on percussion; Dominic Frontiere on accordian; and Kathryn Julye on harp
1959 - Capitol Records artists Peggy Lee and The George Shearing Quintet give a live performance at the Second National Disc Jockey Convention held at The Americana Hotel in Miami, Florida. The show is recorded, but problems with the audio will lead to the set being re-recorded a few days later at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California and passed for live when the tracks were released as the album "Beauty And The Beat!" by Capitol Records.
1963 - Peggy Lee, with conductor Max Bennett and producer Dave Cavanaugh, records the tracks "Got That Magic" and "A Doodlin' Song" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release the tracks together as a single (Capitol 5001).
1965 - The Beach Boy's Capitol Records single "Help Me, Rhonda", with "Kiss Me, Baby" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records Canada releases Lyn and Graham McCarthy's album "Bitter And Sweet"
1989 - John Cipollina, guitarist with the Capitol Records band Quicksilver Messenger Service, dies of congenital emphysema at age 45 in San Francisco, California. There's a great biographical article by William Ruhlmann that was in the November 3, 1989 issue of Goldmine magazine.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1961 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Travelin' Man" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, Ernie K-Doe's Minit Records single "Mother-In-Law" is #5, Gene McDaniels' Liberty Records single "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay" is #8, The Fleetwoods' Dolton Records single "Tragedy" is #10, Ricky Nelson's Imperial Records single "Hello Mary Lou" is #16, Steve Lawrence's United Artists Records single "Portrait Of My Love" is #18, and Al Caiola and His Orchestra's United Artists Records single "Bonanza" is #31. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the catalogs of Imperial, Minit, Liberty, Dolton, and United Artists Records.
1973 - Mike Oldfield's Virgin Records album "Tubular Bells" is released in the United States
1975 - Melanie Brown (aka Mel B, aka Scary Spice), singer with the Virgin Recorsd group Spice Girls, is born Melanie Janine Brown in Leeds, England
1989 - Danielle Riley Keough, daughter of Capitol Records artist Lisa Marie Presley, is born

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL HISTORY
100 Years Ago Today In 1917 - Future president John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Capitol Records would release a tribute soundtrack album for the documentary "Years Of Lightning, Day Of Drums" (Capitol T 2486) in 1966.
1929 - Janet Gaynor leaves her hand and foot prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California during it's 14th ceremony
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Bing Crosby, with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers, records the track "White Christmas" for Decca Records after introducing it in the motion picture "Holiday Inn" and featuring it on his radio shows. The single will become the best selling record of all time.

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