1941 - Pete Birrell, bass player with the Tower and Capitol Records group Freddie and the Dreamers, is born in Manchester, England
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Jo Stafford (on vocals), with Paul Weston and his Orchestra (lineup unlisted) records the tracks "I'm So Right Tonight" and "Passing By (Vous Qui Passez San Me Voir)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both tracks together as a single (Capitol 423).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Little David Wheaton (on vocals and guitar with an unlisted musician on washboard) records an unissued take of the track "Don't Play Me For A Fool" and the tracks "It Just Ain't For Me", "I Just Couldn't Help It", and "There's All Kinds Of Women" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the second track as a single (Capitol Americana 40139) with "That's What I'm Talkin' About" (recorded July 10, 1947) on the flipside and the third and fourth tracks together as a single (Capitol Americana 40009).
1951 - Vocalist Margaret Whiting, with Lou Busch directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "This Little Piggie Went To Market", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Everlasting", and "River Road Two-Step" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol 1566) with "Hoppy, Topper, and Me" (recorded May 10, 1951) on the flipside, the second and third title together as a single (Capitol 1585), and the last title as a single (Capitol 1702) with "Good Morning Mr. Echo" (recorded June 14, 1951) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Kay Starr's Capitol Records single "Wheel Of Fortune", with "Angry" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - During two session held today in New York City, New York, Leonard Pennario (on piano) records Johann Strauss' "Emperor Waltz, Part 1" and "Emperor Waltz, Part 2" at the first session and "On The Beautiful Danube (Blue Danube Waltz), Part 1" and "On The Beautiful Danube (Blue Danube Waltz), Part 2" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Pennario's album "Johann STRAUSS Waltzes" (H-8167).
1953 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "April In Portugal" is #4 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Nat "King" Cole (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)"s Capitol Records single "Pretend" is #5, and Jane Froman (with orchestra conducted by Sid Feller)'s Capitol Records single "I Believe" is #14
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Ruth Welcome (on zither, with unlisted other musicians) records the track "Star Dust", an unissued take of the track "No Other Love", and the tracks "My Melancholy Baby" and "Does Your Heart Beat For Me?" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the first, third, and last tracks together on Welcome's album "Hi-Fi Zither" (T 942).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Cannon and chime effects are overdubbed in Los Angeles, California on The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra's (lineup unlisted, conducted by Felix Slatkin) recording from April 27, 1957 of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture". Capitol Records will issue the final version of the track on the orchestra's album "Starlight Chorale" (P-8390).
1961 - Jean Shepard records the tracks "How Long Does It Hurt (When A Heart Breaks)" (which will be released by Capitol Records as a single with "If You Were Losing Him To Me" on the flip side in June 1961) and "I've Got To Talk To Mary" (which will be released by Capitol Records as her next single with "Biggest Cry" on the flip side on August 10, 1961) at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Glen Campbell (on vocals), with an uncredited orchestra using arrangements by Jimmie Haskell, records the tracks "Too Late To Worry, To Blue To Cry", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "How Do I Tell My Heart Not To Break?", and "Walking The Floor Over You" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Campbell's album "Too Late To Worry-Too Blue To Cry" (T 1881).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Gordon MacRae (on vocals with unlisted musicians) records the tracks "Lovely" and "Warmer Than A Whisper" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both tracks together as a single (Capitol 4773).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Dinah Shore (on vocals), with Van Alexander conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the tracks "That'll Show Him" and "Just A Brief Encounter" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both tracks together as a single (Capitol 4774).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Capitol Records files information in Los Angeles, California for the masters they purchased for Nelson Riddle (conducting his own arrangements) and His Orchestra's (featuring Don Fagerquist, Cappy Lewis, and Shorty Sherock on trumpet, Dick Nash and Tommy Shepard on trombone, Buddy Collette, Ronnie Lang, and Willie Schwartz on reeds, Frank Flynn on vibraphones, and Ray Sherman on piano, with an uncredited string section) tracks "Indiscreet", "Alone Too Long", "Queen Of Hearts", "Playboy's Theme", "Penny Ante", "You Fascinate Me So", "It's So Nice To Have A Man Around The House", "Witchcraft", "Finesse", "A Game Of Poker", "Red Silk Stockings And Green Perfume", and "Two Hearts Wild" which it will issue on Riddle's album "Love Is A Game Of Poker" (T 1817).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Louvin Brothers (Charlie Louvin on vocals and guitar and Ira Louvin on vocals and mandolin) with (listed as probably) Marvin H. Hughes on piano, Jimmy Capps on electric guitar, Harold Ray Bradley on guitar and 6-string bass guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and William Paul Ackerman on drums, record the tracks "The First Time In Life", "There's No Easy Way", "Love Turned To Hate", and "Must You Throw Dust In My Face" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the first and last tracks together as a single (Capitol 4822), the second track as a single (Capitol 5075) with "Everytime You Leave" (recorded May 13, 1961) on the flipside, and the third track as a single (Capitol 4941) with "I Cried After You Left" (recorded on March 25, 1956) on the flipside.
1966 - Paul McCartney records vocal, piano and bass guitar tracks for the ballad "For No One" for The Beatles' "Revolver" album with Ringo Starr on drums. Additional vocals will be overdubbed on May 16 and the French horn solo by Alan Civil of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be overdubbed on May 19. John and George did not participate.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Overdubs are recorded for Sonny James' tracks "Rally 'Round Your Love" (which was later rejected), "Love Is A Happy Song", and "Today Is The End Of The World" in Nashville, Tennesee. After other overdubs are recorded for the first two tracks on December 13, 1969 Capitol Records will issue the final version of "Love Is Happy Song" on James' album "Heaven Says Hello" (ST 2937) and will issue "Today Is The End Of The World" on James' album "I'll Never Find Another You" (T 2788).
1968 - Merle Haggard records the track "Mama Tried" which will be released by Capitol Records as a single in June 1968 with "You'll Never Love Me Now" on the flip side and will eventually peak at #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1970 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Oh Happy Day", with "Someone Above" on the flip side, enters the U.S. Country singles chart
1976 - The Sylver's Capitol Records single "Boogie Fever" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1986 - The Smithereens sign with Capitol Records
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1935 - Nokie Edwards, guitarist with Buck Owens band, bass player and lead guitarist with the Dolton and Liberty Records group The Ventures, solo artist, and television actor, is born Nole Edwards in Lahoma, Oklahoma
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - The Miles Davis All Stars (Miles Davis on trumpet, J.J. Johnson on trombone, Jackie McLean on alto saxophone, Gil Coggins on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums) record the tracks "Dear Old Stockholm", two takes of "Chance It", two takes of "Donna", two takes of "Wouldn't You", "Yesterdays" (without trombone and alto saxophone), and "How Deep Is The Ocean" (without trombone and alto saxophone) at WOR Studios in New York City, New York. Blue Note Records will issue the first, third, fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth tracks on Davis' album "Young Man With A Horn" (BLP 5013) and will issue all the tracks on the CD "Miles Davis, Volume 1" (7-81501-2).
1956 - Johnny Dale Owens, future Capitol Records artist Buck Owens' third son, is born in California
1960 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Young Emotions" is #33 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Beatles sign a contract with Parlophone Records, a subsidiary of EMI Records, Ltd.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Lou Donaldson (on alto saxophone), with Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, John Patton on organ, Grant Green on guitar, and Ben Dixon on drums, records the tracks "Spaceman Twist", "People Will Say We're In Love", "That's All", "Funky Mama", "Loved Walked In", "Sow Belly Blues" and "Nice 'N' Greasy" in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue all the tracks except the second on Donaldson's album "The Natural Soul" (BNLP4108) and all the tracks on album's release on CD (7-84108-2).
1964 - Louis Armstrong's single "Hello Dolly" becomes #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, his first in his 41 year career, and knocks The Beatles out of the #1 spot on the chart for the first time in 14 weeks (a run which started February 1 when their single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" held top for 7 weeks, then "She Loves You" was #1 for 2 weeks and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" held the top spot for 5 weeks)
1964 - Kevin Saunderson, with the Virgin Records America group Inner City, is born
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Apple Records album "Unfinished Music No. 2 - Life With The Lions" is released in the U.K. and will be released by Capitol Records in the United States on May 26
1993 - Janet Jackson's Virgin Records single "That's The Way Love Goes" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - Billy Joel is born William Martin Joel in Levitown (near Hicksville), Long Island, New York
1949 - Columbia Records releases the Original Broadway Cast album of "South Pacific" featuring Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Eight years later to the day, Ezio Pinza, who had an earlier career as a renowned bass opera singer, dies in Stamford, Connecticut nine days before his sixty-fifth birthday
1984 - Nudie Cohn, clothing designer for the stars, dies in North Hollywood, California at age 81