Friday, June 30, 2017

JUNE 30, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1939 - Janet H. Shifflett, machinist for fifteen years at Capitol Records and for Audiopak for seven years, is born Janet Henry in Warren County, Virginia
1944 - Glenn Shorrock, singer with the Capitol Records group The Little River Band, is born in Rochester, England
1949 - Andy Scott, guitarist with the Capitol Records group The Sweet, is born Andrew Scott in Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - It's a busy day for drummer Zutty Singleton as he and his Creole Band (Norman Bowden on trumpet, Shorty Haughton on trombone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Fred Washington on piano, Bud Scott on guitar, and Ed Garland on bass) record the tracks "Oh, Didn't He Ramble" and "Crawfish Blues", and at the same session, with his trio (Singleton on drums, Bigard on clarinet, and Washington on piano), record a couple of takes of "Barney's Bounce" and "Lulu's Mood". All the tracks will be released by Capitol Records.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Freddie Slack (on piano and celeste, with Gene Englund on bass, and Dave Coleman on drums), records the tracks "Humoresquire" (with Hilmer "Tiny" Timbrell on guitar) and "Celeste Boogie" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records, but the tracks would remain unreleased until included in the 2005 Mosaic Records 3 CD set "Mosaic Select: Freddie Slack".
1951 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Too Young" (with "That's My Girl" on the flipside) is still #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "How High The Moon" is #3 down from #2, and Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "Mockin' Bird Hill" is #17 down from #9, and Les Paul's Capitol Records single "Josephine" entes the top 20 at #20
1955 - Frank Sinatra, with arranger Nelson Riddle leading an unknown studio orchestra, records the track "I Thought About You" written by Jimmy Van Husen with lyrics by Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer at radio station KHJ's studios (now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and the Academy Film Archive) at 1313 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM. This take will be released on the bootleg CD "From The Vaults" (Archive 2201).
1956 - Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps' Capitol Records single "Be Bop A Lula" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart at #23 up from #43, Frank Sinatra (with Nelson Riddle and His  Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "How Little We Know" enters the top 40 tied at #33 (up from #53) with Little Richard's single "Slippin' And A Sliddin'", Les Baxter and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Poor People Of Paris" is #37 down from #31, and Dean Martin's Capitol Records single "Standing On The Corner" is in a three way tie at #40 (down from #34) with Kay Starr's single "Second Fiddle" and Eddie Fisher (with Hugo Winterhalterr and His Orchestra)'s single "On The Street Where You Live"
1960 - Arranger and tenor saxophonist Bill Holman (with Al Porcino, Ray Triscari, Conte Candoli, Lee Katzman on trumpet; Frank Rosolino and Lew McCreary on trombone; Ken Shroyer on bass trombone; Vince DeRosa and John Cave on french horn; Joe Maini and Charlie Kennedy on alto saxophone; Richie Kamuca and Bill Perkins on tenor saxophone; Jack Nimitz on baritone saxophone; Jimmy Rowles on piano; Joe Mondragon on bass; and Mel Lewis on drums) records the tracks "Speak Low", "Lush Life", "Shadrack", and "In A Sentimental Mood" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for his Capitol Records album "Bill Holman - Great Big Band"
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "Everybody's Had the Blues Sometimes" hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1973 - George Harrison's Apple Records single "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)", with "Miss O'Dell" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, knocking Paul McCartney and Wings' Apple Records single "My Love", with "The Mess" on the flip side, out of the top spot after a 4 week stay, and will itself be knocked out of the following week by Billy Preston's A&M single "Will It Go Round In Circles" with Preston's version of Lennon and McCartney's "Blackbird" on the flipside.
1974 - Anne Murray's Capitol Records single "He Thinks I Still Care" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1984 - Tina Turner's Capitol Records album "Private Dancer" enters Billboard's Top 200 albums chart
1995 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Garth Brooks buries the glass master of his LP "The Hits" beneath his star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the first time something like this had been done.
2003 - An article in the Los Angeles Times states that Capitol Records pays a dime per square foot in property taxes for The Capitol Tower with an annual tax payment of $11,000. Doing the math, it works out that the total "official" square footage of The Capitol Tower is 110,000 square feet.
2009 - Harve Presnell, singer, Broadway, Television and Motion Picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (as part of the Roger Wagner Chorale and on the original Broadway cast album "The Unsinkable Molly Brown") has died of pancreatic cancer at age 74 at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
100 Years Ago Today In 1917 - Lena Horne, singer, motion picture and television actress, and United Artists Records artist (1965-1966) is born Lena Mary Calhoun Horne in Brooklyn, New York
1931 - Andrew Hill, pianist and Blue Note Records artist, is born in Chicago, Illinois
1953 - Pianist and vocalist Amos Milburn (with Noble Watts on tenor saxophone, Paul Williams on alto and baritone saxophone, Mickey Baker on guitar and an unknown bass player and drummer) records the tracks "Let's Have A Party", "Without Someone To Call Your Own", "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" (without Watts on saxophone), and "Sorrowful Heart" at Audio Video Studios, in New York City, New York for his Aladdin Records album "Let's Have A Party"
1956 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm In Love Again" is still #6 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and its flip side, "My Blue Heaven", is #22 down from #21. Imperial Records' catalogue is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, Universal Music Group.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Bobby Vee's Liberty Records single "Sharing You" is #16 up from #18 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Dion's Laurie Records single "Lovers Who Wander" is #30 down from #14, and Dinah Washington's single "Where Are You" is # 40 down from #36 up from #46. Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the Laurie, Liberty, and Roulette Records catalogs.
1963 - Arranger Onzy Matthews (with Dupree Bolton on trumpet; Earl Anderza on alto saxophone; Hadley Caliman on tenor saxophone; Roosevelt Wardell on piano; Clarence Jones on bass; and Chuck Carter on drums) records the tracks "Joe And I" and "Midnite Lament" at Pacific Jazz Studios, in Los Angeles, California. The tracks will remain unreleased until they became part of the 2007 Mosaic Records 3 CD set "Mosaic Select: Onzy Matthews"
1984 - It's Rupert Perry's last day as president of EMI America Records. The next day he will become executive assistant to the chairman of EMI Music Worldwide, based in Los Angeles, California

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1939 - Future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra makes his first appearance with future Capitol Records artist Harry James’ band at a show held at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland.
1956 - The Goons' first Decca Records single, "I'm Walking Backwards For Christmas", enters the UK singles charts
1963 - Brian Epstein signs The Foremost
2006 - "The Beatles LOVE", the latest Cirque du Soleil production which celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles, holds it's Gala Premiere at The Mirage in Las Vegas and Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison are expected to attend. This joint artistic venture marks the first time that The Beatles' company, Apple Corps Ltd., has agreed to a major theatrical partnership. Sir George Martin, The Beatles' original producer, and his son Giles Martin have been working with the entire archive of Beatles recordings to create the musical component for "LOVE". Apple Corps Ltd. will later release the show's soundtrack album through EMI Music. For more info go to issue 60 of Beatlefan online.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

JUNE 29, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Year Ago Today In 1942 - It's a Monday, and Capitol Records releases its first six singles:
101. "I Found A New Baby" and "The General Jumped At Dawn" by Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
102. "Here You Are" by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra with David Street on vocals and "Cow-Cow Boogie" also by Freddie Slack and His Orchestra with Ella Mae Morse on vocals
103. "Strip Polka" by Johnny Mercer with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra and "The Air Minded Executive" by Johnny Mercer with Freddie Slack and His Orchestra
104. "Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland" and "Phil The Fluter's Ball" by Dennis Day
105. "The Angels Cried" and "I'll Remember April" by Martha Tilton with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra
106. "He Wears A Pair Of Silver Wings" 
by Connie Haines with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra and "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" by Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra
The records were manufactured by three companies: Scranton Record Company in Pennsylvania and Allied Records in California, who both pressed the records out of shellac and reclaimed shellac, and Clark Phono Company in Newark, New Jersey, which due to war restrictions, used a proprietary non-shellac material.
1950 - Mel Blanc records the tracks "Yosemite Sam" and "I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat" for the double disc Capitol Records children's record "Bugs Bunny Sings". The two tracks will also be released as a single with a picture sleeve in 1951 and "I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat" would peak at #9 on Billboard's singles chart and be one of the top 20 songs of the year. The song was produced by Alan Livingston. Livingston, with Billy May and Warren Foster, would also write the lyrics and May would write, arrange and conduct the music.
1951 - The Four Freshmen (Bob Flanigan on vocal, trombone, and bass; Don Barbour on vocal and guitar; Ross Barbour on vocal and drums; and Hal Kratzsch on vocal, trumpet, mellophone, and bass) record the tracks "It's A Blue World" and "Tuxedo Junction" (which will be released by Capitol Records as Capitol single #2152) as well as "Intermission Riff" (which will finally be released when it appears on 2000 Mosaic Records box set "The Complete Capitol Four Freshmen Sessions April, 1950-July, 1960") with producer Voyle Gilmour at Capitol's Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California
1959 - Franck Pourcell and His French Fiddlers' Capitol Records single "Only You (Loin De Vous)" is #23 down from #12 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and The Kingston Trio's Capitol Records single "M.T.A." enters the top 40 at #28 up from #49
1960 - Arranger and tenor saxophonist Bill Holman (with Al Porcino, Conte Candoli, Lee Katzman, and Ray Triscari on trumpet; Bill Perkins and Richie Kamuca on tenor saxophone; Charlie Kennedy, Joe Maini, and Richie Kamuca on alto saxophone; Frank Rosolino, Lew McGreery, and Vern Friley on trombone; Jack Nimitz on baritone saxophone; Jimmy Rowles on piano; Joe Mondragon on bass; Kenny Shroyer on bass trombone; and Mel Lewis on drums) record the tracks "Quickstep", "The Moon Is Blue", and "June Is Busting Out All Over" for his Capitol Records album "Bill Holman's Great Big Band" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1963 - Kyu Sakamoto's Capitol Records single "Sukiyaki" (with "Anoko No Namaewa Nantenkana" on the flipside) is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Nat "King" Cole's single "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer" is #6 up from #7, Bobby Darin's Capitol Records single "Yellow Roses" is #16 down from #11, The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Surfin' U.S.A." is #17 down from #16, Al Martino's Capitol Records single "I Love You Because" is #19 down from #9, and The Beach Boys' single "Shut Down" (the flipside of "Surfin' U.S.A." is #29 down from #23
1964 - Capitol Records releases Nat "King" Cole's single "Marnie" based on music from the soundtrack of the Alfred Hitchcock movie, with "More And More Of Your Amour" on the flipside.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Wanda Jackson records the track "No Place To Go But Home" with producers Ken Nelson and Kelso Herston for her Capitol Records album "Cream Of The Crop" and "You Created Me" with Nelson, Herston and George Richy producing for her Capitol Records album "Wanda Jackson Country!" at Columbia Studios in Nashville, Tennessee
1968 - Capitol Records subsidiary Tower Records releases Pink Floyd's second album "A Saucerful Of Secrets"
1989 - Capitol Records releases Paul McCartney's "Flowers In The Dirt" album
1999 - Capitol Records releases Grand Funk Railroad's anthology album "Thirty Years Of Funk"
15 Years Ago Today In 2002 - Rosemary Clooney, singer, motion picture and television actress, wife of Capitol Records artist (original Broadway cast album for "Cyrano de Bergerac") Jose Ferrer, lover of arranger and Capitol Records artist Nelson Riddle, and a Capitol Records artist (on a duet album with Bing Crosby), dies at age 74 of lung cancer at her home in Beverly Hills, California. Her home, formerly the home of lyricist Ira Gershwin, has been demolished by a new owner.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1916 - Porky Freeman, guitarist and Western Swing bandleader who gave future Capitol Records artist Merle Travis his first job after Travis moved to California, is born Quilla Hugh Freeman, in Vera Cruz, Missouri
1943 - Little Eva, singer (best known for "The Loco-Motion", which was later covered by Capitol Records group Grand Funk Railroad and future Capitol Records artist Kyle Minogue), is born Eva Narcissus Boyd in Belhaven, North Carolina
1959 - Martin Denny's Liberty Records single "Quiet Village" is #8 down from #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, Dion and The Belmonts' Dolton Records single "A Teenager In Love" is #10 down from #8, Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Ready" is #29 down from #18. EMI Music Group, Capitol Records' parent company, currently owns the Liberty, Dolton, and Imperial Records catalogues.
1963 - The Essex's Roulette Records single "Easier Said Than Done" is #5 up from #15 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, The Chiffon's Laurie Records single "One Fine Day" is #7 up from #10, Jan And Dean's Liberty Records single "Surf City is #10 up from #20, and Lou Christie's Roulette Records single "Two Faces Have I" is #26 down from #14. Roulette, Laurie, and Liberty Records' catalogs are currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.
1963 - Del Shannon's cover of The Beatles' tune "From Me To You" enters Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, becoming the first Lennon/McCartney song to appear on the U.S. charts
1986 - Dan Seal's EMI America Records single "Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)", with "So Easy To Need" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts. EMI America's Country catalog is currently being distributed by Capitol Records Nashville.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1919 - Slim Pickens, motion picture actor ("Blazing Saddles", "Dr. Strangelove...", "1941", etc.), is born Louis Bert Lindley Jr., in Kingsburg, California. Let the whoopin' and a hollerin' commence! :)
1940 - Victor Records releases Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra's single "I'll Never Smile Again", It will be the band's first big hit with future Capitol Records artists Frank Sinatra and The Pied Pipers as vocalists. The track had been recorded on May 23, 1940 in New York City and will become the first #1 on Billboard's first top 10 selling chart on July 20, 1940, and would be both Sinatra and The Pied Piper's first #1 on any charts. The instrumental "Marcheta" is on the flip side.
1963 - Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, at ceremony #123, leave their footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Jayne Mansfield, singer and actress on Broadway and in motion pictures, is killed at age 34 in an auto accident on U.S. Highway 90 on her way from an engagement at a supper club in Biloxi, Misssissippi to a TV interview in New Orleans, Louisiana. Also killed is Mansfield's driver and her divorce lawyer, and suffering minor injuries are three of Manfield's children including future "Law & Order S.V.U." actress Mariska Hargitay.
1983 - Sylvester Stallone, at ceremony #148, leaves his footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

JUNE 28, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
110 Years Ago Today In 1907 - Jimmy Mundy, tenor saxophonist, arranger (for both sides of Capitol Records' first released single, Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra's "I Found A New Baby" and "The General Jumped At Dawn"), and songwriter (including "Travlin' Light" with lyricst and Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer), is born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1923 - Pete Candoli, Capitol Records session trumpet player (with arrangers Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Gordon Jenkins, and Axel Stordahl; on albums by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Stan Kenton, and more) and husband (1960-1971) of one time Capitol Records artist Betty Hutton, is born Walter Joseph Candoli in Mishawaka, Indiana. There's a great biographic article about Candoli on the Jazz Professional website.
1926 - Mel Brooks, drummer, comedian, Broadway playright and producer, television and motion picture screenwriter, director, producer and actor, and a Capitol Records artist (with Carl Reiner on the "2000 Year Old Man" series of comedy albums), is born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York.
1936 - Tom Drake (aka Steven Yates), guitarist, singer, songwriter and founder of the Capitol Records group The Good Time Singers, is born Thomas Y. Drake in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
85 Years Ago Today In 1932 - Erich Kleiber conducts The Berlin PHilharmonic Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Beethoven's "German Dance #12" in Berlin, Germany for Telefunken Records. Capitol Records will license the masters and issue the title on the album "SCHUBERT - Symphony #7 in C Major/BEETHOVEN - German Dance #2" (EGL-8039 on 78 rpm, KGM-8039 on 45 rpm, and P-8040 on 12" LP).
1950 - Jess Stacy and His Trio (Jess Stacy on piano, George Van Eps on guitar, Morty Corb on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums) records the tracks "Careless" (which went unissued until it appeared on the 1997 Mosaic box set "Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions"), "I'll Be Seeing You" (which will be released by Capitol on the album "Classics In Jazz - Piano Stylists"), as well as "Can't We Be Friends" and "Imagination" (which Capitol Records will release together as a single)
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Jane Froman (with orchestra conducted by Sid Feller)'s Capitol Records single "I'll Walk Alone" is #14 up from #19, and Les Paul's Capitol Records single "Carioca" is still #18 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Thirteen year old pianist and vocalist Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson, with a orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Detroit Rag", "St. Louis Blues", the instrumental "Yancey Special", and, with Robinson on celeste, "Hum-Drum Boogie" in Detroit, Michigan. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Robinson's album "Boogie Woogie" (T 589).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Andrews Sisters (vocalists Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews, and Patty Andrews), with Billy May conduting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, and Uan Rasey on trumpet, Simon "Si" Zentner, Ed Kusby, and Murray McEachern on trombone, Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, Wilbur Schwartz, Justin Gordon, Gene Cipriano, and Fred Falensby on saxophones, Bill Miller on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Milt Holland and David Grupp on drums, and Kathryn Julye on harp), record the titles "I Could Write A Book", "My Romance", "Younger Than Springtime", and "With Every Breath I Take" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the sisters' album "Fresh And Fancy Free" (T 860).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Carmen Dragon conducts The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) in Los Angeles, California as they rehearse for a recording session for their Capitol Records album "The Music Of Christmas" to be held the next day on June 29, 1957.
1964 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "I Get Around", with "Don't Worry Baby" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - During a split session held in Los Angeles, California first vocalists Glen Campbell and Kathy Linden, with unlisted others, record the titles "Sweet Temptation" and "Never" then just Kathy Linden, with unlisted others, records the title "If You Really Love Me (Take Me Home)". Capitol Records have yet to issue either "Sweet Temptation" and "Never" and issued "If You Really Love Me (Take Me Home)" as a single (Capitol 4811) with "There'll Always Be Sadness" (recorded April 12, 1962) on the flipside.
1965 - Red Nichols, cornet player, band leader and Capitol Records artist (1956-1960), dies after a sudden heart attack in his suite at the Mint Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he and his band were performing. His ashes are later interred in the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills cemetery. There's a nice biographic article by "Dr. Progresso" on the Hole In The Web site.
1965 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' album "Summer Days (And Summer Nights), produced by Brian Wilson. The album will enter Billboard's Hot 200 album charts on July 24, 1965, my fifth birthday, and contains the hits "Help Me, Rhonda" and "California Girls".
1965 - Capitol Records recording artists Bonnie Owens and Merle Haggard are married in Tijuana, Mexico
1966 - Merle Haggard records the tracks "Longer You Wait", "I Can't Stand Me", and "Bottle Let Me Down" at the Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with producers Ken Nelson and Fuzzy Owen and The Strangers (Roy Nichols, Glen Campbell, Lewis Talley, and Jack Collier on guitar, James Burton on guitar/dobro, Ralph Mooney on steel guitar, Bob Morris, Bert Dodson, Jerry Ward on bass, Helen Price and James Gordon on drums, George French, Glenn D. Hardin on piano, Bonnie Owens and Billy Mize on additional vocals) for Haggard's Capitol Records album "Swinging Doors And The Bottle Let Me Down"
1966 - Jackie Gleason conducts the orchestra as they record the track "A Taste Of Honey" for Gleason's Capitol Records album "A Taste Of Brass - For Lovers Only"
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The West Coast Modern Folk Blues Workshop (lineup unlisted), with producer Nick Venet, record the titles "Yellow Brick Trip", "We're Off To See The Wizard", and "Ode To Jackie, Dorothy, and Alyce" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles as by The West Coast Workshop on the album "The Wizard Of Oz And Other Trans Love Trips" (T/ST 2776).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beach Boys (lineup unlisted) record the title "Little Pad In Hawaii" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's album "Smiley Smile" (ST 2891).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Al Martino, with unlisted others, records the titles "Forgive Me, My Love", "Love Me Tender", "Darlin'", and "Can't Wait To See You Again" in New York City New York. Capitol Records will issue "Love Me Tender" on Martino's album "Mary In The Morning" (T/ST 2780) and have yet to issue the other three titles.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Wanda Jackson, with The Party Timers (unlisted piano, guitar, rhythm guitar, steel guitar, bass, and drum players and chorus), records the titles "Who Do You Go To?", "My Baby Walked Right Out On Me", "The Half That's Mine", and "A Girl Don't Have To Drink To Have Fun" at Columbia Studio in Nashville, Tennessee with producers Ken Nelson and Kelso Herston.. Capitol Records will issue "Who Do You Go To?" and "The Half That's Mine" on Jackson's album "You'll Always Have My Love" (T/ST 2812), "My Baby Walked Right Out On Me" as a single (Capitol 2151) with "No Place To Go But Home" (recorded June 29, 1967) on the flipside, and "A Girl Don't Have To Drink To Have Fun" as a single (Capitol 2021) with "My Days Are Darker Than Your Nights" (recorded June 26, 1967) on the flipside and on Jackson's album "Cream Of The Crop" (ST 2976).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Capitol Records registers the master for vocalist Buck Owens' title "You Ain't Gonna Have Ol' Buck To Kick Around No More", which he recorded at Buck Owens Studios in Bakersfield, California, and will issue the tiels as a single (Capitol 3429) with "I Love You So Much It Hurts" (recorded in July 1972 and registered on July 24, 1972) on the flipside as well as on Owens' album "In The Palm Of Your Hand" (ST-11136).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Vocalist Merle Haggard, with unlisted others, records the titles "I Wonder Where I'll Find You Tonight" and "My Woman Keeps Lovin' Her Man" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Haggard's album "It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)" (ST-11127).
40 Yeas Ago Today In 1977 - Richard Torrance, with unlisted others, records the title "Secrets Of Your Soul" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Torrance's album "Double Take" (SW-11699).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Lee Clayton, with unlisted others, records the title "Back Home In Tennessee" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Clayton's album "Border Affair" (ST-11751).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Mel McDaniel, with unlisted others, records the titles "Roll Your Own" and "Plastic Girl" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "Roll Your Own" as a single (Capitol 4481) with "The Soul Of A Honky Tonk Woman" (recorded June 29, 1977) on the flipside and both titles on McDaniel's album "Gentle To Your Senses" (ST-11694).
1985 - Mischa Spoliansky (born Dec 28, 1898 in Russia), British composer who wrote the scores for several British films including "Saint Joan" (1957) whose soundtrack was released by Capitol Records, dies of natural causes in London, England at age 86.
1988 - Poison's Capitol Records album "Open Up And Say Ahh!" is certified Gold and Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Howard Roberts, guitarist and Capitol Records artist (1963-1969), dies in Seattle, Washington at age 62
1993 - The first recording session for Frank Sinatra's "Duets" album is held at The Capitol Tower Studios, but slight case of laryngitis and anxiety about being isolated in a sound booth causes Sinatra not to be able to perform. But four days later, after a special platform is built amongst the musicians and a hand mike is used for his vocals, Sinatra feels at ease and records nine tracks in five hours.
20 Years Ago Today In 1997 - Mrs. Miller (born Elva Ruby Connes), Capitol Records artist, dies at age 89 in Vista, California
2005 - Capitol Records releases Megadeth's greatest hits album "Back To The Start"
2006 - Capitol Records artist Corinne Bailey Rae appears on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Roger Gambill, singer, member of The Kingston Trio (1973-1985) after they group left Capitol Records, is born
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Al Martino (with orchestra conducted by Monty Kelly)'s BBS Records single "Here In My Heart" is #2 down from #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The motion picture "The Family Way", with musical score composed by Paul McCartney, premieres in the United States
1991 - "Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio" debuts at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. McCartney co-wrote the 90-minute work with American-born composer Carl Davis to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Liverpool's Royal Philharmonic. The piece will later be released by Capitol Recorsd on an album.
2001 - The Country Radio Broadcasters awards former Capitol Records artist Buck Owens their Career Achievement Award with Brad Paisley making the presentation

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS
115 Years Ago Today In 1902 - Richard Rodgers, Broadway and motion picture composer (first with lyricst Lorenz Hart, then with Oscar Hammerstein II, and then on his own) is born Richard Charles Rodgers in New York City, New York. Capitol Records released the original Broadway cast album for Rodgers' "No Strings". His works have also been covered by many Capitol Records artist and are the basis for two compilation CDs released by Capitol - "Isn't It Romantic: Capitol Sings Rodgers and Hart" and "Hello, Young Lovers: Capitol Sings Rogers and Hammerstein".
80 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Sonja Henie leaves her skate prints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California at ceremony #38
1985 - Route 66, the 59 year-old highway of 2,200 miles of blacktop and inspiration for Bobby Troup's song "Route 66" and the television show of the same name, whose instrumental theme song was written and recorded by Capitol Records artist Nelson Riddle and released by Capitol, is decertified as a U.S. highway

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

JUNE 27, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1924 - Lloyd George (aka Ken Marvin), singer, guitarist, banjo and mandolin player, Capitol Records artist (1949 - as the first Lonzo in the Country duo Lonzo and Oscar and as a solo artist using the name Ken Marvin) and Imperial Records artist (1962 - using his own name), is born Lloyd Leslie George in Cordova, Walker County, Alabama. Peter J. Gossett runs a comprehensive site on the life of Lloyd George.
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Bruce Johnston, Grammy award winning songwriter, keyboardist, bass player and vocalist with The Capitol Records band The Beach Boys, born Benjamin Baldwin in Peoria, Illinois on June 24, 1944, is adopted and has his name changed to Bruce Arthur Johnston
1958 - Lisa Germano, singer, songwriter, violinist, and Capitol Records artist (1994), is born in Mishawaka, Indiana

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - The July 4, 1942 issue of Billboard hits the newstands today with an article about the first 6 singles set to be released by Capitol in two days on June 29, 1942.
65 Years Ago Today In 1947 - At a split session held in Los Angeles, California with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes a string section) first The Pied Pipers (vocalists June Hutton, Chuck Lowry, Hal Hopper, and Clark Yocum) record the title "The Whiffenpoof Song" then vocalist Jo Stafford records the titles "Love And The Weather" (with the addition of a fiddle and rhythm section Weston's ork is listed as Paul Weston's Mountain Boys) and "Fuedin', Fussin' And Fightin'" with The Starlighters (vocal group with an unlisted lineup). Capitol Records will issue "The Whiffenpoof Song" on the various artist compilation album "Campus Capers" (BD-58), and "Fuedin', Fussin' And Fightin'" and "Love And The Weather" together as a single (Capitol 443).
65 Years Ago Today in 1952 - Stan Freberg records vocal overdubs for the two parts of "The Noisy Eater" in Los Angeles, California using a script adapted by Alan Livingston on to tracks recorded by Jerry Lewis with the Buddy Cole Orchestra and other unlisted vocal artists on April 3, 1952. Capitol Records will issue the final mix of both parts on Lewis' children's album "The Noisy Eater" (CAS-3120).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Pianist and vocalist Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson, with unlisted other musicians, records the titles "Whoop, Whoop", the instrumental "Lazy Boy's Boogie", "Frustration Boogie" and "Go, Boy, Go" in Detroit, Michigan. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Robinson's album "Boogie Woogie" (T 589).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Violinsit Camille Wicks, with Sixten Ehrling conducting The Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records Sibelius' "Concerto In D Minor For Violin, Opus 47" in two parts in Stockholm, Sweden. Capitol Records will purchase the masters and issue both parts on the album "SIBELIUS - Concerto In D Minor, Op. 47 For Violin and Orchestra" 1953 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "April In Portugal is still #3 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "Vaya Con Dios" is #7 up from #10, Les Baxter and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Ruby" is still at #11, Kay Starr (with orchestra conducted by Harold Mooney)'s Capitol Records single "Half A Photograph" is #13 up from #15 and its flip side "Allez-Vous-En" enters the top 20 at #15, and Pee Wee Hunt and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Oh!" enters the chart at #20
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Harpist Stella Castellucci, with unlisted others, records the titles "Dancing On The Ceiling", "Autumn In New York", "Time On My Hands", "The Boy Next Door" and "Spring Is Here" in Los Angeles, California. None of the titles recorded on this date have yet to be issued by Capitol Records. New takes of all the titles will be recorded on July 26, 1957 but Capitol Records have yet to issue any of those recordings, too.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Ethel Ennis, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and rhythm section players), records the titles "Takin' A Chance On Love", "The Song Is Ended", "I Still Get A Thrill", and "That's Were I Shine" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Takin' A Chance On Love", "The Song Is Ended", "I Still Get A Thrill" on Ennis' album "Change Of Scenery" (T 941) and has yet to issue "That's Where I Shine".
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Composer Johnny Richards conducts his own arrangements to His Orchestra (Burt Collins, Jerry Kail, Paul Cohen, and Doug Mettome on trumpets, Jimmy Cleveland, Jim Dahl, and Frank Rehak on trombones, Al Antonucci on French horn, Jay McAllister on tuba, Gene Quill on alto saxophone, Frank Socolow on tenor saxophone, Billy Slapin on baritone saxophone and piccolo,; Shelly Gold on bass saxophone, Hank Jones on piano, Chet Amsterdam on bass, Maurice Marks on drums, and Willie Rodriguez on tympani) as they record the titles "Nipigon", "The Ballad Of Tappan Zee", and "Nina Never Knew" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Nipigon" and "The Ballad Of Tappan Zee" on Richard's album "Wide Range" (T 885) and have yet to issue the take of "Nina Never Knew" which was rejected and re-recorded on July 8, 1957.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - At the beginning of two straight days of sessions, Leopold Stokowski conducts The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they record Debussy's "Nocturnes" in EMI's Abbey Road Studios' Studio N° 1 in London England. Capitol Records will issue the title on the album "DEBUSSY - Nocturnes/RAVEL - Rapsodie Espagnole" (P/SP-8520).
1961 - Peggy Lee, with arranger Quincy Jones conducting the studio orchestra (an unknown flute french horn and string sections, Dennis Budimir on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, Victor Feldman on piano and vibraphones, Stan Levey on drums, and Francisco "Cino" Ponzo on bongos and congas) records the tracks "Smile" and "I Get Along Without You Very Well" with producer Dave Cavanaugh at the last session for her Capitol Records album "If You Go" which was held in The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1961 - Singer Nancy Wilson and alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, with Nat Adderley on cornet, Louis Hayes on drums, Sam Jones on bass and Joe Zawinul on piano, begin two days (the next being June 29, 1961) of recording sessions with producers Tom Morgan and Andy Wiswell in New York City, New York for their Capitol Records album "Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley" which will be released in September 1962
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Jackie Gleason's Capitol Records albums "Music, Martinis, and Memories" and "Music for Lovers Only" are both certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. as is The Kingston Trio's Capitol Records album "String Along".
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Lettermen (vocalist Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Bob Engemann), with unlisted musicians, records the titles "For All We Know", "Silly Boy (She Doesn't Love You)", "I Told The Stars", and "Again" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records has yet to issue "For All We Know" and will issue "Silly Boy (She Doesn't Love You)" and "I Told The Stars" together as a single (Capitol 4810), "Again" as a single (Capitol 4851) with "A Tree In The Meadow" (recorded February 15, 1962) on the flipside, and all three titles on the group's album "Jim, Tony And Bob" (T/ST 1761).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Sammy Lowe records the titles "Bye, Bye Love", "Young Love", "Keep Talkin'" and "I Hear Violins" in New York City, New York for Capitol Records which has yet to issue any of the titles.
1964 - Peter and Gordon's Capitol Records single "World Without Love" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the song is the first written by the duo, and not performed by The Beatles, to top the chart.
1966 - Capitol Records releases Kay Starr's final album for the label "Tears And Heartaches/Old Records" which was produced by Lex De Azevedo
1966 - Jack Gleason conducts his orchestra as they record "The Shadow Of Your Smile" for his album "How Seet It Is - For Lovers" with PeeWee Erwin on trumpet
1966 - Capitol Records subsidiary Tower Records releases Mae West's album "Way Out West"
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Andy Russell, with unlisted musicians, records the titles "I'm Still Not Thru Missin' You", "Like Me A Little Bit Less", and "I'd Love To Rope You Off From The Rest Of The World" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I'm Still Not Thru Missin' You" as a single (Capitol 5971) with "Lady" (recorded June 13, 1967) on the flipside and have yet to issue the rest of the titles.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Dave Cavanaugh and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Release Me", "Don't Sleep In The Subway", "For Your Love", and "Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Cavanaugh's album "Hits On Hits" (T/ST 2834) and "Love" as a single (Capitol 4732) with "Spanish Eyes" (recorded July 31, 1967) on the flipside.
1969 - More than 22,000 people pay their respects to Judy Garland at a memorial service at Campbell's Funeral Chapel in New York. She was laid to rest at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Richard Torrance records the title "Your Warm Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Torrance's album "Double Take" (SW-11699).
1980 - Barney Bigard, clarinet player, Capitol Records session musician (on tracks by Capitol Records artists Zutty Singleton, Sonny Greer, Freddie Slack, Peggy Lee, and Ella Fitzgerald) and member of the group The Capitol Jazzmen, dies in Culver City, California at age 74
1993 - Garth Brooks Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) single "That Summer", with "Dixie Chicken" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
2000 - The Kottonmouth King's second Capitol Records album, "High Society", is released
2006 - MTV proclaims today "Headly Sucks Day" as they premiere an "MTV Diary" at 7PM EDT about the Canadian band who recently signed with Capitol Records and whose debut disc for the label is due out on August 29, 2006
2006 - Capitol Records releases a special deluxe CD single of The Beach Boy's "Good Vibrations" with 5 versions of the song and the original flip side "Let's Go Away For Awhile" to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the song's release. Check out Michael deMartin's Pet Blog for more info and a lot of fun stuff.
2006 - Capitol was also to release a 30th anniversary edition of The Steve Miller Band's album "Fly Like An Eagle" on DVD with 5.1 surround sound coming as close as currently possible to (and maybe even surpassing) the album's original quadrophonic mix, but as of 5:00 PM 06-28-06 it still hasn't shown up at the Virgin Megastore at Sunset and Crescent Heights or Tower Records in Glendale, CA.
2008 - Leonard Pennario, classical pianist, composer and Capitol, Angel and Columbia Records artist, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at age 83 in La Jolla, California. http://www.leonardpennario.com and http://www.pennario.org are two great websites with more information on this Buffalo born child prodigy who was active until his death.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1960 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Young Emotion" is still #18 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, The Fleetwood's Dolton Records single "Runaround" (with "Truly Do" on the flip side) enters the top 40 at #29 up from #41, and Don Costa and His Orchestra's United Artists Records single "Theme From 'The Unforgiven'" (with "Streets Of Paris" on the flip side) enters at #37 up from #44. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Imperial, Dolton and United Artist Records' catalogues.
1963 - Paul McCartney drops by a recording session of Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, who are recording two Lennon-McCartney songs, "Bad to Me" and "I Call Your Name"
1964 - Jan and Dean's Liberty Records single "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena", with "My Mighty G.T.O" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, after being released on June 8,  1964, and will eventually peak at #3
1981 - Kim Carnes EMI America Records album "Mistaken Identity" hits #1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, knocking out REO Speedwagon's album "Hi Infidelity" which had been #1 for 14 weeks. EMI America's catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1986 - EMI America Records releases Queensrÿche's album "Rage For Order". EMI America's catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1885 - Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter apply for a patent on the gramophone, which will be granted on May 4, 1886
1964 - The Beatles' Swan Records single "Sie Leibt Dich", with "I'll Get You" on the flipside, peaks at #97 on Billboard's singles chart
1971 - The Filmore East in New York City is closed by promoter Bill Graham. The Beach Boys, The Allman Brothers, The J. Geils Band, and Mountain are among the acts performing on the venue's final night.
1976 - John Lennon receives his "Green Card", number A17-597-321
1989 - Tom Jones, singer, television variety show host, and motion picture actor, is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
15 Years Ago Today In 2002 - John Entwistle, bassist for the band The Who, dies in Las Vegas, Nevada of a heart attack induced by cocaine one day before the scheduled first show of the band's 2002 US tour

Monday, June 26, 2017

JUNE 26, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1969 - Colin Greenwood, bass player and keyboardist for the Capitol Records band Radiohead, is born Colin Charles Greenwood in Oxford, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Milo Twins (vocalists and guitarists Edwin and Edward Milon), with unlisted others, record the titles "Coo-See Coo", "Pretty Mama Boogie", "Down Town Boogie", and "Brushy Mountains" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Coo-See Coo" and "Pretty Mama Boogie" together as a single (Capitol Americana 40030) and "Down Town Boogie" and "Brushy Mountains" together as a single (Capitol Americana 40049).
1948 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Nature Boy" is #3 down from #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, The Pied Piper's Capitol Records single "My Happiness" is still #8, and The Sportsmen's a capella Capitol Records single "You Can't Be True, Dear" is still #11, Pee Wee Hunt and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Twelfth Street Rag" enters the top 20 at #14, and The Sportsmen's Capitol Records single "Toolie Oolie Doolie (The Yodel Polka)" (the flip side of "You Can't Be True, Dear") re-enters the top 20 at #20
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Wesley Tuttle overdubs vocals in Los Angeles, California for the two parts of the title "Hopalong Cassidy And The Two-Legged Wolf", using a script written by Warren Foster and adapted by Alan Livingston, over tracks by William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Randy Brooks, and a orchestra arranged and conducted by Billy May that were recorded on October 22 and December 4, 1951 and additional vocals by Rufe Davis recorded on January 2, 1952. Capitol Records will issue both parts on the children's album "Hopalong Cassidy And The Two-Legged Wolf" (CAS-3109).

65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Capitol Records files the masters it purchased from BBS Records for the titles "Take My Heart" and "I Never Cared" recorded by Al Martino with Monty Kelly directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted). Capitol had issued both titles together as a single (Capitol 2122) on Friday, June 6, 1952.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Kay Starr, with Harold Mooney directing the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Side By Side", "I Just Couldn't Take It Baby", "The Breeze", and "It's The Talk Of The Town" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Starr's album "The Kay Starr Style" (EBF-363, H-363, T 363).
1954 - Kay Starr (with orchestra conducted by Harold Mooney)'s Capitol Records single "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)" is still at #6 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Frank Sinatra (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Three Coins In The Fontain" is still #7, Nat "King" Cole (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Answer Me, My Love" is still #11, Frank Sinatra (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Young At Heart" is #11 up from #13 down from #7, Kay Starr (with orchestra conducted by Harold Mooney)'s Capitol Records single "The Man Upstairs" is #14 down from #8, and Stan Freberg's Capitol Records single "Point Of Order" is #15 up from #20
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The King Sisters (vocalists Yvonne, Luise, Marilyn & Alyce King), with Alvino Rey conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "That Old Feeling", "Easy To Love", and "The Thrill Was New" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "That Old Feeling" and "Easy To Love" as a single (Capitol F3780) and have yet to issue the take of "The Thrill Was New" recorded on this date. A new take of the song was recorded on October 7, 1957 which will be released on the sister's album "Imagination" (T 919).
1958 - Frank Sinatra, with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the studio orchestra (which includes Bill Miller on piano), records the tracks "Goodbye" "It's A Lonesome Old Town", and "One For My Baby" for his Capitol Records album "Only The Lonely" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California.
1961 - Faron Young's Capitol Records single "Hello Walls" is #21 down from #19 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Kingston Trio (vocalists Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane, and John Stewart), with Allan Reuss on guitar, Dean Reilly on bass, and Irving Cottler on drums, record the titles "C'mon Betty Home" and "Allentown Jail" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood California from 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue "C'mon Betty Home" as a single (Capitol F4808) with "Old Joe Clark" (recorded March 15, 1962) on the flipside and "Allentown Jail" on the group's compilation CD "The Capitol Years" (8-28498-2).
1964 - Peggy Lee records the tracks "After You've Gone", "C'est Magnifique", "My Sin', and "In The Name Of Love" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for her Capitol Records album "In The Name Of Love" with producer Dave Cavanaugh and Robert Bain, John Pisano, and Howard Roberts on guitars; Chuck Berghofer on bass; Lou Levy on piano; Stan Levey on drums; and Francisco Aguabella on bongos and conga drum
1966- Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Think Of Me", with "Heart Of Glass" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Your Tender Loving Care" with "What A Liar I Am" on the flipside
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased for vocalist Bobby Austin's titles "I Don't Want To Love Again", "Evil Livin'", "I'm Not Looking For An Angel", "Toy Heart", "Feet Keep Walking", "Some Of Us Never Learn", and "One More Time Around" which were recorded in Bakersfield, California with producer Charlie "Fuzzy" Owen and unlisted others and will issue all the titles on Austin's album "Apartment N° 9" (T/ST 2773).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, West Coast Modern Folk Blues Workshop (lineup unlisted), with conductor James E. Bond, Jr. and producer Nick Venet, record the titles "The Merry Old Land Of Oz/Ozwind" and "The Dowser And The Thaumaturgist" at the first session and "T.T.B.C. Theme #2" and "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead/Max The Hobbit" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles as by The West Coast Workshop on the album "The Wizard Of Oz And Other Trans Love Trips" (T/ST 2776).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Wanda Jackson, with The Party Timers (unlisted piano, guitar, rhythm guitar, steel guitar, bass, and drum players and unlisted chorus members), records the titles "My Days Are Darker Than Your Nights", "I'd Like To Help You Out", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", and "Memory Maker" at Columbia Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "My Days Are Darker Than Your Nights" and "I'd Like To Help You Out" together as a single (Capitol 2021), "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right" as a single (Capitol 2693) with "Two Separate Bar Stools" (recorded June 19, 1968) on the flipside, and "My Days Are Darker Than Your Nights", "I'd Like To Help You Out", and "Memory Maker" on Jackson's album "You'll Always Have My Love" (T/ST 2812).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased for Curtis Blandon's titles "I Need You", "I Won't Cry Anymore", and "Young, Dumb". Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue "I Need You" and "Young, Dumb" together as a single (Tower 357). "I Won't Cry Anymore" has yet to be issued.
1968 - Ziggy Elman (born Harry Finkelman), trumpet player, bandleader, songwriter (co-wrote "And The Angels Sing" with future Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer), a Capitol Records session musician (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra, Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra, and others), and solo artist, dies in Van Nuys, California at age 54
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Billy May conducts The Time-Life Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Laura" featuring Justin Gordon on alto saxophone, "Theme From 'Mr. Lucky'", "Thunderball", and "To Love Again" featuring Ray Sherman on piano in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Time-Life Records will issue all the titles as part of its "As You Remember Them" series in the 3 LP box set "Volume 2 - Billy May" (STL 242).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records the masters for Duran Duran's title "Medley: Vertigo/Skin Trade/American Science/Notorious/El Presidente" (possibly a live recording from a concert appearance). No issuing information is listed.
1988 - Tanya Tucker's Capitol Records single "If It Don't Come Easy", with "I'll Tennessee You In My Dreams" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1996 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Garth Brooks set an all time record at Fan Fair, in Nashville, Tennessee, when he signs autographs for twenty-three consecutive hours
2000 - Edmund E. Nielsen, manager for Capitol Records and record distributor in Hawai‘i, dies in San Antonio, Texas, at age 80
2006 - Gloria Jean Bernard, (born Gloria Jean Swanson) Capitol Records employee in Los Angeles, California before moving to Deluth, Minnesota where she worked for St. Luke Hospital, University of Minnesota, and the Bureau of Mines, dies at age 72 in Edinburg, Virginia

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1933 - The Kraft Music Hall debuts on radio with future Capitol Records artist Paul Whiteman as its first host. Whiteman's radio orchestra would give first national exposure to many future Capitol Records artists including co-founder Johnny Mercer, who replaced future Capitol Records artist Bing Crosby (who was part of The Delta Rhythm Boys), and trombonist and singer Jack Teagarden who would sing with Mercer on the show. The show would go on to have many hosts including Al Jolson and Bing Crosby, and transition to television in 1949 with hosts including Milton Berle, David King, and Perry Como.
1953 - Future Capitol Records artist Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe (who at one time was signed to Capitol Records but never recorded for the label) leave their footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California at ceremony #104
1961 - Ricky Nelson's Imperial Records single "Travelin' Man" is #5 down from #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and it's flipside "Hello Mary Lou" is #16 up from #17, Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "It Keeps Rainin'" is #28 up from #40, and The Fleetwood's Dolton Records single "Tragedy" is #31 down from #20
1964 - The Beatles' soundtrack of "A Hard Day's Night", as well as the single "And I Love Her", with "Ringo's Theme" on the flipside, are released by United Artists Records. Capitol Records eventually buys the UA catalog and re-releases the album on Capitol.
10 Years Ago Today In 2007 - Infinity Entertainment releases a DVD set containing 30 episodes of Larry Harmon's Bozo The Clown

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Clifford Brown, trumpet player and Blue Note Records solo artist, dies in an auto accident at age 25. Also killed in the accident is pianist Richard Powell (brother of Bud Powell), and Richard's wife.
2003 - The R.I.A.A. starts to identify individual computer users who are, "illegally offering to 'share' substantial amounts of copyrighted music over peer-to-peer networks" to bring suit against them.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

JUNE 25, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Tim Finn, Capitol Records solo artist (1989) and member the bands Split Enz (1972-1984) and Capitol Records band Crowded House (1992), is born Brian Timothy Finn in Te Awamutu, New Zealand

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - At Capitol Records ninth session. Gordon Jenkins conducts an orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Comin' Through The Rye" with vocals by Martha Tilton and The Mellowaires, "At Last" with vocals by Connie Haines, "Be Careful It's My Heart", and "Always" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Comin' Through The Rye" as a single (Capitol 138) with "Moon Dreams" (recorded April 6, 1942) on the flipside, "At Last" and "Be Careful It's My Heart" together as a single (Capitol 114), and "Always" as a single (Capitol 125) with "I'm Glad There Is You" (recorded May 8, 1942) on the flipside.
1949 - Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Baby It's Cold Outside is #4 up from #5 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Mel Tormé (with orchestra conducted by Pete Rugalo)'s Capitol Records single "Again" is #8 up from #10
1950 - Woody Herman and His Orchestra (Herman on clarinet and alto saxophone; Doug Mettome, Conte Candoli, Don Ferraro, and Rolf Ericson on trumpet; Herb Randel, Bill Harris, and Jerry Dorn on trombone; Phil Urso, Buddy Wise, and Bob Graf on tenor saxophone; Marty Flax on baritone saxophone; Dave McKenna on piano; Red Mitchell on bass; and Sonny Igoe on drums) record the tracks "Music To Dance To" (arranged by Al Cohn), "The Nearness Of You" (arranged by Ralph Burns), and "Sonny Speaks" (also arrnged by Al Cohn) at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. "The Nearness of You" and "Sonny Speaks" will be released by Capitol Records on the album "Woody Herman - Classics In Jazz' and "Music To Dance To" will be released on a single by Capitol with "Johannesburg", recorded in Chicago by the same line up on August 5, 1950
1951 - Billy May and His Orchestra (with May conducting his own arrangements to John Best, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein and Uan Rasey on trumpet, Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern, Jimmy Priddy and Si Zentner on trombone, Skeets Herfurt and Willie Schwartz on alto saxophone, Ted Nash and Fred Falensby on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Buddy Cole on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass and Alvin Stoller on drums) record the tracks "All Of Me", "My Silent Love", "If I Had You" and "Lulu's Back In Town" between 8:30PM and Midnight at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release "All Of Me" as a single with "Lean Baby" (recorded on August 22, 1951) on the flipside on September 24, 1951.
1953 - Tommy Collins, at his first Capitol Records recording session, waxes the tracks "You Gotta Have A Licence", "Let Me Love You", "There Will Be No Other", and "I Love You More And More Each Day". All songs were written by Collins.
1955 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra and Chorus' Capitol Records single "Unchained Melody" is still #2 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Nat "King" Cole's double sided Capitol Records hit "A Blossom Fell" (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra) and "If I May" (with The Four Knights on backing vocals and Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra) is #4 down from #3, Frank Sinatra (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Learnin' The Blues" is #5 up from #6, and Tennessee Ernie Ford (with Cliffie Stone's Band)'s Capitol Records single "The Ballad Of Davy Crocket" is #19 down from #16
1964 - The Beach Boys record the tracks "The Man With All The Toys", "Santa's Beard", "Merry Christmas, Baby" (which they'll finish up on June 30, 1964), and "Christmas Day (which features Al Jardine's first lead vocal for the group and which they'll finish recording on June 27, 1964)" at Western Studios in Hollywood, California for their 1964 Capitol Records album "The Beach Boys' Christmas Album"
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Paperback Writer", with "Rain" on the flipside, is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Beatles' track "All You Need is Love" is recorded during "Our World", a two hour worldwide live television broadcast, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, in London, England.
1976 – Johnny Mercer (born John Herndon Mercer), lyricist, composer, singer, radio variety show host, and co-founder of Capitol Records and The Songwriters Hall of Fame, dies at age 66 in Los Angeles, California of complications after surgery for brain cancer, which had left him paralyzed and unable to speak for months, in a guest house at his home in Bel Air, California. His body was later cremated and his ashes buried in the family plot in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. "...and the angels sing"
1988 - Hillel Slovak, guitarist for EMI America Records band The Red Hot Chili Peppers, dies of a heroin overdose at age 26 and is later interred in Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California
1990 - Enigma Records releases Poison's single "Unskinny Bop" which shares the a side with "Swamp Juice (Soul-O)", with "Valley Of The Lost Souls" on the flip side, and is distributed by Capitol Records
1991 - Capitol Records releases Kirsty MacColl's fourth studio album "Electric Landlady" produced by her husband, Steve Lillywhite
2006 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Keith Urban marries fellow Australian and motion picture actress, Nicole Kidman, in Sydney, Australia
10 Years Ago Today In 2007 - Services are held for Donna King Conkling (aka Donna King of the Capitol Records group The King Sisters) at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 14001 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, California. She passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2007.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1960 - Tenor Saxophonist Tina Brooks records his only solo album, "True Blue", at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and released by Blue Note Records. Blue Note's catalogue is owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, and Blue Note Records is currently a division of Capitol Music Group.
2006 - Arif Mardin, record producer and arranger for artists from The Young Rascals to Nora Jones, and labels from Atlantic Records to most recently Blue Note Records, dies at his home in New York City of pancreatic cancer. The Los Angeles Times ran a very good overview of Mardin's eventful life and career with comments by Bruce Lundvall, president of EMI Jazz & Classics.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - Billboard magazine retitled its Hillbilly Music Chart "Country & Western"
1950 - The Korean War begins
1966 - Dick Van Dyke leaves his footprints in cement at Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California at ceremony #132
1968 - Jackie Lomax records the track "Sour Milk Sea" with producer George Harrison also playing guitar at the session
2017 - My daughter, Alys Marie Heimback-Nielsen, graduates from Williamsville East High School at a ceremony to be held at The University At Buffalo Center For The Arts on the North Campus at 5:00PM.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

JUNE 24, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Bruce Johnston, songwriter (best know for "I Write The Songs"), keyboardist, drummer, bass player, singer, and member of The Beach Boys, is born Benjamin Baldwin in Peoria, Illinois and will be adopted three days later on June 27, 1942 and have his name changed to Bruce Arthur Johnston

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Jo Stafford (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Long Ago (And Far Away)" (with "I Love You" on the flip side) is #6 up from #7 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Andy Russell (with orchestra conducted by Al Saks)'s Capitol Records single "Amor" (with "The Day After Forever" on the flipside) is #7 down from #5, and The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records single "Straighten Up And Fly Right" (with "I Can't See For Lookin'" on the flip side) enters the top 10 at #9
1950 - Nat "King" Cole (with Les Baxter and His Orchestra using a Nelson Riddle arrangement)'s Capitol Records single "Mona Lisa" (the flip side of "The Greatest Inventor Of Them All") is #5 up from #9 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Tommy Sands' Capitol Records single "Goin' Steady" is #19 up from #30 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Ferlin Husky's Capitol Records single "Gone" is #24 down from #15
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - It's a Monday, and at her last session for Capitol Records, vocalist Ella Mae Morse, with Billy May conducting his own arrangements to His Orchestra (John Best, Conrad Gozzo, and Mannie Klein on trumpet, Murray McEachern, George Roberts, and Si Zentner on trombone, Harry Klee on alto saxophone and flute, Les Robinson on alto saxophone, Ted Nash on tenor saxophone and flute, Gene Cipriano on tenor saxophone, Fred Falensby on baritone saxophone, Bill Miller [normally Frank Sinatra's accompanist] on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Alvin Stoller and Lou Singer on drums) records the titles "Music, Maestro, Please!", "Day In-Day Out", "You Go To My Head", and "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 9:00 PM and 12:00 AM on June 25, 1957. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Morse's album "The Morse Code" (T 898).
1958 - Frank Sinatra, with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the studio orchestra, records the titles "One For My Baby", "Blues In The Night", "What's New", and "Gone With The Wind" with producer Voyle Gilmore for his Capitol Records album "Only The Lonely" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
1961 - Peggy Lee, with producer Dave Cavanaugh and a studio orchestra (Justin Gordon and Theodore Nash on flute; an unknown french horn section, an unknown string section using arrangements by Quincy Jones; Dennis Budimir and Al Hendrickson on guitar; Max Bennett on bass; Victor Feldman on piano and vibraphones; Stan Levey and Shelly Manne on drums; Francisco "Chino" Pozo on bongos and congas; Mike Gutierrez and Mel Zelnick on percussion), records the tracks "Say It Isn't So" and "Maybe It's Because (I Love You)" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for her Capitol Records album "If You Go"
1963 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens and Rose Maddox's single "We're The Talk Of The Town" with "Sweethearts In Heaven" on the flip side
1964 - Instrumental tracks for The Beach Boys' songs "Frosty The Snowman" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas", using a 41 piece orchestra conducted by orchestra master Benjamin Barrett and arranged by Dick Reynolds, are recorded in The Capitol Tower Studios. Vocal tracks for the songs will be recorded on June 30 at Western Studios in Hollywood, California
1968 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' album "Friends"
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Capitol Records releases Helen Reddy's single "I Am Woman" with "More Than You Could Take" on the flipside. The track would go on to hit #1 on Billboard's singles chart on December 9, 1972 (Capitol's first non-Beatles #1 since "Bobbie Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe" peaked on August 29, 1967) and would win Reddy a Grammy for Female Pop Vocal Performance for which, at the televised ceremony, she would thank God because "...She makes everything possible".
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "That's Why I Love You Like I Do", with "Still Waters Run Deep" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1973 - George Harrison's Apple Records single "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1974 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' compilation album "Endless Summer", Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "Come On Down" with "Bits And Pieces Of Life" on the flipside, and Buck Owens' single "(It's A) Monster's Holiday" with "Great Expectations" on the flipside
1978 - A Taste of Honey's debut Capitol Records single, "Boogie Oogie Oogie" with "World Spin" on the flipside, enters Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart at #82 and will hit #1 in 11 weeks and stay #1 for 3 weeks. The track got it's initial release as the a side of a promotional 12" single for clubs that had Gloria Jones' "Bring on The Love (Why Can't We Be Friends Again)" on the flipside.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Jackie Gleason, composer, conductor, comedian, motion picture and television actor, and Capitol Records recording artist, dies of colon and liver cancer at Inverrary, Florida home at age 71 and is later interred in the Our Lady Of Mercy Cemetery, Miami Beach, Florida
1989 - Liberty Records (later to become Capitol Records Nashville) artist Garth Brooks debuts on The Grand Ole Opry
1991 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's album "Red, White & Blue"
2003 - Capitol Records releases the album "Songs For Life", whose proceeds will go to a U.S. non-profit group, The Royal Initiative to Combat AIDS, which is helping fight the epidemic in Southern Africa. The album, supervised by producer Phil Ramone, features tracks from John Lennon, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Pattie LaBelle, Carole King, Judy Collins and Lennon with Yoko Ono.
2003 - Capitol Records releases Liz Phair's self-titled album
2004 - Stanley M. Gortikov, former president of Capitol Records (1968-1969), president and CEO of Capitol Industries (1969-1971), and president of the Recording Industry Association of America (1972-1987) dies of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles at age 85.
2005 - Capitol Records releases OK Go's 3 song EP "Do What You Want"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - The movie features of Hopalong Cassidy premiere on TV. The films are edited to thirty and sixty-minute versions and star future Capitol Records childrens' records artist William Boyd as Hopalong and Edgar Buchanan as his sidekick, Red Connors
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Teenager's Romance is #8 up from #10 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "Valley Of Tears" is #16 up from #22, and Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "I'm Walkin'" is tied for #37 (down from #27) with Pat Boone (with Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra)'s single "Bernadine". Imperial Records' catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1904 - Phil Harris, bandleader, singer, radio, television and motion picture actor, husband of actress Alice Faye, with whom he had a popular sitcom radio show, and voice actor (Baloo in Walt Disney's "The Jungle Book") is born Wonga Philip Harris in Linton, Indiana

Friday, June 23, 2017

JUNE 23, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1921 - Jimmie Selph (aka Jimmy Selph, Jimmie Self and Jimmy Self), who recorded for Majestic, Capitol, Coin, and Coral Record as a solo artist and session player doing vocals, guitar, drums, steel guitar and accordion, is born James Coin Self in Childress, Texas.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)' Capitol Records single "Dream" is #7 up from #8 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Johnnie Johnston (with orchestra conducted by Paul Baron)'s Capitol Records single "Laura" (whose lyrics were written by  Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer) is still #9
1949 - Margaret Whiting (on vocals), with Frank DeVol and His Orchestra (members unlisted), records the tracks "It's A Most Unusual Day", the band track for "Whirlwind" and "Dime A Dozen" (with an unlisted vocal group) in Los Angeles, California.
1951 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Too Young", with "That's My Girl" on the flipside, is still #1 on The Billboard magazine's Best Selling Pop Singles and Records Most Played By Disk Jockeys charts and #2 on the magazine's Most Played Juke Box Records chart. Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "How High The Moon" is still at #2 on the magazine's Best Selling Pop Singles and Records Most Played By Disk Jockeys charts and #1 on the Most Played Juke Box Records chart and their Capitol Records single "Mockin' Bird Hill" is still #9 on the Best Selling Pop Singles chart, #11 on the Most Played Juke Box Records chart, and is #22 on the Records Most Played By Disk Jockeys chart.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Harold Byrns conducts The Harold Byrns Chamber Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Suk's "Serenade For Strings, Opus 6" in six parts in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all six parts on Byrns' album "SMETANA - Bohemian Dances/SUK - Serenade For Strings, Opus 6" (L-8174).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Mel Blanc (on vocals), with The Lou Bring Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the unissued track "Buzzy Bazoo" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California.
1954 - Ella Logan (on vocals), with George Greely conducting an uncredited orchestra, records the titles "Necessity", "Old Devil Moon", "The Begat" and "If This Isn't Love" in Los Angeles, California for her Capitol Records album "Finian's Rainbow" (L-561).
1955 - Merle Travis (on vocals and guitar), with Eddie Kirk on rhythm guitar, Donald "Dusty" Rhodes on bass, and Thomas T. Mills on drums, records over dubs for the track "Beer Barrel Polka" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studio in Hollywood, California between 1 and 4 pm.
1956 - Gene Vincent and His Blue Cap's single "Be-Bop-A-Lula" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
1956 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Poor People Of Paris" is #31 down from #18 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Dean Martin's Capitol Records single "Standing On The Corner" is #34 down from #32, Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps' Capitol Records single "Be Bop A Lula" is #43, and Frank Sinatra (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "How Little We Know" is #53
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Anna Maria Alberghetti, with Van Alexander and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "I'll See You In My Dreams", "I Only Have Yes For You", "Don't Blame Me", and "With Every Breath I Take" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Alberghetti's album "I Can't Resist You" (T 887).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Pianist George Shearing records the titles "Medley #7" and "Medley #8" in Los Angeles, California. After the titles are edited on August 29, 1957, "Medley #7" will become the titles "A Tune For Hummin'"  and "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)"  and "Medley #8" will become "High On A Windy Hill". Capitol Records will issue the edited titles on Shearing's album "The Shearing Piano" (T 909).
1958 - Dean Martin's Capitol Records single "Return To Me" is #6 down from #5 on Billboard's Top 100 singles chart, Nat "King' Cole's Capitol Records single "Looking Back" is #8 down from #6, The Four Prep's Capitol Records single "Big Man" is tied for #11 with Pat Boone (with Billy Vaughan and His Orchestra)'s single "Sugar Moon", Laurie London's Capitol Records single "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" is #14 up from #15, and Ed Townsend's Capitol Records single "For Your Love" is #21 down from #18.
1960 - The Kingston Trio records the tracks "The White Snows Of Winter" and "Sing We Noel" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with producer Voyle Gilmore and engineer Pete Abbot for their Capitol Records album "The Last Month Of The Year"
1961 - Peggy Lee, with producer Dave Cavanaugh and a studio orchestra (Justin Gordon, and Theodore Nash on flute; unknown french horn player; unknown string section using arrangements by Quincy Jones; Dennis Budimir, and Al Hendrickson on guitar; Max Bennett on bass; Victor Feldman on piano and vibraphones; Stan Levey and Shelly Manne on drums; Francisco "Chino" Pozo on bongos and congos; and Mike Gutierrez and Mel Zelnick on percussion), records the tracks "(I Love Your) Gypsy Heart", "If You Go", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Oh Love Hast Thou Forsaken Me" (all of which were released on Lee's Capitol Records album "If You Go", and "Farewell To Arms" (which went unreleased until it appeared on the 2000 Capitol Records CD compilation "Rare Gems And Hidden Treasures") at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1961 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Act Naturally" returns to #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Capitol Records group The Kingston Trio perform a live concert at The Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Four Amigos (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Sunshine Superman", "Wop Wop", "Reza", and "Cast Your Fate To The Wind" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Reza" on the group's album "Four Amigos At The Ilikai Hotel" (T/ST 2860), have yet to issue "Sunshine Superman", and there is no issuing information for either "Wop Wop" or "Cast Your Fate To The Wind".
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - During two sessions held this day in New York City, New York, Teddy Neeley, with unlisted others, records the titles "Over The Mountain", "The Magic Touch", and "The Sound Of Bugles" at the first session and "Contact", "Young And Carefree", and "My Baby And I" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Neeley's album "Contact" (T/ST 2774) and "Contact" as a single (Capitol 5967) with "Where Are You" (recorded June 21, 1967) on the flipside.
1969 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Break Away" (written by Murry Wilson) with "Celebrate The News" on the flipside.
1970 - Ringo Starr arrives in Nashville, Tennessee, after an invitation by Pete Drake, to cut tracks for a solo album. Other musicians at the session include Drake, Jerry Reed, Charlie Daniels, and The Jordanaires. Apple Records will release the tracks on Starr's album "Beaucoups of Blues" before the end of the year with Capitol Records distributing the album in the United States.
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Vocalist Glen Campbell, with unlisted others, records the titles "One Last Time", "Sweet Fantasy", and "I Will Never Pass This Way Again" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded on June 26, 1972 for all the titles and on June 27 and 28, 1972 for "One Last Time", Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Campbell's album "Glen Travis Campbell" (SW-11117).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Vocalist Helen Reddy, with unlisted others, records a yet to be issued take of the titles "What's Going Down" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records.
1973 - George Harrison's Apple Records album "Living In The Material World", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is #1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart
1979 - The Knack's debut Capitol Records single "My Sharona", with "Let Me Out" on the flipside, enters Billboard's Hot 100 chart
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, vocalist Tonio K., with unlisted others, records "Mars Need Women" at the first session and "The New Dark Ages" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Tonio K.'s 7" EP "La Bomba" (MLP-15004).
1984 - Duran Duran's Capitol Records single “The Reflex“ with "New Religion" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - House Of Schock (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Seems Like Forever", "World Goes Round", and "This Time" in a unlisted location for Capitol Records. There is no issuing information listed.
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - New Version Of Soul (lineup unlisted) record the title "Curious Creem" in a unlisted location for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
2000 - Singer Carnie Wilson of the SBK/Capitol Records recording group "Wilson Phillips", and daughter of Brian Wilson, marries Rob Bonfiglio.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1940 - Stuart Sutcliffe, artist and original bassist for The Beatles, is born Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe in Edinburgh, Scotland. Sarah Sutcliffe runs a very comprehensive site about Stuart.
1954 - Singer Amos Milburn, with musical director Jesse Stone leading the studio orchestra (Harry Parr Jones on trumpet; Clifford Solomon and Claude McLin on tenor saxophone; Jewel Grant on baritone saxophone; Isaac Royal and/or Jesse Stone (probably on piano), Jack Marshall on guitar; Red Callender on bass; and Oscar Lee Bradley on drums) records the titles "One, Two, Three, Everybody" and "That's It" which will be released together as a single by Aladdin Records (#3269), as well as "Vicious, Vicious Vodka", and "I Done Done It" which will also be released together as a single by Aladdin (#3253), at Radio Recorders, in Los Angeles, California. Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Aladdin's catalog
1956 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm In Love Again" is #6 up from #8 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and its flip side, "My Blue Heaven", is #21 up from #29
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley records the titles "Mighty Moe And Joe", "News", "Bag's Groove", "Double Exposure" and "Falling In Love With Love" with Bill Hardman on trumpet, Curtis Porter (aka Shafi Hadi) on alto and tenor saxophone, Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums for Mobley's self titled Blue Note Records album. The session was produced by Alfred Lion and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey. Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Blue Note Records' catalog and Blue Note is now a division of Capitol Music Group.
1958 - Dave Seville's Liberty Records single "Witch Doctor" is #4 down #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and Dion and The Belmonts' Laurie Records single "I Wonder Why" is tied for #31 with The Aquatones' single "You" up from #42. Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Liberty and Laurie Records' catalog.
1959 - Eddie Cochran records the track "Something Else" for Liberty Records at a session at Goldstar Studios in Los Angeles, California. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Liberty Records' catalog.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Dion's Laurie Records single "Lovers Who Wander" is #14 down from #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Bobby Vee's Liberty Records single "Sharing You" is #18 up from #19, and Dinah Washington's single "Where Are You" enters the top 40 at #36 up from #46. Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the Laurie, Liberty, and Roulette Records catalogs.
2003 - The JVC Jazz Festival New York presents "There'll Be Another Spring: A Tribute To Miss Peggy Lee" at Carnegie Hall in New York City

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1848 - Antoine Joseph Sax granted a patent for his invention, the saxophone
1941 - Twenty three year-old Lena Horne (future United Artists Records artist) has her first recording session where she records the title "St. Louis Blues" as a vocalist with The Dixieland Jazz Group of NBC's Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street (lineup unlisted) with Henry Levine conducting. The title will be released by Victor Records in the album "Birth Of The Blues - An Album Of W. C. Handy Music".
1963 - Sidney Poitier leaves his footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California in ceremony #134.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

JUNE 22, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1944 - Peter Asher, brother of television variety show host Jane Asher, record producer (most notably for Linda Ronstadt), and singer with Capitol Records duo Peter and Gordon (1964-1968), is born in London, England
1948 - Todd Rundgren, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and producer of Capitol Records groups Grand Funk Railroad and The Tubes, is born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
1964 - Mike Edwards, songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist of the Capitol (1989) and SBK Records (1990-1993) band Jesus Jones, is born Michael James Edwards in Bradford-Upon-Avon, Wiltshire, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Guitarist Hank Thompson and The Brazos Valley Boys (Merle Travis on guitar and steel guitar; Bobbie White on steel guitar; Billy Stewart on bass; Paul McGhee on drums; Amos Hedrick, Billy Peters and Curly Lewis on fiddles; Donald McDaniel on piano; and Dubert Dobson on trumpet) record the instrumental tracks "Westphalia Waltz", "Red Skin Gal", and "Don't Be That Way" with producer Ken Nelson at Capitol Records' Melrose studios in Hollywood, California.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Anna Maria Alberghetti, with Van Alexander and his Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "I've Got A Crush On You", "I'm Glad There Is You (In This World Of Ordinary People)", "Tenderly", and "Too Young" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Alberghetti's album "I Can't Resist You" (T 887).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with Jack Fascinato conducting the orchestra and chorus (lineup unlisted), records the titles "The Lord's Lariat", "In The Middle Of An Island", and "Ivy League" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywoodl California. Capitol Records will issue "The Lord's Lariat" on Ford's album "Ol' Rockin' Ern" (T 888) and "In The Middle Of An Island" and "Ivy League" together as a single (Capitol F3762).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Gordon Jenkins conducts his own arrangements to his orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Ruby", "In The Heat Of The Day", "Moonlight On The Ganges", "Good Bye", and "Bruce's Blues" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Jenkin's album "Stolen Hours" (T/ST 884).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - During two sessions held this day in Studio A in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, Callifornia, The Hollywood String Quartet records Beethoven's "N° 14 In C Sharp Minor, Opus 131, Part 2" at the first session and "N° 14 In C Sharp Minor, Opus 131, Parts 3 & 4" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles in the quartet's 5 LP box set "BEETHOVEN - String Quartets" (PER-3894).
1959 - Franck Pourcell and His French Fiddlers' Capitol Records single "Only You (Loin De Vous)" is #12 down from #10 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1960 - Nelson Riddle records the tracks "Suspenseful-Ness", "Linda", "30-30", "Ebony And Ivory", "Reckless-Ness", "Dauntless-Ness", "Speakeasy Blues", Elliot Ness", Dejected-Ness", and "The Loop" for his Capitol Records television soundtrack album "The Untouchables"
1961 - Peggy Lee, with producer Dave Cavanaugh, and a studio orchestra (Justin Gordon and Theodore Nash on flute; Dennis Budimir and Al Hendrickson on guitar; Max Bennett on bass; Victor Feldman on piano and vibraphone; Stan Levey and Shelly Manne on drums; Francisco "Chino" Pozo on bongos and congas; Mike Gutierrez and Mel Zelnick on percussion; and a unlisted french horn player as well as a unlisted string section that's using a arrangement by Quincy Jones), records the titles "I Wish I Didn't Love You So", "As Time Goes By" with Benny Carter on alto saxophone, and "When I Was A Child" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. All the titles will be released by Capitol Records on Lee's album "If You Go".
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with Jack Fascinato conducting the orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Saved By Grace", "I Love To Tell The Story", "Fairest Lord Jesus" and "Asleep In Jesus" at the first session and "Blessed Assurance", "Give The Wind Thy Fears", "Face To Face", "How Great Thou Art", "If I Can Help Somebody", "Others", "My Task", and "Farther Along" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ford's album "I Love To Tell The Story" (T/ST 1751).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Louvin Brothers (Charlie Louvin on vocals and guitar and Ira Louvin on vocals and mandolin), with Howard "Howdy" Forrester on fiddle, Jimmy Riddle on harmonica, a unlisted pianist, Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, Harold Ray Bradley, and another unlisted performer on guitar, Harold B. "Shot" Jackson on Dobro guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and a unlisted drummer, record the titles "Low And Lonely", "We Live In Two Worlds", "The Precious Jewel", "The Great Judgement Morning", "Branded Wherever I Go", "Not A Word From Home", and "Stuck-Up Blues" at Sam Phillips Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the brothers' album "Great Roy Acuff Songs" (T/ST 2827).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Maurice Cameron Hill (aka Cameron Hill) guitarist with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, and who also recorded with Capitol Records band Tommy Duncan and His Western All Stars, Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan, and Merrill Moore, dies in Houston, Texas at age 43 after a long illness and is later buried at Rosewood Park Cemetery near Humble, Texas
1963 - Kyu Sakamoto's Capitol Records single "Sukiyaki" (with "Anoko No Namaewa Nantenkana" on the flipside) is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, (still the only Japanese language single to do so), Nat "King" Cole's single "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer" is still #7, Al Martino's Capitol Records single "I Love You Because" is #9 down from #5, Bobby Darin's Capitol Records single "Yellow Roses" is #11 down from #10, The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Surfin' U.S.A." is #16 down from #13 and its flipside "Shut Down" is #23 up from #30
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Teddy Neeley, with unlisted others, records the titles "Bring The Whole Family" and "Look, Here Comes The Sun" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Neeley's album "Contact" (T/ST 2774).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records purchases the masters for the soundtracks for "Born Losers" and "Mondo Hollywood" from Sidewalk Productions and will issue all the titles via its subsidiary Tower Records for "Born Losers" on the movie's soundtrack album (T/DT 5082) and for "Mondo Hollywood" on that movie's soundtrack album (T/DT 5083).
1969 - Judy Garland, vaudeville performer, singer, motion picture actress, television variety show host, mother of Capitol Records artist Liza Minnelli, and a Capitol Records artist, dies in the Chelsea section of London, England at age 47
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, vocalist Tonio K., with unlisted others, records the titles "Funky Western Civilization" and "Fools Talk" at the first session and "Politician" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Fool's Talk" and "Politician" on Tonio K.'s 7" EP "La Bomba" (MLP-15004) and have to issue "Funky Western Civilization".
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - During three session held this day in a unlisted location, Keith Stegall records the title "She's Got The Rhythm" at the first session, "It Looks Like Love" and "Poor Side Of Town" at the second session, and "The Woman In My Life", and "Two Hearts" at the third session. There is no release information listed.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - House Of Schock records the title "Where Love Goes" at a unlisted location. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 44112).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Audrey Wheeler, with unlisted others, records a vocal and a instrumental version of the title "I Miss You, Love" in a unlisted location. Capitol Records will issue the vocal version as a single (Capitol 44112). No issuing information is listed for the instrumental version.
1988 - Dennis Day, singer, radio, motion picture, and television actor, and Capitol Records artist, dies at age 72 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease), in Los Angeles, California.
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - New Version Of Soul (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Cherry Tree", "Heaven", and "Mr. Skatter's Souladelic Nursery Rhymes" in a unlisted location. No issuing information is listed.
2006 - After appearing on the CBS-TV program "The Late Show With Craig Ferguson", Capitol Records artist Van Hunt, with special guest Nikka Costa, performs at The House of Blues at 8430 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California
2006 - Capitol Records Nashville promotes promotion department staffers Matthew Hargis and Brent Jones. Hargis, who joined the label in April, goes from promotion manager to the new position of director of promotion. Jones, who has been with the label since 1995, is upped from manager to senior manager of promotion. Both report to VP of promotion Jimmy Harnen at the label's Nashville offices.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1909 - Michael Todd, motion picture producer (including "Oklahoma!" which starred Capitol Records artist Gordon MacRae and for which Capitol Records released the original soundtrack album that was awarded the first Gold record by the R.I.A.A.), developer (with The American Optical Company) of the Todd-AO system using 65mm cine cameras at 30 fps and wide angle photgraphy [approx 150 degrees], and husband of motion picture actress Elizabeth Taylor is born Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen
1959 - Martin Denny's Liberty Records single "Quiet Village" is #6 down from #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Dion and The Belmonts Laurie Records single "A Teenager In Love" is #8 down from #6, Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Ready" is #18 up from #19, and The Fleetwood's Dolton Records single "Graduation's Here" is #39 up from #44. Liberty, Laurie, Imperial and Dolton Records' catalogs are currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.
1963 - The Chiffon's Laurie Records single "One Fine Day" is #10 up from #17 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Lou Christie's Roulette Records single "Two Faces Have I" is #14 down from #11, The Essex's Roulette Records single "Easier Said Than Done" enters the top 20 at #15 from #50, Jan And Dean's Liberty Records single "Surf City also enters the top #20 at #20 up from #68. Roulette, Laurie, and Liberty Records' catalogs are currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Fred Astaire, dancer, motion picture and television actor, singer, and EMI recording artist, dies from pneumonia in Los Angeles, California at age 88 and is later buried in the Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, California.
1998 - Sir Paul McCartney personally chose and arranges the 45,000 flowers that decorate Riverside Church in Manhattan, New York where the friends and family of Apple and Capitol Records artist Linda McCartney will gather to say a candlelit good-bye to his wife

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1961 - The Beat Brothers (aka The Beatles, with John Lennon on rhythm guitar, George Harrison on lead guitar, Paul McCartney on bass guitar, and Pete Best on drums) are in a professional recording studio for the first time when they're hired by Polydor Records to back vocalist Tony Sheridan on the titles "My Bonnie" and "In The School Hall". At this session they will also record the titles "Cry For A Shadow" (an original Harrison instrumental composition), and "Ain't She Sweet (with vocal by Lennon). The group will be back in the studio on on June 23, 1961 to record additional titles with Sheridan.
10 Years Ago Today In 2007 - The 36th Annual Jazz Bash (once known as the Ken Crawford Bash), starts today and continues to tomorrow, June 23, 2007. It is held at the Holiday Inn of South Plainfield, N.J. which is located at 4701 Stelton Road. As an extra bonus there was a showing of rare films hosted by collector Dave Weiner on Friday and Ron Hutchinson of the Vitaphone Project on Saturday evening. Both shows started at 7:30. In addition to the all-day schmoozing, there are record playoffs/challenges both nights after the films hosted by collector Henry Schmidt. Mosaic's Scott Wenzel manned the booth with a cache of Mosaic sets that were discounted for the show.