1909 - Mickey Katz, clarinetist, klezmer player, arranger, member of Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Yiddish song parodist, comedian, Capitol Records artist (1950-1967), father of Broadway, motion picture and television actor and Capitol Records artist Joel Grey, and grandfather of motion picture and television actress Jennifer Grey, is born Meyer Myron Katz in Cleveland, Ohio. Thanks to Mel for letting me know about Katz' birthday.
100 Years Ago Today In 1917 - Leon Payne, founder of The Lone Star Buddies, songwriter ("Lost Highway" and "I Love You Because"), singer, musician, and Capitol Records country artist (1949-1953), is born Leon Roger Payne in Alba, Texas. Payne would also release a Rockabilly single on Capitol ("That Ain't It" with "Little Rock" on the flipside) using the name Rock Rogers.
1941 - Harry Nilsson (aka Johnny Niles), singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, actor, motion picture score writer, friend of John Lennon, and a Mercury, Tower (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) and RCA Victor Records artist, is born Harry Edward Nilsson III in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York
1963 - Scott Rockenfield, soundtrack composer, drummer with the Capitol Records group Queensryche, and a solo artist, is born in Seattle, Washington
1969 - Ice Cube, singer, actor, and a Priority Records (a division of Capitol Music Group) artist as part of the group NWA and as a solo artist, is born O'Shea Jackson in South Central Los Angeles, California
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
80 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Peter Kreuder conducts The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record in two parts Von Suppe's "Jolly Fellows Overture" in Berlin, Germany. Capitol Records will license the masters from Telefunken and issue both parts on the album "SUPPE Overtures" (KFM-8108 on 78, P-8108 on 33 1/3).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - During two sessions held this day in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California, Billy May conducts his own arrangements to His Orchestra (Pete Candoli, Ollie Mitchell, Conrad Gozzo, and Mannie Klein on trumpet, Trummy Young, Francis "Joe" Howard, Ed Kusby, and Si Zentner on trombone, Willie Smith on alto and baritone saxophone, Wilbur Schwartz on alto saxophone, Joe Thomason tenor saxophone, Ted Nash on alto and tenor saxophones, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums) as they record the titles "Blues In The Night, Part 1" with vocals by Trumy Young and ensemble with Willie Smith and Joe Thomas, "Blues In The Night, Part 2", Uptown Blues", and "Charmaine" with vocals by Dan Grissom between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM then "Coquette" also with vocals by Dan Grissom, "Margie" also with vocals by Trummy Young, and "Annie Laurie" between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Billy May and His Orchestra's album "Jimmy Lunceford In Hi-Fi" (TAO/STAO 924).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with Jack Fascinato conducting the orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Catfish Boogie", "Smokey Mountain Boogie", "Anticipation Blues", "Shotgun Boogie", and "(I've Got The) Milk 'Em In The Morning Blues" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ford's album "Ol' Rockin' Ern" (T 888).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Nelson Riddle conducts his own arrangements His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the title "Tangi Tahiti" (originally entitled "Westend West Indies") in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol F3758) with "Rue Madeleine" (recorded April 15, 1957) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Hollywood String Quartet (Felix Slatkin on violin, Eleanor Alder Slatkin on cello, Paul Shure on second violin, and Alvin Dinkin on viola) record Beethoven's "Quartet N° 14 In C Sharp Minor, Opus 131, 1st Movement" in Studio A of The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the Quartet's album "BEETHOVEN - Quartet N° 14 In C Sharp Minor, Opus 131" (P-8425).
1960 - Peggy Lee, with producer Dave Cavanaugh and arranger Billy May conducting the studio orchestra (Harry Klee, Ronnie Lang, and Wilbur Schwartz on reeds; George Van Eps on guitar; Max Bennett on bass; Lou Levy on piano; Stella Castellucci on harp; Stanley Levy on drums; Harry Bluestone, Harold Dicterow, Jacques Gasselin, Anatol Kaminsky, Murray Kellner, Marvin Limonick, Joseph Livoti, Nathan Ross, and Felix Slatkin on violin; Alvin Dinken, Virginia Majewski, Alex Niemann, and Abraham Weiss on viola; Charles Gates, Edgar Lustgarten, David Pratt, and Joseph Saxon on cello), and vocal director Jimmy Joyce leading The Jimmy Joyce Childrens Choir on background vocals, records the tracks "White Christmas", "The Christmas Waltz", "The Christmas Song", "Christmas Carousel", and "The Star Carol" for her 1960 Capitol Records album "Christmas Carousel" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
55 Years Ago Today in 1962 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, Carmen Dragon conducts The Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Drinking Song" and "Begin The Beguine" at the first session and "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Stout Hearted Men" and "The Riff Song" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Drinking Song", "Stout Hearted Men" and "The Riff Song" on the album "Carmen Dragon Conducting The Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra - An Evening With Romberg" (W/SW 1804) and "Begin The Beguine" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You" on the album "Carmen Dragon Conducting The Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra - An Evening With Cole Porter" (W/SW 1805) and all the titles on the 8 track compilation "Carmen Dragon Conducting The Hollywood Bowl Pops Orchestra - An Evening With Romberg/An Evening With Cole Porter" (8X2W-2676).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, vocalist Glen Campbell and The Green River Boys (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Rainin' On The Mountain", "Weary Lonesome Blues", and the instrumentals "Beautiful Brown Eyes" and "White Lightning" at the first session and "Long Black Limousine", "Lonesome Jailhouse Blues", "There's More Pretty Girls Than One", "This Old White Mule Of Mine", "No Vacancy", "Kentucky Means Paradise", and the instrumental "Sweet Temptation" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Rainin' On The Mountain", "Lonesome Blues", "Long Black Limousine", "Lonesome Jailhouse Blues", "There's More Pretty Girls Than One", "This Old White Mule", "No Vacancy", and "Kentucky Means Paradise" on The Green River Boys and Glen Campbell's album "Big Bluegrass Special" (T/ST 1810), "Beautiful Brown Eyes" on the compilation CD "The Essential Glen Campbell, Volume 3" (8-33834-2), and have yet to issue either "White Lightning" or "Sweet Temptation".
1964 - Capitol Records releases Peter and Gordon's single "Nobody I Know" (written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon), with "You Don't Have To Tell Me" on the flipside
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Yesterday And Today" was supposed to be released today (and a few copies may actually have made it to some stores through independent distributors) but its official released is delayed until June 20 when the new "truck" cover art replaces the original "butcher" cover
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Alan Jardine, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys, with vocalist Diane Rovell of The Honeys, record the track "Vegetables" at The Beach Boys Studio in Bel Air, California
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Ferlin Husky, with unlisted others, records the titles "White Christmas", "Silent Night" and "Joy To The World" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "White Christmas" and "Silent Night" on Husky's album "Christmas All Year Long" (T/ST 2793) and have yet to issue "Joy To The World".
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records purchases the masters for The Laisure Sisters' titles "Paint The Little Girl Blue" and "Dance Children, Dance" but have yet to issue either title.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records purchases the masters for Tim Wilde (aka Joey Constantino)'s titles "Popcorn Double Feature" and "Too Many Questions". Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both titles together as a single (Tower 353).
1970 - Capitol Records releases Grand Funk Railroad's album "Closer To Home"
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Harvest Records releases Pink Floyd's album "Obscured By Clouds" with Capitol Records handling distribution in the United States
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Bang (lineup unlisted) will record the title "Keep On" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 3386) with "Redman" (recorded in December 1971) on the flipside and on the group's album "Mother/Bow To The King" (SMAS-11110).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Juice Newton, with unlisted others, records the title "Crying Too Long" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded on June 27 and July 6, 1977, Capitol Records will issue the title on Juice Newton & Silver Spur's album "Come To Me" (ST-11682).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Sandy Croft, with producer Joe L. Wilson, records the title "Love Don't Make Me Wait" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single in The Netherlands (Capitol 1A 006-2000857) as the flipside of "Heartbreaker" (recorded December 13, 1983) on the flipside.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Billy Squier, with unlisted others, records the titles "I Want A Woman" and "High Roller" in a unlisted location. No issuing information is listed.
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Contagion (Keith Arem on vocals, keyboards, and programming, Dave Smith on vocals and percussion, session producer Dave Allen on bass, and Rick Boston on additonal vocals and guitar) records the title "We Believe" under siege at Titan Studios in Burbank, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's CD "Containment PCB" (7-99813-2).
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Muff Winwood, bass guitarist, songwriter, record producer, member of the Fontana and United Artists Records group The Spencer Davis Band with his brother Steve Winwood, is born Mervyn Winwood in Erdington, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
1959 - Martin Denny's Liberty Records single "Quiet Village" is #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Dion and The Belmonts Laurie Records single "A Teenager In Love" is #6, and Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm Ready" is #19. Liberty, Laurie, and Imperial Records' catalogs are currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.
1963 - Lou Christie's Roulette Records single "Two Faces Have I" is #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and The Chiffon's Laurie Records single "One Fine Day" is #17. Roulette and Laurie Records' catalogs are currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.
1969 - "Hee Haw", starring Capitol Records artist Buck Owens and former Capitol Records artist Roy Clark and with Capitol Records group The Buckaroos as house band, debuts on the CBS television network
1991 - Paula Abdul's Virgin Records America single "Rush Rush" is #1 on Billboards' Top 100 singles chart
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1901 - Jack Kapp, co-founder of Decca Records and records producer, is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1945 - Judy Garland marries Ben Vincent Minnelli in a ceremony performed by Dr. William Roberts of the Beverly Hills Community Presbyterian Church in the home of her mother, Ethel Garland, at 1231 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, California. One of Judy's sisters was her attendant and the best man for Minnelli was lyricist Ira Gershwin.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - EMI lauches the Stateside label in Britain "for repertoire licensed from American labels"
1969 - Judy Garland gives her last performance for a live audience when she appears at the Half Note nightclub, Greenwich Village, NYC
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - At ceremony #156, Michael Keaton leaves his footprints in cement at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California and at ceremony #157, Tom Cruise leaves his footprints