1919 - Al Viola, guitarist and mandolin player (mandolin solo in the theme for the motion picture "The Godfather"), motion picture performer, member of The Page Cavanaugh Trio, session musician on many of Frank Sinatra's Capitol Records recordings and Julie London's Liberty Records recordings, is born in New York City, New York
1924 - Eli "Lucky" Thompson, tenor and soprano saxophone player, songwriter, song publisher, band leader, who recorded as part of Capitol Records group Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, is born in Detroit, Michigan
1939 - Billy "Crash" Craddock, Capitol Records artist (1978-1983) is born William Wayne Craddock in Greensboro, North Carolina
1941 - Lamont Dozier, songwriter (solo and as part of the team Holland-Dozier-Holland), record producer, recording artist and co-founder of the Capitol Records subsidiary Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records, is born in Detroit, Michigan
? Years Ago Today - Keith Mitchell, drummer with the Capitol Records group Mazzy Star, is born in Long Beach, California. If anyone knows what year, please leave a comment.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)' Capitol Records single "Dream" is #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 #9
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist and pianist Julia Lee and Her Boy Friends (Bobby Sherwood on trumpet, Vic Dickenson on trombone, Benny Carter on alto saxophone, Dave Cavanaugh on tenor saxophone, Red Norvo on xylophone, Jack Marshall on guitar, Red Callender on bass, and Sam "Baby" Lovett on drums) record the titles "Mama Don't Allow It", "Doubtful Blues", "Ain't It A Crime", and, with additional vocals by Joe Alexander, "Knock Me A Kiss" with producer Dave Dexter, Jr. in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:30 PM and 12:30 AM on June 17, 1947. Capitol Records will issue "Mama Don't Allow It" as a single (Capitol 1589) with "Breeze (Blow My Baby Back To Me" (recorded November 11, 1947) on the flipside, "Doubtful Blues" as a single (Capitol Americana 40056) with "My Sin" (recorded June 18, 1947) on the flipside, and "Ain't It A Crime" as a single (Capitol 838) with "Don't Save It Too Long" (recorded April 21, 1949) on the flipside. Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the box set "Julia Lee - Kansas City Star" (BCD 15770).
1950 - Peggy Lee, with Dave Barbour and His Orchestra, records the tracks "The Cannonball Express" (which will be released by Capitol Records as a single with "That Ol' Devil Won't Get Me", recorded on February 8, 1951, on the flip side), "Show Me The Way To Go Out Of This World", which will be released by Capitol Records as a single with "Happy Music" (which was the next track recorded) on the flipside, "Don't Give Me A Ring On The Telephone" (unreleased!), and "Lover, Come Back To Me" (which will be releases as a single by Capitol Records with "Helpless", recorded March 13, 1950, on the flipside) at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California
1951 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Too Young" is #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, knocking Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "How High The Moon" out of the top spot to #2 for the first time in nine weeks. and Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "Mockin' Bird Hill" is #9
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Mel Blanc and unlisted other vocalists record vocal overdubs using a script by Ted Pierce and Warren Foster adapted by Alan Livingston onto musical tracks recorded by a unidentiied orchestra directed by Eugene Poddany on June 9, 1952 for the two parts of the title "Woody Woodpecker And The Scarecrow" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue both parts on the single disc children's album "Woody Woodpecker And The Scarecrow" (CAS-3140).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Jan Garber and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), with vocalist Roy Cordell, record the titles "So Madly In Love", "My Honey's Lovin' Arms", "Tossin' And Turnin'", "Some Day", "You Belong To Me", and "Gypsy Love Song" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "So Madly In Love", and "Some Day" together as a single (Capitol 2150), "Tossin' And Turnin'" and "You Belong To Me" together as a single (Capitol 2198), and have yet to issue either "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" or "Gypsy Love Song".
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - During two sessions held this day in Nashville, Tennessee, vocalist and guitarist Jack Hunt, with unlisted others, records the titles "Send Me The Pillow (You Dream On)", "Standing Outside", "Santa Claus Will Come In The Morning", and "Snow For Christmas" at the first session and "You Must Be Born Again", "How Do You Stand With The Lord", "We Will Serve The Lord", and "I'll Fly Away (Some Golden Day)" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Send My The Pillow (That You Dream On)" and "Standing Outside" together as a single (Capitol 2209) by Jack Hunt, and, as by Jack Hunt & Trio, "You Must Be Born Again" and "We Will Serve The Lord" together as a single (Capitol 2323) and "How Do You Stand In With Your Lord" and "I'll Fly Away Some Golden Day" together as a single (Capitol 2676), and have yet to issue either "Santa Claus Will Come In The Morning" or "Snow For Christmas".
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - 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 Thomas on tenor saxophone, Ted Nash on alto and tenor saxophone, 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 "Well All Right Then" with vocals by the ensemble of Trummy Young, Willie Smith, and Joe Thomas, "T'aint What You Do" with vocals by Trummy Young, "For Dancers Only", "Four Or Five Times", and "By The River Sainte Marie" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except for the yet to be issued "By The River Sainte Marie" on May and the orchestra's album "Jimmy Lunceford In Hi-Fi" (TAO/STAO 924).
1959 - Buck Owens records "Under Your Spell Again" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records would release the track as a single with "Tired Of Living" on the flipside, on July 13, 1959. I wonder if Owens and The Four Freshmen met that day during breaks in recordings or sat in on each other's sessions in the booth.
1963 - The Kingston Trio, with John Stewart on vocals, records the tracks "Rider" and "Those Who Are Wise" (penned by Stewart) for their Capitol Records album "Sunny Side"
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records artist Lou Rawls performs at the opening day of The Monterey Pop Festival
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Wynn Stewart's Capitol Records single "It's Such A Pretty World Today", with "Goin' Steady" on the flipside, hits #1 on U.S. Country singles charts where it will stay on top for two weeks
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records releases Twiggy's first and only single for the label, "When I Think Of You", with "Over and Over" on the flipside
1969 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "The Ballad of John & Yoko", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Vocalist Marjorie McCoy, with unlisted others, records the titles "Bird On The Wire", "Too Far Gone", "Same Old Story", and "Lonely Road" in Los Angeles, California. No issuing information is listed. Possibly for cancelled second album.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Walt Disney Pictures releases the animated feature movie "Lady And The Tramp", with lyrics and vocals by Capitol Records artist Peggy Lee. Capitol Records will later release a children's record album based on the movie.
1956 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm In Love Again" is #8 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and its flip side, "My Blue Heaven", is #29
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Curtis Fuller (on trombone, with Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Arthur Taylor on drums) records the tracks "Lizzy's Bounce" (which will be released by Blue Note Records on the album "The Opener"), "Soon", "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening" "Here's To My Lady" (without tenor saxophone), "Oscalypso", and "Hugore" (all of which will be unreleased until the appeared on the 1996 Mosaic Records box set "The Complete Blue Note/UA Curtis Fuller Sessions") with producer Alfred Lion and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at The Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey
1958 - Dave Seville's Liberty Records single "Witch Doctor" is still #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart and Dion and The Belmonts' Laurie Records single "I Wonder Why" is #42. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Liberty and Laurie Records' catalog.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Dion's Laurie Records single "Lovers Who Wander" is #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Bobby Vee's Liberty Records single "Sharing You" is #19, Walter Brennan's Liberty Records single "Old Rivers" is #29, and Jay and The American's United Artists Records single "She Cried" is #32. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the Laurie, Liberty, and United Artists Records catalogs.
1986 - CBS Records announces that former Capitol Records mailroom employee (1969), 36 year old Don Ienner, is the newest, and youngest ever, president of Columbia Records
1990 - Roxette's EMI America Records single "It Must Have Been Love" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1998 - Jack McFadden, manager of Capitol Records artist Buck Owens for over three decades and the talent coordinator for the television show "Hee Haw" dies at age 71
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1890 - Stan Laurel, motion picture actor as a headliner and as part of the duo Laurel and Hardy, is born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, Cumbria, England
1939 - Chick Webb (born William Henry Webb), drummer and band leader, dies in John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore Maryland after a major operation. The year of his birth is still not confirmed, so he may have been anywhere from 30 to 37 years of age at the time of his death.
1959 - George Reeves, TV's Superman, dies of a gunshot wound to the head in his bedroom in Beverly Hills, California at age 45
1971 - Tupac Amaru Shakur is born Lesane Parish Crooks in Brooklyn, New York