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.
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 - 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.