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.
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).
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.