1945 - Gordon Waller, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and part of the Capitol Records duo Peter and Gordon, is born Gordon Trueman Riviere Waller in Braemar, Scotland
1953 - Jimmy McCulloch, lead guitarist with the band Wings and member of bands including Thunderclap Newman and Stone The Crows, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. Miguel Terol has a tribute page to Jimmy on The Musicians' Olympus website.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - It's a Thursday, and with it's name officially changed from Liberty Records, Capitol Records starts business in a small 15’x50’ office with no air conditioning at 1483 Vine Street in Hollywood, California, just south of Sunset Boulevard, next to photographer Gene Lester's studio. The site of Capitol's first office is currently the entrance to the Bank of America parking structure.
After seeing Potter's enthusiastic reaction, Wallichs decides, for what would be the first time in the history of the American music industry, to give free copies of releases to disc jockeys and reviewers in order to promote Capitol Records' acts and the sound quality of its recordings. The records are personalized with labels bearing each recipient's name (which would often lead to Capitol's few employees having to stay up to 3:00 A.M. to fill them out). This quickly makes Capitol Records a favorite of disc jockeys across the country and forces the rest of the industry (not for the last time) to follow Capitol. So all those underpaid record company and radio employees, as well as reviewers, that were able to make ends meet over the years by selling their promos to used record stores have Capitol, Glenn Wallichs, Peter Potter, and Freddie Slack and His Orchestra with vocalist Ella Mae Morse to thank.
2004 - 42 years to the day she started as Capitol Records' first female employee, Auriel Macfie Douglas, died. She is buried at O'ahu Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.
She was born September 22, 1924 and was just seventeen and newly graduated from Santa Monica High School as a journalism major when she started working for Capitol Records.