80 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Ray Pillow, singer, songwriter, member of The Grand Ole Opry and Capitol Records artist, is born in Lynchburg, Virginia
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1940 - Future Capitol Records artists The Louvin Brothers make their debut in Flatrock, Alabama
1955 - Future Capitol Records artist Gene Vincent, while on his Triumph motorcycle in Franklin, Virginia, is hit by a woman in a Chrysler, crushing his left leg.
1968 - The Steve Miller Band (lineup unlisted) record the title "Stepping Out" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records has yet to issue the title.
1969 - The Steve Miller Band (lineup unlisted) records the title "The Last Wombat In Mecca" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the band's album "Your Saving Grace" (SKAO-331).
1970 - Guitarist and vocalist Jimi Hendrix, bass player Billy Cox, and drummer Mitch Mitchell perform "Voodoo Child", "All Along The Watchtower", and "Star Spangled Banner" during at the second annual Atlanta Pop Festival in Atlanta, Georgia which is recorded. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "Jimi Hendrix - An Original Video Soundtrack" (MLP-15022).
1971 - During summer vacation from University of Massachusettes (where she was a pre-med major), future Capitol Records artists Natalie Cole performs her first professional singing job at a college hangout called "The Pub" in Amherst, Massachusettes where she was also working as a waitress.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson, co-founder, singer and composer with the Liberty Records band Canned Heat is born Alan C. Wilson in Boston, Massachusetts. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Groups' parent company currently owns Liberty's catalog. If anyone knows Alan's middle name please leave a comment.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - John Waite, singer, member of the Chrysalis Records band The Babys, and an EMI America Records solo artist, is born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Groups' parent company currently owns the Chrysalis and EMI America Recorsd catalogs.
1960 - The Fleetwood's Dolton Records single "Runaround" is #25 up from #29 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Young Emotion" is #26 down from #18, Don Costa and His Orchestra's United Artists Records single "Theme From 'The Unforgiven'" is #27 up from at #37, and Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "Walking To New Orleans" re-enters the top 40 at #31 up from #46. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Imperial, Dolton and United Artist Records' catalogues.
1981 - Kim Carnes' EMI America Records single "Bette Davis Eyes", with "Miss You Tonight" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1776 - Printed copies The Declaration Of Independence, announcing the formation of The United States Of America, are posted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1826 - Former presidents of The United States Of America Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die (in Monticello, Virginia and Quincy, Massachusetts respectively) within five hours of each other and songwriter Stephen Foster is born Stephen Foster Collins in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania
1831 - Former president of The United States Of America James Monroe dies.
1872 - Future president of The United States of America Calvin Coolidge is born.
1970 - Casey Kasem hosts the radio show "American Top 40" for the first time this day.