Monday, August 21, 2017

AUGUST 21, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1920 - Sarah Churchill, singer with Capitol Records artists Benny Carter and His Orchestra, is born Sarah Valentine in Colfax, Louisiana
1921 - Uan Rasey, Capitol Records artist as a trumpet player in Frank Devol and His Orchestra, Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra, and with the studio orchestra for the Four Freshmen, band manager for Billy May's Capitol Records big band, first trumpet in MGM and Paramount Picture's studio orchestras, and teacher, is born in Glasgow, Montana
1938 - Kenny Rogers, singer, guitarist and Liberty and Capitol Records recording artist, is born Kenneth Donald Rogers in Houston, Texas
1939 - James Burton, songwriter ("Suzie Q" with Dale Hawkins), member of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and guitarist who, with his '53 Telecaster, was part of Rick Nelson's Imperial Records recording group, did session work with producer Ken Nelson for Capitol Records artists Merle Haggard and Buck Owens which helped define "The Bakersfield Sound", and was part of the backing band on Virgin Records recording artist Roy Orbison's "Black And White" special, is born in Dubberly, Louisiana. If anyone knows what James' middle name is, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - The country and western team Lonzo and Oscar (Lloyd George and Rollin Sullivan) have their first Capitol Records recording session as Lonzo and Oscar's Winston County Pea Pickers and record the tracks  "I Wonder Why She Almost Drives Me Wild", "My Dreams Turned into a Nightmare", "Pretty Little Indian Maid", "Tickle the Tom Cat’s Tail". If anyone knows which studio and/or city where the session was held, please leave a comment.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - At two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, pianist Leonard Pennario records Chopin's "Waltz #8", "Waltz #10 In B Minor", "Waltz #1 In E Flat Major", "and "Waltz #6 (Minute Waltz)" at the first session and "Waltz #4 In F Major", "Waltz #2", and "Waltz #5" and the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Pennario's album "Chopin - Waltzes" (P-8172).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 -  Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Ramblin' Rose" is #13 on WABC's Silver Dollar Sound Survey in New York City, New York.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Goodnews Whitson, with unlisted others, records the titles "Monkey Man", "I Know A Better Way To Stay In Trim", "Lucy Brown", and "Who Put The Benzedrine" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue any of the titles.
1966 - Capitol Records artist Lou Rawls opens for Capitol Records band The Beatles at a concert held at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased for titles that Miklos Rozsa composed and conducted the orchestra: "Prelude from 'Ben Hur'", "Love Theme From 'Ben Hur'", "Parade Of The Charioteers", "A Mother's Love From 'Ben Hur'", "Overture From 'El Cid'", "Love Theme From 'El Cid'",  "'El Cid' March", "Triumphal March From 'Quo Vadis'", "Love Theme From 'Quo Vadis'", "Quo Vadis Domine?", "The Nativity From 'King Of Kings'", "The Way Of The Cross From "'King Of Kings'", "Pieta From 'King Of Kings'", "'King Of Kings' Theme". Capitol will issue all the titles on the album "Miklos Rozsa - Great Themes" (T/ST 2837).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Singer Ferlin Husky and The Hush Puppies (lineup unlisted) record the titles "I Wish It Could Be Christmas All Year", "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Jingle Bells", "Lonely Christmas", and "In Santa's Bag" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Husky's album "Christmas All Year Long" (T/ST 2793).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "Pea-Pickin' Cook" with "Song (Mama's Song)" on the flipside
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Jerry Sinclair, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Waters Of Sholoh", "Alleluia", and "Lord" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "The Waters Of Sholoh" and "Alleluia" together as a single (Capitol 3491) and have yet to issue "Lord".
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Billy May and The Time-Life Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Ebb Tide", "My Prayer", "Return To Paradise", and "This Is My Song" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Time-Life Records will issue all the titles as part of its "As You Remember Them" series with "Ebb Tide" and "This Is My Song" in the 3 LP set "Billy May - Volume 4" (STL 244) and "My Prayer" and Return To Paradise" in the 3 LP set "Billy May - Volume 3" (STL 243).
1973 - Grand Funk Railroad's Capitol Records album "We're An American Band" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1979 - The Knack's Capitol Records single "My Sharona" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1990 - Capitol Records releases Syd Barrett's solo album "The Madcap Laughs" for the first time on CD.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1936 - Future Capitol Records recording group The Benny Goodman Quartet, with the recently added Lionel Hampton on vibraphone, records its first track, "Moon Glow"
1944 - Jackie DeShannon, singer, songwriter and Liberty Records artist, is born Sharon Lee Myers in Hazel, Kentucky. Liberty's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1960 - Matt Hurwitz, writer and Capitol Records/Beatles fan (who got to interview Alan Livingston at the release party for The Beatles' "1" album in The Capitol Tower)  is born.
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Crystal Gayle's United Artists Records single "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", with "It's All Right With Me" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1904 - Count Basie, pianist, composer, and band leader, is born William Basie in Red Bank, New Jersey
1935 - Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, whose shows up to this time had not been great successes in terms of attendance, finish their current tour at The Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles, California with a show that is also aired on a nation-wide hookup. The packed audience at the ballroom is the band's most enthusiastic. The rave reviews of the performance, which put some of the credit to the audience's responsiveness on the three hour earlier time difference between when the band's spot on the "Let's Dance" radio show was being aired in Los Angeles versus New York City, assure Goodman and his band's success and "The Swing Era" begins.
1958 - Walter Schumann, composer ("Theme From Dragnet") and songwriter, dies at age 44
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - After over 5 years of production, and premieres in London and New York City, Walt Disney releases the animated movie "Bambi" nationwide with RKO Radio Pictures handling distribution.
2005 - Dr. Robert Arthur Moog, inventor of the Moog Synthesizer, dies age of 71 in Asheville, North Carolina of a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor

Sunday, August 20, 2017

AUGUST 20, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1905 - Jack Teagarden, trombonist, band leader, singer and Capitol Records recording artist, is born Weldon John Teagarden in Vernon, Texas
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - John Hiatt, singer, musician, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist (1995-1997), is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. If anyone knows his middle name, please leave a comment.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Doug Fieger, actor, guitarist, and lead singer of the Capitol Records band The Knack, is born in Detroit, Michigan. If anyone knows his middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Johnny Mercer and The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano and vocals, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass) record the titles "We'll Save The Bones For Henry Jones" (after starting a new take after Johnny Mercer got 20 seconds into the first take but stopped it saying he had a frog in his throat), "My Baby Likes to Be-Bop", "Harmony" (with Cole on nickelodeon), and "You Can't Make Money Dreamin'" at Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "We'll Save The Bones For Henry Jones" and "Harmony" together as a single (Capitol 15000) and "My Baby Likes To Be-Bop" and "You Can't Make Money Dreamin'" together as a single (Capitol 15026).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Using a script by Alan Livingston, voice actors Henry Blair (as "Sparky"), Marvin Miller (as the narrator), June Foray (as a friend of Sparky), Billy Bletcher (as Sparky's daddy), and unlisted voice actors as Sparky's mother, another child friend, the train conductor, and the train, with Billy May conducting his own music to the orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the first three parts of "Sparky And The Talking Train" in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the parts on the children's album "Sparky And The Talking Train" (BC-66).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Pianist Buddy Cole, with unlisted others, records four unlisted titles for The Capitol Records Transcription Service, probably at "The Chateau" on De Longpre near Vine Street in Hollywood, California. No issuing information is listed.
1948 - The comedy team Martin and Lewis (Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis) sign with Capitol Records. Martin had already signed a personal singing contract with Capitol on August 12, 1948.
1949 - Gordon MacRae and Jo Stafford's Capitol Records single "Whispering Hope" debuts on the singles chart where it will peak at #4
1951 - Les Paul and Mary Ford’s Capitol Records single “The World Is Waiting For The Sunshine” sells its first million copies
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Somewhere Along The Way" is #8 and his single "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" is # 19 on The Billboard magazine's Best Selling Pop Singles Chart, "Walkin' My"Walkin' My Baby Back Home is #9 and "Somewhere Along The Way" is #10 on the magazine's Records Most Played By Disk Jockeys chart, and "Somewhere Along The Way" is #18 on the magazine's Most Played Juke Box Records chart.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - At two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, pianist Leonard Pennario records Chopin's "Waltz #13 In D Flat Major, Opus 70 N° 3", "Waltz #14 In E Minor", "Waltz #7 In C Sharp Minor, Opus 64, N° 2", and "Waltz #3 In A Minor, Opus 34 N° 2" at the first session and Chopin's "Waltz #9 In A Flat Major, Opus 69 N° 1", "Waltz #11 In G Flat", and "Waltz #12 In F Minor, Opus 70 N°2 " at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Pennario's album "CHOPIN - Waltzes" (P-8172).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Jack Stern and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "The Way You Look Tonight", "That Old Black Magic", "It Had To Be You", and "Beer Barrel Polka" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "The Way You Look Tonight" on Stern's album "Background Music - Show Tunes" (H-378), "That Old Black Magic" on Stern's album "Background Music,Volume 3 - Light And Lively" (H-375), and "It Had To Be You" and "Beer Barrel Polka" on Stern's album "Background Music - Bright And Bouncy" (H-377).
Capitol Records co-founder, chairman, and president Glenn Wallichs presents a gold record to Bing Crosby to honor "True Love" selling a million copies.
1956 - Bing Crosby's and Grace Kelly‘s Capitol Records single “True Love”, from the Capitol Records soundtrack album for the MGM motion picture "High Society", sells its first million copies.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Legend has it that The Kingston Trio learn the song "Tom Dooley" from a unknown artist at a talent audition at The Purple Onion located at 140 Columbus, San Francisco, California. They will re-arrange the song and add a spoken intro when they record it for their demo disc, which is given to producer and A&R executive Voyle Gilmore at Capitol Records, who signed them to the label. The group's version of the song appears on their self-titled Capitol Records debut album, "The Kingston Trio".
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vibraphonist Johnny Otis and His Orchestra (Don Johnson and Paul Lopez on trumpet, George Washington on trombone, Jack Kelso on alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone, Fred Harmon on tenor and baritone saxophones, Ernie Freeman on piano, Joe Nolen on guitar, Curtis Counce on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums) record the titles "It's Too Soon To Know" with vocals by The Moonbeams (lineup unlisted), "Tell Me So" with vocals by Mel Williams, "Star Of Love" with vocals by Jeannie Sterling, and "A Story Untold" with vocals by The Moonbeams in Los Angeles, California. After applauses overdubs are recorded for "A Story Untold" on November 4, 1957 and for "It's Too Soon To Know" on November 6, 1957, Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except for "Star Of Love" on the album "The Johnny Otis Show" (T 940) and "Star Of Love" as a single (Capitol F3802) with "It's Too Soon To Know" on the flipside. All the above titles are studio recordings with dubbed applause, although they were issued as recorded live at Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Ramblin' Rose" is #6 on WHK 1420 AM's Official Fabulous 50 Tunedex in Cleveland, Ohio.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Cliff Parman, with unlisted others, records the titles "Revelation", "Soul Of Souls", "Fare Thee Well", and "Ramble" in (listed as possibly) Nashville, Tennessee for Capitol Records which has yet to issue any of the titles.
1969 - All four Beatles are in the recording studio (EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, England) at the same time for the last time. They'll mix part of the "Abbey Road" album, decide the running order of the songs, and decide where to clip the end of the track "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
45 Years Ago Toda In 1972 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased for The Gentry's titles "Rock & Roll Queen", "Changin'", "Let Me Put This Ring Upon Your Finger", and "R.C. & Moonpie", will issue "Changin'" and "Let Me Put This Ring Upon Your Finger" together as a single (Capitol 3459), and have yet to issue the other two titles.
1973 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "Colorado Country Morning" with "Daddy Usta Say" on the flipside
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Storm (Lear Stevens on guitar, Ronni Hanson on bass, Jimmy Monroe on drums, and Jeanette Chase on vocals) record the title "PEZ" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's self-titled album "Storm" (ST-12259).
35 Years Ago today In 1982 - Ronnie Laws, with unlisted others, records the title "Big Stars" at a unlisted location. Capitol Records will issue the title on the album "Mr. Nice Guy" ST-12261).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records registers the masters for Flesh For Lulu's titles "Lucky Day", "Postcards From Paradise", "Hammer Of Love", "Siamese Twist", "Sooner Or Later", "Sleeping Dogs", "Good For You", "Crash", "Way To Go", "Dream On Cowboy", "I Go Crazy", "Dumbest Things (Live In Your Living Room)", and "Spaceball Ricochet". Capitol Records will issue "Postcards From Paradise" and "The Dumbest Things (Live In Your Living Room)" together as a single (Capitol 44074) and "Siamese Twist" and "I Go Crazy" together as a single (Capitol 44165). Beggers Banquet will issue all the titles, except "The Dumbest Things (Live In Your Bedroom)" and "Spaceball Ricochet", in England on the group's album "Long Live The New Flesh" (BBL 82 on vinyl, BBL 82CD on CD).
2011 - Ross Barbour, founding member of the Capitol Records vocal group The Four Freshmen, dies of lung cancer at his home in Simi Valley, California at age 82.
Today on 2017 - Jerry Lewis, comedian, motion picture actor, television variety show host, and Capitol Records artist (as part of Martin and Lewis and a solo act), dies at age 91 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, sixty nine years to the day from when he signed his first contract with Capitol Records as part of the duo Martin and Lewis.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1959 - Ella Fitzgerald finishes recording tracks for her Verve Records album "Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Songbook" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle and producer Norman Granz

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1919 - The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Isaac Hayes, singer, songwriter, and cartoon voice artist, is born Isaac Lee Hayes in Covington, Tennessee
1950 - Jerome Brailey (aka "Bigfoot" Brailey), drummer with various bands including P-Funk, Parliament, Funkadelic, and Mutiny is born. If anyone knows his middle name, or where he was born, please leave a comment
1965 - KRS-One, singer, songwriter, and producer, is born Lawrence Krisna Parker in Brooklyn, New York
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - 112,000 people gather at Los Angeles Coliseum for an all-day concert called Wattstax. Isaac Hayes, Albert King, The Staples Stingers, Rufus & Carla Thomas, The Bar-Kays, and others performed. Stax Records president Al Bell had the concert filmed and the footage has been shown as part of a documentary on PBS.

BTW - Today is my step-daughter Maureen Johnson's 38th birthday!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

AUGUST 19, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Sammi Cheng, actress, singer (Cantonese, Mandarin, and English) and Capitol Records Hong Kong recording artist (until a contractual dispute in 1996 led to her signing with Warner Bros. HK), is born Cheng Sau Man

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano and vocals, Oscar Moore on guitar, Johnny Miller on bass, and William Jack "The Bear" Parker on drums), with an unidentified string section and producers Carl Kress and Walter Rivers, record the title "The Best Man", a new take of Mel Tormé's and Robert Wells' "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" (after an initial take by just Cole, Moore, and Miller on June 14, 1946) this time using a string arrangement by Charlie Grean, and the title "You Should Have Told Me" in the WMCA Studios in New York City, New York. Cole was able to convince Capitol execs to invest more money to re-record "The Christmas Song" because he felt that the song would work better with a string section. In all there are at least six version of the song using Cole's vocals from 4 different sessions. Wikipedia has a good article describing all the versions, how to identify them, and where to find them. Capitol Records will initially issue "The Best Man" as a single (Capitol 304) with "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" (recorded on August 22, 1946) on the flipside, "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)" as a single (Capitol 311) with the instrumental "In The Cool Of The Evening" (recorded on September 6, 1946) on the flipside, and "You Should Have Told Me" as a single (Capitol 356) with "I Want To Thank Your Folks" (recorded on December 18, 1946) on the flipside.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - During two sessions held this day in Studio B at Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California, vocalist and pianist Nellie Lutcher and Her Rhythm (Ulysses Livingstone on guitar, Billy Hadnott on bass and possibly Sidney "Sid" Catlett on drums) record the titles "Pig Latin Song", "Do You Or Don't You Love Me", "Chi-Chi-Chi-Chicago", and "Lovable" at the first session between 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM and the titles "Fine And Mellow", "There's Another Mule In Your Stall", "I Thought About You", and "Kinda Blue And Low" at the second session between 4:30PM and 7:45PM. Capitol Records will issue "Pig Latin Song" as a single (Capitol 15032) with "Fine Brown Frame" (recorded December 27, 1947) on the flipside, "Do You Or Don't You Love Me" as a single (Capitol Americana 40063) with "The Song Has Ended" (recorded August 28, 1957) and on Lutcher's album "Real Gone" (CCF-232), "Chi-Chi-Chi-Chicago" and "There's Another Mule In Your Stall" on Lutcher's album "Nellie Lutcher & Her Rhythm" (CC-70), "Lovable" and "Kinda Blue And Low" together as a single (Captol 1026), "Fine And Mellow" as a single (Capitol 57-70026) with "Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Has Plenty Papayas" (recorded December 28, 1947) on the flipside, and "I Thought About You" as a single (Capitol 15112) with "Imagine You Having Eyes For Me" (also recorded December 27, 1947) on the flipside. Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the four CD box set "Nellie Lutcher And Her Rhythm" (BCD 15910).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - In a three-way split session held this day in Los Angeles, California, first vocalist Kay Starr, with Harold Mooney conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted) records the title "Comes A-Long A-Love", then vocalist Dick Beavers, still with Harold Mooney conducting the orchestra, records the title "My Thrill", and finally vocalist Margaret Whiting, now with Lou Busch conducting the orchestra, records the titles "Am I Wrong", "Outside Of Heaven", and "Alone Together". Capitol Records will issue "Comes A-Long A-Love" as a single (Capitol 2213) with "Three Letters" (recorded July 3, 1952) on the flipside, "My Thrill" as a single (Capitol 2220) with "Ride, Cowboy, Ride" (recorded December 3, 1951) on the flipside, has yet to issue "Am I Wrong, and issues "Outside Of Heaven" and "Alone Together" as a single (Capitol 2217).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Gene Vincent's Capitol Records single "Lotta Lovin'", with "Wear My Ring" on the flipside, enters Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart where it will peak at #13
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, vocalist and vibraphonist Johnny Otis and His Orchestra (Don Johnson and Paul Lopez on trumpet, George Washington on trombone, Jack Kelso on alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, Fred Harmon on tenor and baritone saxphones, Ernie Freeman on piano, Joe Nolen on guitar, Curtis Counce on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums), with The Three Tons of Joy (vocalists Marie Adams, Francine MacKinley, and Sadie MacKinley) record the titles "Can't You Hear Me Callin'" with vocals by Johnny Otis, "Ma (He's Makin' Eyes At Me)", "Loop De Loop", and, with the addition of a string section (lineup unlisted) "Romance In The Dark" with vocals by Marie Adams at the first session and "Hum Ding A Ling" with vocals by Johnny Otis, "Stay With Me" and "Lonely River" with the string section and vocals by Mel Williams, and "Good Golly" with vocals by Johnny Otis at the second session. After Johnny Otis records vocal overdubs for "Good Golly on October 21, 1957, Otis annoucement and applauses also for "Good Golly" are recorded on October 24, 1957, overdubs of applauses are recorded for "Can't You Hear Me Callin'", "Loop De Loop", "Romance In The Dark", and "Lonely River" on November 4, 1957 and more overdubs of applauses are recorded for "Ma (He's Makin' Eyes At Me)", "Hum Ding A Ling", "Stay With Me", and "Good Golly" on November 6, 1957, Capitol Records will issue all the titles as if they were performed live at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Otis' album "The Johnny Otis Show" (T 940).
60 Years Ago today In 1957 - The King Sisters (vocalists Yvonne, Luise, Marilyn & Alyce King), with Alvino Rey conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Take The 'A' Train", "Deep Purple" and "Sweet And Slow" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Take The 'A' Train" and "Deep Purple" on the group's album "Imagination" (T 919) and have yet to issue the take of "Sweet And Slow" recorded at this session but re-recorded it on October 7, 1957 and included that version on the same album.
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "All You Need Is Love", with "Baby You're A Rich Man" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1968 - Tower Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) releases Pink Floyd's single "Let There Be More Light" with "Remember A Day" on the flip side
1969 - The last session where original music is recorded for The Beatles' last album recorded as a group, "Abbey Road", occurs in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London with George Harrison recording of the MOOG part for the track "Here Comes The Sun" with producer George Martin, engineers Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald and second engineer Alan Parsons. All further sessions for the album are held for for only mixing, remixing, and mastering purposes.
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - After rehearsal sessions on August 16 and 17, 1977 at a concert given at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, vocalist Natalie Cole, with Gene Barge directing and Linda Williams conducting the orichestra (Oscar Brashear, Gene Coe, and possibly Bobby Sims on trumpets, George Bohanon and Garnett Brown on trombones, Charles Owens on woodwinds, Delbert Hill and Donald Williams on saxophones, Michael Wycoff on organ, Andrew Kastner on guitar, Bobby Eaton on bass, Theodore Sparks on drums, Wayne Habersham on percussion, and a string section with concertmaster Wilbert Nuttycombe, Jay Rosen, Gordon Marron, Brian Leonard, Mari Tsumura, Jerome Reisler, Janice Gower, Irving Katz, Ronald Clark, Isabelle Daskoff, Shari Zippert, and Daniel Anderson on violins, Marilyn Baker, Herschel Wise, and Dan Neufeld on violas, and Ronald Cooper and Jacqueline Lustgarten on cellos), performs the titles "Sophisticated Lady" without the strings, "Que Sera Sera (What Ever Will Be, Will Be)", "I'm Catching Hell (Living Here Alone)", "Peaceful Living", "Inseparable", "No Plans For The Future", "Mr. Melody", "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)", "Party Lights", "I've Got Love On My Mind", "I Can't Say No", and "Can We Get Together Again" which are recorded. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "Peaceful Living" and "No Plans For The Future", which it has yet to issue, in the two LP set "Natalie Live!" (SKBL-11709).
1979 - Dorsey Burnette, songwriter, singer and guitarist, who recorded with his brother Johnny as the Burnette Brothers for Imperial and Liberty Records (whose catalog is now owned by Capitol Records) and as a solo artist for Liberty and Capitol Records, dies of a heart attack at age 46 in Canoga Park, California
2003 - Capitol Records releases The Dandy Warhols' album "Welcome To The Monkey House"
2003 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Dierk Bentley's self-titled debut album as an enhanced CD
2011 - Jay Ranellucci (born Julio (Jay) Francis Ranellucci on March 16, 1933), recording engineer for Capitol Records from 1957 to 2007, passes away peacefully at age 78. He stated his career in Korea with Armed Forces Radio as a radio broadcast specialist. On leaving the service in 1955, he worked at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles until he started at Capitol Records in 1957 where he worked as a recording engineer until his retirement in 2007 - a remarkable 50- year career working with such music/entertainment greats as Nat Cole, Julie London, Peggy Lee, the Kingston Trio, the Beach Boys, Stan Kenton, Stan Freberg, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hoyt Axton, Jo Stafford, Bobby Darin, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, The Band, and many others. He was also a lifelong fan of old-time radio, both drama and comedy, and had a tremendous memory for actors names and associated time periods, as well as the associated trivia of the genre. His sense of humor was well-known and stories were fascinating. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, a stepdaughter, 2 granddaughters, and a great-grandson.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Billy J. Kramer, singer and front man for the Parlophone Records (a subsidiary of EMI) recording artists Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas (whose manager was Brian Epstein, were produced by George Martin, and whose first three hits were songs written by Lennon & McCartney that weren't used by The Beatles), is born William Howard Ashton in Bootle, Liverpool, England
1948 - Capitol Records recording artist Dean Martin and his wife's daughter, Deana (Dina) Martin, is born
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol and Apple Records artist Ringo Starr's and his wife Maureen Starkey's son Jason Starkey is born.
1981 - Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who will form the EMI Records recording duo The Pet Shop Boys, meet for the first time by chance at an electronics shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea, England. EMI currently owns Capitol Records. The Pet Shop Boys were released in the U.S. by EMI America whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - At two sessions held this day in a unlisted location, Marty Balin, with unlisted others, records the title "Born To Be A Winner" at the first session and "Virginia" at the second session for EMI America, at the time distributed by Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Groucho Marx (born Julius Henry Marx), comedian, Broadway, motion picture, and television actor, radio and television game show host ("You Bet Your Life"), and part of the comedy team The Marx Brothers, dies of pneumonia at age 86. He will later be cremated, and the ashes will be interred in the Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California

Friday, August 18, 2017

AUGUST 18, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1939 - Molly Bee, singer ("Tennesse Tango", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", etc.), radio and television performer, who was 13 when she signed with Capitol Records, is born Molly Beechwood in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. If any one knows her middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Margaret O'Brien, with Marissa O'Brien and Harold Peary, records wild tracks for a yet to be issued take of the title "Let's Go To Mexico" in Los Angeles, California.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Cliffie Stone and His Barn Dance Band (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Red, White And Blue", "B-One Baby", "Don't Do It Darlin'", and "Watch It, Neighbor" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Red, White And Blue" and "Watch It, Neighbor" together as a single (Capitol Americana 40064) and "B-One Baby" and "Don't Do It Darlin'" together as a single (Capitol Americana 40041).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Mickey Katz and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Patcha-Me (Botch-A-Me)", "Shleppin' My Baby Back Home (Walkin' My Baby Back Home)", "Mendel's Song", and "Grandma's Dreidel" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Patcha-Me (Botch-A-Me)" and "Shleppin' My Baby Back Home (Walkin' My Baby Back Home)"  together as a single (Capitol 2229) and "Mendel's Song" and "Grandma's Dreidel" on Katz's album "Mickey Katz Plays Music For Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs & Brisses" (T 1021).
1963 - In Watseka, Illinois (on a bill with Ray Price), Capitol Records recording artists The Louvin Brothers perform for the last time together. Both Ira and Charles would go on to record for Capitol as solo artists.
50 Years Ago In 1967 - Eddie Downs, with unlisted others, records the titles "I Couldn't See You For My Tears", "Helplessley, Hopelessly In Love With You", "An Occasional Wife", and "Funny Man" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for all the titles on August 31, 1967, Capitol Records will issue "I Couldn't See You For My Tears" and "An Occasional Wife" together as a single (Capitol 2049) and "Helplessly, Hopelessly In Love With You" and "Funny Man" together as a single (Capitol 2199).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Harry Middlebrooks, Bull Justis conducting an orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "If I'm A Fool For Loving You", "Funny How Time Slips Away", "and "Love Can Move Mountains" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Middlebrooks album "Funny How Time Slips Away" (T/ST 2850).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Geezinslaw Brothers (vocalists Sam Allred and Raymond Dewayne Smith), with unlisted others, record the titles "I Couldn't Spell YUUK", "Chubby (Please Take Your Love To Town)", and "We Split The Blanket" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the duo's album "Chubby" (ST 2885), "I Couldn't Spell YUUK" and "We Split The Blanket" together as a single (Capitol 2086), and "Chubby (Please Take Your Love To Town) as a single (Capitol 2002) with "Tender-Hearted Me" (recorded April 5, 1967) on the flipside.
1971 - Al De Lory, conducting his arrangement to the orchestra, records "Jesus Christo" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will later release the track as a single (Capitol 3196).
1971 - Joyous Noise (Lee Montgomery on vocals, Lance Wakely on guitar and vocals, Marc McClure on guitar, keyboards, percussion, and vocals, Dennis Dragon on drums, and Happy Smith on bass), with Ricardo Rincorn on congas and percussion, the Joyous Noise Chorus (lineup unlisted) on vocals, and producer John Palladino, record the title "If People Could Just Get Along". Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's self-titled album "Joyous Noise" (SMAS-844).
1976 Richard Torrance records the tracks "Circle Of Confusion" and "Moonlight Trippin'" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release both tracks on Torrance's album "Bareback" (SW-11610).
1978- Peabo Bryson's Capitol Records album "Reaching For The Sky" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1979 - The Knack's Capitol Records debut single "My Sharona", with "Let Me Out" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1986 - Vocalist Freddie Jackson, with Jenny Peters on backing vocals, James McKinney on keyboards, Mike "Dino" Campbell on guitar, Timmy Allen on bass, engineers Rowe Shamir and Ron Banks, and producer Gene McFadden, records the title "Janay". Capitol Records will issue the title on Jackson's album "Just Like The First Time" (ST-12495).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Chapter 8 (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Give Me A Chance", "Forever", "So In Love", and "Long Time To Love" in a unlisted location. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Forever" (7-46947-1 on vinyl and 7-467947-2 on CD)
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Suave (lineup unlisted) record the title "Band Of The Heart" at a unlisted location for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
1990 - Poison's Capitol Records album "Flesh & Blood" peaks at #2 on Billboard's album chart
2010 - Kenny Edwards, guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of Capitol Records group The Stone Poneys, dies at age 64 of complications of the blood disorder thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), and prostate cancer at a hospital near his home in Santa Barbara, California. Read more at The Los Angeles Times.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Sarah Dash, singer with the group Labelle and a solo EMI Manhattan recording artist (1988-1989), is born in Trenton, New Jersey. EMI Manhattan's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records' parent company Universal Music Group. If anyone knows Ms. Dash's middle name, please leave a comment.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, with Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Jimmy Rowser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums, records the tracks "My Reverie", "Curtain Call", "On The Bright Side", "The Mobe", "Don't Get Too Hip", and "Deep In A Dream (without Dorham on trumpet), for Blue Note Records with producer Al Lion and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey. Blue Note sold its catalog to Liberty Records, which was acquired by United Artists Records, which was bought by EMI which was bought by Universal Music Group and is currently under the leadership of its president Don Was.55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Ringo Starr makes his on stage debut as The Beatles drummer when they perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1920 - Shelley Winters, actress, is born Shirley Schrift in St. Louis, Missouri. Winters appeared in the movie "Pete's Dragon" whose soundtrack was released by Capitol Records. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment.
1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair ends mid-morning

Thursday, August 17, 2017

AUGUST 17, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1893 - Mae West, Broadway, radio, and motion picture actor, playwright, screenwriter, singer, and Tower Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) artist is born in Mary Jane West in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.
1954 - Eric Johnson, guitarist, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist (1987 -1996), is born in Austin, Texas. If anyone knows his middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Capitol Records' fourth ever release contains Jack McLean and His Orchestra's "Take Me" with vocals by Wayne Gregg and chorus with "St-St-St-Stella" with vocals by Ted Tubb and a male vocal trio on the flipside (Capitol 112), Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's "He's My Guy" with vocals by Ella Mae Morse with the instrumental "Doll Dance" on the flipside (Capitol 113) and Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra's "At Last" with "Be Careful, It's My Heart" on the flipside (Capitol 114) with vocals on both by Connie Haines.
1951 - At their first session together, Nat "King" Cole records the titles "Unforgettable", "My First And My Last Love", and "Lovelight", with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), at Capitol's studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "Unforgettable" and "My First And My Last Love" together as a single (Capitol 1808) and "Lovelight" on Cole's album "10th Anniversary" (W 514). Cole would re-record the "Unforgettable" in stereo on March 30, 1961. That take would later be used for the duet recording with his daughter Natalie..
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist and guitarist Johnny Duncan, with The Blue Grass Boys (Danny Levan on fiddle, Denny Wright on lead guitar, Jack Fallon on bass, and Lennie Hastings on drums), records the title "Jig Along Home" at the IBC Studio in London, England for Columbia Records UK which was distributed by EMI in England. Capitol Records will issue "Jig Along Home" in the United States as a single (Capitol 3814) with "Last Train To San Fernando" (recorded May 20, 1957) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Leopold Stokowski conducts His Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Bach's "Mein Jesu, Was Für Seelenweh Befällt Dich In Gethsemane, S. 487" and Gluck's "Suite (Lento, from Iphigenie In Auslis)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the album "Leopold Stokowki & His Symphony Orchestra - Music For Strings" (PAO/SPAO-8415).
1961 - The Kingston Trio record the track "Take Her Out Of Pity" for their Capitol Records album "Close Up" with John Stewart, who had recently replaced Dave Guard, on lead vocal
55 Yeasr Ago Today In 1962 - Roger Wagner conducts The Roger Wagner Chorale and The Sinfonia Of London (lineups unlisted) as they record the titles "Little Drummer Boy", "Sweet Little Jesus" featuring tenor vocals by Richard Levitt, "Wassail Song" using an arrangement by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "The Roger Wagner Chorale & The Sinfonia Of London - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" (W/SW 1760).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Vocalist and guitarist Mitchell Torok, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Rio Grande" and "A Fool's Disguise" at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 4846).
1964 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" with "She Knows Me Too Well" on the flipside.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist and guitarist Glen Campbell, with Al De Lory conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Hey Little One" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Hey Little One", after overdubs are recorded on August 29, 1967, and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", after overdubs are recorded August 29 and 31, 1967, on Campbell's album "By The Time I Get To Phoenix (T/ST 2851) and together as a single (Capitol 6113).
1970 - Capitol Records releases The Band's album "Stage Fright"
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Vocalist and guitarist Glen Campbell, with unlisted others, records the titles "All My Tomorrows" and "The Last Thing On My Mind" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for both titles on August 28 and 29, 1972, for "The Last Thing On My Mind" on August 31, 1972, and for "All My Tomorrows" on September 14, 1972, Capitol Records will issue both titles on Campbell's album "Glen Travis Campbell" (ST-11117).
40 Years Ago In 1977 - The Sylvers (lineup unlisted) record the title "You Make Me Wanna Rock" in (listed as possibly) Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue the title.
1981 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' soundtrack album to "A Hard Day's Night" on the Capitol Records label for the first time after parent company EMI buys the United Artists catalog
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Gary O'Connor, with unlisted others, records the title "Pretty Boy" in a unlisted location for Capitol Records which has yet to issue the title.
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Mel McDaniel, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Gathering" and "Just Because It Feels Good" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue both titles on McDaniel's album "Naturally Country" (ST-12265).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Lorelei, with unlisted others, records the title "Hot Spot" in a unlisted location for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Capitol Records releases the compilation CD "Puttin' on the Ritz: Capitol Sings Irving Berlin" as part of their "Capitol Sings" series

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1964 - Colin James, blues guitarist, actor, and Virgin Records recording artist, is born Colin James Munn in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Capitol Records currently owns Virgin's catalog. I worked on the final design for his debut album on Virgin, talked with him at the office, and saw him open for Stevie Ray Vaughn at the Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, California.
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Future Capitol Records Nashville (1998-2000) artist Steve Wariner has his first recording session as a solo artist. It's at RCA's Studio B, in Nashville, Tennessee, with Chet Atkins (in whose band Wariner had played bass) producing.
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - At two sessions held this day in a unlisted locatiion, Marty Balin, with unlisted others, records the title "What Love Is" at the first session and "Camilia" at the second session. EMI-America Records, distributed by Capitol Records, will issue "What Love Is" as a single (EMI-America 8153). No issuing information is listed for "Camilia".

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

AUGUST 16, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1940 - T.S. Bonniwell (aka Sean Bonniwell), singer, guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the group The Music Machine, and a Capitol Records solo recording artist (the 1969 album "Close"), is born Thomas Harvey Bonniwell in San Jose, California
1949 - Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and founder of the Capitol Records recording group The Tubes, is born William Spooner in Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks Mel for the update on which city in Arizona is Bill's birthplace.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Johnny Mercer, with Freddie Slack and His Orchestra (Slack on piano; Ray Linn, Jack Mootz, and Ernie Figueroa on trumpets; Kenny Wygal and Roger Ingram on trombone (an email from Kenny Wygal's daughter Tricia reads that her father played trumpet for Freddie Slack not trombone); Jack Ordean and Jimmie Rudge on alto saxophone; Don Brassfield and Everett McLaughlin on tenor saxophone; Sam Sachelle on baritone saxophone; Al Hendirckson on electric guitar; Hilmer "Tiny" Timbrell on guitar; Harry Babason on bass; and Dave Coleman on drums) record the tracks "The H.C. Potter's Ball" with Mercer and Don Raye on vocals, and "The Necessary Evil Blues" with just Mercer on vocals. After recording Mercer's tracks, Freddie Slack and His Orchestra (same lineup as above), record the tracks "Half After" "Cocktail Repartee", and "What Is This Thing Called Rebop? All the tracks were recorded in Los Angeles, California and remained unissued until 2005 when they appeared on Mosaic Records' 3 CD compilation "Mosaic Select: Freddie Slack".
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Tex Williams' Capitol Records single "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)" is still #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Red Ingle and The Natural Seven (with vocals by Cinderella G. Stump aka Jo Stafford)'s Capitol Records single "Tim-Tay-Shun" peaks at #2 up from #3
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - It's a Saturday and The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano and vocals, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass) record the titles "Straighten Up And Fly Right", "Midnight Masquerade", "I Miss You", "He's A Real Gone Guy with Nellie Lutcher replacing Cole on piano and vocals, then Cole returns as they record "I'm In The Mood For Love" and "Naughty Angeline" as an electronic transcription for The Armed Forces Radio Service at The Bocage in Hollywood, California. The AFRS will issue all the tracks on the transcription disc "King Cole Trio 22".
1950 - Nat "King" Cole (on vocal and piano), with Irving Ashby on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Jack Costanzo on bongos, and The Stan Kenton Orchestra (including Maynard Ferguson, Jim Salko, Buddy Childers, Chico Alvarez, and Shorty Rogers on trumpet; Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Bob Fitzpatrick, Johnny Halliburton, and Herbie Harper on trombone; Bud Shank and Art Pepper on alto saxophone; Bob Cooper and Bert Calderal on tenor saxophone; and Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone), records the tracks "Orange Colored Sky" (arranged by Pete Rugalo) and "Jam-Bo" (arranged by Shorty Rogers) with producer Lee Gillette at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Nat "King" Cole (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Somewhere Along The Way" (with Billy May and His Orchestra) is #12 up from #13 and its flipside "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" with Billy May and His Orchestra is #14 up from #19on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart. "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" is tied with Johnnie Ray's Columbia Records version of the song at #6 and "Somewhere Along The Way" is #17 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart.
1956 - Louis Armstrong, with Buddy Rich on drums and the Oscar Peterson Trio, records the track "April in Paris" for Verve Records album "Ella and Louis" in The Capitol Tower Studios, in Hollywood California
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Freddy Martin conducts His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Ca C'est L'Amour" with vocals by Johnny Cochran, "Donna Diane", "Cuernavaca" with vocals by Johnny Cochran and The Martin Men (unlisted male vocalists), and "Sweet Affection" with vocals by Ralph Anthony and ensemble (lineup unlisted) in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Ca C'est L'Amour" and "Sweet Affection" together as a single (Capitol F3795) and have yet to issue "Donna Diane" which was later re-recorded and "Cuernavaca".
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Leopold Stokowski conducts His Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Bach's "Preludio From Violin Partita N°3 in E Minor, S. 1006", Paganini's "Moto Perpetuo, Opus 11", and Gluck's "Musette From 'Armide' (Reigen Seliger Geister)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Stokowski and the orchestra's album "Music For Strings" (PAO/SPAO-8415).
1958 - The Kingston Trio records the tracks "New York Girls", "They Call The Wind Maria", and "Shady Grove/Lonesome Traveler" for their Capitol Records album "...From The Hungry i"
1961 - The Kingston Trio records the track "Oh Sail Away" for their Capitol Records album "Close-Up"
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - During two sessions held this day in EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London England, Roger Wagner conducts The Roger Wagner Chorale and The Sinfonia Of London (lineups unlisted) as they record the titles "Jingle Bells", "We Three Kings", "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", "Good King Wenceslas", and "O Tannenbaum" at the first session and the titles "Gesu Bambino", "What Child Is This?", "The Virgin's Slumber Song", and "Silent Night" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "The Roger Wagner Chorale & The Sinfonia Of London - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" (W/SW 1760).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Guitarist Laurindo Almeida, with Lex De Azevedo conducting an orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes woodwinds, rhythm and strings sections) using arrangements by Claire Fischer, Lex De Azevedo, and Dick Grove, records the titles "Simplicidad", "My Own True Love", "Windy", and "Don't Sleep In The Subway" in Los Angeles, California. After an overdub for "Windy" is recorded on August 29, 1967, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Almeida's album "The Look Of Love And The Sounds Of Laurindo Almeida" (T/ST 2866).
1968 - Apple Records releases Mary Hopkin's single "Those Were The Days", which is produced by Paul McCartney, with "Turn, Turn, Turn" on the flip side. The record becomes Apple's first big hit, selling 4 million copies worldwide, and is distributed by Capitol Records in the United States.
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Vocalist and guitarist Glen Campbell, with unlisted others, records the titles "Just For What I Am", "Someone To Give My Love To", and "My Cricket" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for all the titles on August 28 and 29, 1972, for "Someone To Give My Love To" on August 31, 1972, "My Cricket" on September 7, 1972, and for "Just For What I Am" on September 14, 1972, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Campbell's album "Glen Travis Campbell" (SW-11117).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Al Martino, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes celeste, piano, synthesizer, reeds, guitar, and drums players) using arrangements by Harold Wheeler, records the titles "After The Lovin'", "Can't Get Over You", "Only A Dream Away", and "The Leaving Game" at Media Sound Studios in New York City, New York with producer Joel Diamond for Silver Blue Productions and engineer Bob Clearmountain. After vocal overdubs by a chorus (lineup unlisted) are recorded for all titles and vocals by Kathy Keates are added on "Only A Dream Away" on September 7, 1977 and additional overdubs for all titles are recorded on September 16 and 17, 1977, Capitol Records will issue "After The Lovin'" as a single (Capitol 4508) with "The Next Hundred Years" (recorded September 13, 1977) on the flipside, "Only A Dream Away" as a single (Capitol 4798) with "I Think About You" (recorded September 20, 1979), and all the titles on Martino's album "The Next Hundred Years" (ST-11741).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - At two sessions held this day in (listed as possibly) Los Angeles, California, The Sylvers (lineup unlisted) records the title "Charisma" at the first session and "This One's For Us" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Charisma" as a single (Capitol 4532) and on the group's album "New Horizons" (ST-11705). No issuing information is listed for "This One's For Us".
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Rene & Angela (vocalists Rene Moore and Angela Winbush), with unlisted others, record the title "Going For The Throat" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue the title.
1996 - The Figgs' Capitol Records debut album "Banda Macho" hits #10 on CMJ's Radio Top 200 records chart
2005 - Capitol Records releases Bob Seger's album "Back In '72" on CD for the first time
2005 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Chris LeDoux's compilation album "Anthology Volume 1"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1929 - Bill Evans, pianist and Blue Note Records recording artist, is born William John Evans in Plainfield, New Jersey. Capitol Records currently owns Blue Note Records catalog.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Al Martino (with orchestra conducted by Monty Kelly)'s  BBS Records single "Here In My Heart" is #7 down from #5 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Chet Baker on trumpet, Bob Whitlock on bass and Chico Hamilton on drums) records for the first together in the afternoon at the Laurel Canyon bungalow of recording engineer Phil Turetsky. Using Turetsky's early model Ampex tape recorder, they record the tracks "Bernie's Tune" and "Lullaby Of The Leaves which are released as a single by Pacific Jazz. The single will become the label's first big success. Pacific Jazz's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Brian Epstein fires The Beatles' drummer Pete Best and hires Ringo Starr to replace him
1968 - Arranger Gerald Wilson (with Ollie Mitchell, Dalton Smith, Alex Rodrigues, Tony Rusch on trumpet; Frank Strong, Lester Robertson, and Thurman Green on trombone; Mike Wimberly on bass trombone; Jim McGee and George Hyde on french horn; Anthony Ortega on alto saxophone, flute, and piccolo; Ramon Borjorquez on alto saxophone; Hadley Caliman and Harold Land on tenor saxophone; Richard Aplanalp on baritone saxophone; Henry DeVega, Pete Terry, and Bill Perkins on reeds; Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphones; Mike Wofford and Jimmy Rowles on piano, organ, and electric harpsichord; Mike Anthony on guitar; Wilton Felder on electric bass guitar; Carl Lott on drums; and Hugh Anderson and Joe Porcaro on percussion) records the tracks "California Soul", "Yesterlove", and "Lullaby From Rosemary's Baby" with producer Richard Bock and recording engineer Lanky Linstrot at Liberty Records' studios on Third Street in Los Angeles (near Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills), California for his World Pacific Records album "California Soul".
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Elvis Presley, father of Capitol Records artist Lisa Marie Presley, is pronounced dead of heart failure at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee at age 42
1996 - Thorn EMI shareholders voted in favour of demerger proposals. The resulting media company is now known as EMI Group PLC
20 Years Ago Today In 2007 - It is announced that EMI has hired Saatchi & Saatchi to handle marketing of its back catalog

BTW - It's my daughter Alys' 18th birthday! She was born at 1:37 AM PDT at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

AUGUST 15, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1923 - Rose Marie, singer, radio, motion picture and television actress, child star as Baby Rose Marie, and Capitol Records artist (the original Broadway cast album for "Top Banana"), is born Rose Marie Mazetta in New York City, New York.
1925 - Rose Maddox, singer, member of the group The Maddox Brothers and Rose, and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Roselea Arbana Maddox in Boaz, Alabama.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Dinning Sisters (vocalists Ginger Dinning, Jayne Bundesen, and Jean Dinning), with The Art Van Damme Quintet (Art Van Damme on accordion and unlisted vibraphone, guitar, bass, and drums players), record the titles "And Mimi" and "Fun And Fancy Free" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 466).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano and vocals, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass) records the titles "I Wanna Be A Friend Of Yours" (with the celeste part played either by Nat Cole or Buddy Cole), "Kee-Mo, Ky-Mo (The Magic Song)", and "Three Blind Mice" at Radio Recorder's studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the 10" version of Cole's album "Nat King Cole For Kids" (DC-89) and will release a version of "Kee-Mo, Ky-Mo" without the spoken intro on the album "Nat King Cole And His Trio - Harvest Of Hits" (EBF-213).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalists Jack Smith and The Clark Sisters (Ann, Lillian, Peggy, and Jean Harriette Clark), with Frank De Vol and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Don't You Love Me Anymore?, "Civilization", and "A Carnival In Venice" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Don't You Love Me Anymore?" and "Civilization" together as a single (Capitol 465) and "A Carnival In Venice" as a single (Capitol 15185) with "In The Market Place Of Old Monterey" (recorded December 19, 1947) on the flipside.
1955 - Frank Sinatra records the titles "Look To Your Heart", "Love And Marriage", "The Impatient Years" and "Our Town" with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Harry Klee, Ted Nash, Joseph Palange, Willie Schwartz, and Warren Webb on reeds; Francis Howard on trombone; George Roberts on bass trombone; John Cave, James Decker and Vincent De Rosa on french horns; Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Nick Pisani, Nathan Ross, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, and Gerald Vinci on violin; Alvin Dinkin, Stanley Speigelman, and David Sterkin on viola; Armand Kaproff and Edgar Gilbert on cello; Max Albright on drums; Alton Hendrickson on guitar; Frank Flynn on vibraphone; Kathryn Julye on harp) and chorus (Sweet Blair, Vince Degen, Jack Gruberman, John Gustavson, Ray Linn Jr., Gil Mershon, Robert Namlin, Charles Parlato, William Reeve, Robert Wacker, Allan Wattson, and Norma Zimmer) at radio station KHJ's studios (now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and the Academy Film Archive) at 1313 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM with producer Voyle Gilmore. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the soundtrack EP for the television special "Our Town" (EAP-1-673).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Leopold Stokowski conducts His Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Gluck's "Sicilienne (from 'Armide')", "Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise Opus 34 N° 14", and Borodin's "Notturno From String Quartet N° 2 In D Major" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "Leopold Stokowki & His Symphony Orchestra - Music For Strings" (PAO/SPAO-8415).
1958 - Over the next two days, live performances at the Hungry i in San Francisco, California are recorded for The Kingston Trio's album "...from the Hungry i"
1963 - Liza Minnelli, with Mort Garson conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra, records the titles "Day Dreaming", "His Woman", "My Little Corner Of The World", and "We'll All Be Together" with producer Si Rady in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Day Dreaming" and "His Woman" together as Minnelli's second single for the label (Capitol 5103) and the DRG label will issue all the songs on the 2 CD set "Liza! Liza!: Complete Capitol Collection".
1965 - The Beatles perform at Shea Stadium in New York City before 55,600 fans. For all you time travelers, there are still some unused tickets that show up for sale online, but then there's the paradox - if you use the ticket, how will you buy it in the future?
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Willie Hightower, with unlisted others, records the titles "It's No Secret (What God Can Do)" and "Happy Go Lucky Fella" in New York City, New York for Capitol Records which has yet to issue either title.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Sonny James, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Journey", "Cloudy Followed By Tears", and "Misfortune's Child" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "The Journey" and "Misfortune's Child" on James' album "World Of Our Own" (ST-2884) and "Cloudy Followed By Tears" on James' album "Born To Be With You" (ST-111)
1969 - The Beach Boys re-record the track "Cotton Fields" with Orville "Red" Rhodes on steel pedal guitar at Sunset Sound's studios in Hollywood, California with band member Al Jardine handling lead vocals as well as producing chores. Capitol Records will release the track as "Cottonfields" on the group's last single for the label, and last mono release, on April 20, 1970 with "The Nearest Faraway Place" on the flipside. It will be the band's only single not to enter Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.
45 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist and guitarist Glen Campbell, with unlisted others, records the titles "Running Scared", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", and "She Still Thinks I Care" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for all the titles on August 28 and 29, 1972, for "Running Scared" and "She Still Thinks I Care" on August 31, 1972, and for "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" on September 14, 1972, Capitol Records will issue "Running Scared" and "She Still Thinks I Care" on Campbell's album "Glen Travis Campbell" (SW-11117) and have yet to issue "Will You Love Me Tomorrow".
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased from Buck Owens Enterprises for vocalist and guitarist Mayf Nutter's title "Another Cup Of Memories" and vocalist Buddy Alan's title "Move It On Over" and will issue "Another Cup Of Memories" as a single (Capitol 3447) with "Party Doll" (registered April 4, 1972) on the flipside and "Move It On Over" as a single (Capitol 3485) with "Magic Man" (registered October 13, 1972) on the flipside.
1995 - Capitol Records releases Blind Melon's second album "Soup"
2006 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Trace Adkins' album "Dangerous Man"
2006 - Capitol Records releases Bonnie Raitt's DVD/CD "Bonnie Raitt And Friends" which was recorded live at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 30, 2005 for the live concert series "VH1 Classic Decades Rock Live!"
2006 - Capitol Records releases The Panic Channel's debut album “(ONe)”
2006 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Keith Urban's single "Once In A Lifetime". No word yet on if there's a flipside or if it will only be a digital release.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1941 - Peggy Lee, at her first recording session, supplies the vocals for Benny Goodman and His Orchestra when they record the title "Elmer's Tune". Both Lee and Goodman will later record for Capitol Records.
1964 - Dean Martin's Reprise Records single "Everybody Loves Somebody", with "Return To Me" on the flipside, knocks The Beatles' Capitol Records single "A Hard Day's Night" out of the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.
1969 - The Woodstock Music And Art Fair begins at 5:07pm EDT. One of the festival's main organizers is Artie Kornfeld who, at the time, was a VP of A&R and producer at Capitol Records.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1935 - Will Rogers (Vaudeville, Broadway and Motion picture actor as well as a newspaper columnist, age 55, born William Penn Adair Rogers) and pilot Wiley Post (record setting aviator, developer of one of the first pressure suits for high altitude flying, age 36, born Wiley Hardeman Post) are killed when Post's plane crashes when trying to takeoff from a lagoon south of Point Barrow, Alaska where they had landed to ask directions.

Monday, August 14, 2017

AUGUST 14, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1909 - Stuff Smith, Jazz violinist and vocalist who performed at some recording sessions with Nat "King" Cole" in 1956, is born Hezekiah Le Roy Gordon Smith in Portsmouth, Ohio.
1916 - Alyce King, singer with the Capitol Records recording group The King Sisters, is born Alyce Driggs in Payson, Utah. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Cow Cow Boogie", with vocals by Ella Mae Morse, becomes Capitol Records' first single to enter Billboard's National Best Selling Retail Records chart when it debuts at #9 for the week ending on August 14, 1942. The flipside is Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's "Here You Are" with vocals by David Street, a member of The Mellowaires.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - At a split session held this day in Los Angeles, California with Frank DeVol and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) first vocalist Margaret Whiting records the titles "So Far" and "Lazy Countryside" then vocalist Peggy Lee records the titles "There'll Be Some Changers Made". Capitol Records will issue "So Far" and "Lazy Countryside" together as a single (Capitol 461) and "There'll Be Some Changes Made" as a single (Capitol 15001) with "A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues" (recorded July 15, 1946) on the flipside.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist Gordon MacRae, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "A Fellow Needs A Girl", "Body And Soul", "I Understand", and "I STill Get Jealous" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "A Fellow Needs A Girl" and "Body And Soul" together as a single (Capitol 463), and "I Understand" and "I Still Get Jealous" together as a single (Capitol 15002).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Vocalist Hunani, with Webley Edwards' Hawaiians (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Love Song From 'Mutiny On The Bounty' (Follow Me)" and "Pearly Shells" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 4839).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Vocalist Nat "King" Cole, with Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra (Ray Sherman on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Jack Ryan on bass, Leon Petties on drums, and a string section with Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Harry Bluestone, Walt Edelstein, Dave Frisina, Jacques Gasselin, Murray Kellner, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, Joseph Quadri, Lou Raderman, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, and Marshall Sosson on violin, Alvin Dinkin, Lou Kievman, Ray Menhennick, Alexander Neiman, Paul Robyn, and Sandy Schonbach on viola, Armand Kaproff and Ray Kramer on cello, and Kathryn Thompson on harp), records a new take on the title "Laughing On The Outside" and the titles "I Keep Going Back To Joe's", "The End Of A Love Affair", "That's All There Is", "Someone To Tell It To", "If Love Ain't There", and "Where Did Everyone Go?" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 1:00 PM and 4:45 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the songs on Cole's album "Where Did Everyone Go?" (W 1859). Also, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Ramblin' Rose" is #25 on WABC's Silver Dollar Sound Survey in New York City, New York.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Capitol Records purchases the masters for vocalist Alfred Apaka's titles "Here (In This Enchanted Place)", "Blue Hawaii", "Ponai Kealoha", "I Want To Learn To Speak Hawaiian", "I'll Weave A Lei Of Stars For You", "Taire O Tahiti", "Hawaiian Paradise", "Honolulu Eyes", "There's No Place Like Hawaii", "Paoakalani (The Queen's Song)", and "Farewell (For Just Awhile" and will issue all the titles on Apaka's album "Alfred Apaka Presented By Webley Edwards - The Golden Voice Of The Islands" (T/DT 1882).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians (lineup unlisted), with a large choir of 1200 volunteer singers (lineup unlised) directed by Waring, perform the titles "Holy, Holy, Holy/Sholom Alechem/Panis Angelicus/Onward Christian Soliders", "Doxology/Pledge Of Allegiance/God Of Our Fathers", "Come, Thou Almighty King/Salve Regina/Sanctus/Blest Be The Tie That Binds/Work For The Night Is Coming/O God, Our Help In Ages Past/Come, Come Ye Saints/Feed My Sheep/Hospodi Pomilui/The Old Rugged Cross/Song Of Galilee/A Might Fortress Is Our God", "I Am A Poor Wayfaring Stranger/I Wonder As I Wander/Boundless Mercy/Deep River", "The Creation (God's Trombones)", "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands", "Set Down Servant", "Holiday Montage", "O Brother Man", "America - Our Heritage", "God Bless America", and "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" at a concert in Omaha, Nebraska. Capitol Records will issue all the titles except "Holiday Montage" and "America-Our Heritage" on Waring's album "Fred Waring Presents Festival Of Faith" (T/ST 1848) and have yet to release those two titles.
1964 - The Beatles record a cover version of Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone" at EMI Studios in London which will, after appearing on many bootlegs, finally be released officially by Capitol Records as a track on The Beatles' "Anthology 1" in 1995
1964 - Johnny Burnette, songwriter, guitarist, singer, Coral Records recording artist with his brother Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison as The Rock 'n Roll Trio, Imperial Records recording artist with his brother Dorsey Burnette as The Burnette Brothers, solo artist on Freedom Records (a subsidiary of Liberty Records), Liberty Records, and Capitol Records, drowns after his small fishing boat is hit by a cabin cruiser on Clear Lake in California. He's later interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - The Seeker's Capitol Records single "Georgy Girl", with "When The Stars Begin To Fall" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist and guitarist Glen Campbell, with Al De Lory conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (line up unlisted), record the titles "A Place In The Sun", "Lonely Afternoon Of Summer Longin'", "Visions Of Sugarplums", and "The Lillies Grow High" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "A Place In The Sun" on Campbell's album "A New Place In The Sun" (ST 2097)  and have yet to issue any of the other titles recorded this day but Campbell did remake "Visions Of Sugarplums" (Capitol 2015) on February 20, 1968 which was released.
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Iim McIntire, with unlisted others, records the titles "Interlude" and "Sweet Americana" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue either title.
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Billy May conducts The Time-Life Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "It Could Happen To You", "Love-Wise", "Swingin' Sweethearts", "Easy To Love", and "Swedish Rhapsody" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Time-Life Records will issue all the titles as part of  in the "As Your Remember Them" series in the 3 LP set "Volume 3 - Billy May" (STL 243).
1978 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles single "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" with "With A Little Help From My Friends"/"A Day In The Life" on the flipside
1993 - Capitol Records releases Poison's fifth album "Native Tongue"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Eddie Cochran is filmed performing the song "Twenty Flight Rock" on a 20th Century Fox sound stage in Los Angeles, California for the film that at the time was called "Do Re Mi" which became "The Girl Can't Help It". A digitally remastered version of the movie was released on August 8, 2006 as part of "The Jayne Mansfield Collection", a three movie box set released by Fox. The song will be released by Liberty Records, whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.
1956 - Bertolt Brecht, dramatist, stage director, poet, and lyricist (original German lyrics for "Mack The Knife" from "The Three Penny Opera") dies of a heart attack in Berlin, Germany at age 58 and is buried in the Dorotheenfriedhof in Berlin. "Mack The Knife" has been recorded by various Capitol Records artists including Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Les Baxter, and Frank Sinatra.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

AUGUST 13, 2017

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on vocals and piano, Oscar Moore on electric guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass) record the titles "Poor Butterfly", "How High The Moon", "I'll Never Be The Same", "These Foolish Things", "Cole Capers", "Three Little Words" and "Blues In My Shower" at Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenu in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Record will issue all the songs on the Cole's album "Nat 'King' Cole At The Piano" (H-156).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Four Of A Kind (Buddy Cole on piano with unlisted guitar, bass, and drums players) and vocalist Yvonne King records the titles "Baby Have You Got A Little Love To Spare", "Who Put That Dream In Your Eyes?" (without King), "Near You", and "Lazy Country Side" for The Capitol Records Transcription Service probably at "The Chateau" on De Longpre Avenue, west of Vine Street, in Hollywood, California which will issue all the titles on disc A-63.
1948 - "Smilin' Jack" Smith's Capitol Records recording of "You Call Everybody Darlin'" enters Billboard's singles charts. It will peak at #13.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records singles "Somewhere Along The Way" is #10 and his single "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" is #12 on The Billboard magazine's Records Most Played By Disk Jockeys chart, "Somewhere Along The Way" is #12 and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" is #14 on the magazine's Best Selling Pop Singles chart and "Somewhere Along The Way" and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" are tied for #22 on the magazine's Most Played Juke Box Records chart.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Bill Loose and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "I'll See You In My Dreams", "Avalon", "Who", and "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I'll See You In My Dreams" and "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" on the multi-artist album "Background Music - Songs We Remember" (H-376), "Avalon" on the multi-artist album "Background Music - Bright And Bouncy" (H-377), and "Who" on the multi-artist album "Background Music,Volume 3 - Light And Lively" (H-375).
1953 - Dean Martin, with Dick Stabile conducting the orchestra (Virgil Evans, Maurice Harris, Manuel Stevens, and Charles Zimmerman on trumpet, Marshall Cram, Francis "Joe" Howard, George Roberts, and Elmer Smithers on trombone, Jack Dumont, Chuck Gentry, Herman Gunkler, and David Harris on saxophones, Ernie Felice on accordion, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, Vince Terri on guitar, Phil Stephens on bass, Ray Toland on drums, and Max Grolnik, Ralph Hansell, and Jack Rose on marimbas), records the tracks "That's Amore (That's Love)" (which was used in the soundtrack of Martin and Lewis' Paramount Pictures movie "The Caddy"), "You're The Right One", then just the musicians record a band track for the title "I Want You" (which Martin would re-record with vocals on December 24, 1953) , then Martin returns to vocals and records the title "I'd Cry Like A Baby" (which he will also re-record on December 24, 1953) at Capitol Records' studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 10:30 PM and 12:30 AM on August 14, 1948. Capitol Records will issue "That's Amore" and "You're The Right One" together as a single (Capitol 2589) and will issue this take of "I'd Cry Like A Baby" in the 2 CD set "Dean Martin - The Capitol Years" (7-98409-2).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Frank Sinatra, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Conrad Gozzo, Pete Candoli, Harry Edison, and George Seaburg on trumpets, Tommy Pederson, Russell Brown, and Jimmy Priddy on trombone, Juan Tizol on valve trombone, Skeets Herfurt, Harry Klee, Champ Webb, Ted Nash, and Joe Koch on saxophones, and woodwinds, Bill Miller on piano, Al Viola on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Alvin Stoller on drums, Kathryn Julye on harp, and a string section with Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Jacques Gasselin, Dan Lube, Paul Nero, Erno Neufeld, Mischa Russell, and Marshall Sosson on violins, Maxine Johnson and Barbara Simmons on violas, and Cy Bernard, Armand Kaproff, and Edgar Lustgarten on cello), records the titles "I Could Write A Book", "Bewitched", "All The Way", "There's A Small Hotel", and "Chicago" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 9:00 PM and 12:30 AM on August 14, 1957. Capitol Records will issue "I Could Write A Book", "Bewitched", and "There's A Small Hotel" on the orginal soundtrack album for "Pal Joey" (W/DW 912), "All The Way" and "Chicago" together as a single (Capitol F3793), "All The Way" on Sinatra's album "All The Way" (W/SW 1538), and "Chicago" on Sinatra's album "Sinatra Sings... Of Love And Things!" (W/SW 1729).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Faron Young, with (listed as probably) Marvin Hughes on piano, Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland and (again, probably) Loren Otis "Jack" Shook on guitars, Floyd "Lightnin'" Chance on bass, Murray M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, and The Anita Kerr Singers (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Vacation's Over" and "Honey Stop" at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3805).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - 1962 - Vocalist Nat "King" Cole, with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra (Ray Sherman on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Jack Ryan on bass, Ralph Hansell on drums, and a string section with Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Harry Bluestone, Walt Edelstein, Dave Frisina, Jacques Gasselin, Murray Kellner, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, Joseph Quadri, Lou Raderman, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, and Marshall Sosson on violin, Alvin Dinkin, Lou Kievman, Ray Menhennick, Alexander Neiman, Paul Robyn, and Sandy Schonbach on viola, Armand Kaproff and Ray Kramer on cello, and Kathryn Thompson on harp), records the titles "Farewell To Arms", "Happy New Year", "When The World Was Young", "Spring Is Here", "No, I Don't Want Her", "Say It Isn't So", "Am I Blue?", and a rejected take of "Laughing On The Outside" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM. After rhythm tracks are overdubbed on "Farewell To Arms" and "Happy New Year" Capitol Records will issue them on the album "The Unforgettable Nat King Cole" (T 2558). Capitol will issue "When The World Was Young", "Spring Is Here", "No, I Don't Want Her", "Say It Isn't So", and "Am I Blue?" on Cole's album "Where Did Everyone Go?" (W 1859). Also, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Ramblin' Rose" is #12 on CHUM 1050 AM's CHUM Hit Parade in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1965 - Capitol Records releases the soundtrack to The Beatles' movie "HELP!"
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records will register the masters for The Checkmates, Ltd. titles ""Medley: What'd I Say/Can I Get A Witness/Bread And Butter/Little Bitty Pretty One/Rockin' Robin/ Everybody Loves A Lover/Mr. Lee", "Sunny", "A Quitter Never Wins", "I've Got That Lovin' Feelin' (You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'), "Show Me", "Ebb Tide", "Hold On, I'm Comin'", and "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" that were recorded live at performances given by the group at Caesar's Place in Las Vegas in 1966 and will issue all the titles on the group's album "Live At Caesar's Palace" (ST 2840).
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - The Persuasions (vocalists Jerry Lawson, Joseph Russell, Jay Otis Washington, Jimmy Hayes, and Herbert Rhoad), with unlisted others, record the titles "When Jesus Comes" and "Without A Song" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the group's album "Spread The World" (ST-11101).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Gentle Persuasion (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Please Mr Postman" and "I Believe In You" in (listed as possibly) Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5207).
1994 - Capitol Records band Blind Melon play at the 25th anniversary Woodstock concert
2003 - Ed Townsend, singer ("For Your Love"), BMI Award-winning songwriter ("What's Goin' On"), producer, and Capitol Records artist (1958-1959) who recorded two albums with arranger Nelson Riddle, dies of heart failure at age 74 in San Bernadino, California
2009 - Les Paul, guitarist, guitar designer, inventor of various multi-track recording devices, and Capitol Records solo artist as well as part of the Capitol Records duo Les Paul and Mary Ford, has died at the age of 94 at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York, with family and friends by his side, of complications from pneumonia. The flag on The Capitol Tower has been lowered to half mast.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1964 - The Joe Pass Quartet (Pass on guitar, John Pisano on rhythm guitar, Jim Hughart on bass, Colin Bailey on drums) record the tracks "Jambalaya", "Cold Cold Heart", "You Win Again", and "Hey Good Lookin'" with producer Richard Bock for Pacific Jazz Records at the Pacific Jazz studios in Los Angeles, California. The Pacific Jazz catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1941 - According to The New York Times, the first recorded use of the term "disc jockey" appears in Variety magazine
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Walt Disney Pictures, distributed by RKO Pictures, premieres the movie "Bambi" in the United States of America at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York after a sneak preview on February 28, 1942 in Pamona, California and its world premiere in London, England on August 8, 1942. RKO will also premiere two other films this day in New York City - Daymon Runyan's "The Big Street" at the RKO Palace theater and Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" at the Capitol Theater.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

AUGUST 12, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1929 - Buck Owens, guitarist, singer, bandleader, television variety show co-host, record producer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. in Sherman, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Philharmonica Trio (harmonica players Joseph Pittello, William Charles Pittello, and Harry Henry Halicki), with Dave Barbour and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) providing rhythm accompaniment, record the titles "Sleepy Time Gal" and "The Carioca" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records rejected the take of "Sleepy Time Gal" and the group re-recorded it on October 8, 1947. Capitol will issue "The Carioca" as a single (Capitol 470) with "Always In My Heart" (recorded August 26, 1947) on the flipside.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Pied Pipers (vocalists June Hutton, Chuck Lowry, Hal Hopper, and Clark Yocum), with The Ernie Felice Quintet (lineup unlisted), record the titles "The Lady From 29 Palms" and "I Have But One Heart" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 460).
1948 - Dean Martin signs his first contract with Capitol Records.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Nat "King Cole, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "My Flaming Heart", "Faith Can Move Mountains", "Too Soon", and "Small Towns Are Smile Towns" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "My Flaming Heart" as a single (Capitol 2459) with "I Am In Love" (recorded March 31, 1953) on the flipside and on the CD "Nat 'King' Cole At The Movies" (7-99373-2), "Faith Can Move Mountains" as a single (Capitol 2230) with "The Ruby And The Pearl" (recorded September 14, 1951) on the flipside, "Too Soon" on the compilation album "Nat 'King' Cole - 10th Anniversary Album" (W 514), and "Small Towns Are Smile Towns" on the CD "Nat King Cole At The Movies" (7-99373-2).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Hawaii Calls Orchestra (lineup unlisted), presented by Webley Edwards, records the titles "Hawaiian Paradise", "Muana Kea", "Girl In The Yellow Holoku", "Moon Of Manakoora", "Mai Poina Oe Lau", "Paradise Isle", "Beyond The Reef", "Sand", "Harbor Lights", "Hawaiian Shores (Chant Of The Islands)", "Beautiful Kahana", and "Song Of Old Hawaii" in Hawaii. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the orchestra's album "Hawaii Calls - Hawaiian Shores" (T/DT 904).
60 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Sonny James, with vocal group The Jordanaires and a instrumental group (lineups unlisted), records the titles "A Mighty Lovable Man" and "(Love Came, Love Saw) Love Conquered" at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3792).
1974 - To commemorate his 25th anniversary with the label, Capitol Records releases two double album compilations by Tennessee Ernie Ford entitled "Yesterday" (blue cover containing Gospel Hymns) and "Today" (lavender cover containing Ford's pop hits)
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" is certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
1985 - Kyu Sakamoto, singer and Capitol Records artist (best known for his #1 single "Sukiyaki"), dies in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 near Tokyo, Japan that also kills, both on board and on the ground, 520 other people
1998 - Tanya Tucker and Tanya Tucker, Inc. bring suit against Capitol Records, Inc., alleging breach of contract in two counts and sought compensatory damages, attorney fees and pre-judgment interest along with a trial by jury.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1881 - Cecil B. DeMille, motion picture director, is born Cecil Blount DeMille in Ashfield, Massachusetts. DeMille's movie "The Squaw Man" was the first feature length film shot in Hollywood for the fledgling Laskey Players Company. The movie's success would lead to creating a permanent studio in Hollywood which would become Paramount Pictures. Paramount Pictures would eventually hire Buddy DeSylva as production manager. This would give him enough money of his own to be able to invest $25,000 with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs to form Capitol Records.
1960 - Pete Best, drummer, auditions for The Beatles at the Blue Angel Club

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL HISTORY
45 Yeasr Ago Today In 1972 - The last U.S. ground troops withdraw from Vietnam

Friday, August 11, 2017

AUGUST 11, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1920 - June Hutton, singer with the Capitol Records group The Pied Pipers, a Capitol Records solo artist, and wife of arranger and conductor Axel Stordahl, is born in Chicago, Illinois. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment.
1949 - Eric Carmen, singer with the Capitol Records band The Raspberries, is born Eric Howard Carmen in Cleveland, Ohio

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - The Benny Goodman Sextet (Benny Goodman on clarinet, Red Norvo on xylophone, Mel Powell on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Harry Babasin on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums) record the titles "Hi 'Ya Sophia" and, with vocals by Al Hendrickson, "Baby Have You Got A Little Love To Spare" in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 462).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Lee Gillette overdubs drums onto Tex Ritter's title "High Noon" which was recorded on May 14, 1957 and additional drum overdubs recorded on August 1, 1957. Capitol Records will issue the final mix of the title when it re-releases the single (Capitol 2120) with "Go On! Get Out" (recorded February 25, 1952) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Skeets McDonald, with Harold Glenn Hensley on fiddle, Billy Liebert on piano, Ivy "Jimmy" Bryant and Billy Strange on guitar, Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar, Herman "Herman The Hermit" Snyder on bass, and Roy Harte on drums, records the titles "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes", and "A Losing Hand" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" as a single (Capitol 2216) with "Big Family Trouble" (recorded January 14, 1952) on the flipside and "A Losing Hand" as a single (Capitol 3117) with "You're Too Late" (recorded January 11, 1955) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Jane Froman, with Sid Feller and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "My Love, My Life", "Stay Where You Are", and "No!" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "My Love, My Life" and "No!" together as a single (Capitol 2219) and "Stay Where You Are" as a single (Capitol 2241) with "Laughing" (recorded May 6, 1952) on the flipside..
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Beach Boys' debut Capitol Records single "Surfin' Safari" peaks at #14 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. The single's flipside "409" also charted and peaks at #76.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - During two sessions held this day in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California, vocalist Nat "King" Cole, with Belford Hendricks conducting the orchestra (Ray Johnson on piano, Rene Hall, Allan Reuss, and Billy Strange on guitars, Red Callender on bass, Earl Palmer on drums, Milt Holland on percussion, and a string section with Victor Arno, Elliott Fisher, James Getzoff, Alfred Lustgarten, Leonard Malarsky, Emanuel Moss, Isadore Roman, and Sidney Sharp on violins, Allan Harshman and Virginia Majewski on violas, and Justin DiTullio and William Vandenburg on cellos) and a vocal chorus (lineup unlisted), records the titles "When You're Smiling", "Wolverton Mountain", "One Has My Name, The Other Has My Heart", "Skip To My Lou", and "Sing Another Song (And We'll All Go Home)" at the first session between 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM and the titles "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Goodnight, Irene, Goodnight", "I Don't Want It That Way", "Twilight On The Trail", "and "He'll Have To Go" at the second session between 3:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Cole's album "Ramblin' Rose" (T/ST 1793).
1964 - The Beatles record the track "Baby's In Black" at EMI Studios in London, England. It's the first session for their album "The Beatles For Sale"
1966 - John Lennon, with the rest of The Beatles in attendance, apologizes for his misinterpreted remarks regarding Christianity at a press conference held in The Astor Tower Hotel in Chicago, Illinois
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Vocalist Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, with Bobby Hammack conducting the orchestra and The Bill Lee Singers (lineups unlisted), record the titles "Let There Be Peace On Earth", "A Christmas Prayer", "Decembertime", and "What Color Is Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the couple's album "Christmas Is Always" (T/ST 2818).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - A concert at The Ilikai Hotel in Waikaki, Hawaii by the vocal group The Four Amigos, with unlisted others, which contains performances of the titles "Something Stupid", "Oh, Marie", "More", "Moliendo Cafe", "Cast Your Fate To The Wind", "Zorba The Greek", "Malaguena Salerosa", "Day By Day", "Malaguena De Lecuona", and "Vereda Tropical" is recorded by producer Lex De Avezedo for Capitol Records which will issue the recordings on the band's album "The Amigos 'Live' At The Ilikai Hotel, Hawaii" (T/ST 2860).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Lothar And The Hand People (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Have Mercy (Mercy, Mercy, Mercy)", "Weather Man", "Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow", and "Let the Boy Pretend" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Have Mercy (Mercy, Mercy, Mercy)" and "Let The Boy Pretend" together as a single (Capitol 2008). No issuing information is listed for the other two titles.
1975 - Capitol Records Canada releases Brian Browne's album "Morning, Noon, & Night Time Too", Malka And Joso's album "Jewish Songs", Lee Gagnon's album "Discotheque" and The Kings Singers' album "Keep On Changing"
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Rheingold (lineup unlisted) records the title "Triad Dimensions" in Germany. Harvest Records, at the time distributed by Capitol Records, releases the title on the group's 7" album "Fan Fan Fanatic" (DLP-15005).
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records registers the masters for MSG (McAuley Schenker Group)'s titles "Gimme Your Love", "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow", "Don't Stop Me Now", "No Time For Losers", "Follow The Night", "Get Out", "Love Is Not A Game", "Time", "I Don't Want To Lose", and "Rock 'Til You're Crazy" and will issue "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Follow The Night" together as a single (Capitol 44156), "Get Out" and "Love Is Not A Game" together as a single (Capitol 44113), and "Rock 'Til You're Crazy", an edited version of "Gimme Your Love" together as a single (Capitol 44079), and all the titles on the group's debut album for the label "Perfect Timing" (CLT-46985).
1998 - Matador Records, with distribution by Capitol Records, releases Liz Phair's third album "whitechocolatespaceegg"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1964 - United Artists releases The Beatles' first movie "A Hard Day's Night"
1964 - Atco Records releases Tony Sheridan and The Beatles' single "Ain't She Sweet", with "Nobody's Child" on the flipside
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley, parents of Capitol Records artist Lisa Marie Presley, file for divorce
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - EMI Amercia purchases the masters for Sheena Easton's titles "Weekend In Paris", "I Wouldn't Beg For Water", "Are You Man Enough", "Ice Out In The Rain", "Madness, Money And Music", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "There When I Needed You", "In The Winter", and "You Do It" and will issue all the titles on Easton's album "Madness, Money And Music" (ST-17080).

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1954 - Joe Jackson, singer and songwriter, is born David Ian Jackson in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England