1910 - Freddie Slack, pianist, bandleader, and Capitol Records artist, is born Frederick Charles Slack in Westby, Wisconsin
1913 - George Van Eps, innovator of the seven string (extra bass string) guitar, Capitol Records and Columbia Records (as part of Paul Weston and His Orchestra) studio musician (1950s), and a Capitol Record solo artist (late 1960s) is born George Abel Van Eps in Plainfield, New Jersey
1926 - Stan Freberg, voice actor for cartoons, puppeteer, radio and television actor, commercial writer and creative director, and Capitol Records artist is born Stanley Victor Freberg in Los Angeles, California and will grow up in Pasadena, California
1943 - Dino Valente, songwriter, singer and original member of the Capitol Records band Quicksilver Messenger Service, is born Chester William Powers, Jr. in New York City
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
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), record the titles "This Is My Night To Dream", "Makin' Whoopee", the instrumental "Laguna Mood", and "There! I've Said It Again" in Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "This Is My Night To Dream" and "Makin' Whoopee" in the trio's album "King Cole Trio, Volume 3" (CC-59) and "There! I've Said It Again" in the compilation album "King Cole 10th Anniversary" (W 154). "Laguna Mood" was rejected and the master destroyed. After strings and drums are overdubbed and the instrumental solo work spliced out on March 31, 1969, Capitol Records will issue the new edit of "There! I've Said It Again" in the compilation album "There I've Said It Again" (ST-310).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Nat "King" Cole, with Billy May conducting his own arrangements to his orchestra (Mannie Klein, Conrad Gozzo, Uan Rasey, and Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet, William Schaefer, Murray McEachern, and Ed Kusby on trombone, Francis Howard on bass trombone, Red Callender on tuba, Willie Smith and Harry Klee alto saxophone, Buddy Collette and Jules Jacob on tenor saxophone, Fred Falensby on baritone saxophone, Jimmy Rowles on piano, John Collins on guitar, Charlie Harris on bass, Lee Young on drums, Frank Flynn on percussion and vibraphone, and Helen Bliss Hutchison on harp), records the titles "A Cottage For Sale", "I Understand", a mono take of "When Your Lover Has Gone" and a stereo take of "When Your Lover Has Gone" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 1:00 PM and 4:15 PM. Capitol Records will issue "A Cottage For Sale", "I Understand", and the mono take of "When Your Lover Has Gone" on Cole's album "Just One Of Those Things" (W 903) and "A Cottage For Sale", "I Understand", and the stereo take of "When Your Lover Has Gone" on the stereo version of the album (SW 903).
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Capitol Records released the album "Lumpy Gravy" by Frank Zappa who also wrote and produced the album. Following the release of Freak Out!, the debut album of the rock band the Mothers of Invention, Capitol Records A&R representative Nick Venet commissioned an album of orchestral music composed by the Mothers of Invention's leader, Frank Zappa, a self-taught composer. Venet spent $40,000 on the album. Because Zappa's contract with Verve and MGM Records did not allow for him to perform on albums recorded for any other label, he could not play any instrument on the proposed album, and instead served as the conductor of an orchestra consisting of session musicians hired for the recording. Zappa named the group assembled for the sessions the "Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra". Personnel included these WC members: Chuck Berghofer – bass, Jimmy Bond (musician) – bass, Dennis Budimir – guitar, Frank Capp – drums, Gene Cipriano – woodwinds, Gene Estes – percussion, Victor Feldman – percussion, drums, John Guerin – drums, Emil Richards – percussion, Tommy Tedesco – guitar, and Bob West – bass.
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Guitarists Bob Bain and Jack Marshall, with unlisted others, record the titles "Pussy Cat", "Primrose Lane", "Mama's Gone, Goodbye", "Bra Less Bertha" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Pussy Cat" and "Mama's Gone, Goodbye" together as a single (Capitol 3721) and have yet to issue "Primrose Lane" and "Bra Less Bertha".
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Vocalist Tina Turner, with unlisted others, records the title "Hot For You Baby" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Capitol Records registers the masters for Rock And Hyde's (lineup unlisted) title "Sea Of Holes (Medley): Sea Of Time/Sea Of Holes". No issuing information is listed
20 Years Ago Today In 1997 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Garth Brooks performs a free evening concert in Central Park's North Meadow in New York City, New York for over 750,000 fans
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Quarry Men play at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Oliver Hardy (born Norvell Hardy), actor and part of the film duo Laurel and Hardy, dies after a series of strokes at age 65. Hardy was one of the celebrities on the cover of The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
1985 - George Thorogood And The Destroyers' EMI America album "Bad To The Bone" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the EMI America catalog.
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1939 - My mother was born Roberta Joan Stolz in Midlothian, Illinois
1969 - Joseph Kosma, composer (best know for "Autumn Leaves" for which Capitol Records' co-founder Johnny Mercer wrote the English lyrics) and motion picture, ballet and light opera scorer, dies at age 63 near Paris, France