95 Years Ago Today In 1922 - Oscar Pettiford, double bass and cello player, composer, member of Capitol Records group Woody Herman and His Orchestra, Thad Jones' Blue Note Records group, and Jimmy Guiffre's Atlantic Records group, as well as a player on recordings with Charlie Barnet, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Stan Getz, and "discoverer" of Capitol Records artist Cannonball Adderley, is born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma
1940 - Dewey Martin, singer, drummer, with the Tower Records band Sir Raleigh and The Coupons, on a demo for Capitol for the band The Dillards, drummer with the band The Herd which will become Buffalo Springfield, is born Walter Milton Dewayne Midkiff in Chesterville, Ontario, Canada
1953- Deborah Allen, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and Capitol Records artist, is born Deborah Lynn Thurmond in Memphis, Tennessee
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1946 - Trumpeter Billy Butterfield and His Orchestra (Archie Johnstone, Jack Stametz, and Bobby Peck also on trumpet, Marshall Hawk, Earl Mahan, and Sam Moore on trombone, Earl Pearson on alto saxophone, Bill Stegmeyer on clarinet and alto saxophone, Bill Cervantes and Bob Levine on tenor saxophone, Norman Elvin on baritone saxophone, Mickey Crane on piano, Dave Reiser on guitar, George Ryan on bass, and Pete Vuolo on drums) record a new and as yet unissued take of the title "You Can't Keep A Good Dreamer Down", a new take of "Jalousie", and "Oh, How Am I To Know (Along With Me)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Jalousie" as a single (Capitol 335) with "Steamroller" (recorded August 26, 1946) on the flipside and "Oh, How Am I To Know (Along With Me)" as a single (Capitol 815) with "More Than You Know" (recorded April 29, 1946) on the flipside.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist and guitarist Larry Cassidy, with bassist Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted but includes fiddle and steel guitar players), records the titles "That Wild And Wicked Look In Your Eye", "Save The Alcohol", "Baby I Can't Use You Like You Are", and "Do Not Disturb" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "That Wild And Wicked Look In Your Eye" and "Save The Alcohol" together as a single (Capitol Americana 40058), "Baby I Can't Use You Like You Are" as a single (Capitol 57-40154) with "Weary Lonesome Me" (recorded April 24, 1947) on the flipside and "Do Not Disturb" as a single (Capitol 1456) with "The New Oklahoma Bound" (recorded December 31, 1947) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Jean Shepard, with Billy Liebert on piano, Ivy "Jimmy" Bryant and Billy Strange on guitar, Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar, Clifford Snyder (aka Cliffie Stone) on bass, and Roy Harte on drums, records the titles "Twice The Lovin' (In Half The Time)", "Cryin' Steel Guitar", "Keep It A Secret", and "Nobody Else Can Love You Like I Do" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 2:45 PM and 6:15 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Twice The Lovin' (In Half The Time)" and "Cryin' Steel Guitar" together as a single (Capitol 2358). Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the five CD box set "Jean Shepard - The Melody Ranch Girl" (BCD 15905) and the four CD box set "Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant - Flamin' Guitars" (BCD 15956).
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - The Louvin Brothers (Charlie Louvin on vocals and guitar, and Ira Louvin on vocals and mandolin, with Tommy Jackson on fiddle, Chet Atkins on electric guitar, and probably Eddie Hill on guitar and Floyd T. "Lightnin'" Chance on bass, record the titles "Broad-Minded", "The Family Who Prays Together (Shall Never Part)", "I Know What You're Talking About", and "Let's Travel, Travel On" in Castle Studio at the Tulane Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "Broad Minded" and "I Know What You're Talking About" together as a single (Capitol 2381) and "The Family That Prays Together (Shall Never Part)" and "Let Us Travel, Travel On" together as a single (Capitol 2296).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Send For Me" returns to WMGM's Top 40 Survey in New York City, New York at #38 and Cole's single "With You On My Mind" returns to the survey at #39.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Freddie Martin conducts His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Bye Lo Bye Lullaby", "Sabre Dance Boogie", "Intermezzo (A Love Story)" and "Rimsky-Karsakov - Bumble Boogie" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Martin's album "Freddy Martin In Hi-Fi" (W 900).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar and Elmer Schmidt on piano record the titles "Song Of The Islands", "Hawaiian War Chant", "My Tane", and "On The Beach At Waikiki" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. After overdubs are recorded by the vocal group Sam Koki and The Seven Sea Serenaders (lineup unlisted) featuring Sylvia Zara for the title "Song Of The Islands" on October 11, 1957 between 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM also in The Capitol Tower Studios, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "Speedy West With The Seven Seas Serenaders - West Of Hawaii" (T 956).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Capitol Records files the masters it purchased for vocalist and guitarist Mary Ford and guitarist Les Paul's titles "A Pair Of Fools" and "Fire" and will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3825).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Fred Waring conducts The Pennsylvanians (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Autumn Leaves" using an arrangement by Leo Arnaud and, with vocalist Leonard Kranendonk and using an arrangement by Roy Ringwald, "Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the album "Fred Waring And The Pennsylvanians - All Through The Night" (T/ST 936).
1958 - Frank Sinatra, with arranger and conductor Billy May, records the tracks "Just In Time", "The Song Is You", and "It All Depends On You" which will be remain unreleased until it is included as a bonus track in 1987 on the CD version of his Capitol Records album "Come Dance With Me!"
1968 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "I've Got You On My Mind Again" with "That's All Right With Me" on the flipside
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Mary Ford (born Iris Colleen Hatfield), singer, motion picture actress, guitarist, television variety show co-host ("The Les Paul and Mary Ford at Home Show"), one-time wife of Capitol Records artist Les Paul, and half of the Capitol Records duo Les Paul and Mary Ford, dies at age 53 in Arcadia, California of cancer after spending 54 days in a diabetic coma and is later buried at Forest Lawn-Covina Hills in Covina, California
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Vocalist Suzanne Stevens, with Artie Butler conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Goodbye Yesterday's Heartaches", "He's Sweet, He's Somebody", and "I'll Come Along" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Stevens' album "The Stardust Lady" (ST-11717).
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - The Pousette-Dart Band (lineup unlisted) record the title "Night Time" in Los Angeles, California. No issuing information is listed.
"Old Time Rock & Roll" at 1000 Alabama Avenue in Sheffield, Alabama. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 4702) with "Sunspot Baby" (recorded March 2, 1976) on the flipside and on the album "Stranger In Town" (SW-11698).
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - T-Connection (lineup unlisted) record the title "Love Odyssey (Love Shines Forever)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5230) with "I've Got News For You" (recorded September 24, 1982) on the flipside and on the group's album "The Game Of Life" (ST-12264).
1990 - Garth Brooks' Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) single "Friends In Low Places", on the flip side of "Dance", is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1993 - Apple and Capitol Records artist George Harrison makes guest appearances on "The Simpsons" along with David Crosby.
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1955- James Dean, stage, television and motion picture actor, is killed in a head-on collision while driving his Porsche Spyder at 75 miles an hour at the intersection of routes 46 and 41, near Cholame, California. Capitol Records will later release a soundtrack album for the documentary film "The James Dean Story.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Virgin Records artist Roy Orbison records the television special "Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night" for Cinemax at The Coconut Grove in The Ambassador Hotel. I was working at Virgin at the time and was in the audience in the back of the room. Also in the audience were singer Billy Idol (who was in total awe of Roy) and actor Patrick Swayze (who, by the end of the show was feeling no pain). The Ambassador was torn down in 2006 to make room for a new school. After the show I met Roy and he was nice enough to sign a CD I brought of his early recordings. The next morning Los Angeles was hit by the biggest earthquake (5.6 on the Richter scale) and aftershocks since the '70s. I was at home when the first one hit and at Virgin's offices for a large aftershock that had the staircases swaying. I later designed the packaging for Virgin's promotional version of the video. Virgin Records is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, Universal Music Group. The Ambassador Hotel was demolished by its new owner, The Los Angeles Unified School District, in 2006 to make way for a new school. The Coconut Grove building is also no longer standing. It was originally promised to be turned into the new school's auditorium after the floor had been tilted for seating, but an examination determined that the concrete in 66 percent of the structure didn't meet current standards for surviving a large earthquake and the LAUSD board got its way and it was demolished to make way for a new auditorium. An article in the Los Angeles Times said that one bright note was that the original sign for the Coconut Grove was found when the glass entryway that was a later addition to the building was demolished.
1988 - John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame is unveiled in front of The Capitol Records Tower with Yoko Ono in attendance.
1990 - Maxi Priest's Charisma Records (a subsidiary of Virgin Records, distributed at the time in the United State by Atlantic Records) single "Close To You", with "I Know Love" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. The single was released by 10 Records (another Virgin Records subsidiary) in the United Kingdom. 10 Records' and Charisma Records' catalogs are currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, Universal Music Group.
1991 - Former Capitol Records artist, Broadway and motion picture actress Liza Minnelli receives a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame
1993 - George Harrison guests on Fox-TV's "The Simpsons"
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565 Years Ago Today In 1452 - Johann Guttenberg begins experiments with presses, type, ink and paper in order to publish a German language version of The Bible, the first book in Europe that will be printed using movable type.
1935 - George and Ira Gershwin's opera "Porgy And Bess" premieres at The Colonial Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts
1950 - Billboard Magazine renames its Hillbilly singles chart to become the "Country & Western" chart
1960 - At the end of the last episode of the NBC-TV series "The Howdy Doody Show" the normally silent character Clarabell The Clown says "Good-bye" to the audience.