1923 (Or Maybe September 13, 1922) - Yma Sumac, singer with 5 octave range, Broadway performer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo in Ichocán, Peru. If anyone knows for sure which year she was born in, please leave a comment.
1961 - O'Bryan, singer, dancer, songwriter (created the theme song for the television show "Soul Train" used in the 1980s), record producer, and Capitol Records artist (1982-1986), is born McCoy Burnette, Jr. at Pender County Memorial Hospital in Burgaw, North Carolina
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Tex Williams' Capitol Records single "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette), with "Roundup Polka" on the flipside, is tied for #2 on the U.S. charts with another version of the song recorded by Phil Harris for RCA Records with "Crawdad Song" on the flipside. Also Red Ingle And His Natural Seven with guest vocalist Cinderella G. Stump (aka Jo Stafford)'s Capitol Records single "Tim-Tay-Shun", with "For Seventy Mental Reasons" on the flipside is at #5
65 Years Ago In 1952 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Somewhere Along The Way" is #12 on The Billboard magazine's Records Most Played By Disk Jockeys chart, #15 on the magazine's Best Selling Pop Singles chart, and #19 on the magazine's Most Played Juke Box Records chart. Cole's single "Walkin' My Baby Back Home is #24 also on The Billboard magazine's Best Selling Singles chart.
1955 - The Louvin Brothers' Capitol Records single "When I Stopped Dreaming", with "Pitfall" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Country singles charts
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - It's a Tuesday night at 7:30 PM and "The Nat 'King' Cole Show" airs on NBC-TV with guests The Randy Van Horne Singers, The Four Lads, and Ella Fitzgerald. This will be the first of four consecutive shows originating from the Copa Room at The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Here's a copy of the script.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Five Keys (Rudy West on lead vocals, Ripley Ingram on tenor vocals, Maryland Pierce and Ramon Loper on baritone vocals, and Bernie West on bass vocals), with the Sid Feller Orchestra (listed as possibly King Curtis on tenor saxophone and unlisted guitar, bass and drums players), record the titles "Handy Andy", "Dog Gone Baby", "It's A Cryin' Shame" and "Whippety Whirl" at Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Handy Andy" as a single (Capitol F4009) with "Emily Please" (recorded February 11, 1958) on the flipside, have yet to issue "Dog Gone Baby", "It's A Cryin' Shame" as a single (Capitol F3830) with "Do Anything" (recorded September 9, 1957) on the flipside, and "Whippety Whirl" as a single (Capitol F3861) with "From Me To You" (also recorded September 9, 1957) on the flipside.
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Revolver" knocks their Capitol Records album "Yesterday & Today" out of the #1 album spot on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart
1991 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Garth Brooks' third album "Ropin' The Wind" It is the first country album to carry a $10.98 suggested retail price.
1991 - Capitol Records releases the compilation album "Christmas Kisses"
25 Years Ago Today In 1992 - Capitol Records registers the masters for The Cavedogs' titles "Love Grenade", "Here Comes Rosie", "Sorrow (Boots Of Rain)", "As You Were", "Boy In A Plastic Bubble", "You're Put Away (Folderol)", "Sonny Day", "I I I", "Murder", On For The Ride", "Tarzan And His Arrow Heads", "Circus Song", and "Ghost Story", will issue all the titles except "Ghost Story" on the group's CD "Soul Martini" (7 97511 2), and have yet to issue "Ghost Story" but is has popped up online on YouTube.
1998 - Grand Royal and Capitol Records group The Beastie Boys are presented with the Video Vanguard Award at the 15th annual MTV Video Music Awards.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1939 - Cynthia Lennon, artist, mother of John Charles Julian Lennon and first wife of John Lennon, is born Cynthia Lillian Powell in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
1940 - Roy "Daddy Bug" Ayers, vibraphonist with the bands of Curtis Amy, Jack Wilson and the Pacific Jazz group The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, is born Roy E. Ayers Jr. in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group, currently owns the Pacific Jazz catalog.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jaquet (with Russell Jacquet and Joe Newman on trumpet, J.J. Johnson on trombone, Leo Parker on baritone saxophone, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, John Collins on guitar, Al Lucas on bass, and Shadow Wilson on drums) records the tracks "Goofin' Off", "Riffin' With Jacquet", "Don't Push Daddy", two takes of "Sahara Heat", and "It's Wild" for Aladdin Records. Capitol Music Group's parent company, Universal Music Group, currently owns the Aladdin catalog.
1949 - Barriemore Barlow, percussionist and drummer with the band The Blades, the Chrysalis Records group Jethro Tull, and founder of the band Tandoori Cassette, is born Barry Barlow in Birmingham, England. Chrysalis' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Carol Decker, lead singer with the Virgin Records group T'Pau and a solo artist, is born Carol Ann Decker in Huyton, Merseyside, England. I designed the packaging for the 12" promo for their first U.S. single release "Heart And Soul" using an idea from Virgin Record America's co-president Jeff Ayeroff as my first freelance assignment for the label, and revised the original UK packaging of their self-titled debut album for release on vinyl, cassette, and CD in the United States by the label. I attended their performance at The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, catching Carol's eye. When I went upstairs to their dressing rooms afterwords she was kind of surprised and happy to see me, but that faded pretty quickly when she found out I worked for their label. Virgin's catalog is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Marty Balin, with unlisted others, records the title "Is It You" at an unlisted studio for EMI-America. No issuing information is listed.
1994 - Talulah Pine LeBon, daughter of Simon LeBon (singer with the Capitol Records group Duran Duran) and his wife Yasmin Parvenah LeBon, is born
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1908 - Raymond Scott, pianist, bandleader, radio and television performer and music director, electronic music innovator, and composer (whose works were adapted by Carl Stalling for use in many of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes animated shorts), is born Harry Warnow in Brooklyn, New York