1958 - Michael Lardie, guitarist, singer, arranger, keyboardist, producer, recording engineer, and member the Capitol Records group Great White, is born in Anchorage, Alaska
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
80 Years Ago Today In 1937 - Adalbert Lutter directs a large dance orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record "Rheinlaender-Potpourri (Rhinelander-Medley) in two parts in (listed as possibly) Berlin, Germany for Telefunken Records. Capitol Records will license Telefunken's catalog for release in the United States and issue both parts together as a single as part of its International Folk Series (Capitol 51103).
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Vocalist and guitarist Tex Williams and His Western Caravan (listed as probably Cactus Soldi and Harry Simms on fiddles, Ossie Godson on piano, Pedro De Paul on accordion, Jimmy Bryant on electric guitar, Smokey Rogers on guitar and banjo, Spike Featherstone on harmonica, Deuce Spriggens on bass, and Muddy Berry on drums) record the titles "(Then You'll Know) What It Means To Be Blue", "Don't Telephone-Don't Telegraph (Tell A Woman)", "Pretty Red Lights" and "Western Jamboree" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "(Then You'll Know) What It Means To Be Blue" as a single (Capitol Americana 40054) with "Never Trust A Woman" (recorded September 27, 1947) on the flipside, "Don't Telephone-Don't Telegraph (Tell A Woman)" as a single (Capitol Americana 40081) with "Blues As A Heartache" (recorded October 10, 1946) on the flipside, "Pretty Red Lights" as a single (Capitol 15101) with "Banjo Polka" (recorded October 28, 1946) on the flipside, and have yet to issue "Western Jamboree".
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Jan Garber and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), with vocalist Tim Reardon, record the titles "Golden Earrings" and "How Lucky You Are" probably at "The Chateau" on De Longpres near Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The Capitol Transcription Service will issue both titles on transcription disc A-67.
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Saxophonist Sam Donahue and His Orchestra (Anthony DiNardi, Lee Katzman, Fern Caron, and Bill Faffley on trumpets, Ed Fromm, Ken Trimble, Ollie Wilson, and Dick Nash on trombones, Bill Nichol, Joe Reisman, Leonard Peterson, Allen Jensen, and Joseph Lenza also on saxophones, Ray Rossi on piano, Ed Cunningham on bass, and Hal Hahn on drums), record the titles "Red Wing" with vocalist Shirley Lloyd and a chorus (lineup unlisted) and "The Whistler" with vocalist Shirley Lloyd, the chorus, and whistler William Bassford, in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 472).
65 Year Ago Today In 1952 - During two sessions held this day at Universal Studios in Chicago, Illinois, pianist Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Don Dennis, and Ruben McFall on trumpets, Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, Bill Russo, and Keith Moon on trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Lee Konitz and Vinnie Dean on alto saxophones, Bill Holman and Richie Kamuca on tenor saxophone, Bob Gioga on bartione saxophone, Sal Salvador on guitar, Don Bagley on bass, and Stan Levey on drums), record Johnny Richards' "Prologue - This Is An Orchestra" in four parts (Parts 1 and 2 at the first session and Parts 3 and 4 at the second session) using arrangements also by Richards. AFter Stan Kenton overdubs a narration vocal track on September 9, 1952, Capitol Records will issue all the parts on Kenton's album "Prologue" (DBN-386).
65 Year Ago Today In 1952 - Vocalist Bob Eberly, with Les Baxter and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "When I Dream", "You Are Too Beautiful", "A Blues Serenade", "Cryin' My Heart To Sleep", and "Back Street Affair" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "When I Dream" and "Back Street Affair" together as a single (Capitol 2239), "You Are Too Beautiful" and "Cryin' My Heart To Sleep" together as a single (Capitol 2525), and have yet to issue "A Blues Serenade".
65 Year Ago Today In 1952 - Felix Slatkin conducts The Concert Arts Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Delius' "On Hearing The First Cuckoo In The Spring" and "Summer Night On The River" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the orchestra's album "DELIUS" (FAP-8201).
1953 - Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tommy Collins (with Buck Owens and Ferlin Husky on lead guitar, Lewis Tally on rhythm guitar, Fuzzy Owen on bass, and Bill Woods on fiddle), at his second Capitol Records recording session, waxes his self-penned tracks "Boob-I-Lak", "You Better Not Do That", "I Always Get A Souvenir" and "High On A Hill Top" with producer Ken Nelson at The Capitol Recording Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. "You Better Not Do That", with "High On A Hill Top" on the flipside, will be Collins' second single released by Capitol (January 1954), peak at #2 on the U.S. Country singles charts, and become Collins' first hit.
1958 - Capitol Records, after many requests by disc jockeys, releases The Kingston Trio's single "Tom Dooley" with "Ruby Red" on the flipside.
1961 - Dean Martin (on vocals) with Gus Levene conducting the orchestra (Ken Lane on piano, Carl Fortina on accordion, Bob Bain, Al Hendrickson, and Allan Reuss on guitar, Murray Shapinsky on bass, Nick Fatool and Lou Singer on drums, Ann Mason Stockton on harp and a string section comprised of Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Kurt Dieterle, Jacques Gasselin, James Getzoff, Benny Gill, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Mischa Russell, and Harry Zagon on violin, Joseph DiFiore, Louis Kievman, Virginia Majewski, and Paul Robyn on viola, Justin DiTullio, Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, and Ray Kramer on cello), records the tracks "Take Me In Your Arms (Torna A Surriento)", My Heart Reminds Me", and "Vieni Su (Say You Love Me Too)" between 8 and 11pm at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release all the tracks on Martin's album "Dino (Italian Love Songs)" (Capitol T 1659).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - "An Evening With Nat 'King' Cole" closes at The Warwick Musical Theatre at the junction of Routes 2 and 3 in Warwick, Rhode Island. Also, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Ramblin' Rose" is #2 on Billboard Music Week magazine's Easy Listening chart, #3 on WYRE 1080 AM's top 10 list in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, #4 on Billboard Music Week magazine's Hot 100 singles chart, #12 on WLS' Silver Dollar Survey in Chicago, Illinois, #16 on KFWB's Fabulous Forty Survey in Los Angeles, California, #24 on C-FUN's C-Funtastic Fifty survey in Vancouver, Canada, and #28 on Billboard Music Week magazine's Hot R&B Sides chart. Nat "King" Cole and The George Shearing Quintet's single "Let There Be Love" is #11 in Britain according to New Musical Express magazine and Cole's single "Cappuccine" is #4 in Finland according to the evening newspaper in Helsinki, Ilta-Sanomat.
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - At two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, vocalist Vic Damone, with Jack Marshall conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?", "Baby, Baby All The Time", "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?", and "Alright, O.K., You Win" at the first session and "My Melancholy Baby", "Make This A Slow Goodbye", "Everybody Loves My Baby", and "My Baby Just Cares For Me" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Damone's album "My Baby Loves To Swing" (T/ST 1811).
1970 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens and Susan Raye's album "The Great White Horse"
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Mary Ford (born Iris Colleen Summers), guitarist, singer, one time wife of Les Paul with whom she was a Capitol Records duo group, dies at age 49
40 Years Ago Today In 1977 - Zero Mostel (born born Samuel Joel Mostel), comedian, Broadway and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (the soundtrack to "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum") dies at age 62
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - At three sessions held this day In Los Angeles, California, Lori Jacobs, with unlisted others, records the title "I've Never Been A Fool Like This Before" at the first session, the title "Constant Disappointment" at the second session, and "My Own Way Home" at the third session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Jacobs' album "Free" (ST-11134), an edited version of "I've Never Been A Fool Like This Before" as a single (Capitol 3620) with an edited version of "Crack Of Dawn (I'll Be Gone)" (recorded September 7, 1972) on the flipside and "Constant Disappointment" as a single (Capitol 3479) with "Free" (recorded September 9, 1972) on the flipside.
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Vocalist Tex Ritter, with an orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the title "Comin' After Jinny" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 3457) with "You Will Have To Pay For Your Yesterday" (recorded February 29, 1972) on the flipside and on Ritter's album "Comin' After Jinny" (ST-11503).
1998 - Paul Westerburg's album "Self Defense" was scheduled to be released but was delayed until January 1999, possibly due to Gary Gersh's exit as president of Capitol Records
1998 - Capitol Records releases a remastered CD containing both of Frank Sinatra's first 10" Capitol albums, "Songs for Young Lovers" and "Swing Easy", both of which featured the arrangements of Nelson Riddle
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1925 - Peter Sellers, comedian, radio and motion picture actor, and EMI recording artist, is born Richard Henry Sellers in Southsea, Hampshire, England
1935 - The Hoboken Four, featuring future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appear and win the competition on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" on WOR Radio, broadcast from The Capitol Theatre in New York City, New York
50 Years Ago Today In 1967 - Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, with Woody Shaw on trumpet, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Lamont Johnson on piano Scotty Holt on bass, and Rashied Ali on drums, records the tracks "Conversion Point", "Erdu", and "Soul" for his Blue Note Records album "'Bout Soul" with producer Franciss Wolff and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Kenny Rogers' United Artists single "Love Will Turn You Around", with "I Want A Son" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Columbia Records releases Pink Floyd's album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" in the United States. Capitol Records currently re-issues the album along with the rest of Pink Floyd's Columbia releases which in the UK are released by EMI.
1988 - The Hard Rock Cafe purchases the original bus used in The Beatles television musical "Magical Mystery Tour", which they'll refurbish and tour around the United States at various Hard Rock Cafes and eventually give away for the restaurant's 30th anniversary in 2001
1991 - Paula Abdul's Virgin Records America single "The Promise Of A New Day" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Virgin Records is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1999 - To promote Apple/EMI's September 14 release of The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" album, a Eurostar cross-Channel train custom-designed with artwork from the animated film leaves London's Waterloo Station at 11:57 a.m. GMT for Paris.
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
95 Years Ago Today In 1922 - Sid Caesar, comedian, motion picture and television actor, is born Isaac Sidney Caesar in Yonkers, New York. I designed the logo and did the packaging for Caesar's 1984 Media Home Entertainment exercise video "Shape Up!" (made for people who don't always have access to a gym, Caesar showed how to use available items to get a good workout). I designed and handled getting t-shirts made for the photo shoot. I went to the photo shoot and found out that the photographer was the nephew of Howard Morris, one of Caesar's co-stars on "Your Show Of Shows". Mr. Caesar was very professional, and once the cover concept was explained to him, really got into it, making it a great experience. The only scary part was that he ripped the sleeves of the t-shirts to show off his biceps and I only had maybe 6 shirts made on different styles of t-shirts, so I hoping that the one he picked worked because we didn't have another just like it.
85 Years Ago Today In 1932 - Patsy Cline, singer, is born Virginia Patterson Hensley in the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia
1965 - Auditions are announced in Daily Variety for a new series called "The Monkees"
1966 - The television series "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV with the episode "Man Trap" (aka "The Salt Vampire")