1929 - Stu Phillips, television and motion picture score composer, record producer, and creator, producer and conductor of the Capitol Records group The Hollyridge Strings, is born. Thanks to Stu for the corrections and he has a great website at http://www.stuwho.com/ with accurate information, unlike many of the reference sites' listings for him.
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Artie Kornfeld, songwriter ("Dead Man's Curve"), co-organizer and co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock Art Fair and Music Festival, and who, at age 21, became Capitol Records youngest Vice President, is born Arthur Lawerence Kornfeld in Brooklyn, New York
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1947 - Johnny Mercer, with unlisted others, records tracks for Capitol Records' 1947 Christmas promotional record in Los Angeles, California.
65 Years Ago Today In 1952 - During two session held this day in Los Angeles, California, Jan Garber conducts His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Carolina Moon", "Jeannine, I Dream Of Lilac Time", "Beautiful Lady In Blue" and "When It's Springtime In The Rockies" at the first session and the titles "Mexicali Rose", "Tennessee Waltz", "Ciribiribin", and "Skater's Waltz" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Garber's album "Garden Of Waltzes" (H-365).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Send For Me" is #26 on WMGM's Top 40 Survey in New York City, New York.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - At a splits session held this day in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM with guitarist Jack Marshall and His Orchestra (Plas Johnson on tenor saxophone, Ray Sherman on piano, Al Hendrickson also on guitar, Larry Breen on bass, Raymond Martinez and Milt Holland on drums), first vocalist Nick Greene records the titles "Later For You, Baby" and "The Blues Down Home" then vocalist and guitarist Joel Gray records the title "My Goose Is Cooked". Capitol Records will issue "Later For You, Baby" as a single (Capitol F3812) with "Honey Bird" (recorded May 29, 1957) on the flipside, "The Blues Down Home" as a single (Capitol F3935) with "My Adobe Hacienda" (also recorded May 29, 1957) on the flipside, and "My Goose Is Cooked" as a single (Capitol F3821) with "I Lost Her To Him" (recorded July 18, 1957) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Premiers (vocalists Annette Williams, Gloria Jones, Fanita Barrett, and Nannette Williams), with Eddie Beal and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Move On", "He Promised Me", "Baby" and "Misty Moon" in Los Angeles, California. After vocalist Fanita Barrett records a vocal overdub for "He Promised Me" on September 13, 1957, Capitol Records will issue "Move On" and "He Promised Me" together as a single (Capitol F3822) as by The Blossoms and have yet to issue "Baby" and "Misty Moon".
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - Vocalist Mel Blanc, with Billy May conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Mannie Klein on trumpet, Bill Miller on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, George "Red" Callender on bass, Milt Holland on drums, and Larry Bunker on marimba), records the titles "The Hat I Got For Christmas Is Too Beeg" and "Pancho's Christmas" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol F3902).
60 Years Ago Today In 1957 - The Five Keys (Rudy Weston lead vocals, Ripley Ingram on tenor vocals, Maryland Pierce and Ramon Loper on baritone vocals, and Bernie West on bass vocals), with unlisted others, record the titles "Do Anything", "From Me To You", "Every Heart Go Home At Christmas", and "With All My Love" in Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Do Anything" as a single (Capitol F3830) with "It's A Cryin' Shame" (recorded September 10, 1957) on the flipside, "From Me To You" as a single (Capitol F3861) with "Whippety Whirl" (also recorded September 10, 1957) on the flipside, "Every Heart Go Home At Christmas" on the multi-artist compilation CD "Christmas Kisses - Christmas Classics From Capitol's Early Years" (7-94701-2), and "With All My Love" as a single (Capitol F3948) with "You're For Me" (recorded February 11, 1958) on the flipside.
1959 - The Four Freshmen begin three straight days of sessions for their Capitol Records album "Voices And Brass" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - Vocalists Vic Damone, with guitarist Jack Marshall conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby", "I'm Nobody's Baby", "My Baby Loves To Swing", and "Let's Sit This One Out" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Damone's album "My Baby Loves To Swing" (T/ST 1811).
55 Years Ago Today In 1962 - The Tren-Dells (vocalists Lee Cornell, James Harrison, Jerry Passion, and Robert Passion), with unlisted others, record the titles "Hully Gully Jones" and "Nite Owl" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 4862).
1968 - Capitol Records artists Buck Owens and The Buckaroos play at The White House for President Johnson
1971 - Apple Records, with distribution by Capitol Records in the United States, releases John Lennon's album "Imagine"
45 Years Ago Today In 1972 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, Lori Jacobs, with unlisted others, records the title "Wouldn't It Be Something" at the first session and the titles "Heavy Thinking" and "Free" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Wouldn't It Be Something" and "Heavy Thinking" together as a single, "Free" as a single (Capitol 3479) with "Constant Disappointment" (recorded September 8, 1972) on the flipside, and all the titles on Jacobs' album "Free" (ST-11134).
1979 - Norrie Paramor, pianist, record producer (26 number #1 hits on the U.K. singles charts), composer, arranger, orchestral conductor, motion picture and radio actor, recording director for EMI's Columbia Records (where he produced hit singles for Cliff Richards, The Shadows, and Frank Ifield among others), and recorded one of the biggest selling albums in Capitol Records' "Capitol of the World" import series - "In London in Love" (which featured soprano Patricia Clark), dies of cancer at age 65.
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Ava Cherry, with unlisted others, records the titles "You Can't Take It With You" and "I Want You" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue either title.
30 Years Ago Today In 1987 - Suave (lineup unlisted) record the title "Don't Rush" in an unlisted studio. Capitol Records will purchase the masters and issue the title in two parts together as a single (Capitol 44196).
1993 - Helen O'Connell, singer (with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra), dancer, actress, wife of Capitol Records artist and arranger Frank DeVol, and a Capitol Records solo artist, dies at age 73 in San Diego, California
2001 - VH1 premieres the documentary "Behind The Music: Blind Melon" about the Capitol Records group
2003 - Capitol Records group Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin delivers the "Big Noise" petition calling for fairer trade policies to the World Trade Organization (WTO) at it's meeting in Cancun, Mexico
2004 - Capitol Records Nashville artists The Jenkins perform at a special gathering of Capitol Hill VIPs and members of Congress in Washington D.C. put together by the MUSIC Coalition (Music United for Stong Internet Copyright) to celebrate digital music done legally.
2009 - The remastered stereo and mono versions of The Beatles' studio albums and "Past Masters" album are released as well as The Beatles' Rock Band game.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1942 - Inez Foxx, singer and member of the Sue Records duo Charlie (her brother) and Inez Foxx (best remembered for the single "Mockingbird" with "Hurt By Love" on the flipside), is born in Greensboro, North Carolina.. Sue's catalog was bought by E.M..I. and is currently owned by Universal Music Group, Capitol Records' parent company.
1956 - The Rock And Roll Trio (Johnny Burnett on vocals and acoustic guitar, Dorsey Burnette on bass guitar, Paul Burlison on lead guitar and newly added drumer and cousin of Carl Perkins, Tony Austin) appear as finalists on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour at Madison Square Garden.
1956 - The Goons' (Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe) Decca U.K. (distributed by Capitol's parent company EMI in the U.K.) single "Ying Tong Song", with "Bloodnok's Rock n' Roll Call" on the flipside, enters the UK singles chart at #9
1959 - Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer appears on NBC-TV's "Kraft Music Hall"
1964 - Arranger and conductor Johnny Richards (with Bob McCoy, Jerry Kail, and Ray Copeland on trumpets; Burt Collins on trumpet and flugelhorn; Jiggs Whigham, Bill Watrous, and Tom McIntosh on trombones; Ray Starling on mellophonium; Jay McAllister on tuba; Jerry Dodgion on alto saxophone; Frank Perowsky on tenor saxophone; Joel Kaye on baritone saxophone and piccolo; Shelly Russell on bass saxophone; Johnny Knapp on piano; Chet Amsterdam on bass; Ronnie Bedford on drums; and Warren Smith on percussion) record the tracks "Get Me To The Church On Time", "On The Street Where You Live", "I Could Have Danced All Night", "Wouldn't It Be Loverly", "Show Me", "The Rain In Spain", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", and "With A Little Bit Of Luck" at Capitol Records' New York City recording studio with producers Hugo and Luigi and recording engineer Bob Arnold. Roulette Records will release the tracks on Richards' album "My Fair Lady - My Way"
1966 - Greg Kane, keyboardist with the Circa Records (a division of Virgin Records) group Hue And Cry, is born in Coatbridge, Scotland. While a designer at Virgin Records America, I adapted the group's UK packaging for U.S. release on Virgin Records America, as well as designing promo items and advertising.
50 Years Ago Today In 1972 - Over three sets, drummer Elvin Jones (with David Liebman on flute, soprano saxophone and tenor saxophone; Steve Grossman on saxophone and tenor saxophone; and Gene Perla on bass) records the titles (Set No. 1) "Brite Piece", "New Breed", "Sambra", "My Ship", "Taurus People", (Set No. 2) "Fancy Free", "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Sweet Mama", "The Children, Save The Children", (Set No.3), "The Children's Merry-Go-Round March", "Small One", "P. P. Phoenix", and "For All The Other Times" live at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California with producer George Butler and recording engineer Dino Lapas. The titles will appear on the Blue Note Records albums "Live At The Lighthouse, Volume One" and "Live At The Lightouse, Volume Two". Blue Note's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.
35 Years Ago Today In 1982 - Vocalist Kim Carnes, with unlisted others, records the title "Voyeur (Dance Version) in an unlisted studio for EMI America. No issuing information is listed.
1995 - Chynna Phillips, member of the former SBK Records group Wilson Phillips, marries actor William Baldwin. Phillips' former Wilson Phillips partners, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, are also present at the ceremony.
15 Years Ago Today In 2002 - Former Capitol Records artist Anne Murray is inducted into the Canadian Country Music Artists Hall Of Fame at the 2002 Canadian Country Music Artists Awards ceremony held in Calgary, Canada
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1839 - Astronomer John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph and would go on to coin the terms "photography", "negative", and "positive", and discover sodium thiosulphite as a fixer of silver halides
1894 - Arthur Freed, vaudevillian, Broadway and motion picture composer (best known for "Singing In The Rain"), associate motion picture producer ("The Wizard Of Oz"), and motion picture producer (had his own "unit" at M-G-M which created "Singing In The Rain", "An American In Paris", "Gigi", and many more), is born in Charleston, South Carolina.
1956 - Elvis Presley appears on CBS-TV's "Toast of the Town" (with actor and future Capitol Records artist Charles Laughton filling in for the show's normal host, the ailing Ed Sullivan), for the first time and 54,000,000 viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) tune in to watch Presley sing "Don’t Be Cruel" and "Ready Teddy"
1958 - The first stereo two-channel records are issued, by Audio Fidelity in the United States and Pye in Britain, using the Westrex "45/45" single-groove system