Saturday, January 27, 2018

JANUARY 27, 2018

1895 - Buddy DeSylva, songwriter (alone and as part of the writing and publishing partnership DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson), singer, Broadway and motion picture producer, and one of Capitol Records three founders, is born George Gard DeSylva in New York City, New York
1916 - Milt Raskin, lyricist (with Pete Rugalo for Stan Kenton's Capitol Records album "Artistry in Voices and Brass"), composer with lyricist and Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer ("I Never Wanna Look Into Those Eyes"), session pianist for Billie Holiday, Gene Krupa, and Capitol Records artists Wingy Manone and Anita O'Day, arranger and conductor for Capitol Records artists Peggy Lee, Nat "King" Cole, and Vic Damone, conductor for M-G-M, Columbia and Disney's studio orchestras, arranger for the soundtracks to the motion pictures "The Agony And The Ecstasy" and "Lawrence Of Arabia" and the television shows "Naked City" and "The Fugitive", is born Milton W. Raskin in Boston, Massachusetts
100 Years Ago Today In 1918 - Skitch Henderson, pianist, bandleader ("The Tonight Show" orchestra, with both Steve Allen and Johnny Carson, until 1966), composer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Lyle Russell Cedric Henderson on a farm near Halstad, Minnesota.
1930 - Dick Meldonian, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone player, flute and clarinet player, with both Capitol Records artists Freddie Slack and Stan Kenton's orchestras, is born in Providence, Rhode Island
1945 - Nick Mason, composer and the drummer with the Tower, Harvest, Columbia (UK and US) and Capitol Records band Pink Floyd (and its only remaining original member), is born Nicholas Berkeley Mason in Birmingham (Downshire Hills), England
1951 - Seth Justman, songwriter, record producer, keyboardist and vocalist with the Capitol Records group The J. Geils Band, is born in Washington, DC
1957 - Janick Gers, composer and a guitarist with the Capitol Records band Iron Maiden, is born Janick Robert Gers in England

1944 - Ella Mae Morse's Capitol Records single with the Dick Walters Orchestra "No Love, No Nothin'", the flipside of "Shoo Shoo Baby", enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1947 - The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records Single "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons", the flipside of "The Best Man" is still #1 on the U.S. Pop singles chart and Johnny Mercer's Capitol Records single "A Gal In Calico", the flipside of "Winter Wonderland" is still #2.
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalist Nat "King" Cole, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (John Cave and Vincent De Rosa on French horns, Milt Bernhart and James Priddy on trombones, Harry Klee, Ted Nash, and James Williamson on flutes, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, John Collins on guitar, Charlie Harris on bass, Lee Young on drums, Kathryn Julye on harp, and a string section with Gerald Vinci, Mischa Russell, Victor Bay, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Alex Beller, Nathan Ross, Marshall Sosson, and Anatole Kaminsky on violins, David Sterkin and Stanley Harris on violas, and Cy Bernard and James Arkatov on cello), records the titles "Dinner For One Please, James", "There Goes My Heart", "A Handful Of Stars", "Love Is Here To Stay", "A Little Street Where Old Friends Meet", and "Tenderly" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the songs on Cole's album "Nat King Cole Sings For Two In Love" (H-420).
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalist and guitarist Gene O'Quin, with Harold Glenn Hensley on fiddle, Jimmy Bryant and Billy Strange also on guitars, Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar, and Herman Snyder (aka Herman The Hermit) on bass, records the titles "Tired", "I Believe In Lovin'", "I'll Stop Loving You", and "I Wish It Was Only A Dream" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Tired" as a single (Capitol 2843), "I Believe In Lovin'" and "I Wish It Was Only A Dream" together as a single (Capitol 2655), and "I Wish It Was Only A Dream" as a single (Capitol 2490).
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalist and guitarist Hank Thompson and His Brazos Valley Boys (Amos Lee Hedrick and Robert "Bob" White on fiddles, Gilbert "Gil" Baca on piano, Billy Raymond Carson and Billy Gray also on guitars, Wayma "Pee Wee" Whitewing on steel guitar, Billy Briggs Stewart on bass, and Paul McGhee on drums) record the title "No Help Wanted" at radio station WKY's studio in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 2376) and on the compilation album "The Best Of Hank Thompson, Volume 2" (T/DT 2661).
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - The Hollywood String Quartet (led by Felix Slatkin on violin, with Paul Shure also on violin, Paul Robyn on viola, and Eleanor Aller on cello) and pianist Victor Aller, record Cesar Franck's "Quintet In F Minor, 1st Movement" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the album "Cesar FRANCK - Quintet In F Minor" (P-8220).
1957 - The George Shearing Quintet, pianist George Shearing, Emil Richards on vibraphones, Jean "Toots" Thielemans on guitar and harmonica,  Al McKibbon on bass, and Percy Brice on drums) and The Jud Conlon Singers (vocalists Loulie Jean Norman, Marni Nixon, Sue Allen, Betty Noyes Hand, Peggy Clark, Dorothy McCarty, Clark Yocum, Charles Parlato, William Reeve, Mack McLean, Allan Davies, Bill Brown, Thurl Ravenscroft, Charles Schrouder, and Jud Conlon), using arrangements by Shearing, record the titles "Polka Dots And Moonbeams", "You're My Girl", "Yours Sincerely", "Night Mist" and "Hot Summer Night" in the Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "Hot Summer Night" which remains unissued, on the quintet's album "Night Mist" (T/DT 943).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Les Baxter, using his own arrangements, conducts His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "There Is Nothing Like A Dame", "A Cock-Eyed Optimist", "Bali Ha'i", and "A Wonderful Guy" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Baxter's album "Selections From The Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'South Pacific'" (T/ST 1012).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Trumpetist and bandleader Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo, Jack Laubach, and Jack Holman also on trumpets, Milt Bernhart, Lew McCreary, Jimmy Priddy, and Abe Lincoln on trombones, Med Flory and Gus Bivona on clarinets and alto saxophones, Georgie Auld and Plas Johnson on tenor saxophones, Leo Anthony on baritone saxophones, Buddy Cole on piano, Bob Bain and Al Hendrickson on guitars, Don Simpson on bass, and Ray Martinez on drums), with vocalists The Skyliners (lineup unlisted) and using arrangements by Don Simpson, record the titles "Till There Was You", "Dancing Over The Waves", "Beautiful Lady (Beautiful Dreamer)", and "I Dream Of Jeannie (With The Light Brown Hair)", in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Till There Was You" as a single (F3997) and the other three titles as by Ray Anthony and His Orchestra on the album "Dancing Over The Waves" (EAP-1/2-1028 on 7" EP and T/ST 1028 on 12" LP).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Tenor saxophonist George Auld, with an orchestra and vocal group The Jud Conlon Rhythmaires (lineups unlisted), records the titels "If I Could Be With You" and "As You Desire Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles as by Georgie Auld on the album "Sax Gone Latin" (T 1045).
1962 - Guitarist Laurinda Almeida, with Vincent De Rosa on French horn, records Bach's "Partita N° 1 In B Flat Major", "Courante And Double (N° 3)", "Menuet N° 1 And Double (N° 5)", "Menuet N° 2 And Double (N° 6)", and "Gigue And Double (N° 7)" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Almeida's album "The Intimate BACH" (P/SP-8582).
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - The Kingston Trio (vocalists Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane, and John Stewart), with Glen Campbell on guitar and Dean Reilly on bass, record the background and vocal tracks for "Mark Twain", "Love Has Gone", and River Run Down" along with overdubs for "Mark Twain" and "River Run Down" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of "Mark Twain" and "River Run Down" on the group's album "" (T/ST 1871) and all the titles in the four-CD set "The Kingston Trio - The Capitol Years" (8-28498-2).
1967 - Roger Wagner conducts The Roger Wagner Chorale (unlisted vocalists) and an orchestra (lineup also unlisted) as they record Morales' "Magnificat (Modo I)" in Los Angeles, California. Angel Records, at the time a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will release the title on the chorale's album "Magnificat" (S-36012). Angel's catalog is now owned by Warner Music Group.
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - During two sessions held this day in Nashville, Tennesse, guitarist Merle Travis, using his own arrangements, records two takes of the titles "(Up The) Lazy River", and the titles "Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me" and "Gotta Have My Baby Back" at the first session and the titles "Cannon Ball Rag", "I'll See You In My Dreams", and "Guitar Rag" at the second session. Capitol Records will reject the second take of "(Up The) Lazy River" and will issue the first take and the other two titles on Travis' album "Strictly Guitar" (ST 2938).
1969 - The Beatles record tracks for the songs "Get Back" and "I've Got A Feeling" that will be released on their Apple Records album "Let It Be" and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States
1971 - Billy May, using his own arrangements and conducting The Time-Life Orchestra (John Audino, Chuck Findley, Bud Brisbois, Uan Rasey, and Joe Graves on trumpet, Joe Howard, Dick Nash, Lloyd Ulyate, and Lew McCreary on trombone, Les Robinson, Abe Most, Justin Gordon, Don Lodice, and Chuck Gentry on saxophones, Ray Sherman on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Rolly Bundock on bass, Nick Fatool on drums, and Larry Bunker on vibraphones), records the titles "Hamp's Walkin' Boogie""Happy Go Lucky, Part 1""Happy Go Lucky, Part 2" and "The Man With The Horn" in The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Time-Life Records will issue all the titles on the album "The Swing Years - Volume 10 (Postwar Years) - A Clutch Of Characters" (STA 349).
1971 - The Manhattan Transfer (vocalists Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson,and Pat Rosalia) and guitarist Gene Pistilli, with The Memphis Horns (Wayne Jackson and Roger Hopps on trumpet and flugelhorn, Jack Haley on trombone, Andrew Love and Ed Logan on tenor saxophone, James Mitchell on baritone saxophone), Norbert Putnam on electric bass, and Kenny Buttrey on drums and percussion, record the title "Chicken Bone Bone" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 3108) with "Java Jive" (recorded January 29, 1971) on the flipside and on the group's album "Jukin" (ST-778).
1971 - Wanda Jackson (on vocals), with Ron Oates on piano, Tommy Allsup, Charlie Cochran, and Ray Edenton on guitar, Mike Post on rhythm guitar, Billy Sanford on guitar, Stuart Basore on steel guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, and & The Oak Ridge Boys (vocalists Duane David Allen, Douglas N. Fox, William Golden, Sonja Carol Montgomery, and Wilbur Wynn), records the titles "Glory Hallelujah (Battle Hymn Of The Republic)""He Gives Us All His Love", and "Didn't He Shine?" at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM. After an overdub for "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" is recorded on February 2, 1971, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Jackson's album "Praise The Lord" (ST-11023).
1972 - Vocalist Jean Shepard, with unlisted others, records the titles "Love Will Always Be There" and "Virginia, You've Taken My Man" in Nashville, Tennessee. After overdubs are recorded for "Virginia, You've Taken My Man" on February 2, 1972, Capitol Records will issue both titles on Shepard's album "Just Like Walkin' In The Sunshine" (ST-11049).
1977 - Mink DeVille (lineup unlisted) records the titles  "Gunslinger" and "Party Girls" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on DeVille's self-titled album "Mink DeVille" (ST-11631).
1977 - White Horse (lineup unlisted) records the title "Without Your Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the band's self-titled album "White Horse" (ST-11687).
1979 - Little River Band's Harvest Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) single "Lady", with "Take Me Home" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1982 - Vocalist Anne Murray, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Hottest Night Of The Year" and "Falling In Love (Falling Apart)" at Producers' Workshop in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Murray's album "The Hottest Night Of The Year" (ST-12225).
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Vocalist Beau Williams, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangments by Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey, records the title "When Your Love Starts Coming Down On Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Williams' album "Stay With Me" (ST-12286).
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Burning Sensations (Tim McGovern on lead vocals, guitar, and synthesizers, Rob Rio Hasick on bass, guitar, and synthesizer, Barry "The Hatchet" Wisdom on drums, Morley Bartnof on keyboards and backing vocals, Jeff Hollie on saxophones and backing vocals, and Michael Temple on hand claps, drums, timbales, and percussion) records the titles "Belly Of The Whale" and "Flipside" in Los Angeles, California with Tim McGovern and David Jerden producing the session. Capitol Records will issue "Belly Of The Whale" as a single (Capitol 5243) and on the group's self-titled album "Burning Sensations" (ST-12300) and has yet to issue "Flipside".
20 Years Ago Today In 1998 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Trace Adkins and his wife welcome a new baby girl, Mackenzie Lynn Adkins, at 3:44 p.m. at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. Mackenzie weighs 5 lbs., 15 1/2 oz. and measures 19 inches in length.
2005 - Capitol Records artist Houston attempts to jump out of a London hotel window, is prevented from doing so by his security staff, is locked in his room, and then gouges out one of his eyes

1919 - Ross Bagdasarian (aka David Seville), singer, songwriter ("Come On A My House", "Witch Doctor", "The Chipmunk Song [Christmas Time Is Here Again]"), actor, creator of Alvin and The Chipmunks, and Liberty Records artist, is born in Fresno, California
1957 - The Lou Donaldson Quintet (Donald Byrd on trumpet, Lou Donaldson on alto saxophone, Herman Foster on piano, Peck Morrison on bass, and Art Taylor on drums) records the titles "That Good Old Feeling", "Caravan", "L.D. Blues", "Old Folks", "There Is No Greater Love", "L.D. Blues (Fast Version)", "Move It", and "Stella By Starlight" in recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's parent's living room at 25 Prospect Avenue in Hackensack, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue all the titles except "L.D. Blues (Fast Version)" and "Stella By Starlight" on the quintet's album "Wailing With Lou" (BLP1545) and Mosaic Records will issue all the titles in the CD box set "The Complete Blue Note Lou Donaldson Sessions (1957-1960)" (MD6-215).
1961 - Martin Degville, the guitarist for the EMI America group Sigue Sigue Sputnik, is born somewhere in England. If anyone knows for sure where, please leave a comment
1966 - Tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, Cedar Walton on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums, records the titles "A Shade Of Jade", "Caribbean Fire Dance", "Granted", "Mode For Joe", "Black" and "Free Wheelin'" in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue all the titles on Henderson's album "Mode For Joe" (BLP4227).

1756 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer and pianist, is born in Austria
1885 - Jerome Kern, composer (Broadway shows including "Sunny", "Show Boat" and "Roberta", motion pictures "Love Me Tonight", "Swing Time", "Cover Girl") is born Jerome David Kern in New York City, New York. His life was the basis for the M-G-M motion picture musical "As Clouds Roll By" which had segments that feature future Capitol Records artists Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland and future United Artists Records artist Lena Horne. In 1992, Capitol Records releases "The Song Is You: Capitol Sings Jerome Kern", a compilation of various Capitol Records artists singing Kern's best-known works, on CD and cassette as part of its "Capitol Sings" series.
1895 - Harry Ruby, pianist, Broadway and motion picture songwriter ("I Want To Be Loved By You" and for the Marx Brothers films "Animal Cracker", "Horse Feathers", and "Duck Soup" with partner Bert Kalmar) and screenwriter, is born in New York City. His life would become the basis of the 1950 M-G-M motion picture musical "Three Little Words"
1967 - The crew of Apollo 1, Virgil Grissom, first American spacewalker Ed White, and Roger Chaffee, are killed when a flash fire erupted inside their capsule during a launch pad test at Cape Kennedy, Florida.
1997 - Gerald Marks, composer (best known for the song "All of Me" that's been covered by many Capitol Records artists including Frank Sinatra and Nat "King" Cole) dies at age 96

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