Friday, February 23, 2018

FEBRUARY 23, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1950 - Steve Priest, bass player, vocalist, and founding member of the Parlophone and Capitol Records group Sweet, is born Stephen Norman Priest in Hayes, Middlesex, England
1962 - Michael Wilton, bass guitarist with the Capitol Records group Queensr├┐che, is born in San Francisco, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Coleman Hawkins (on tenor saxophone) and His Orchestra (Howard McGhee on trumpet, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Oscar Pettiford on bass and Denzil Best on drums) record "April In Paris", "Rifftide", "Stardust" and "Stuffy" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third tracks on the album "Classics In Jazz - Coleman Hawkins" (CCF-327), the second track as a single (Capitol 15335) with "What Is There To Say" on the flip side and the last track as a single (Capitol 205) with "It's The Talk Of The Town" on the flip side.
1945 - Shug Fisher and His Ranchmen Trio (Shug Fisher and Wesley Tuttle on vocal, Merle Travis on vocals and lead guitar with Charles Linville and Margie Ann DeVere on fiddle, Don Whiston on guitar. Frankie Marvin on steel guitar and Cliffie Stone on bass) record "The Texas Plain", the (as of 2005) unreleased track "Cool Water", and the tracks "Out On The Open Range" and "The Cowboy's Dream" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first, third and fourth tracks on the album "Sing, Cowboy, Sing" (AC-77).
1946 - Margaret O'Brien records the vocal track for a as yet unissued take of the title "Goldilocks And The Three Bears" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records.
1951 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra with a chorus (lineups unlisted) records the titles "Sparrow In The Treetop" and "Tonight We'll Go Dancing", both with additional vocals by Linda Doherty,  a as yet unissued take of the title "John And Marsha", and the titles "Roller Coaster" and, also with additional vocals by Linda Doherty, "Sarah Kelly From Plum Nelly (Way Down In Georgia)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1440), "Roller Coaster" as a single (Capitol 1546) with "On Top Of The Ferris Wheel" (recorded March 22, 1951) on the flipside, and the last title as a single (Capitol 1731) with "Longing For You" (recorded May 28, 1951) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vladimir Golshmann conducts The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record Cesar Franck's "Symphony In D Minor" and Tchaikovsky's "Francesca Da Rimini, Opus 32" and "Romeo And Juliet (Fantasy Overture)" at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri at a session that started today and would end the next day, on February 24, 1953. Capitol Records will issue "Symphony In D Minor" on the orchestra's album "Cesar FRANCK - Symphony in D Minor" (P-8221) and "Francesca Da Rimini, Opus 32" and "Romeo And Juliet (Fantasy Overture)" on the album "TCHAIKOVSKY - Francesca Da Rimini, Opus 32/Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy Overture)" (P-8225).
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Pianist Leonard Pennario records Frederic Chopin's "Barcarolle In F Sharp Minor, Opus 60" at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Capitol Records will issue the title on Pennario's 10" 33 1/3 RPM album "LISZT - Mephisto Waltz/CHOPIN - Barcarolle In F Sharp Minor" (H-8246).
1956 - Vocalist and guitarist "Texas" Bill Strength, with unlisted piano, guitar, steel guitar, bass and drums players, records the titles "Where Did My Heart Go?", "When The Bright Lights Grow Dim" with an unlisted fiddle player, "Gotta Lotta Love", and "It Ain't Much But It's Home" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol F3477) and the second and fourth titles together as a single (Capitol F3394).
1956 - Vocalist Kathy Lloyd, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "You Are Mine", "The Wind-Up", "Only When You're Lonely" and an as yet unissued take of the title "Let The Chips Fall (Where They May)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol 3385) and the "The Wind-Up" as a single (Capitol 3479) with "The West Point Dress Parade" (recorded June 8, 1956) on the flipside.
1957 - Tommy Sands' Capitol Records single "Teen-Age Crush", with "Hep Dee Hootie (Cutie Wootie)" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles charts
1957 - The Hollywood String Quartet (unlisted musicians), conducted by Felix Slatkin, records Beethoven's "Quartet N°12 In E Flat Major, Opus 127, 3rd Movement" in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the track on the quartet's album "BEETHOVEN - Quartet N°12 in E Flat Major, Op.127" (P-8443).
1957 - Pee Wee Hunt (on trombone, with Andy Bartha on cornet, Leo Kaminsky on clarinet, Joe Hall on piano, Joe Galbraith on guitar, Gene Dragoo on bass, and Cody Sandifer on drums), using arrangements by Van Alexander and Dave Cavanaugh, records the titles "Springtime Down In Dixie (From 'Spring Song' By Mendelssohn)", "Cotton Pickin' Carmen (From 'Habanera' By Bizet)", "Hoffman's Hideaway (From 'Barcarolle' By Offenbach)" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Hunt's album "The Classics A La Dixie" (T 846).
1961 - Vocalist Kay Starr, with Jimmie Haskell conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the title "Foolin' Around" and an as yet unissued take of the title "Two Brothers" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Foolin' Around" as a single (Capitol 4542) with "Kay's Lament" (recorded on February 10, 1961) on the flipside.
1961 - Cornet player Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (Robbie Robinson on trombone, Bill Wood on clarinet, Joe Rushton on bass saxophone, Bobby Hammack on piano, and Rollie Culver on drums), record the titles "Summertime", "Corky", "Londonberry Air", "Moonlight Bay", "Why Was I Born?", and "What Is There To Say" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Nichols' album "Dixieland Supper Club" (T 1665).
1961 - The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Bob Engemann), with unlisted others, record the title "There's Got To Be A Girl" and unissued takes of the titles "My Desire" and "The Glory Of Love". Capitol Records will issue "There's Got To Be A Girl" on the trio's album "A Song For Young Love" (T 1669).
1962 - During four sessions held this day in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. trumpet player and vocalist Louis Prima, with tenor saxophonist and vocalist Sam Butera and The Witnesses (Morgan Thomas also on trumpet, Lou Sineaux on trombone, John Nagy on piano, Allan Seltzer on guitar, Roland "Rolly Dee" Diorio on bass, and James Vincent Faraci on drums), record the titles "You're Just In Love", "Harlem Nocturne", "Glow-Worm", and "Just One Of Those Things" at the first session between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM, then, with the addition of Allan Reuss on guitar, record the titles "All Night Long", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Everybody Knows", and "Ain't Misbehavin'/'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" at the second session between 3:30 PM and 6:30 PM, then the titles "Three Handed Woman" and "St. Louis Blues" at the third session between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM, then the titles "Twist All Night" and "John Ping Pong" between 11:30 PM and 12:00 AM on February 24, 1952. Capitol Records will issue all the titles except "John Ping Pong" on Prima's album "The Wildest Comes Home!" (T/ST 1723) and will issue "John Ping Pong" as part of the Ultra-Lounge series on the two-CD set "Wild, Cool And Swinging: Louis Prima" (5-20437-2),
1962 - Vocalist Lou Rawls and The Pilgrim Travelers (vocal group with unlisted lineup), with J.W. Alexander and Rene Hall conducting their arrangements to Bobby Bryant and Stu Williamson on trumpet, Dave Wells and John Ewing on trombone, Edgar Redmond on saxophone, Ernie Freeman on piano, Cliff White and Tommy Tedesco on guitars, Jimmy Bond on bass, Sharkey Hall on drums, Frank Capp on percussion, a uncredited string section, records the titles "Please Let Me Be The first To Know", "Didn't It Rain", "Count On Me", and "Trust Me" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Please Let Me Be The First To Know" and "Trust Me" together as a single (Capitol 4743) and "Didn't It Rain" on the album "The Soul Stirring Sounds Of The Pilgrim Travelers" (T/ST 1768). Mighty Quinn will issue all the titles on the CD version of the album (MQP-1102).
1966 - Vocalist Mrs. Elva Miller, with Fred Block conducting his arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "The Shadow Of Your Smile""My Love""These Boots Are Made For Walkin'", and "Gonna Be Like That" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Mrs. Miller's album "Mrs. Elva Miller's Greatest Hits" (T 2494).
1966 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "Waitin' In Your Welfare Line", with "In The Palm Of Your Hand" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1967 - The Beatles record the title "Lovely Rita" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England. Capitol Records will issue the track on the band's album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (MAS 2653).
1967 - The "E" Types (lineup unlisted) record the tracks "Put The Clock Back On The Wall" and "4th Street" in Los Angeles, California. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both tracks together as a single (Tower 325).
1967 - The Sunrays record the titles "I Wanna Know", "Loaded With Love" and "Time (A Special Thing)" in Los Angeles, California. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue "Loaded With Love" and "Time (A Special Thing)" together as a single (Tower 340). Capitol Records has yet to issue "I Wanna Know".
1967 - Pink Floyd records the title "Matilda Mother" in London, England. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue the track on the band's album "The Piper At The Gate Of Dawn" (ST 5093).
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Capitol Records purchases the masters from Sidewalk Productions for all the titles it will issue on the soundtrack album for the surfing documentary film "The Golden Breed" (ST 2886), which introduced The Back-Wash Rhythm Band (Davie Allan on guitar with unlisted others) and had vocals by Mike Clifford and members of The Riptides (lineup unlisted).
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Dink Kaplan, with unlisted others, records the titles "I Know You Know" and "If You Really Love Me" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue either title.
1971 - Vocalist and piano player Leon Russell and The Shelter People (lineup unlisted) finish recording their eponymous album "Leon Russell And The Shelter People" (SW-8903) which will be released by Shelter Records and distributed by Capitol Records.
1972 - Vocalist Dorsey Burnette, with unlisted others, records the titles "Cry Mama", "In The Spring (The Roses Always Turn Red)", "The Same Old You, The Same Ole Me", and "Daddy, Don't You Walk So Fast" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Burnette's album "Here & Now" (ST-11094).
1972 - Jim Roberts records the titles "Night Is Done", and "Take Yourself" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 3299).
1972 - Vocalist Merle Haggard, with unlisted others, records the titles "Combine Blues", "Blues Stay Away From Me", and "Tired Of Your Understanding Ways" at the Buck Owens Studio in Bakersfield, California. Capitol Records will issue "Blues Stay Away From Me" as a single (Capitol 4477) and on Haggard's album "A Working Man Can't Get Nowhere Today" (ST-11693) and have yet to issue "Combine Blues" and "Tired Of Your Understanding Ways".
1974 - Paul McCartney and Wings Apple Records single "Jet", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States with "Let Me Roll It" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1976 - Sweet's Capitol Records single "Fox On The Run", with "Burn On The Flame" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - Navarro (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Backroads, Part 2" and "Straight To The Heart" in Los Angeles, California. No issuing information is listed for "Backroads, Part 2". Capitol Records will issue "Straight To The Heart" on the band's album "Straight To The Heart" (SW-11784).
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - The Bousette-Dart Band (lineup unlisted) records the title "Love Is My Belief" in an unlisted studio. Capitol Records will issue the title on the band's album "Pousette-Dart Band 3" (SW-11781).
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - Mel McDaniel, with unlisted others, records the title "Bordertown Woman" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 4597) with "The Grandest Lady Of Them All" (recorded November 23, 1977) on the flipside and on McDaniel's album "The Farm" (ST-11779).
1987 - Vocalist Martha Davis records the titles "Heaven Outside Your Door" and "Tender Love" for Capitol Records. There is no issuing information listed for either title.
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Prism (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Is He Better Than Me", "Nightmare", and "Dirty Mind" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Beat Street" (ST-12266) and "Is He Better Than Me" as a single (Capitol 5266) with "State Of The Heart" (recorded January 18, 1983) on the flipside.
1991 - Wilson Phillips' SBK Records (a division of Capitol Records) single "You're In Love" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
25 Years Ago Today In 1993 - Capitol Records releases Eddie Cochran's two-album CD set "Singin' To My Baby/Never To Be Forgotten". Both albums were originally released by Liberty Records.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - David Sylvian, singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, with the group Japan, recorded with Virgin Records America artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and a solo Virgin Records America artist, is born David Batt in London, England
1959 - The Chipmunk's single "Alvin's Harmonica", the flipside of "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Time Is Here Again), enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Pianist Horace Silver, with Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums, records the titles "Serenade To A Soul Sister", "Psychedelic Sally" with Cranshaw on electric bass, and "Rain Dance" in recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue all the titles on Silver's album "Serenade To A Soul Sister" (BLP4277/BST4277 on vinyl and 7-84277-2 on CD).
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - Kenny Rogers' wins the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his United Artists Records title "Lucille" (aka Country Music's National Anthem that year :) ). The flipside of the single is "Till I Get It Right".
1982 - The J. Geils Band's EMI America Records single "Centerfold" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

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