1940 - Darrell McCall, a singer, songwriter, and Capitol Records artists (1961-1962) is born in New Jasper Township, Greene County, Ohio.
1946 - James Lee Stanley, folksinger, songwriter, guitarist, founder of Beachwood Records, whose 1985 album "James Lee Stanley/Live" was re-released by Beachwood and distributed nationally by Capitol Records in 1988, is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1979 - Sean Mackin, the violinist and backing vocalist in the Capitol Records (2002-2006) group Yellowcard, is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
80 Years Ago Today In 1938 - Vocalists Peter Anders and Aulikki Rautawaara, with Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt conducting The Berlin Opera Hous Orchestra (lineup unlisted), record Lehar's "When Two Are In Love - Duet (From 'Das Rastelbunder')" in Berlin, Germany for Telefunken Records. After Capitol Records licenses Telefunken's catalog for release in the United States, it will issue the title on the album "Franz LEHAR - Songs From His Operettas/Oskar STRAUS - Operetta Excerpts" (P-8139).
1947 - Mel Blanc is in the studio to record the track "Porky Pig In Africa" for the Capitol Records children's album "Bugs Bunny Stories For Children". The track is produced by Alan Livingston with music by Billy May and story by Tedd Pierce and Warren Foster.
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records single "Nature Boy" is #1 on The Billboard magazine's Records Most Played By Disk Jockeys chart, #2 on the magazine's Best-Selling Popular Retail Records chart. "Nature Boy"'s flipside, "Lost April" is #1 on The Billboard magazine's Record Possibilities - The Disk Jockeys Pick chart. Also, The King Cole Trio start seven straight days of performances at the Lake Club in Springfield, Illinois.
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - Capitol Records registers the masters it purchased on April 5, 1948 from Gold Seal Records of Cliffie Stone and His Orchestra's titles "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again" and "So Long To The Red River Valley" and will issue "When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again" as a single (Capitol 15108) with "Take It Any Way You Can Get It" (recorded December 3, 1947) on the flipside and "So Long To The Red River Valley" as a single (Capitol 15157) with "He's A Real Gone Oakie" (also recorded December 3, 1947) on the flipside.
1955 - Les Baxter and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Unchained Melody" is #4 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Tennessee Ernie Ford with Cliffie Stone's Band's Capitol Records single "The Ballad Of Davy Crocket" is #8, Nat "King" Cole with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" is #10 and both sides of their single "A Blossom Fell" with "If I May" on the flip side debut at #27
60 Years Ago Today In 1968 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, Ray Budzilek directs His Boys (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Vito's Silver Wedding", "Monopol Polka", "Beer And Bourbon Oberek", and "Christina's Polka" at the first session and the titles "Bell Tone Oberek", and with the addition of Lenny Daniels on vocals, "Cradle Song", "I'm In Love With Jenny", and "Fortunes Of War" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "Polka Night! with Ray Budzilek And The Boys In The Band" (T 1104).
60 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Vocalist Janice Harper, with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Devotion", "Par Avion", "Beyond The Reef", and "Hands Across The Sea" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Devotion" and "Hands Across The Sea" together as a single (Capitol F3984) and, with "Beyond The Reef", on Harper's album "With Feeling" (T 1195). Capitol has yet to issue "Par Avion".
1961 - Faron Young's Capitol Records single "Hello Walls" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1966 - After being introduced by Ernest Tubb, Capitol Records artist Ray Pillow, best known at the time for his duets with Jean Shepard, is made a member of The Grand Ol' Opry
1966 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Caroline, No" peaks at #32 on the Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. The track was recorded January 31, 1966 at Western Recorders, Hollywood, California and released March 7, 1966 as Capitol single 5610 with Brian Wilson on lead vocals.
1967 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "Need You" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Vocalist Lou Rawls, with H. B. Barnum conducting his own arrangments to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "A Beautiful Friendship", "Down Here On the Ground", and "Baby I Could Be So Good At Loving You" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Rawls' album "You're Good For Me" (ST 2927) and "Down Here On The Ground" also as a single (Capitol 2252) with "I'm Satisfied (The Duffy Theme)" (recorded May 1, 1968) on the flipside.
1974 - Merle Haggard records the track "Old Man From The Mountain" for Capitol Records
1977 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Southern Nights" is still #1 on Billboard's singles chart
1977 - Klaatu's self-titled debut album on Capitol Records peaks at #32 on the Billboard album charts and will stay there for 3 weeks
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - Dick Curless, bandleader and Capitol Records artist, is inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame
1985 - Mickey Katz, comedian, klezmer style clarinet player, member and vocalist with Spike Jones and His City Slickers, father of Broadway, motion picture and television actor and Capitol Records artist Joel Grey, grandfather of motion picture and television actress Jennifer Grey, and a Capitol recording artist, dies at age 75 and is later interred in the Valley of Remembrance section of Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California
1987 - Apple Records releases The Beatles' albums "Help!", "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" on CD for the first time with there original UK track order and with Capitol Records handling distribution in the United States
30 Years Ago Today In 1988 - Vocalist Willie Dixon, with unlisted others, records the titles "Study War No More", "Jungle Swing", and "I Do The Job" at an unlisted studio for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
1995 - Capitol Records artist Roseanne Cash and record producer John Leventhal are married
2000 - Jonah Jones, trumpet player and Capitol Records solo artist, dies at age 91
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1870 - Franz Lehar, the composer of the operettas "The Merry Widow and "Naughty Marietta" (selections from both were later recorded by Gordon MacRae and released first as separate 10" albums and later together as a single 12" LP by Capitol Records), is born in what is now Komrno, Slovakia
90 Years Ago Today In 1928 - Ten-year-old Steubenville, Ohio native Dino Crocetti (aka future Capitol Records artist Dean Martin) has his first Holy Communion and takes the name Paul as his confirmation name
85 Years Ago Today In 1933 - Willie Nelson, a singer, songwriter, disc jockey, motion picture and television actor, the founder of Farm Aid, and a Liberty Records artist, is born Willaim Hugh Nelson in Abbott, Texas
80 Years Ago Today In 1938 - The Warner Bros. cartoon short "Porky's Hare Hunt", debuts in movie theaters, introducing future Capitol Records "artist" Bugs Bunny.
75 Years Ago Today In 1943 - Bobby Vee, singer and Liberty Records artist (1959-1970), is born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, North Dakota
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, with Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, Eddie Khan on bass, and Anthony Williams on drums, records the titles "Frankenstein", two takes of "Saturday And Sunday", "Blue Rodeo", and "Ghost Town" in recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue "Frankenstein", the first take of "Saturday And Sunday", "Blue Rodeo", and "Ghost Town" on McLean's album "One Step Beyond" (BLP4137 in Mono and BST84137 in Stereo) and all the titles and takes on the CD release of the album (7-46821-2).
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL HISTORY
1927 - Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford become the first to put their hand and footprints in cement outside Sid Graumann's Chinese Theatre at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California
1934 - Jerry Lordon, composer of "Apache", the first big hit for the UK group The Shadows, was born in London, England
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield), Blues legend, dies in his sleep at age 68 at his home in Westmont, Illinois