"On The Night Before Christmas"), is born Marian Driscoll in Peoria, Illinois.
110 Years Ago Today In 1908 - eden ahbez, songwriter (best known for Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records track "Nature Boy"), is born Alexander Aberle in Brooklyn, New York
1909 - Vern Yocum, a clarinetist, alto and baritone saxophone player, vocalist, copyist, orchestrator, whose company maintained the arrangement libraries for Capitol Records artists Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Nelson Riddle, Roy Clark, and Nancy Wilson as well as for Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Lane, Trini Lopez, and Julie Andrews, and brother of Capitol Records group The Pied Pipers singer Clark Yocum, is born George Vernon Yocum in Sunbury, Pennsylvania
85 Years Ago Today In 1933- Roy Clark, a singer, guitarist, banjo player, motion picture actor, television variety show host, and Capitol Records artist, is born Roy Linwood Clark in Meherrin, Virginia
50 Years Ago Today In 1968- Ed O'Brien, guitarist and vocalist with the Capitol Records group Radiohead, is born Edward John O'Brien in Oxford, England
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Johnny Mercer and Jo Stafford's Capitol Records single "Candy", with "I'm Gonna See My Baby" on the flipside, is #4 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1946 - Guitarist Alvino Rey and his orchestra (Chuck Peterson, Jake Gerheim, Russ Granger, and Frank Nelson on trumpets, Sam Levine, Bob McReynolds, and Bob Swift on trombones, Bob Walsh and Hal McKusick on alto saxophones, Herbie Steward on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Rocky Coluccio on piano and vocals, Jim Bates on bass, and Ben Weber on drums) record the titles "Bumble Boogie" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 262) with "Sepulveda" (recorded February 26, 1946) on the flipside.
1946 - Tenor saxophonist Sam Donahue and his orchestra (Mitch Paul, Bill Marshall, Frank Beach, and Earl Collier on trumpets, Dick Le Fave, Tak Takvorian, Kenny Miesel, and Sid Brantley on trombones, Harry Peterson, Bill Nichol, and Paul Petrillo on alto saxophones, Max Kriseman also on tenor saxophone, George Perry on baritone saxophone, Bob Durant on piano, Louis Pop on bass, and Harold Hahn on drums) record the titles "Take Five" with vocals by Mynell Allen and the instrumental "Convoy" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Take Five" as a single (Capitol 260) with "Dinah" (recorded April 3, 1946) on the flipside and "Convoy" in the compilation album "Classics In Jazz - Sam Donahue" (T 626).
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalist Kay Starr, with Harold Mooney and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the title "Allez-Vous-En (Go Away)" and a new take of the title "Half A Photograph" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 2464).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson, with unlisted trumpet, baritone saxophone, piano, bass, and drums players, records the titles "Dinah" with The Corairs (unlisted vocalists), "Everyone Knows", "Blow Your Blues Away" with The Evelyn Freeman Voices (lineup unlisted), and "Little Rockin' Deacon" also with The Corairs on vocals in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Dinah" and "Little Rockin' Deacon" together as a single (Capitol F3977) and "Everyone Knows" and "Blow Your Blues Away" together as a single (Capitol F4029).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - During two sessions held this day in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California, vocalist and guitarist Hank Thompson, with The Brazos Valley Boys (Dubert Ray Dobson on trumpet, Tommy Camfield, Harold Glenn Hensley, and Robert "Bob" White on fiddles, Vic Davis on piano, Billy Gray and Merle Travis also on guitars, Floyd Lester "Bobbie" White on steel guitar, Billy Briggs Stewart on bass, and John Sterling "Butch" White on drums), records the titles "Let Me Call You Sweetheart", "What Will I Do On Monday", "You're Going Back To Your Old Ways Again", and "I've Run Out Of Tomorrows" at the first session between 11:30 AM and 2:30 PM and the titles "Shenandoah Waltz", "Signed, Sealed And Delivered", "In The Valley Of The Moon", and "Warm Red Wine" at the second session (time of session unlisted). After vocal overdubs are recorded in Los Angeles on May 2, 1958 for "Shenandoah Waltz", "Signed, Sealed And Delivered", "In The Valley Of The Moon", and "Warm Red Wine" and on May 6, 1958 for "What Will I Do ON Monday" and "You're Going Back To Your Old Ways Again", Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of "Let Me Call You Sweet Heart", "What Will I Do On Monday", "Shenandoah Waltz", "Signed, Sealed And Delivered", "In The Valley Of The Moon", and "Warm Red Wine" on the album "Favorite Waltzes By Hank Thompson With The Brazos Valley Boys" (T 1111), "You're Going Back To Your Old Ways Again" and "I've Run Out Of Tomorrows" together as a single (Capitol F4085),
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "All Over The World" is #29 on WEEZ 1550's Nifty Fifty chart in Chester, Pennsylvania.
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Trombonist Bob Flanigan and guitarist John Gray, with Al Viola also on guitar, Don Bagley on bass, and Bob Neal on drums, record the titles"Coral Reef", "Putt-It (How's Your Bird)", and "A Lot Of Livin' To Do" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Flanigan and Gray's album "Togetherness" (T/ST 1957).
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Sherry Kean, with unlisted others, records the title "Stop This Sorrow" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Kean's album "People Talk" (ST-12328).
1989 - Donny Osmond's Capitol Records single "Soldier Of Love", with "My Secret Touch" on the flipside, enters the top 40 Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. I met Donny in 1988 at the listening party for Ziggy Marley and The Melody Maker's first Virgin Records album "Conscious Party", which was held at Virgin's first office in Beverly Hills, California
1990 - Dan Seals' Capitol Records single "Love On Arrival", with "Those" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
1991 - MC Hammer's Capitol Records album "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em" is certified Diamond (10 million units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
20 Years Ago Today In 1998 - Rose Maddox, singer, with the group The Maddox Brothers & Rose, and a Capitol Records solo artist, dies in Ashland, Oregon at age 72
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago today In 1968 - Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, with Snooky Young and Jimmy Nottingham on flugelhorns, Jim Buffington on French horn, Benny Powellon bass trombone, Kenny Burrell on guitar, George Duvivier on bass, and Grady Tate on drums, records the titles "Blues For Stan" and "Stan" both arranged by Thad Jones and with Hank Jones on piano and "The Look Of Love" arranged by Duke Pearson who is also on piano at recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. After an uncredited fourteen piece string section records overdubs for all the titles on May 27, 1968, Blue Note Records will issue all the titles on Turrentine's album "The Look Of Love" (BST84286).
1977 - Kenny Rogers United Artists Records single "Lucille" (aka Country Music's "National Anthem"), with "Till I Get It Right" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.
1979 - Kenny Rogers and Dottie West's United Artists Records single "All I Ever Need Is You", with "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, Universal Music Group.
1990 - Sinead O'Connor's Chrysalis Records single "Nothing Compares 2 U", with "Jump In The River" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Chrysalis' U.S. catalog was merged with Capitol Records catalog by Universal Music Group in 2013 and Capitol currently distributes Chrysalis' U.S. catalog.
20 Years Ago Today In 1998 - Green Hill Records releases the CD compilation "The Nat 'King' Cole Collection".