1937 - Louis Hayes, a jazz drummer who appears on sessions for Capitol, Blue Note, and United Artists, is born in Detroit, Michigan
1950 - Marvin Yancey, a pastor, songwriter (co-wrote "This Will Be", "Sophisticated Lady [She's A Different Lady]", "I've Got Love On My Mind" and "Our Love"), gospel artist and first husband of Capitol Records artist Natalie Cole, is born in Chicago, Illinois.
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1947 - The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)' Capitol Records single "Mam'selle" is tied for #10 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart with Perry Como and The Satisfiers (with Lloyd Shaffer and His Orchestra)'s single "Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go To Sleep)".
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - The King Cole Trio finish seventeen straight days of performances at the Rag Doll club in Chicago, Illinois.
1951 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Maynard Ferguson directing and on trumpet, Alfred "Chico" Alvarez, John Howell, Shorty Rogers, and Jimmy Salko also on trumpet, Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Bob Fitzpatrick, and Dick Kenney on trombone, Paul Weigand on bass trombone, Art Pepper and Bud Shank on alto saxophone, Bart Caldarell and Jimmy Giuffre on tenor saxophone, Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone, Ralph Blaze on guitar, Stan Kenton on piano, Don Bagley on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums), record the titles "What’s New" (arranged by Shorty Rogers), "The Hot Canary" (arranged by Pete Rugolo), and "Jump For Joe" (with Art Pepper on alto saxophone solo) at Capitol Record's studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1713) as by Maynard Ferguson accompanied by The Kenton Orchestra and the third title, dedicated to Joe Rico, as a single (Capitol 1704) with "Laura" (recorded May 28, 1951) on the flipside as by Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.
1952 - Capitol Records awards its first gold record for sales of 1 million copies to Les Paul and Mary Ford for their single "How High The Moon", which at the time had sold 1.5 million copies, during their appearance on tonight's Ken Murray's television show.
1952 - Al Martino (with orchestra conducted by Monty Kelly)'s Capitol Records single "Here In My Heart" is tied for #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart with Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra's single "Blue Tango", Kay Starr (with orchestra conducted by Harold Mooney)'s Capitol Records single "Wheel Of Fortune" is #5, Ella Mae Morse (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Blacksmith Blues" is #10, Jane Froman (with orchestra conducted by Sid Feller)'s Capitol Records single "I'll Walk Alone" is #17, and Les Paul's Capitol Records single "Carioca" is #18
1956 - The Four Freshman (Bob Flanigan on vocals, trombone and bass; Don Barbour on vocals and guitar; Ross Barbour on vocals and drum; Ken Albers on volcals, trumpet, mellophone, and bass), with arranger Dick Reynolds conducting Buddy Childers, Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, Ray Triscari on trumpets; Geoff Carslon on piano; Al Hendrickson, Jack Marshall on guitar; Don Simpson on bass; Frank Carlson on drums) record the tracks "Goodbye" and "Give Me The Simple Life" for the band's Capitol Records album "The Four Freshman and Five Trumpets" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1956 - Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (Ken Albers on trumpet, mellophone, and bass; Buddy Childers, Pete Candoli, Uan Rasey, and Ray Triscari on trumpets; Bob Flanigan on trombone and bass; Geoff Carslon on piano; Ross Barbour, Al Hendrickson and Jack Marshall on guitar; Don Simpson on bass; Ross Barbour and Frank Carlson on drums; and Ralph Hansell on tympani) record the track "Theme From 'The Proud Ones'" which will be released by Capitol Records as a single with "The Love Of Genevieve" on the flipside, at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1956 - The Farmer Boys (Bobby Adamson on lead vocals and Woodie Wayne Murray on harmony vocals), with J.R. "Jelly" Sanders on fiddle, Roy Nichols on electric guitar, Lewis Talley and Bill Woods on rhythm guitars, Charles "Fuzzy" Owen on steel guitar, Cliffie Stone on bass, and Johnny Cuviello on drums, record the titles "Oh! How It Hurts!", "Somehow, Someway, Someday" with additional vocals by Lewis Talley, "Cool Down Mame", and "My Baby Done Left Me" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1751 Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol F3569) and the second and last titles together as a single (Capitol F3476).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Looking Back" is #3 on The Billboard magazine's R&B Best Sellers In Stores chart, #5 on the magazine's Most Played R&B By Jockeys chart, #8, along with the single's flipside "Do I Like It?", on the magazine's Best Selling Pop Singles In Stores chart, #9 on the magazine's Top 100 Sides chart, and #17 on the magazine's Most Played By Jockeys chart. "Looking Back" is also #14 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart and #27 on KFWB 980 AM's Fabulous Forty Survey. "Do I Like It?" is also #87 on The Billboard magazine's Top 100 Sides chart.
1959 - Peggy Lee and The George Shearing Quintet (Toots Thielemans on guitar, James Bond and Carl Pruitt on bass, George Shearing on piano, Warren Chaisson on vibraphone, Roy Haynes and Ray Mosca on drums, and Armando Peraza on bongos and congas) record the tracks "Don't Ever Leave Me", "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis", "There'll Be Another Spring", "Nobody's Heart", "Blue Prelude", "Do I Love You", "All Too Soon", "If Dreams Come True", "I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City", "Get Out Of Town", and "Always True To You In My Fashion" for their Capitol Records album "Beauty And The Beat!" with producer Dave Cavanaugh at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California.
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Vocalist Peggy Lee, with Billy May conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big" and "Leave It To Love" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California with producer Dave Cavanaugh. Capitol Records has yet to issue "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big" and will issue "Leave It To Love" on Lee's 1965 album "Then Was Then And Now Is Now" (T 2388).
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - According to the master files, The Journeymen (John Phillips and Scott McKenzie on vocals and guitars and Dick Weissman on guitar and banjo) record the titles "Country Blues", "Ben And Me", and "Virgin Mary" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Country Blues" and "Ben And Me" on the group's album "New Directions In Folk Music" (T/ST 1951) and "Virgin Mary" as part of the Capitol Collectors Series on the compilation CD "The Journeymen" (7-98536-2). The liner notes to the compilation CD give the session date as March 31, 1963.
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Vocalist Jan Howard, with unlisted others, records the titles "The Saddest Part Of All" and "I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5035).
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Final overdubs are recorded for The Beach Boys' title "We're Together Again" in Los Angeles, California but Capitol Records has yet to issue the title.
1976 - The Beatles' single "Got To Get You Into My Life" with "Helter Skelter" on the flipside is released with a picture sleeve in the U.S.
1977 - Paul McCartney and Wings finish sessions for their album "London Town" in Record Plant's mobile studio aboard the yacht "Fair Carol" in waters off the Virgin Islands.
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - King Of Hearts (lineup unlisted) record the titles "This Time Is Right", "Come And Get It", and "Thief In The Night" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "This Time Is Right" on the group's album "Close But No Guitar" (SW-11848). No issuing information is listed for the other two titles.
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Industry (lineup unlisted) records the title "Isolated Incidents" in an unlisted studio for Capitol Records which has yet to issue the title.
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1945 - Bobby Hackett and His Orchestra: Bobby Hackett on trumpet; Vernon Brown on trombone; Joe Dixon on clarinet; Deane Kincaide on baritone saxophone; Dave Bowman on piano; Carl Kress on guitar; Bob Haggart on bass; and George Wettling on drums) record two takes of "Pennies From Heaven", two takes of "Rose Of The Rio Grande", four takes of "Body And Soul" and the track "I Want To Be Happy" for Melrose Records at WOR Studios in New York City, New York. One take of "Pennies From Heaven" and "Rose Of The Rio Grande" will be released by Melrose as a single. Blue Note Records will later buy the masters of the entire session but will not release them. They will finally be released on Mosaic Records' 1997 box set "Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions"
1959 - Trumpetist Donald Byrd, (with Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, Pepper Adams on baritone saxophone, Walter Davis on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums) records the tracks "Here I Am", "Witchcraft", "The Injuns", "Devil Whip", "Bronze Dance", and "Clarion Calls" with producer Alfred Lion and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at The Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey for his Blue Notes Records album "Byrd In Hand"
1961 - Corey Hart, a singer and an EMI America Records artist, is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Vocalist Sarah Vaughn, with Carmell Jones on trumpet, Teddy Edwards on tenor saxophone, Jack Wilson on organ, John Collins on guitar, Al McKibbon on bass, and Milt Turner on drums, records the titles "Easy Street" and "A Taste Of Honey" at United Recorders' studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California using arrangements by Gerald Wilson for her Roulette Records album "Sarah Sings Soulfully". After E.M.I. acquires Roulette's catalog, Blue Note Records will issue "Easy Street" on the multi-artist compilation CD "Women In Blue No. V" (8-57463-2) and "A Taste Of Honey" on the multi-artist compilation CD "Misty Blue" (5-21151-2).
1964 - Kid Frost (aka Frost), rapper, solo artist on Virgin Records America artist (1990-1999), and Vice President of the Music Division of Goldmark Industries, is born Arturo Molina, Jr. in East Los Angeles, California.
45 Years Ago Today In 1973 - Vocalist Marlena Shaw, with Derek Smith on clavichord, electric piano, and piano, Cornell Dupree, Carl Lynch, Hugh McCracken, and Gene Bertoncini on guitars, Wilbur Bascomb on electric bass, Ron Carter on bass, Grady Tate, Herbie Lovelle, and Charles Collins on drums, Gene Bianco on harp, George Jenkins and George Devens on percussion, and Arthur Jenkins on congas, records the titles "I Know I Love Him", "Hum This Song", "But For Now", "Wildflower", "Say A Kind Word", and "Tangle In Your Lifeline" at A & R Studios in New York City, New York. Blue Note Records will issue all the titles, except "Tangle In Your Lifeline" which it has yet to issue, on Shaw's album "From The Depths Of My Soul" (BN-LA141-F).
1987 - Dan Seals' EMI America Records single "I Will Be There", with "It's Gonna Be Easy Now" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
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1790 - George Washington signs into law the 1790 copyright act, the United States' first copyright law, which gave protection for 14 years, with the right of renewal for another 14 years, to "the author and authors of any map, chart, book or books already printed within these United States, being a citizen or citizens thereof....shall have the sole right and liberty of printing, reprinting, publishing and vending such map, chart, book or books....". There's a reproduction of the law, as it appeared in the July 17, 1790 edition of the Columbian Centinel on earlyamerica.com.
1930 - Clint Eastwood, actor, singer, Jazz pianist, and executive producer of the documentary "Johnny Mercer - The Dream's On Me", is born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. in San Francisco, California
1937 - Tyrone Power and Loretta Young leave their hand and footprints in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater's Ceremony #37, in Hollywood, California
1967 - Pianist and composer ("Lush Life", "Take The 'A' Train") Billy Strayhorn dies of cancer of the esophagus at the age of 51 at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, New York
1994 - Capitol's sister label, Blue Note Records, which controls the acquired Roulette Records catalog, issues an expanded version of Count Basie's album "The Atomic Mr. Basie" with 5 extra tracks, and remastered back to it's intended monophonic sound, under the title "The Complete Atomic Basie".