1910 - Gordon Jenkins, a pianist, bandleader, arranger, and Capitol Records artist (as Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra) who conducted the orchestral background at Capitol Records first session, is born in Webster Groves, Missouri
1920 - "Tiny" Moore (a nickname due to his large frame), electric mandolin, fiddle, and banjo player and drummer, with Bob Wills' Texas Playboys and in Capitol Records artists Merle Haggard's band, The Strangers, is born Billie Moore in Port Arthur, Hamilton County, Texas. In the '50s, while touring with Haggard, he invents a five-string electric mandolin.
1921 - Joe Maphis, singer, guitarist, fiddle player, with the Capitol Records duo Joe Maphis & Rose Lee with his wife, session musician on sessions for Capitol Records artists Merle Travis, Wesley Tuttle, Tex Ritter, Skeets McDonald, Freddie Hart, Wynn Stewart, Wanda Jackson, Sonny James, Joe Carson, Hank Thompson, The Four Preps, Robert Mitchum, Tommy Collins, Dean Reed, Rose Maddox, Charles Lee Guy III and Imperial Records artist Rick Nelson, is born Otis W. Maphis in Suffolk, Virginia
1950 - Billy Squier, singer, guitarist, Capitol Records artist (1980-1993), and recently part of Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, is born in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts. If anyone knows his full name, please leave a comment.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL HISTORY
1942 - At Capitol Records' second recording session, vocalist Johnnie Johnston, with Gordon Jenkins And His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) records the titles "Can't You Hear Me Callin', Caroline", "Conchita Marquita (Lolita Pepita Rosita Juanita Lopez)", "Easy To Love", and "Windmill Under The Stars" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Can't You Hear Me Callin', Caroline" as a single (Capitol 130) with "That Old Black Magic" (recorded July 9, 1942) on the flipside, "Conchita Marquita (Lolita Pepita Rosita Juanita Lopez)" and "Windmill Under The Stars" together as a single (Capitol 109) which will be part of the label's initial release to retail, and "Easy To Love" as a single (Capitol 120) with "Dearly Beloved" (also recorded on July 9, 1942) on the flipside.
75 Years Ago Today In 1943 - Robert Heger conducts The Berlin State House Orchestra (lineup unlisted) and soprano vocalist Liselotte Enck as they record Richard Strauss' "Salome (Final Scene)" in four parts for Telefunken Records in Berlin, Germany. After Capitol Records licenses Telefunken's catalog for release in the United States, it will issue all four parts on the 10" vinyl album "Richard STRAUSS - Salome (Final Scene)/Dance Of The Seven Veils" (L-8036).
1945 - Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford & The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston & His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Candy" is #3 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart.
1949 - On NBC's radio show, The Martin and Lewis Show, Dean and Jerry are at Capitol Records to record a new tune and get tips on how to sing folk songs from guest Burl Ives
1951 - Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "How High The Moon" is #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Singles chart, Nat "King" Cole (with orchestra conducted by Les Baxter using a ghostwritten arrangement by Nelson Riddle)'s Capitol Records single "Too Young" is #3, Les Paul and Mary Ford's Capitol Records single "Mockin'bird Hill" is #5,
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalist and guitarist Jenks "Tex Carman, with unlisted others, records the titles "My Lonely Heart And I", "You Tell Her, 'Cause I Stutter", "The Caissons Go Rolling Along", and "Locust Hill Rag" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "My Lonely Heart And I", and "Locust Hill" together as a single (Capitol 2534 on 10" shellac and F2534 on 7" vinyl), "The Caissons Go Rolling Along" as a single (Capitol 2621 on 10" shellac and F2621 on 7" vinyl" with "Blue Memories" (recorded September 11, 1952) on the flipside. Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany on the CD "Jenks "Tex" Carman - Hillbilly Hula" (BCD 15574).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Twelve-year-old Laurie London's Capitol Records single "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" is #4 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Dean Martin (with Gus Levine and His Orchestra and Chorus)'s Capitol Records single "Return To Me" is #6, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Looking Back" is #10, The Four Preps' Capitol Records single "Big Man" is tied at #23 with Paul Anka's "Crazy Love" and their single "Twenty Six Miles" is tied at #32 with Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "Sick And Tired". Also, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Looking Back" is #16 on WMGM's Top 40 Survey in New York City, New York.
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Pianist Lou Busch, with unlisted others, records the titles "Shangri-La", "Nola", "Ladies, Please Remove Your Hats", "March To The Blues", and "Lazy Train" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Shangri-La" and "Nola" on Busch's album "Lou Busch, His Piano And His Orchestra - Lazy Rhapsody" (T/ST 1072), "Ladies Please Remove Your Hats" as a single (Capitol F4019) with "Young Enough To Dream" (recorded June 2, 1958) on the flipside, and "March To The Blues" and "Lazy Train" together as a single (F3996) as by Joe "Fingers" Carr.
1960 – Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley sing each other's hits on Sinatra's ABC-TV "Timex Spectacular" television special "Welcome Home Elvis", Elvis' first television appearance after being discharged from the U.S. Army. Elvis sings "Witchcraft" and Frank sings "Love Me Tender"
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Those Hazy-Lazy-Crazy Days Of Summer" debuts at #35 or KRLA's Fabulous Fifty chart in Los Angeles, California.
1964 - Buck Owens' Capitol Records single "My Heart Skips A Beat", with "Together Again" on the flipside, tops the U.S. Country singles charts
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single ""I Wanna Live", with "That's All That Matters" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney hold the first board meeting of Apple Corps in a Chinese junk sailing around New York's Statue of Liberty.
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - During the second of three days of live shows given at The Palladium Theatre in London, England and recorded by Capitol Records, vocalist Helen Reddy, with unlisted others, performs the titles "Poor Little Fool", "Ready Or Not", "Westwind Circus", "We'll Sing In The Sunshine", and "You're My World". Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Reddy's two-LP set "Live In London" (SKBO-11873) and "Westwind Circus" also as a single (Capitol 4654) with "Mama" (recorded May 13, 1978) on the flipside.
1979 - The Motels sign a contract with Capitol Records
30 Years Ago Today In 1988 - Vocalist Freddie Jackson, with unlisted others, records the title "You And I Got A Thing" in an unlisted studio. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 44283) with "It's Gonna Take A Long, Long Time" (recorded sometime in April 1988) on the flipside and also on Jackson's CD "Don't Let Love Slip Away" (C2-48987).
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - Steve Winwood, a singer, songwriter, musician, member of the United Artists band Spenser Davis Group, as well as the bands Traffic, Blind Faith and Ginger Bakers' Army, and a Virgin Records America solo artist, is born Stephen Lawrence Winwood in Great Barr, Birmingham, England. I worked on the design and print production of the packaging, promotional items, and advertising for his album and single "Roll With It".
1956 - Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "I'm In Love Again" is #26 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - David Seville's Liberty Records single "Witch Doctor" is #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Believe What You Say" is #21 and his single "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" is tied for #27 with Pat Boone (with Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra)'s single "Sugar Moon", and Fats Domino's Imperial Records single "Sick And Tired" is tied at #32 with The Four Prep's Capitol Records single "Twenty Six Miles"
1962 - Jay and The Americans' United Artists single "She Cried" is #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart, Walter Brennan's Liberty Records single "Old Rivers" is #7, Joey Dee and the Starlighters' Roulette Records single "Shout (Part 1)" is #10, Rick Nelson's Imperial Records single "Young World" is #22, and Dick and DeeDee's Liberty Records single "Tell Me" is #29
1962 - Emilio Estevez, actor and one-time husband of Virgin Records America artist Paula Abdul is born
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - The Beatles lip sync "From Me To You" and "I Saw Her Standing There" at a taping for the TV show "Thank Your Lucky Stars." that will air May 18, 1963.
1965 – Future Virgin Records artists The Rolling Stones begin the initial recordings of "Satisfaction" at Chess Studios in Chicago.
1971 – Future Virgin Records artist and member of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez, France, with the rest of The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and others as guests in attendance.
1986 - Glass Tiger's Capitol Records single "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)" with Bryan Adams lending vocals for the duet and with "Ancient Evenings" and "Large Hole" on the flipside, hits #1 on the Canadian charts. The single was released by Capitol Records in Canada and Manhattan Records in the United States, where it would peak at #2 on the U.S. Billboard chart, and go on to win the 1986 Juno Award in Canada for "Single Of The Year".
25 Years Ago Today In 1993 - Pianist Bob Belden, with Cassandra Wilson on lead and backing vocals, Loris Diran on background vocals, Greg Osby on soprano saxophone, Adam Holzman on synthesizer, Richard Patterson on electric bass, and Ricky Wellman on drums, using Belden's own arrangement, records the title "When Doves Fly" at DK Studios in New York City, New York for the Somethin' Else label. Also recorded that day by Wallace Roney and Kenny Garrett is title "Electric Chair. Metro Blue Records (formed by Capitol Records as a sister label to Blue Note Records) will issue "When Doves Cry" on Belden's CD "When Doves Cry: The Music Of Prince" (8-29515-2). Blue Note Records will issue both titles on the album "Blue Note Plays Prince" (8-63826-2).
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL HISTORY
1907 - Katharine Hepburn, Broadway and motion picture actress, is born Katharine Houghton Hepburn in Hartford, Connecticut
90 Years Ago Today In 1928 - Songwriter Burt Bacharach is born Burt Freeman Bacharach Kansas City, Missouri
1942 - Singer and leader of Kilburn and the High Roads and The Blockheads, Ian Dury, is born in Upminster Essex, England
1942 - Singer and musician Billy Swan is born in Cape Giradeau, Missouri and currently resides in Sherman Oaks, CA,
1971 - Tor Johnson, a professional wrestler as well as an actor in many of Ed Wood's films dies at age 67 in San Fernando, California of a heart attack and is buried in Eternal Valley Memorial Park, Newhall, California, USA, in the Whispering Pines section, #177 E.