65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Tom Cochrane, lead singer of the Canadian band Red Rider and solo artist on Capitol Records and EMI Records, is born in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, Canada
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Jo Stafford (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Long Ago (And Far Away) is #6 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - The King Cole Trio and Stan Kenton and His Orchestra finish seven straight days of shows at the Broadway Capitol theater in Detroit, Michigan.
1950 - Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Dearie" is #15 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely's Capitol Records single "Let's Go To Church (Next Sunday Morning) is #20
1954 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "It Worries Me" and "Half As Lovely (Twice As Nice)" (which will be released together as a single by Capitol Records), as well as "The Gal That Got Away" (which will be released by Capitol with "When I Stop Loving You" on the flip side which will be recorded on August 23, 1954), with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the studio orchestra (Mahlon Clark, Chuck Gentry, Arthur "Skeets" Herfert, Arthur Kafton, Theodore Nash, and Warren Webb on reeds; Conrad Gozzo and Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy on trumpet; Dick Noel and Tommy Pederson on trombone;, George Roberts on bass trombone; Bobby Gibbons on guitar; Joe Comfort on bass; Bill Miller on piano; Kathryn Julye on harp; Alvin Stoller on drums; Victor Bay, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, George Kast, Nick Pisani, Mischa Russell, Eudice Shapiro, Paul Shure, and Felix Slatkin on violn; Maxine Johnson and Paul Robyn on viola; and Cy Bernard and Eleanor Slatkin on cello) at radio station KHJ's studios (now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study and the Academy Film Archive) at 1313 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 2864) and the last title as a single (Capitol 2922) with "When I Stop Loving You" (recorded August 23, 1954) on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Trumpet player and bandleader Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo, Jack Laubach, and Jack Holman also on trumpets, Milt Bernhart, Lew McCreary, Jimmy Priddy, and Abe Lincoln on trombones, Med Flory and Gus Bivona on clarinets and alto saxophones, Georgie Auld and Plas Johnson on tenor saxophone, Leo Anthony on baritone saxophone, Buddy Cole on piano, Bob Bain and Al Hendrickson on guitars, Don Simpson on bass, and Ray Martinez on drums) with vocal group The Skyliners (lineup unlisted) and using arrangements by Don Simpson, record the titles "Tonight", "Pretend You Don't See Her", "Impossible", "With You", "Anita", and "Serenade To A Dance" in Los Angeless, California. The take of "Anita" is rejected. Capitol Records will issue "Serenade To A Dance" on Anthony and his orchestra's album "Dancing Over The Waves" (EAP-2-1028 on 7" EP and T/ST 1028 on 12" LP) and has yet to issue any of the other titles.
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California with an orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Perry Botkin, Jr., vocalists Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell record the titles "Come Away Melinda" at the first session then just Bobbie Gentry records the title "Skip-A-Long Sam" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Come Away Melinda" on Gentry's album "Local Gentry" (ST 2964) and has yet to issue the take of "Skip-A-Long Sam" recorded at the second session.
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - At the third and last day of live shows at The Palladium Theatre in London, England that are recorded by Capitol Records, vocalist Helen Reddy performs the titles "I Can Hear You No More", "The Entertainer", "Medley: I Believe In Music/ Crazy Love/Peaceful/You And Me Against The World/Delta Dawn/Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady/Leave Me Alone/Last Blues Song/I Am Woman", "I'll Be Your Audience", "Candle On The Water", "Mama" and "Medley: Introduction (Spoken)/I Don't Know How To Love Him". Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Reddy's two-LP set "Live In London" (SKBO-11873).
35 Years Ago Toda In 1983 - Capitol Records registers in Los Angeles, California the masters for High Fashion's titles (which were arranged and conducted by Mauro Malavasi and recorded in Italy) "Make Up Your Mind", "Break Up", "Show Me" which was also arranged by Kevin Robinson, "A Little More Time", "You Satisfy My Needs", Love", "Pump On The Pipe", and "Just A Little More Love" and will issue all the titles on the group's album "Make Up Your Mind" (ST-12287). Capitol also registers on the same day in Los Angeles, California the masters for The B. B. & Q. Band's titles (which were all arranged by Mauro Malavasi and Kevin Robinson and recorded in Italy) "Stay", "She's A Passionate Lover", "We've Got To Do It", "Missing You, Missing Me", "Six Million Times", "Downtowne", "Keep It Hot", and "She's A Woman" and will issue all those titles on the group's album "Six Million Times" (ST-12285).
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - The Motels (featuring vocalist Martha Davis with unlisted others) record the title "Somethings Never Change" in (listed as possibly) Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5271) with "Suddenly Last Summer" (recorded June 14, 1983) on the flipside.
30 Years Ago Today In 1988 - Chet Baker (born Chesney Henry Baker Jr.), singer, trumpet player, Capitol, Pacific Jazz, and Blue Note Records artist, and whose face is part of the mural on the side of The Capitol Tower, dies at age 59 after falling (or being pushed) from his second-story hotel window in Amsterdam, Holland. His body is later brought home for interment in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.
1989 - Donny Osmond scores his first US Top 5 hit since 1972 when his Capitol Records single "Soldier of Love" moves to #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart
1996 - Liz Phair shoots a video for her Capitol Records single "Rocket Boy" on a soundstage in Hollywood, California
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1907 - Madame (later Dame) Nellie Melba lays the foundation stone for the Power House at the Hayes factory site of The Gramophone and Typewriter Ltd., a company that would later become EMI
105 Years Ago Today In 1913 - Pianist, arranger, and composer Gil Evans is born Ian Ernest Gilmore Green (or Gilmore Ian Rodrigo Green) in Toronto, Canada. He would later take his stepfather's last name. Along with his own recordings and arranging for other bands (including Capitol and Pacific Jazz Records artists Billy Butterfield, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, Gerry Mulligan and others), Evans would provide the arrangements to the Miles Davis Nonet for the tracks "Moondreams" and "Boplicity" that were part of the "Birth Of The Cool" sessions for Capitol Records.
1924 - Future Capitol Records Marlene Dietrich marries Rudolf Sieber, and they will remain married for over 50 years
1945 - Magic Dick, a musician with the EMI America Records group The J. Geils Band is born Dick Salwitz in New London, Connecticut
1946 - Danny Klein, bassist with the EMI America Records group The J. Geils Band, is born in New York City, New York
1947 - Liza Luise Rey, a harpist, songwriter, and daughter of Capitol Records artist Alvino Rey and future Capitol Records artist Louise King (of The King Sisters), is born in Burbank, California, would later marry geologist Ned Butler, and now lives in South Harbor, Maine
1954 - "The Pajama Game" makes its debut on Broadway at the St. James Theatre in New York City, New York. It is producer Harold Prince's first Broadway endeavor. Capitol Records artist John Raitt and Janis Paige star in the leading roles. The show will run for 1,063 performances. Raitt will also star in the movie version along with Doris Day.
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, with Snooky Young and Jimmy Nottingham on flugelhorns, Jim Buffington on French horn, Benny Powell on bass trombone, Roland Hanna on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, George Duvivier on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums, records the titles "Cabin In The Sky", "Here, There And Everywhere", and "MacArthur Park" at recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue all the titles on Turrentine's album "The Look Of Love" (BST84286).
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - The Michael Stanley Band (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Someone Like You", "Whatever Happened", "Rock Me Easy", and "My Town" in an unlisted studio. EMI America will issue "Someone Like You" and "My Town" on the group's album "You Can't Fight Fashion" (ST-17100), an edited version of "Someone Like You" as a single (EMI America 8189) with "Highlife" (recorded April 27, 1983) on the flipside and an edited version of "My Town" as a single (EMI America 8178) with "Just How Good (A Bad Woman Feels)" (recorded May 17, 1983) on the flipside. No issuing information is listed for "Whatever Happened" and "Rock Me Easy".
25 Years Ago Today In 1993 - Alto saxophonist, keyboardist, and vocalist Everette Harp, with Barry Eastmond on keybards, synthesized bass, and drum programming, Ira Segal and Mike Campbell on guitars, Eric Rehl on synthesized bass programming, and Brenda Nelson and La La Cope on background vocals, records the title "Where Do We Go" at Eastbay Sound's studio in Tarrytown, New York. Blue Note Records will issue the title on Harp's CD "Common Ground" (7-89297-2).
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1941 - Ritchie Valens, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and motion picture performer, is born Richard Steven Valenzuela in Pacoima, California
75Years Ago Today In 1943 - Motown singer Mary Wells is born Mary Esther Wells in Detroit, Michigan
BTW - Happy Mother's Day to my mom, Roberta Joan Stolz Nielsen Gallmeyer Nielsen, my wife, Kristine Anne Jennifer Heimback-Nielsen, and my step-daughter Maureen Johnson.