1885 - Otto Klemperer, the conductor of various opera companies and theatres in Germany and The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, composer, father of actor Werner Klemperer (best known as Col. Klink on "Hogan's Heroes"), and Capitol Records artist, is born in Breslau, Germany
120 Years Ago Today In 1898 - "Zutty" Singleton, drummer, bandleader and Capitol Records artist, is born Arthur James Singleton in Bunkie, Louisiana
115 Years Ago Today In 1903 - Jenks "Tex" Carman, a Capitol Records country artist, is born in Hardinsburg, Breckinridge County, Kentucky. There's a short posting with biographical information on Jerry Douglas' Bulletin Board.
1925 - Al Porcino, a trumpet player with Capitol Records group Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (1947-'48 and 1954-'55), played in the touring bands of Capitol Records artists Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Peggy Lee, and a bandleader in Germany, is born in New York City, New York
1932 - Bob Johnston, a record producer and a Capitol Records executive, is born in Hillsboro, Texas
1936 - Bobby Darin, singer, motion picture actor, television variety show host and Atco and Capitol Records artist, is born Walden Robert Cassotto in New York City, New York
1956 - Steve Hogarth, keyboard player and vocalist with the Capitol Records band Marillon is born Ronald Steven Hoggarth in Kendal, England
1962 - C.C. DeVille (aka (Cecil Cornelius DeVille), lead guitarist for the Capitol Records band Poison, is born Bruce Anthony Johannesson in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - The King Cole Trio starts a seventeen straight day engagement at the Rag Doll club in Chicago, Illinois. Also, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Nature Boy" is #1 on The Billboard magazine's Best-Selling Popular Retail Records and Records Most Played By Disk Jockeys charts, #2 on the magazine's Most-Played Juke Box Records chart, #3 on the magazine's Best Selling Retail Race Records chart, and #5 on the magazine's Most-Played Juke Box Race Records chart. The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records single "Put 'Em In A Box" is #2 on The Billboard magazine's Record Possibilities - The Disk Jockeys Pick chart, #3 on the magazine's Record Possibilities - The Retailers Pick chart, and #8 on the magazine's Records Possibilities - The Operators Pick chart.
1951 - The Broadway musical "Flahooley", with a book by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Sammy Fain, opens at the Broadhurst Theater in New York City, New York. Although the show would only run 33 days until June 16, 1951, with only 40 performances, Capitol Records will release the original Broadway cast album later the same year. It features future Capitol Records artist Yma Sumac and is also Barbara Cook's debut recording.
1952 - Vocalist and guitarist Tex Ritter, with Margie Ann "Fiddlin' Kate" Warren on fiddle, Billy Liebert on accordion, Merle Travis and Wesley Tuttle also on guitar, Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar, and Dale Warren on drums, records the studio version of "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" which Ritter had recorded earlier for the soundtrack to the motion picture "High Noon" and the title "Love You Big As Texas" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM with producer Lee Gillette. After Gillette records drum overdubs on August 1 and 11, 1952, Capitol Records will issue "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" as a single (Capitol 2120) with "Go On! Get Out!" (recorded February 25, 1952) on the flipside. The single will enter the U.S. Country singles charts on September 6, 1952. Hilltop Records, a subsidiary of Pickwick Records, will issue "Love You Big As Texas" on the album "Love You Big As Texas" (JM/JS 6075).
1955 - J.F. Lockwood, EMI, Ltd.'s Chairman of the Board announces that Glenn E. Wallich's, president of Capitol Records, Inc., has been elected to EMI's board.
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Vocalist Ann Richards, with Brian Farnon conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" with a male vocal group (lineup also unlisted), "Moanin' Low", "I'd Do It All Over Again" also with a male vocal group, and "I've Got To Pass Your House to Get To My House" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" and "I'd Do It All Over Again" together as a single (Capitol F3995) and "Moanin' Low" and "I've Got To Pass Your House to Get To My House" on Richards' album "I'm Shooting High" (EAP-1-1087 on 7" EP and T/ST 1087 on 12" LP).
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Jimmie Haskell conducts his own arrangements to His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Flipper", "Dime With A Halo", "The Great Escape March", and "Love Is A Ticklish Affair" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Haskell and His Orchestra's album "From Russia With Love" (T/ST 2075)
Orchestra arr. & cond. by Jimmie Haskell.
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Guitarist and vocalist Syd Barrett, with unlisted others, records the titles "Lanky (Part 1)" and the instrumental "Golden Hair" at an unlisted studio. Harvest Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records will issue both titles in England on Barrett's album "Opel" (SHSP 4126 on 12" LP and 7-91206-2 on CD).
45 Years Ago Today In 1973 - Ultra Violet (aka Isabelle Collin Dufresne), with Todd Rundgren on guitar, records the titles "Cool Mac Daddy", "Loving", and "A Clown And A Stranger" in Los Angeles, California with producer Jeffrey Cheen. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ultra Violet's self-titled album "Ultra Violet" (ST-11244).
45 Years Ago Today In 1973 - Billy May and The Time-Life Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Bye Bye Blues", "Going Out Of My Head" featuring Bob Bain on guitar, "Peter Gunn", "The Look Of Love", and "Wives And Lovers" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. After overdubs are recorded at the same session for "Bye Bye Blues" and "Wives And Lovers", Time-Life Records will issue, as part of its "As You Remember Them" series, the final mixes of "Bye Bye Blues", "Peter Gunn", "The Look Of Love", and "Wives And Lovers" in the three-LP set "Volume 8 - Billy May" (STL 248) and "Goin' Out Of My Head" in the three-LP set "Volume 7 - Billy May" (STL 247).
30 Years Ago Today In 1988 - Mother's Finest (lineup unlisted) records the title "For Your Love" in an unlisted studio. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's album "Looks Could Kill" (C1-48988 on 12" LP and 7-48988-2 on CD).
1979 - The Motels begin recording sessions for their debut Capitol album with a cover of Bobby Troup's "Route 66" which didn't make it onto the album
20 Years Ago Today In 1998 - Frank Sinatra, singer, motion picture actor, Columbia and Capitol Records artist, father of Frank Jr., Nancy, and Tina Sinatra, and founder of Reprise Records for which he also recorded, is pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m. in the emergency room of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California at age 82. His funeral is later held at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Palm Springs, California and he is buried next to his parents in Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, near Rancho Mirage, California.
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60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Guitarist Kenny Burrell, with Louis Smith on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Blakely on drums, records the titles "I Never Know" and "Scotch Blues" with the additions of Junior Cook and Tina Brooks on tenor saxophones, "The Man I Love", "Yes Baby" with addition again of Cook and Brooks on tenor saxophones, "Phinupi" with the addition of just Cook on tenor saxophone then, with Bobbie Timmons replacing Duke Jordan on piano, the titles "Chuckin'" with the addition again of Cook and Brooks on tenor saxophones, "Autumn In New York" without Smith on trumpet, and "Rock Salt" and "Caravan" with the addition again of Cook and Brooks on tenor saxophones at Manhattan Towers studios in New York City, New York. Blue Note Records will issue "Scotch Blues", "Yes Baby", "Autumn In New York", and "Caravan" on Burrell's album "Blue Lights, Volume 1" (BLP1596 in mono and BST81596 in stereo), "The Man I Love", "Phinupi", "Chuckin", and "Rock Salt" on Burrell's album "Blue Lights, Volume 2" (BLP1597 in mono and BST81597 in stereo), and all the titles on the CD "Blue Lights, Volume 1 And 2" (7-81597-2 in mono and 8-57184-2 in stereo) with a cover illustration on all versions by Andy Warhol.
1966 - Bob Dylan and future Capitol Records group The Band record "Tell Me Momma" and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" in Liverpool, England
1989 - Paula Abdul's Virgin Records America single "Forever Your Girl" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
25 Years Ago Today In 1993 - Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, with Charlie Haden on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums, at a live concert held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, New York that is recorded by Blue Note Records, performs the titles "Imagine", "You Taught My Heart To Sing" with vocals by Dianne Reeves, "First Song", "Airegin", "Ruby My Dear", and "When Will The Blues Leave" then Rubalcaba, with Reynaldo Melian on trumpet, Felipe Cabrera on electric bass, and Julio Barreto on drums, performs the titles "Contagio", "Moose The Mooche", "Transparence", Perfidia", and "Rapsodia Cubana". All the recordings except those of "You Taught My Heart To Sing" and "First Song" were rejected, "You Taught My Heart To Sing" is still unissued, and Blue Note Records will issue "First Song" on Rubalcaba's album "Imagine - Gonzalo Rubalcaba In The USA" (8-30491-2 on CD).
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1897 - Sidney Bechet, saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer, is born Sidney Joseph Bechet in New Orleans, Louisiana and 62 years later to the day he would die in Paris, France
1944 - George Lucas, a screenwriter, director, producer, and a studio founder and head, is born George Walton Lucas, Jr. in Modesto, California