1945 - Gordon Waller, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and part of the Capitol Records duo Peter and Gordon is born Gordon Trueman Riviere Waller in Braemar, Scotland
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Jimmy McCulloch, the lead guitarist in the band Wings and a member of bands including Thunderclap Newman and Stone The Crows, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. Miguel Terol has a tribute page to Jimmy on The Musicians' Olympus website.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
80 Years Ago Today In 1938 - Eugene Jochum conducts The Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the fourth movement of Bruckner's "Symphony N° 5 In B Flat" in six parts in Hamburg, Germany for Telefunken Records. After Capitol Records licenses Telefunken's catalog for release in the United States, it will issue the complete fourth movement on the album "BRUCKNER - Symphony #5 In B Flat (Disc 2)" (P-8050).
1942 - It's a Thursday, and with its name officially changed from Liberty Records, Capitol Records opens for business in a small 15’x50’ office with no air conditioning at 1483 Vine Street in Hollywood, California, just south of Sunset Boulevard, next to photographer Gene Lester's studio. The site of Capitol's first office is currently the entrance to the Bank of America parking structure.
60 Years Ago Today In 1948 - 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 Canada's Top Tunes chart, #4 on the magazine's Best Selling Retail Race Records chart, and #5 on the magazine's Most-Played Juke Box Race Records chart. Also, The Pied Pipers' Capitol Records single "My Happiness" enters the top 20 at #9 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, The Sportsmen's a cappella Capitol Records single "You Can't Be True, Dear" is #15, Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "Mañana" is #18, and Jack Smith and The Clark Sisters' Capitol Records single "Baby Face" is #19
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Coronetist and bandleader Red Nichols and His Five Pennies (Jackie Coon on mellophone, Moe Schneider on trombone, Wayne Songer on clarinet and alto and baritone saxophones, Bill Wood also on clarinet, Heinie Beau also on clarinet and tenor saxophone, Jerry Kasper on bass saxophone, Bobby Hammack on piano, Allan Reuss on guitar, Morty Corb on bass, Jack Sperling on drums, and Ralph Hansell on vibraphone and bells) record the titles "Davenport Blues", "Buddy's Habits", "Delta Rolls", and "Washboard Blues" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles Nichols and His Pennies' album "Parade Of The Pennies" (T 1051).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Vocalist Molly Bee, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "To Be Or Not To Be In Love", "Honey, I'm In Love With You", a new take of the title "After You've Gone", and an overdub for the title "Five Points Of A Star" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "To Be Or Not To Be In Love" and "Honey, I'm In Love With You" on Bee's album "Young Romance" (T 1097) and the take of "After You've Gone" recorded at this session as a single (Capitol F064) with the final mix of "Five Points Of A Star" on the flipside.
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Nat King Cole's Capitol Records single "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer" is #18 on WABC's Silver Dollar Sound Survey in New York City.
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - During two sessions held this day in Studio A of The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California, The Howard Roberts Quartet (Burkley Kendrix on organ, Howard Roberts on guitar, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums) record the titles "Li'l Darlin'" and "Call Me Irresponsible" at the first session and the titles "Turista" and "Get Me To The Church On Time" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Li'l Darlin'" and "Turista" on the quartet's album "H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player" (T/ST 1961) and has yet to issue the other two titles.
45 Years Ago Today In 1973 - The Band (Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel on keyboards and vocals, Jaime Robbie Robertson on guitar, and vocals, Rick Danko on bass and vocals, and Levon Helm on drums and vocals) begin four straight days of recording which will produce the titles "Ain't Got No Home" and "Holy Cow" at Bearsville Recording Studios in Bearsville, New York. After overdubs are recorded for "Holy Cow" in October of 1973, Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of both titles on the group's album "Moondog Matinee" (SW-11214).
2004 - 42 years to the day she started as Capitol Records' first female employee, Auriel Macfie Douglas, died. She is buried at O'ahu Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.
She was born September 22, 1924 and was just seventeen and newly graduated from Santa Monica High School as a journalism major when she started working for Capitol Records.