1929 - Buck Owens, guitarist, singer, bandleader, television variety show co-host, record producer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. in Sherman, Texas
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1943 - The King Cole Trio and the Sammy Franklin orchestra are appearing at the Savoy Ballroom at 55th Street and Central Avenue in Los Angeles, California.
1947 - The Philharmonica Trio (harmonica players Joseph Pittello, William Charles Pittello, and Harry Henry Halicki), with Dave Barbour and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) providing rhythm accompaniment, record the titles "Sleepy Time Gal" and "The Carioca" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records rejected the take of "Sleepy Time Gal" and the group re-recorded it on October 8, 1947. Capitol will issue "The Carioca" as a single (Capitol 470) with "Always In My Heart" (recorded August 26, 1947) on the flipside.
1947 - The Pied Pipers (vocalists June Hutton, Chuck Lowry, Hal Hopper, and Clark Yocum), with The Ernie Felice Quintet (lineup unlisted), record the titles "The Lady From 29 Palms" and "I Have But One Heart" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 460).
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - Dean Martin signs his first contract with Capitol Records. On September 13, 1948, he and Jerry Lewis will have their first session for the label, recording vocals for "The Money Song" and "That Certain Party" over band tracks recorded on September 9, 1948, in Mexico by the Mario Ruiz Armengol Orchestra.
1952 - Vocalist Nat "King Cole, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra and chorus (lineups unlisted), records the titles "My Flaming Heart", "Faith Can Move Mountains", "Too Soon", and "Small Towns Are Smile Towns" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "My Flaming Heart" as a single (Capitol 2459) with "I Am In Love" (recorded March 31, 1953) on the flipside and on the CD "Nat 'King' Cole At The Movies" (7-99373-2), "Faith Can Move Mountains" as a single (Capitol 2230) with "The Ruby And The Pearl" (recorded September 14, 1951) on the flipside, "Too Soon" on the compilation album "Nat 'King' Cole - 10th Anniversary Album" (W 514), and "Small Towns Are Smile Towns" on the CD "Nat King Cole At The Movies" (7-99373-2).
1957 - The Hawaii Calls Orchestra (lineup unlisted), presented by Webley Edwards, records the titles "Hawaiian Paradise", "Muana Kea", "Girl In The Yellow Holoku", "Moon Of Manakoora", "Mai Poina Oe Lau", "Paradise Isle", "Beyond The Reef", "Sand", "Harbor Lights", "Hawaiian Shores (Chant Of The Islands)", "Beautiful Kahana", and "Song Of Old Hawaii" in Hawaii. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the orchestra's album "Hawaii Calls - Hawaiian Shores" (T/DT 904).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Pianist John Browning records the second and third movements of Beethoven's "Sonata N° 23 In F Minor, Opus 57 ('Appassionata')" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both parts on Browning's album "BEETHOVEN - Sonata In F Minor (Appassionata)/BACH - Chromatic Fantasy/Organ Prelude And Fugue In A Minor" (P/SP-8490).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Vocalist Faron Young, with (listed as probably) Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland on electric guitar, Loren Otis "Jack" Shook on rhythm guitar, Floyd "Lightnin'" Chance on bass, and Murray M. "Buddy" Harman, Jr. on drums, records the titles "I Hate Myself For Falling In Love With You", "That's The Way I Feel", and "Beautiful Garden Of Prayer" at Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "I Hate Myself For Falling In Love With You" and "That's The Way I Feel" together as a single (Capitol F4050 and rejected the take of "Beautiful Garden Of Prayer" recorded at this session. Young will record a new take of the title on August 13, 1958, which Capitol will issue on his album "My Garden Of Prayer" (T 1185).
1985 - Kyu Sakamoto, singer and Capitol Records artist (best known for his #1 single "Sukiyaki"), dies in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 near Tokyo, Japan that also kills, both on board and on the ground, 520 other people
30 Years Ago Today In 1988 - King Tee, with his homeboys Young Floyd and J. R. Coes, producer DJ Pooh, and unlisted others, records the title "Can This Be Real" at Milagro Sound Recorders in Glendale, California. After getting a remix by DJ Aladdin, DJ Pooh, and King Tee, Capitol Records will issue the title in 1990 on King Tee's album "At Your Own Risk" (C1-92359 on 12" vinyl, C4-92359 on cassette, and CDP 7 92359 2 on CD).
30 Years Ago Today In 1988 - Capitol Records registers the masters it acquired from Parlophone Records in the UK for Duran Duran's titles "Big Thing", "I Don't Want Your Love", "All She Wants Is", "Too Late Marlene", "Drug (It's Just A State Of Mind)", "Do You Believe In Shame", "Palamino", "Interlude One", "Land", "Flute Interlude", "The Edge Of America", and "Lakeshore Driving" and will issue all the titles in the United States on the group's album "Big Thing" (C1-90958 on 12" vinyl, C4 90958 on cassette, and CDP 7 90958 2 on CD), "I Don't Want Your Love" in two parts as a single (Capitol 44237), "All She Wants Is" as a single (Capitol 44287) with "Medley: I Believe/All I Need To Know" (date unlisted) on the flipside, and "Do You Believe In Shame?" and "The Edge Of America" together as a single (Capitol 44337). The album is now distributed by Warner Bros. Music Group.
20 Years Ago Today In 1998 - Tanya Tucker and Tanya Tucker, Inc. bring suit against Capitol Records, Inc., alleging breach of contract in two counts and seeks compensatory damages, attorney fees, and pre-judgment interest along with a trial by jury.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1881 - Cecil B. DeMille, motion picture director, is born Cecil Blount DeMille in Ashfield, Massachusetts. DeMille's movie "The Squaw Man" was the first feature-length film shot in Hollywood for the fledgling Laskey Players Company. The movie's success would lead to creating a permanent studio in Hollywood which would become Paramount Pictures. Paramount Pictures would eventually hire Buddy DeSylva as production manager. This would give him enough money of his own to be able to invest $25,000 with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs to form Capitol Records.
1960 - Pete Best, drummer, auditions for The Beatles at the Blue Angel Club.
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Vocalist Kim Carnes, with Chas Sanford on guitar and background vocals, Bill Cuomo on keyboards, Bill Fairweather and Martin Page also on background vocals, producer Keith Olsen, and unlisted others, records the title "The Universal Song" at Olsen's Goodnight L.A. studio at 15458 Cabrito Road in Van Nuys, CA 91406. EMI America will issue the title on Carnes' album "Café Racers" (SO-17106 on 12" vinyl and 7-46022-2 on CD).
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL HISTORY
1972 - The last U.S. ground troops withdraw from Vietnam