1937 - Tommy Sands, a singer, actor, former husband of Nancy Sinatra, and a Capitol Records artist, is born Thomas Adrian Sands in Chicago, Illinois
1940 - Dickie Harrell, the original drummer with the Capitol Records group Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, is born Richard C. Harrell in Portsmouth, Virginia.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Frank De Vol conducts his own arrangements to his orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "If You Are But A Dream" and "The Breeze And I" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will initially release both titles on Frank De Vol and His Orchestra's album "Classics In Modern" (CC-88).
1947 - The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano and vocals, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass), records the title "Nursery Rhymes (Medley): Mary Had A Little Lamb/London Bridge/Go In And Out The Window/Pop Goes The Weasel", then (with Pinto Colvig adding sound effects) records the titles "Old MacDonald Had A Farm", "The Three Trees", and lastly record the instrumental "Laguna Mood" at Radio Recorders' studios at 932 North Western Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release the first three songs on Cole's album "Nat King Cole For Kids" (DC-89) and "Laguna Mood" as a single (Capitol 15201) with "The Christmas Song" (recorded August 19, 1946, in New York City) on the flipside.
1947 - Vocalist Hal Derwin and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Home Is Where The Heart Is" and "Kate, Have I Come To Early Too Late?" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 467) and The Armed Forces Radio Service will issue both titles on transcription disc (BML P-880).
1947 - Jan Garber and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted), featuring vocalist Em Reardon, record the title "And Mimi" and "I Still Get Jealous for The Capitol Records Transcription Service probably at "The Chateau" on De Longpre near Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - The King Cole Trio perform in Portland, Oregon
70 Years Ago Today In 1948 - During two sessions held this day for The Capitol Records Transcription Service, pianist Mario Ruiz Armengol records unlisted titles. No issuing information is listed.
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Vocalist and guitarist Tex Ritter, with Margie Ann "Fiddlin' Kate" Warren on fiddle, Billy Liebert on accordion, Merle Travis and Wesley Tuttle on guitar, Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar, Cliffie Stone on bass, and Roy Harte on drums, records the titles "Let Me Go Devil" and "The Long Black Rifle" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 2594 on 10" shellac and F2594 on 7" vinyl).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Freddy Martin conducts His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Hors D'Oeuvres", "Day Dreams Come True At Night", "Got A Date With An Angel", and "Bubbles In The Wine" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Martin and His Orchestra's album "Salute To The Smooth Bands" (T/ST 1116)
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - "The Nat 'King' Cole Revue," begins a five-day engagement at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera at The Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania going until September 1.
2002 - Capitol Records releases Grand Funk Railroad's compilation four CD limited box set "Trunk Of Funk" which contains the band's first four Capitol Records albums.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
"Little Bitty Pretty One" at Masters Recording's studios in Hollywood, California for Aladdin Records. EMI will purchase Aladdin's catalog which will be reissued by EMI-America in the United States and Capitol Records will issue the title on the multi-artist compilation album "Let The Good Times Roll - Early Rock Classics 1952-1958" (SQ-12452). EMI-America will issue the title on Harris' compilation album "Little Bitty Pretty One" (SQ-17237) for which I designed the packaging under the art direction of Henry Marquez.
1965 - The Beatles meet, talk and play music with Elvis Presley at his home in Bel Air, California for the first and only time and later party with members of The Byrds and actor Peter Fonda
ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1990 - Steve Ray Vaughn, guitarist, is killed shortly after midnight in a helicopter crash after a show in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin at age 45. He is later buried at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.