100 Years Ago Today In 1917 - Tex Williams (aka Jack Williams until given the nickname "Tex" by bandleader Spade Cooley), singer, guitarist, bandleader, actor and Capitol Records artist (1946-1951 and 1960-1974) is born Sollie Paul Williams in Ramsey, Fayette County, Illinois.
1949 - Rick Springfield, singer, guitarist, actor, and Capitol Records artist (1972-1973) is born Richard Lewis Springthorpe in Guildford, New South Wales, Australia
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1947 - It's a Saturday night and the Armed Forces Recording Service records The King Cole Trio (Nat "King" Cole on piano and vocals, Oscar Moore on guitar, and Johnny Miller on bass), with guest Stan Kenton, at The Bocage in Hollywood, California. The Trio performed, as an introduction, a short version of "Straighten Up And Fly Right", then "Kate", "You're The Cream In My Coffee", "Ain't Cha Ever Coming Back", then Kenton replaces Cole on the piano and performs "Variation On Artistry In Rhythm", then Cole returns to the piano and the trio performs "This Is My Night To Dream", "An Apple Blossom Wedding", and closes with "I Know That You Know". AFRS will issue the songs on an electronic transcription disc (King Cole Trio 23).
1952 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Somewhere Along The Way" is #11 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart.
1952 - During two sessions held this day in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California, William Steinberg conducts The Los Angeles Woodwinds (lineup unlisted) as they record Mozart's "Serenade N° 10 In B Flat Major, K. 361: 4th Movement, Part 2", "Serenade N° 10 In B Flat Major, K. 361: 3rd Movement", "Serenade N° 10 In B Flat Major, K. 361: 6th Movement, Part 1", and "Serenade N° 10 In B Flat Major, K. 361: 6th Movement, Part 2" at the first session and "Serenade N° 10 In B Flat Major, K. 361: 6th Movement, Part 3", "Serenade N° 10 In B Flat Major, K. 361: 5th Movement", and "Serenade N° 10 In B Flat Major, K. 361: 7th Movement" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "MOZART - Serenade N° 10 In B Flat Major, K. 361" (P-8181).
1954 - Frank Sinatra records the titles "When I Stop Loving You", "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Waltz" with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the studio orchestra (John Hacker, Dominic Mumolo, Warren Webb, and James Williamson on reeds; Simon Zenther on trombone; George Roberts on bass trombone; John Cave and Vincent De Rosa on french horn; Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Walter Edelstein, Henry Hill, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, and Felix Slatkin on violin; Stanley Harris and David Sterkin on viola; Cy Bernard, Edgar Lustgarten, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello; Bill Miller on piano; Joe Comfort on bass; Allan Reuss on guitar; Lou Singer and Alvin Stoller on drums), and with background vocals by The Jimmy Joyce Singers, 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 with producer Voyle Gilmore between 8:00 PM and 12:00 AM. Capitol Records will issue "When I Stop Loving You" as a single (Capitol 2922) with "It Worries Me" (recorded May 13, 1954) on the flipside and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 2954).
60 Years Ago Today In 1958 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Come Closer To Me (Acercate Mas)" is #10 on KFWB's Fabulous Forty Survey in Los Angeles, California and #33 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart.
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - During two sessions held this day in New York City, New York, The Tuneful Trolley (Tony Bordonaro on rhythm guitar, piano, organ and vocals, Brian Parks on bass and vocals, Jack Riolo on drums and vocals, Joey DeSane on keyboard and lead vocals, Paul Conocenti on organ and vocals, and Santo Ciccarello on lead guitar and vocals) with Jerry Vance directing the horn section of Elephant Memory (Myron Elephant and Stanley Elephant), recording engineer Stan Bright, and producer Sandy Yaguda of Jay And The Americans, record the titles "Uncle Joe's Armada", "Lady (With the Tangerine House)", "Lovely Day", and "Hello Love" at the first session and the titles "The Tuneful Trolley Theme" and "Written Charter" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Hello Love" and "Written Charter" together as a single (Capitol 2498) and all the titles on the group's album "Island In The Sky" (ST-110).
1977 - Sun (lineup unlisted), using arrangements by Beau Ray Fleming and Byron Byrd" records the titles "Son Of A Gun", "When You Put Your Hand In Mine", "Dance (Do What You Wanna Do)", "You Don't Have To Hurry" in (listed as possibly) Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Sun's album "Sunburn" (ST-11723).
1977 - At two sessions held this day in Nashville, Tennessee, vocalist Ray Griff, with unlisted others, records the titles "A Little Peace And Harmony", "You're Wearin' Me Down", and "Pretty In Blue" at the first session and the title "Cora Lee" at the second session. After overdubs are recorded for all the titles later on August 23, 1977, and for the titles "You're Wearin' Me Down" and "Pretty In Blue" on August 24, 1977, Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Griff's album "Raymond's Place" (T-11718).
40 Years Ago Today In 1978 - At her first session for Capitol Records, vocalist Minnie Riperton, records the titles "Lover And Friend" using a rhythm arrangement by Stevie Wonder with drums, synthesized bass, acoustic piano, clavinet, and celeste played by El Toro Negro (aka Stevie Wonder), horns by The Seawind Horns (Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft, and Larry Williams), and Bill Reichenbach on trombone and "Memory Lane" with backing vocals by also by Riperton and by Bili Thedford, Danie McCormick, and Venetta Fields, Chuck Rainey on bass, Phil Upchurch on guitar, Jeremy Lubbock on electric piano, Victor Feldman on vibraphone, and Harvey Mason on drums at A&M Studios on LaBrea Avenue in Hollywood, California with Riperton sharing producing chores with Henry Lewy and Dick Rudolph. Capitol Records will issue "Lover And Friend" as a single (Capitol 4761) with "Return To Forever" (recorded August 24, 1978) on the flipside, "Memory Lane" as a single (Capitol 4706) with "I'm A Woman" (recorded sometime in September 1978) on the flipside, and both titles on Riperton's album "Minnie" (SO-11936 on 12" vinyl and 7-80516-2 on CD).
25 Years Ago Today In 1993 - Capitol Records releases Duran Duran's single "Too Much Information" on cassette and CD. The CD had two versions of "Too Much Information" with "Drowning Man" and a live version of "Hungry Like A Wolf" that was recorded at Tower Records in Hollywood California on May 15, 1993. The cassette single had "Too Much Information" with "Drowning Man" and also came with a free cassette, called "No Ordinary EP" with live versions "Hungry Like the Wolf", "Notorious", and "Come Undone" also recorded at the Tower Records concert.
1994 - Capitol Records releases the compilation album "Christmas With Bing Crosby"
1996 - Alyce King Clarke, member of the Capitol Records singing group The King Sisters (1957-1966), dies following a long history of respiratory problems
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Nat "King" Cole speaks at the Republican National Convention in the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
1962 - John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool, England
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - EMI releases The Beatles' fourth single, "She Loves You" with "I'll Get You" on the flipside, in England.
1965 - The Beatles' United Artists soundtrack album to the United Artists motion picture "Help!" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. Capitol Records currently owns the United Artists catalog.
50 Years Ago Today In 1968 - Pianist McCoy Tyner, with Woody Shaw on trumpet, Gary Bartz on alto saxophone, Wayne Shorter on tenor saxophone, Ron Carter on cello, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums, records the titles "Song Of Happiness" with Bartz also on wooden flute and Shorter on clarinet, "Vision", "Peresina", "Smitty's Place", and "I'd Thought I'd Let You Know" in recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue all the titles on Tyner's album "Expansions" (BST84338 on 12" vinyl and 7-84338-2 on CD).
1982 - Marty Balin, with unlisted others, records the title "Golden Years" in an unlisted location for EMI America Records which has yet to issue the title.
35 Years Ago Today In 1983 - Vocalist Kim Carnes, with unlisted others, records the title "I'll Be There Where The Heart Is" at an unlisted studio for EMI America. No issuing information is listed.
1946 - Keith Moon, actor, singer, and drummer with the band The Who, is born Keith John Moon in Central Middlesex Hospital on Acton Lane in Willesden, England