1902 - Welton Becket, architect whose firm Welton Beckett and Associates designed The Capitol Tower, is born Welton David Becket in Seattle, Washington
1907 - Benny Carter, alto saxophonist, trumpet player, clarinetist, pianist, trombone player, songwriter, arranger, bandleader and Capitol Records artist, is born Bennett Lester Carter in New York City.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records album (4 78rpm discs), "The King Cole Trio Volume 2" (BD 29), hits #1 on The Billboard magazine's Best-Selling Popular Record Albums chart.
65 Years Ago Today In 1953 - Nat "King" Cole, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to an uncredited orchestra, records the titles "The Little Boy Santa Claus Forgot", an unissued take of "You're Wrong, All Wrong", and "Mrs. Santa Claus" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "The Little Boy Santa Claus Forgot" and "Mrs. Claus" together as a single (Capitol 2616), and after editing and re-titling "Mrs. Claus" to "Mr. & Mrs. Claus" will issue it on Cole's album "The Christmas Song" (T 9026). Also, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "I Am In Love" is #32, his single "Return To Paradise" is #34, and his single "Pretend" is #43 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart.
55 Years Ago Today In 1963 - Nat "King" Cole donates the total proceeds from the world premiere of his show "Sights And Sounds" as a start in what he hopes will raise upwards of $50,000 (the equivalent of $410,405.54 in 2018)) for key civil rights organizations during the show's summer run. The premiere is presented at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California under the sponsorship of The N.A.A.C.P, CORE, and SNCC.
1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' album "Revolver" in the United States as well as their single "Eleanor Rigby" with "Yellow Submarine" on the flipside
1969 - The Beatles are posed walking across Abbey Road by photographer Iain MacMillan for the cover shot of their Apple Records album "Abbey Road" which will be distributed by Capitol Records in the United States
1975 - Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, saxophonist and Capitol Records artist, dies at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, in Gary, Indiana at age 46, 25 days after suffering a stroke in a cafe which put him in a coma
1989 - Irv Cottler, studio drummer on various Capitol Records recording sessions, who appeared on albums by Bobby Darin, June Christy and, for over 36 years, Frank Sinatra, dies of cardiac arrest in Rancho Mirage, California at age 71. Spaceagepop.com has a short but fun biographical article about Cottler on their site.
2007 - A hundred year celebration of Capitol Records artist Benny Carter and his music will be held tonight at the Hollywood Bowl.
2017 - Barbara Cook, singer, actress, Broadway star, and Capitol Records artist dies in her Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan at age 89.
2017 - Glen Campbell, singer, guitarist, actor, television variety show host, and a Capitol Records session and solo artist dies of complications of Alzheimer's at age 81 in Nashville, Tennessee.