75 Years Ago Today In 1945 - Mickey Dolenz, motion picture and television actor, director, singer, musician, member of the groups The Monkees and the Capitol Records group Dolenz, Jones, Boyce, and Hart, is born George Michael Dolenz in Tarzana, California
1957 - Clive Burr, a drummer and a member of the Capitol Records group Iron Maiden (1979-1983), is born in England. If anyone knows for sure where, please leave a comment.
ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1945 - The Pied Pipers' Capitol Records single "Dream", with "Tabby The Cat" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
1946 - Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and his orchestra's Capitol Records single "Personality", with "If I Knew Then" on the flipside, is #1 on The Billboard magazine's Records Most-Played On The Air chart for the week ending March 8, 1946.
1949 - Frank Morgan (best known as The Wizard in the M-G-M motion picture "The Wizard Of Oz") signs with Capitol Records where he'll narrate the children's record "Gossamer Wump"
1951 - Vocalist and guitarist Gene O'Quin, with Harold Glenn Hensley on fiddle, Billy Liebert on piano, Eddie Kirk on guitar, Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar, Cliffie Stone on bass, Milton "Muddy" Berry on drums, records the titles "I'm Lonesome For You", "Let Me Change Your Name", "No Parking Here", and "Boogie Woogie Fever" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol 1821) with "It's No Use Talkin' Baby" (recorded February 2, 1951) on the flipside, the second title as a single (Capitol 1943) with "I'm Gonna Find Another Sweetheart" (recorded June 11, 1951) on the flipside and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 1508).
1958 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records album "Just One Of Those Things" is #6 on The Billboard magazine's Most Played By Jockeys chart. Also, Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Angel Smile" is #28 on Cash Box magazine's Best Selling Singles chart, #34 on KFWB's Fabulous Forty Survey in Los Angeles, California and #55 on The Billboard magazine's Top 100 Sides singles chart.
1953 - Trumpet player and bandleader Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (Bruce Brukert, Darryl Campbell, Ray Triscari, and Dale Turner also on trumpets, Sy Berger, Vince Forrest, Ken Schrudder, and Dick Reynolds on trombones, Earl Bergman and Jim Schneider on clarinets and alto saxophones, Tom Loggia and Bob Tricarico on tenor saxophones, Leo Anthony on baritone saxophone and also on alto saxophone, Dave Sills on piano, Danny Perri on guitar, Don Simpson on bass, and Archie Freeman on drums), using arrangements by George Williams, record the titles "Bunny Hop" with vocals by Jo Ann Greer, Marcie Miller, Ray Anthony, and The Skyliners (lineup unlisted), "Birth Of The Blues", and, with vocals again by Jo Ann Greer, Marcie Miller, Ray Anthony, and The Skyliners, "The Hokey Pokey", and "Ever Since You Went Away" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue "The Bunny Hop" and "The Hokey Pokey" together as a single (Capitol 2427), "The Birth Of The Blues" on possibly a Special Markets album with an unknown title (SL-6916), and has yet to issue "Ever Since You Went Away".
1958 - Glen Gray leads The Casa Loma Orchestra (Shorty Sherock, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, and Pete Candoli on trumpets, Walt Benson, Joe Howard, and Si Zentner on trombones, Murray McEachern also on trombone and alto saxophone, Skeets Herfurt also on alto saxophone, Gus Bivona on clarinet and also on alto saxophone, Babe Russin and Jules Jacob on tenor saxophones, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Ray Sherman on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Mike Rubin on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums), using arrangements by Gene Gifford and Larry Wagner, as they record the titles "Symphony In Riffs" in the style of Gene Krupa, "Boogie Woogie On The St. Louis Blues" in the style of Earl Hines, "Huckleberry Duck" in the style of Raymond Scott, "After Hours" in the style of Erskine Hawkins, and "720 In The Books" in the style of Jan Savitt in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles, except "Huckleberry Duck" on the album "Sounds Of The Great Bands" (W/SW 1022) and "Huckleberry Duck" on the album "Sounds Of The Great Bands, Volume 2" (ST 1067), with both albums credited to Glen Gray And The Casa Loma Orchestra.
1958 - The George Shearing Quintet (George Shearing on piano, Emil Richards on vibraphones, Jean "Toots" Thielemans on guitar and harmonica, Al McKibbon on bass, and Armando Peraza on congas) perform the titles "Lullaby Of Birdland", East Of The Sun", "September In The Rain", "On The Street Where You Live", "Roses Of Picardy", "Little Niles", "I'll Remember April", "Pick Yourself Up", "Little White Lies", "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid", "Caravan", and "Nothing But De Best" at a live concert held at Claremont College in Claremont, California which was recorded by Capitol Records which will issue all the titles, except "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Pick Yourself Up", and "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid" which remain unissued, on the album "Shearing On Stage! - Live Jazz Concert By The George Shearing Quintet" (T/ST 1187).
1958 - During two sessions held this day in Stage 7 of The Goldwyn Studios in Los Angeles, California, Erich Leinsdorf conducts The Concert Arts Symphony Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record ballet highlights from Saint-Saens "Bacchanale (from 'Sampson Et Dalila')" and Wagner's "Venusberg Music (from 'Tannhäuser')" at the first session and ballet highlights from Verdi's "Ballabile (from 'Aïda')" and "Dance Of The Moorish Slaves (from 'Aïda')", Ponchielli's "DanceOf The Hours (from 'La Gioconda')", and Rossini's "Passo A Sei (from 'William Tell')" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "Ballet Highlights From The Opera" (G/SG-8488).
55 Years Ago Today In 1965 - Tadd Dameron, pianist, arranger, bandleader, and Capitol and Blue Note Records artist, born Tadley Ewing Peake Dameron in Cleveland, Ohio, dies of cancer at age 48 in New York City, New York.
1968 - The Howard Roberts Quartet (Howard Roberts on guitar, rest of the lineup unlisted) records the titles "Spooky", "Shifty", and "The Girls From Spain (Por Que Te Quiero Tanto)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "Out Of Sight But 'In' Sound" (ST 2901) as by Howard Roberts.
1973 - Vocalist and guitarist Glen Campbell, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Dennis McCarthy, records the titles "If Not For You", "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling", and "Someday Soon" in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded on March 13 and 14, 1973 for "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling" and "Someday Soon" and on March 18, 1973 for "If Not For You", Capitol Records will issue the final mixes of all the titles on Campbell's album "I Knew Jesus (Before He Was A Star)" (SW-11185) and "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling" as a single (Capitol 3735) with "Wherefore And Why" (recorded April 20, 1971) on the flipside.
1978 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "The Fightin' Side Of Me", with "Every Fool Has A Rainbow" on the flip side is #1 on Billboard's Country singles chart
1983 - Vocalist Beau Williams, with an orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey, records the titles "SOS", "Stay With Me" (although listed in master files as from April 25, 1983), and "Wherever I'll Be" in Los Angeles California. Capitol Records will issue "SOS" and "Stay With Me" on Williams' album "Stay With Me" (ST-12286). No issuing information is listed for "Wherever I'll Be".
1983 - Dayton (lineup unlisted) records the title "The Sound Of Music" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 5327) with "Fast Lane" (recorded March 4, 1983) on the flipside and on the group's album "Feel The Music" (ST-12297).
1992 - Red Callender (born George Callender), bandleader (trio and sextette), string bass and tuba player, motion picture actor (1958's "St. Louis Blues" which starred Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole) and Capitol Records session musician who worked with Judy Garland, Nat "King" Cole and Art Tatum, dies in Saugus, California two days after his 76th birthday
1999 - Joe DiMaggio, Baseball Hall of Famer and Capitol Records artist, dies of complications from lung cancer surgery at his home in Hollywood, Florida at age 84 and is later interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, California
2014 - Jerry Corbitt, a guitarist, a founding member of The Youngbloods, a record producer, and a Capitol Records artist (the 1971 album "Jerry Corbett"), dies at his home in Smiley, Texas after a long battle with lung cancer at age 71.
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1963 - Guitarist René Thomas, with Jacques Pelzer on soprano and alto saxophones and flute, Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, Kenny Drew on piano, Gilbert Rovere on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums, records the titles "I Remember Sonny", "Theme For Freddy", "Theme", "Short Bridge", "Meeting", "B Like Bud", "Crepuscule With Nellie" as a guitar solo by Thomas, and "When I Fall In Love" without Pelzer at an unlisted studio in Paris, France for United Artists Records with producer George Wayne but all the titles were later scheduled to be issued by Blue Note Records but no issuing information is listed and online references say that the producer may have lost the tapes.
1968 - Organist John Patton, with Junior Cook on tenor saxophone, Jimmy Ponder on guitar, and Clifford Jarvis on drums, records the titles "Daddy James", "Early A.M.", "Minor Swing", "Dirty Fingers", "I Want To Go Out" without Cook on tenor saxophone, and "STring Bean" in recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue all the titles on Patton's album "That Certain Feeling" (BLP4281/BST84281).
1971 - Francis Wolff, co-founder of Blue Note Records and a prolific photographer of the label's sessions, dies in New York City, New York at age 64. Blue Note is currently owned by Universal Music Group and is a division of Capitol Records.
40 Years Ago Today In 1980 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "Call Me" (written by Giorgio Moroder and the band's singer Debbie Harry), with Giorgio Moroder performing a version on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Chrysalis' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1987 - Huey Lewis & The News' Chrysalis single "Jacob's Ladder", with a live version of "Heart Of Rock 'N" Roll" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.Chrysalis' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1994 - Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) releases Suzy Bogguss's compilation album "Greatest Hits"