Thursday, January 16, 2020

JANUARY 16, 2020

1942 - Bill Francis, keyboardist with the Capitol Records group Dr. Hook, is born William Francis in Mobile, Alabama
1946 - Ronnie Milsap, singer and Capitol Records artist (1996), is born Ronnie Lee Milsap in Robbinsville, North Carolina

1948 - It's a Friday and The King Cole Trio, along with Noble Sissle's band, opens a week of shows at The Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York which draws standing room only crowds. The Trio close the show (because no one wanted to try and follow them) and perform such favorites as "Baby Likes To Rebop", "Save The Bones For Henry Jones", "Those Things Money Can't Buy", and "All I've Got Is Me". Also, The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records album "King Cole Trio, Volume III" is #4 on The Billboard magazine's Best-Selling Popular Record Albums chart.
1948 - Nellie Lutcher and Her Rhythm start seven straight days of shows at The Café Tia Juana in Cleveland, Ohio.
1948 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "Mañana", with "All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart" on the flipside, enters The Billboard magazine's Most-Played On The Air chart at #11.
1953 - Vocalist and guitarist Tex Ritter, with Margie Ann "Fiddlin' Kate" Warren on fiddle, Billy Liebert on accordion, Merle Travis and Jimmie Widener also on guitar, Robert Meadows on steel guitar, Henry Morton on bass, and Roy Harte on drums, recorded the titles "My Woman Ain't Pretty", "Buffalo Dream" in Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 7:30 PM and 11:30 PM and from 11: 30 PM to 12:00 AM on January 17, 1953. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 2368).
1956 - June Christy (on vocals), with Pete Rugolo directing his own arrangements to the orchestra (John Graas on french horn, Bud Shank on flute and alto saxophone, Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone on oboe, Bernie Mattinson on vibraphone, bells, and percussion, Ann Mason Stockton on harp, Howard Roberts on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, Shelly Manne on drums, and a string section with Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, and Nick Pisani on violin, David Sterkin on viola, and Edgar Lustgarten on cello), records the titles "That's All""'Round Midnight""The Wind", and "Day Dream" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 12:00 AM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Christy's album "The Misty Miss Christy" (T 725).
1956 - Frank Sinatra (on vocals), with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Harry Edison, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, and Mickey Mangano on trumpet, Milt Bernhart and Jimmy Priddy on trombones, Juan Tizol on valve trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Harry Klee and Willie Schwartz on alto saxophone and clarinet, Justin Gordon and James Williamson on tenor saxophones, Mort Friedman on baritone saxophone, Bill Miller on piano, George Van Eps on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Irv Cottler on drums, Frank Flynn on percussion, Kathryn Julye on harp, and a string section with Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, David Frisina, Henry Hill, Paul Nero, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, and Marshall Sosson on violin, Alvin Dinkin, Maxine Johnson, and Milton Thomas on viola, and Cy Bernard, Ennio Bolognini, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello), records, "Makin' Whoopee""Old Devil Moon""Anything Goes""Too Marvelous For Words", and "We'll Be Together Again" 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 between 8:00 PM and 12:00 AM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Sinatra's album "Songs For Swingin' Lovers" (W 653). This would mark the last time that Frank Sinatra would record in the KHJ studios.
1958 - Vocalist Faron Young, with (listed as possibly) Merrill Moore on piano, Buck Owens on guitar, and The Jack Halloran Singers (lineup unlisted), recorded the titles "Thank You For A Lovely Evening", "Everything I Have Is Yours", "The Nearness Of You", and "Sweet And Lovely" in Studio A of The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Faron's album "The Object Of My Affection" (EAP-1-1004 and EAP-3-1004 on 7" and T 1004 on 12").
1958 - Vocal group The Andrews Sisters (Laverne Andrews, Maxene Andrews, and Patty Andrews) with arranger Billy May conducting His Orchestra (Mannie Klein on trumpet, Simon "Si" Zentner, Murray McEachern, and William Schaefer on trombones, Wilbur Schwartz, Buddy Collette, and Bob Lawson on saxophones, Ray Sherman on piano, Bobby Gibbons on guitar, Phil Stephens on bass and tuba, Alvin Stoller and Larry Bunker on drums) records the titles "Me Too", "Show Me The Way To Go Home", "Barney Google", and "Collegiate" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 10:00 AM and 1:00 AM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the sister's album "The Andrews Sisters Sing The Dancing '20s" (T 973).
1958 - The Four Freshmen (Bob Flanigan on lead vocals, bass, and trombone, Don Barbour on vocals and guitar, Ross Barbour on vocals and drums, and Ken Albers on vocals, trumpet, mellophone, and bass), using vocal arrangements by Nelson Riddle, records the title "Indian Summer" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's album "The Four Freshmen In Person" (EAP-1-1008 on 7" EP and T/ST 1008 on 12" LP).
1958 Capitol Records purchases The Hollidays (vocalists Phil Ashby, Charles De Lette, Norman Brooks, Edward Saunders, and Joseph Thornton II) titles "The Wonder Of Love" and "I'm Not Ashamed" from Encino Records and will have subsidiary Prep Records issue both titles together as a single (Prep F136).
1958 - Capitol Records purchases the masters for vocalist Ed Townsend's titles "Over And Over Again" and "For Your Love", both with Gerald Wilson and His Orchestra, from Encino Records and will issue then together as a single (Capitol F3926).
1958, Arranger Johnny Ricards conducts His Orchestra (Al Stewart, Doug Mettome, Burt Collins, Jerry Kail, and Paul Cohen on trumpets, Frank Rehak, Jim Dahl, Jimmy Cleveland, and Eddie Bert on trombone, Al Antonucci on French horn, Jay McAllister on tuba, Gene Quill on alto saxophone, Frank Socolow on tenor saxophone, Billy Slapin on baritone saxophone and piccolo, Shelly Gold on bass saxophone, Hank Jones on piano, Whitey Mitchell on bass, Maurice Marks on drums, and Joe Venuto on percussion) as they record the titles "How Are Things In Glocca Morra?", "Je Vous Adore", "This Time", and "No Moon At All" in New York City, New York. All takes from this session were rejected and will be re-recorded at later sessions.
60 Years Ago Today In 1960 - Capitol Records artist Gene Vincent and Liberty Records artist Eddie Cochran appear together on ITV's pop show "Boy Meet Girl" in England
1961 - Buck Owens (on vocals and guitar) and Rose Maddox (on vocals), with George French Jr. on piano, Donald Eugene Ulrich aka Don Rich on guitar and fiddle, Ralph Eugene Mooney on steel guitar, Allen J. Williams on bass, and Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams on drums, record the titles "Loose Talk""Mental Cruelty" and as yet unissued takes of the titles "Under The Influence Of Love" and "Talk Of The Town" at the Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 4550).
1963 - Vocal group The Kingston Trio (Nick Reynolds, Bob Shane, and John Stewart), with Glen Campbell on guitar and Dean Reilly on bass, record background tracks for the title "Run The Ridges", then the vocal track for the same title, then the band track for the title "Try To Remember" in The Capitol Tower Studios at 1750 Vine Street in Hollywood, California between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM and between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Run The Ridges" on the trio's album "The Kingston Trio #16" (T/ST 1871) and will record a new take of "Try To Remember" on January 28, 1963.
1963 - Freddy Martin conducts His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record a new take of the title "Sophisticated Lady" and the titles "Carrot Top" and "Pokie (Kid Stuff)" using arrangments by Jimmie Haskell, and the titles "Tonight We Love" and "It's Time For Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Sophisticated Lady" on Martin's album "In A Sentimental Mood" (T/ST 1889), "Carrot Top" and "It's Time For Love" together as a single (Capitol 4936), has yet to issue "Pokie (Kid Stuff)", and Showcase Records will issue "Tonight We Love" on the multi-artist three-disc album "Those Swingin' Days Of The Big Bands!" (SH-4405).
1963 - The Gateway Trio (lineup unlisted), with unlisted others, records the titles "red, Red Rosey Bush", "Freedom Bus Leave The Driving To Us", and "Night Herding Son" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records which has yet to issue any of the titles.
1968 - Vocal group The Lettermen (Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Bob Engemann), using arrangements by Perry Botkin, Jr. and Dick Hazard, record the titles "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", "The Way Of The Loved", and "The End Of The World" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records has yet to issue the take of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" recorded at this session and "The Way Of Love" and, after overdubs are recorded on February 2, 1968, "The End Of The World" on the trio's album "Goin' Out Of My Head" (ST 2865).
1968 - Hears And Flowers (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Ode To A Tin Angel" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 2167) and on the group's album "Of Horses, Kids & Forgotten Women" (ST 2868).
1973 - Vocalist Merle Haggard and The Strangers (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)", "If We Make It Through December", and "I'll Break Out Tonight" in Nashville, Tennessee Capitol Records will issue "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)" on Merle Haggard And The Strangers' album "I Love Dixie Blues" (ST-11149) and, after overdubs are recorded for "If We Make It Through December" on August 10, 1973, the final mix of that title and "I'll Break Out Tonight" on Haggard's album "If We Make It Through December" (ST-11276).
45 Years Ago Today In 1975 - Paul McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Capitol Records album "Venus and Mars" at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios
1976 - Final overdubs are recorded for Natalie Cole's tracks "Can We Get Together Again?", "No Plans For The Future", "Mr. Melody", "Hard To Get Along (Without You)", "Good Morning Heartache", "Keep Smiling", "Touch Me", "Not Like Mine", "Sophisticated Lady (She's A Different Lady)", and "Heaven Is With Me" at an unlisted location. Capitol Records will issue the final versions of all tracks on Cole's album "Natalie" (ST-11517).
1978 - Vocalist Helen Reddy, with unlisted others, records the titles "I'd Rather Be Alone" and "Rhythm Rhapsody" at Larrabee Studios in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I'd Rather Be Alone" as a single (Capitol 4555) and on Reddy's album "We'll Sing In The Sunshine" (SW-11759) and has yet to issue "Rhythm Rhapsody".
1978 - The Sylvers (lineup unlisted) record the titles "That's Why I'm Lovin' You", "Forever Yours", and "Come Dance With Me" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records. No issuing information is listed.
40 Years Ago Today In 1980 - Kenny Rogers' Capitol Records album "Kenny" is certified Gold and Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

1937 - Bob Bogle, bass guitarist and lead guitarist with the Dolton Records (a subsidiary of Liberty Records, whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records' parent company EMI Music) group The Ventures, is born Robert Lenard Bogle at his family's home near Wagoner, Oklahoma
1938 - Future Capitol Records artist Benny Goodman, his orchestra, and his quartet, with future Capitol Records artist Martha Tilton supplying vocals, play Carnegie Hall for the first time at the venue's first Jazz and Swing concert. The performance is broadcasted by CBS Radio, transcribed, and later released on album and CD by Columbia Records. Anyone for a 12 plus minute version of "Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing")? Wow! It's my favorite Big Band track.
1957 - The Cavern Club opens under Matthew Street in Liverpool, England.
1972 - Ross Bagdasarian (aka David Seville), actor, songwriter, singer, record producer, creator (and voices) of the Liberty Records group The Chipmunks, dies at age 52 of a heart attack in Beverly Hills, California and is later cremated at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles, California
1976 - The television variety show "Donny and Marie", starring future Capitol Records artists (as solo performers) Donny and Marie Osmond, debuts on ABC-TV
40 Years Ago Today In 1980 - Paul McCartney is jailed in Tokyo, Japan, for possession of a half-pound of marijuana found in his luggage. He will spend ten days in jail before being thrown out of the country by the Japanese authorities, forcing the cancellation of his Japanese tour.
1988 - George Harrison's Dark Horse Records single "Got My Mind Set On You", with "Lay His Head" on the flipside and distributed by Warner Bros. Records in the United States, hits #1 on Billboard's Top 100 Singles chart setting a record for longest span between #1s (23 years and 11 months after The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" hit #1 in February 1964). Harrison's record will be broken the same year by Capitol Records artists The Beach Boys when their Elektra Records single "Kokomo" (from the soundtrack to the motion picture "Cocktail"), with Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" on the flipside, hits #1 on November 5, 1988 (24 years and 6 months after their Capitol Records single "I Get Around" hit #1 in May 1964).
1996 - Former Capitol Records artist Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th show in Las Vegas

1884 - Irving Mills, agent and music publisher (including "Straighten Up And Fly Right"), is born in New York City, New York
1909 - Ethel Merman, Broadway, motion picture, and television actress and singer, is born Ethel Agnes Zimmerman in Astoria, New York
1921 - Charlie Chaplin's motion picture "The Kid", co-starring Jackie Coogan (later known for his role of Uncle Fester on the ABC-TV series "The Addams Family"), opens.

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