Friday, September 19, 2014

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1933 - David McCallum, actor ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", "The Invisible Man", "N.C.I.S.", etc.) and Capitol Records recording artist is born David Keith McCallum in Glasglow, Scotland
80 Years Ago Today In 1934 - Brian Epstein, author, manager of his family's North End Road Music Stores (NEMS) and manager of the EMI/Capitol Records group The Beatles (1962-1967), as well as Gerry and The Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas, The Fourmost, The Big Three, The Silkie, Tommy Quickly, The Cyrkle, The Remo Four, and others, is born Brian Samuel Epstein in Rodney Street, in Liverpool, England
1941 - "Mama" Cass Elliot, motion picture actress (movie version of "H.R. Pufnstuf"), singer (both with the group The Mamas And The Papas and as a solo artist), and a Capitol Records artist (on the soundtrack to “H.R. Pufnstuf”), is born in Balt, Maryland.
1942 - Danny Kalb, guitarist and founder of the Capitol Records recording group (1971-1972) The Blues Project, is born in Mount Vernon, New York
1945- Freda Payne, singer, actress, and Invictus Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records formed by Brian and Eddie Holland) artist, is born Freda Charcelia Payne in Detroit, Michigan. On her birthday in 1970, her single "Band Of Gold" is #1 on the U.K. Pop singles charts.
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Twiggy, supermodel, motion picture actress, judge on television talent show, singer, dancer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Lesley Hornby in the London suburb of Neasden, England
1952 - Nile Rodgers, singer, founding member of the group Chic, member of the group The Honeydrippers, record producer for Capitol Records band Duran Duran and EMI America artist David Bowie, and assisted with the production of Capitol Records band Power Station's self-titled debut album, is born in New York City, New York

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra hosts a special episode of the radio show "Biography in Sound" on the life of Capitol Records artist Stan Kenton, playing several of Kenton’s records and narrating the highlights of Kenton’s career and new approaches on Jazz music
1960 - Stan Kenton and his Orchestra record eight tracks at their first recording session with four mellophonium players (Gene Roland, Joe Burnette, Bill Horan and Tom Wirtel), playing to the charts of Johnny Richards and Gene Roland, at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Some of the tracks are included on the CD of Kenton's Capitol Records album "Cuban Fire!" that was re-issued by Capitol Jazz, a division of Blue Note Records, which is a subsidiary of Capitol Records
1966 - At the first session for The Beach Boys' album "Smile", Brian Wilson records "Our Prayer" also known as just "Prayer" that he intends to be the unlisted intro to the album but not a proper track, at Columbia Studio in Los Angeles, California
35 Years Ago Today In 1979 - Louis Ferdinand Bush (aka Lou Busch and aka Joe "Fingers" Carr), pianist, Capitol Records and Warner Brothers Records A&R executive and producer, head of Capitol Records Transcription service, session pianist for Peggy Lee, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Jo Stafford, one-time husband of Capitol Records artist Margaret Whiting and father of Debbie Whiting, and Capitol Records recording artist under the name Joe "Fingers" Carr, is killed in an auto accident in Camarillo, California at age 69 and is later interred in the Westwood Village Mortuary near UCLA in Westwood, California.
80 Years Ago Today In 1979 - John Simmons, bass player in an early lineup of The King Cole Trio and with Capitol Records artist Illinois Jacquet's band as well as playing on Capitol Records sessions for Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee and Sammy Davis, Jr., dies either in Orange, New York or Los Angeles, California at age 61. If anyone knows for sure which city, please leave a comment.
1982 - The Steve Miller Band's Capitol Records single "Abracadabra", with "Baby Wanna Dance" on the flip side, returns to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 single chart
1986 - Capitol Records releases Megadeth's album "Peace Sells"
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Capitol Records artist Tommy Collins is inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame
2006 - Capitol Records releases Chingy's album "Hoodstar"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
5 Years Ago Today In 2009 - Arthur Ferrante (born Arthur Richard Ferrante), pianist and part of the United Artists recording duo Ferrante and Teicher, has died at age 88 of natural causes early this morning at his home in Longboat Key, Florida according to his manager, Scott W. Smith.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
120 Years Ago Today In 1894 - Willard Robison, singer, bandleader (Willard Robison's Levee Loungers and Willard Robison & The Deep River Boys, The Deep River Orchestra), radio show host, and composer (best known for "A Cottage For Sale" with lyrics by Larry Conley) whose songs were covered by various Capitol Records artists on the album "Willard Robinson's Deep River Music", is born in Shellbina, Missouri
1917 - June Foray, voice actor (Rocket J. Squirrel, Natasha, Witch Hazel, and many others), actress and Capitol Records recording artist on many children's records and comedy records with Stan Freberg and Daws Butler, is born in Springfield, Massachusettes
1941 - Gary Lane, bass player with the Tower Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) group The Standells, is born
1953 - Carl Jackson, vocalist, bluegrass instrumentalist, songwriter, and Capitol Records session player and recording artist, is born in Louisville, Mississippi

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Frank Morgan (born Francis Phillip Wupperman), Broadway, motion picture (best remembered for his five roles in the M-G-M motion picture "The Wizard Of Oz"), and radio actor, and Capitol Records artist (narrator on the Dr. Seuss children's record "Gossamer Wump"), dies in Beverly Hills, California of a heart attack during a break in shooting the M-G-M motion picture "Annie Get Your Gun" and is later buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York
1957 - Lyle Ritz begins recording sessions for his album "How About Uke?" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Help!", with "I'm Down" on the flip side, is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1967 - Merle Haggard records "Sing Me Back Home" which Capitol Records will release as a single on October 23, 1967 with "Good Times" on the flip side
1970 - Jimi Hendrix, guitarist and Capitol Records artist (on the 1970 live album "Band Of Gypsys"), dies in the basement flat of the Samarkand Hotel at 22 Lansdowne Crescent in London, England at age 27 after drinking wine, taking sleeping pills prescribed for his girlfriend Monika Dannemann who was with him and called for an ambulance, then choaking on his own vomit
1981 - Billy Squier's second Capitol Records album, "Don't Say No", is certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
1988 - Dan Seals' Capitol Records single "Addicted", with "Maybe I'm Missing You Now" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Garth Brooks' Liberty Records (later to be renamed Capitol Records Nashville) album "In Pieces" debuts at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums and Country albums charts
1997 - Jimmy Witherspoon, blues, R&B big band and jazz baritone singer and Capitol Records and Blue Note Records artist, dies in his sleep in Los Angeles, California at age 74

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1793 - George Washington lays the cornerstone for the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. which was designed by Dr. William Thornton, a Scottish-trained physician living in the British West Indies. The Capitol building would later become part of Capitol Records' first logo, which will be later simplified to use just the dome and cuppola.
1905 - Eddie Anderson, radio, motion picture, and television actor (best remembered for the role of Rochester Van Jones on the Jack Benny radio and television shows and related movies), who introduced Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole to his future wife Maria Ellington, is born Edmund Lincoln Anderson in Oakland, California
1940 - Frankie Avalon, singer, motion picture actor, and United Artists Records artist (soundtrack of "Muscle Beach Party"), is born Francis Thomas Avallone in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1942 - Future Capitol Records artist Tennessee Ernie Ford married Betty Jean Heminger
1961 - Bobby Vee's Liberty Records single "Take Good Care Of My Baby", with "Bashful Bob" on the flip side, is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - "The Addams Family" debuts on ABC-TV. The character Lurch, played by Ted Cassidy, will release a single with a picture sleeve on Capitol Records called "The Lurch"
1973 - Ringo Starr buys John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Tittenhurst Park manor and immediately makes the in-house studio, re-christened Startling Studios, available for use by other recording artists
1988 - Bobby McFerrin's EMI Manhattan single "Don't Worry Be Happy" (Edit), with "Simple Pleasures" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1927 - The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) begins when it broadcasts the opera "The King’s Henchman" as its first program. 26-year old William S. Paley put the network together by purchasing 16 failing radio stations at a cost between US$250,000 and $450,000.
1932 - Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the H in the Hollywood sign
1943 - Decca Records agrees to pay royalties into an American Federation Of Musicians fund for all records the label will release, thus ending the union-led ban on instrumental recordings for the label. Capitol Records will settle less than a month later on October 8, 1943, but Columbia and RCA/Victor Records will hold out until November 1944, giving Capitol an exclusive on many new recordings that will help make it into one of the top four labels in the United States.
1957 - The Crickets' Brunswick single "That'll Be The Day", with "I'm Looking For Someone To Love" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Singles chart

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
110 Years Ago Today In 1904 - Jerry Colonna, comedian, actor, saxophonist, second banana to Bob Hope on his radio show and during their USO tours, and Capitol Records artist, is born Gerardo Luigi Colonna in Boston, Massachusetts
1950 - Fee Waybill, lead singer of the Capitol Records group The Tubes, is born John Waldo in Omaha, Nebraska

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY!
1955 - Tennessee Ernie Ford records both tracks for the single "You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry", with "Sixteen Tons" as the flip side, at Capitol Records' studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California with arranger Jack Fascinato and producer Lee Gillette. Disc Jockey's would quickly make the flip side the hit after Capitol ships the record on October 17, 1955.
1955 - Capitol Records released "Magic Melody, Part Two". The tune consists only of the last two notes of the musical phrase, “Shave and a haircut, two bits,” making it the shortest tune ever to be released.
1972 - Capitol Records artist, Mark Guerrero with The Mudd Brothers, perform at "the first ever Chicano rock concert" at Cal State L.A. Statium
1990 - Captiol Records releases Poison's single "Something To Believe In" with "Ball And Chain" on the flip side
1996 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Ronnie Milsap's compliation album "Ronnie Milsap Sings His Best Hits For Capitol Records"
1996 - Capitol Records releases the leopard spotted, faux fur covered "Ultra-Lounge Fuzzy Sampler"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1941 - Twenty-one year old Peggy Lee makes her on stage debut as the singer with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra at The Meadowbrook in New Jersey. Both Lee and Goodman would become Capitol Records artists later in the '40s.
1962 - Pianist Duke Ellington, with Charles Mingus on bass and Max Roach on drums, records his United Artists album "Money Jungle" at Sound Makers Studios in New York City with producer Alan Douglas and recording engineer Bill Schwartau. The album will be reissued by Blue Note Records on CD. Capitol Records currently owns the United Artists and Blue Note Records catalogs.
1967 - The first printed "Paul Is Dead" story appears in Tim Harper's article for the Drake Times-Delphic (the student newspaper of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa) titled "Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?"
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - The United States Post Office issues a stamp, illustrated by Robin Shepherd (who started his career painting cels for the movie) and graphic designer Caleb Lawrence, to commemorate the re-issue of The Beatles' animated feature film "Yellow Submarine"

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1923 - Hank Williams, songwriter, guitarist, and singer, is born Hiram King Williams in Georgiana, Alabama

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - At a split session held in New York City, New York first Andy Russell (on vocals), with Paul Weston and his Orchestra, records the tracks "You're Everything To Me" and "The More I Go Out With Somebody Else" then Jo Stafford, again with Paul Weston and His Orchestra, records the track "Promise". Capitol Records will release both of Russell's tracks together as a single (Capitol 310) and Stafford's track as a single (Capitol 317) with "This Time" on the flipside.
1963 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' album "Surfer Girl"
1963 - Capitol Records Canada releases The Beatles' single "She Loves You", with "I'll Get You", on the flipside. In the United States, the single is released by Swan Records.
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Capitol Records artist Donna Loren becomes a featured singer on the ABC Television show "Shindig!" which also premieres on this date. Loren will remain the featured female vocalist for the entire run of the show which ends January 8, 1966
1968 - The Beatles record the track "I Will" for their self-titled album (aka "The White Album") at EMI Studios on Abbey Road, in London, England. They also record a version of "Step Inside Love" (which they wrote for Cilla Black who also recorded it) which will appear on their album "Anthology 3"
1971 - Helen Reddy records an as yet unreleased version of ""New Year's Resolution" and the track "How?" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release "How?" on Reddy's album "No Sad Song" (Capitol ST-857).
1981 - T-Connection (Theophilus Cockley on keyboards and vocals, Kirkwood Cockley on bass and vocals, Tony Flowers on percussion & unlisted others) records the tracks "Might As Well Dance" and "Goombay Time" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release both tracks on the band's album "Pure & Natural" (Capitol ST-12191).

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1963 - Richard Marx, singer, songwriter, record producer and EMI America Records artist, is born Richard Noel Marx in Winnetka, Illinois. Capitol Records currently owns the EMI America library.
2003 - Virgin Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, releases A Perfect Circle's album "Thirteenth Step"

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1965 - "The Dean Martin Show" premieres in a Thursday 10:00 pm time slot on the NBC television network
1977 - Marc Bolan, lead singer of the band T-Rex, is killed at age 29 early in the morning in auto accident on a tight curve in Barnes Common in London, England when his common law wife, mother of his son Rolan Seymour Bolan, and former Tower Records artist ("Tainted Love"), Gloria Jones, looses control of the car she's driving and hits a tree. Jones survives and arrives home the next day to find her home vandalized by Bolan's fans looking for souvenirs. Capitol Records will send a flower arrangement shaped like a large white swan to Bolan's funeral.

Monday, September 15, 2014

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1928 - Cannonball Adderley, alto saxophonist, bandleader, and Capitol Records artist, is born Julian Adderley in Tampa, Florida

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1961 - During two sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California The Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus Band, conducted by Merle Evans, records the tracks "March Of The Spanish Soldiery", "World Events", "The Cantonians March", "March Ponderoso", "Colossus Of Columbia March" at the first session and "The Circus Bee March", "The "Crimson Flush March" and a medley of "The Crimson Petal" and "The bastinado Galop" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the album "Circus Parade" (Capitol FBF-313)
1962 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Ramblin' Rose", with "The Good Times" on the flipside, peaks at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.
1973 - Helen Reddy's Capitol Records single "Delta Dawn", with "If We Could Could Still Be Friends" on the flipside, peaks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
2005 - Michael Sidney Luft, third husband (1952-1964) Judy Garland, father of her children Joey and Lorna Luft, and Garland's manager during her early years with Capitol Records, dies at age 89 in Santa Monica, California after a heart attack.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
115 Years Ago Today In 1899 - Francis Barraud's painting "His Master's Voice" is purchased by The Gramophone Company Ltd. (which will become EMI). The picture is first used the following year on the Company's Record Supplement for January 1900 and becomes the company's official logo through out the world except for the United States. In the United States Victor Recording Company acquires the rights to use the image as their logo and  eventually becomes the logo for the Radio Corporation of America after it acquires Victor.
1955 - Frank Sinatra introduces the song "Love And Marriage" on the NBC television production of "Our Town" as well as acting in the special. Sinatra will later record the song (specially written by Sammy Cahn and his new partner James Van Heusen), for release on Capitol Records.
1961 - The Pendletones (later to become The Beach Boys) record the tracks "Lavender", "Luau" and "Surfin'" at their first recording session. It's held in Hite Morgan's living room studio. Check out the liner notes for "Lost & Found" for more information about the session.
1975 - Pink Floyd's album "Wish You Were Here" is released by Harvest Records, a division of EMI, in the UK and on Columbia Records in the United States. Capitol Records currently releases all the Pink Floyd albums, and released a 25th anniversary CD edition of "Wish You Were Here" on April 25, 2000.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

SEPTEMBER 14, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - John Berry, singer and Capitol Records Nashville artist (1992-1998) is born in Aiken, South Carolina
1970 - Craig Montoya, bass player with the band Red Spector and the Capitol Records band Everclear (1992-2003), is born Craig Aloysius Montoya in Spokane, Washington

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1962 - Bunny Brunel, Mike Stern, Billy Childs, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Chic Corea begin sessions for their "Dedication" album at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1963 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Surfer Girl", with "Little Deuce Coupe" on the flipside, peaks at #7 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1968 - The Beatles' Apple Records single "Hey Jude", with "Revolution" on the flipside and distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, debuts on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1970 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "Rainy Night In Georgia" with "Let The Lovelight In Your Eyes Lead Me On" on the flip side
1992 - Capitol Records releases Blind Melon's self-titled debut album and the compilation album "Christmas On The Range: Cowboy Classics From Capitol Records"
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' remastered soundtrack album "Yellow Submarine" in the United States, one day after EMI had released it in the rest of the world.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Bill Britten begins playing Bozo and a number of other characters on "The Bozo Show" on WPIX Channel 11 in New York City. He'll stay with the show until April 1964. Capitol Records' VP of Children's Records, Alan Livingston, created Bozo in 1946.
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Capitol Jazz, a subsidiary of Blue Note Records, releases The Benny Goodman Trio's compilation album "The Complete Capitol Trios" on CD. Blue Note Records is owned by Capitol Records.
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Blue Note Records releases the 2 CD RVG edition of Sonny Rollins' album "A Night At The Village Vanguard". Blue Note's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1916 - Dick Haymes, singer, radio and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (1955-1957), is born Richard Benjamin Haymes in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1925 - Mel Tormé, singer, songwriter, drummer, motion picture and television actor, and Capitol Records artist (1949-1952), is born Melvin Howard Torme in Chicago, Illinois
1961 - Dave Mustaine, guitarist, singer, songwriter, member of the band Metallica and the Capitol Records band (1986-2000) Megadeth, is born David Scott Mustaine in La Mesa, California
1967 - Stephen Perkins, drummer for the bands Porno For Pyros, Banyan, Infectious Grooves, Hellride, and the Capitol Records bands Jane's Addiction and The Panic Channel, is born Stephen Andrew Perkins in Los Angeles, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1944 - Jo Stafford, with Paul Weston and His Orchestra, records the titles "Out Of This World", "Conversations While Dancing" with additional vocals by Johnny Mercer, and "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" with additional vocals by The Pied Pipers in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Out Of This World" as a single (Capitol 191) with "There's No You" (recorded December 13, 1944) on the flipside, "Conversation While Dancing" as a single (Capitol 195) with "On The Atchison,Topeka And Santa Fe" (recorded December 13, 1944) on the flipside, and "On The Sunny Side Of The Street" as a single (Capitol 199) with "A Friend Of Yours" (recorded April 2, 1945) on the flipside.
1948 - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis overdub their vocals on band tracks recorded by The Mario Ruiz Armengol Orchestra on September 9, 1948 for the titles "The Money Song" and "That Certain Party" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the two songs together as the duo's first single for the label (Capitol 15249).
1965 - Nancy Wilson, with arranger Sid Feller conducting the orchestra, records the track "I'll Only Miss Him When I Think of Him"
1968 - The Common People (Joel "Denny" Robinett, his brother Gerald Robinett on drums, William Fausto on keyboards, John Bartley III on guitar, and Michael McCarthy on bass) record the titles "Sing It Away", "I Have Been Alone", "Land Of A Day", and a rejected take of "Feeling" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "I Have Been Alone" and "Land Of A Day" on the group's album "Of The People/By The People/For The People" (ST-266). "Sing It Away" has yet to be issued.
Here's a great article about the history of the band.
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at a rock 'n' roll revival concert at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, backed by Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann and Alan White. It is the first time Lennon has given a rock performance on stage without Paul McCartney or the rest of The Beatles since 1957.
1977 - Leopold Stokowsky, conductor and Capitol Records artist, dies in his sleep at age 95 in his house in Nether Wallop, Hampshire, England
1991 - Vern Yocum, copyist, librarian, orchestrator and woodwind player, brother of Clark Yocum of the Capitol Records recording group The Pied Pipers, co-founder of The Musician’s Guild, founder of Hollywood’s top music preparation office which did work for hundreds of performers from the radio, television, film, and recording industries including Capitol Records artists and arrangers Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Peggy Lee, Keely Smith, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Alex Stordahl, Gordon Jenkins, Billy May, Frank Duval, George Cates, Don Costa, and André Previn, dies of bladder cancer at age 82
2005 - Capitol Records releases The Dandy Warhol's album "Odditorium or Warlords of Mars"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1965 - Zack Starkey, son of Capitol Records artist Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen, is born
2005 - Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, releases David Axelrod's compilation album "The Edge - David Axelrod at Capitol Records 1966-1970"
2005 - EMI Classics, a division of Capitol Records, releases the compilation of recordings of compositions by Fritz Kreisler entitled "Kreisler: Original Compositions & Arrangements".

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1996 - Tupac Shakur, singer, songwriter, poet, and actor, dies at age 25 of respiratory failure and cardiac arrest at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada six days after being shot four times by an unknown drive-by shooter also in Las Vegas

Friday, September 12, 2014

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
90 Years Ago Today In 1924 - Ella Mae Morse, singer with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Freddie Slack and His Orchestra, and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born in Mansfield, Texas
1952 - Gerry Beckley, lead and backing singer, keyboardist, guitarist, bass guitarist, and harmonica player all for the Capitol Records group (1975-1985) America, is born in Fort Worth, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1960 - Capitol Records artist Tommy Sands weds Nancy Sinatra, Jr., daughter of Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra
1960 - Capitol Records releases The Kingston Trio's single "Everglades" with "This Mornin', This Evenin', So Soon"
1961 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "A Million Dreams Ago" and "I'll Remember April" with arranger Axel Stordahl conducting the orchestra, in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for Sinatra's last Capitol Records album "Point Of No Return". This will be the last of Sinatra's sessions for Capitol Records before he leaves to start Reprise Records.
1963 - The Beatles record "Don't Bother Me" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England with producer George Martin. This is their first time recording a song written by George Harrison as EMI artists.
1965 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "Yesterday" with "Act Naturally" on the flip side
1966 - The Beatles Capitol Records single "Yellow Submarine", with "Eleanor Rigby" on the flip side, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1972 - William Boyd (born William Lawrence Boyd), motion picture and television actor (best remembered for his on going roll as Hopalong Cassidy) and Capitol Records artist (the Hopalong  Cassidy series of Childrens records), dies at age 77 in Laguna Beach, California and is later buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California
1993 - Garth Brooks' Liberty Records (later renamed Capitol Records Nashville) single "Ain't Going Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)", with "Kickin' And Screamin'" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts.
2000 - Capitol Records releases Amy Correia's album "Carnival Love" with Blind Melon's guitarist Christopher Thorn and bass player Brad Smith playing with her.
10 Years Ago Today In 2004 - Keith Urban's Capitol Records Nashville single "Days Go By", released on a CD-Single with another version of the song on the flip side, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
2006 - Capitol Records releases Bob Seger's first studio album in 11 years, "Face The Promise", as both a standard CD and a limited edition CD/DVD package. Capitol has also scheduled releases for today of a Dean Martin compilation "Christmas With Dino", David Gray's album "Sell, Sell, Sell", The Proclaimers' album "Sunshine on Leith" and Talk Talk's album "Spirit of Eden".
2006 - Capitol Records Nashville and EMI Music Catalog Marketing release Merle Haggard's compilation album "Hag: The Best Of Merle Haggard" with liner notes by Capitol Records producer Ken Nelson

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1961 - Bobby Vee's Liberty Records single "Take Good Care Of My Baby", with "Bashful Bob" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Liberty's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1970 - "Josie And The Pussycats" debuts on CBS-TV. Capitol Records releases a soundtrack album featuring vocals by Cheryl Ladd.
1977 - James Louis McCartney, son of Capitol Records artists Paul and Linda McCartney, is born
2000 - EMI Classics releases Plácido Domingo's album "Songs Of Love". EMI Classics is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
2006 - Virgin Records releases Daz Dillinger's album "So So Gangsta" in both an Edited and a Parental Advisory version. Virgin Records is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1866 - "The Black Crook", a four-act performance, becomes the first burlesque show to open in New York City and will run for 475 performances making $1.3 million for its producers (about US$16.5 to $33 million in 2007 dollars with inflation depending on which calculator you use - believe it or not, some years actually have negative inflation!)
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - "Bonanza" premieres on NBC-TV becoming the first regularly-scheduled TV program broadcast in color. The series was green-lighted by Alan Livingston, former VP of Childrens records and VP A&R at Capitol Records and the company's future president and Chairman of the Board. The series' theme song was written by Livingston's brother Jay Livingston with writing partner Ray Evans.
1966 - "The Monkees" premieres on NBC-TV
2003 - Johnny Cash, singer, songwriter, guitarist, dies at age 71 at at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in respiratory failure.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1940 - Bernie Dwyer, drummer with the Tower Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) group Freddie And The Dreamers, is born in Manchester, England
1945 - Leo Kottke, guitarist and Capitol Records artist(1971-1975), is born in Athens, Georgia
1977 - Jonny Buckland, guitarist with the Capitol Records group Coldplay, is born in London, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Cootie Williams and His Orchestra (Cootie Williams on trumpet; Bob Merrill on trumpet and vocals; E. V. Perry, Otis Gamble, Clarence "Gene" Redd, and Billy Ford on trumpet; Ed Burke, Edward Johnson, and Julius "Hawkshaw" Watson on trombone; Rupert Cole and Daniel Williams on alto saxohone; Chuck Clarke and Edwin Johnson on tenor saxophone; Bob Ashton on baritone saxophone; Arnold Jarvis on piano; Norman Keenan on bass; and Butch Ballard on drums) record the tracks "Rhapsody In Bass", "Ain't Got No Blues Today" (with vocals by Merrill), and "Bring 'Em Down Front" (with vocals by Merrill), at WMCA Studios in New York City
1958 - Frank Sinatra, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Pete Candoli, Conrad Gozzo, Mickey Mangano, and Cappy Lewis on trumpet, Tommy Pederson and Dick Noel on trombone, Juan Tizol on valve trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Willie Schwartz, Bill Green, Champ Webb, Joe Koch, and Harry Klee on saxophones and woodwinds, Bill Miller on piano, Al Viola on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Alvin Stoller on drums, Kathryn Julye on harp, Jimmy Joyce, Bill Stafford, Charles Parlato, Thomas Kenny, Betty Joyce, Vangie Carmichael, Jackie Noyes, and Hillard Street as a vocal chorus-1) and a string section with Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harold Dicterow, David Frisina, Ben Gill, Murray Kellner, Lisa Minghetti, Endice Shapiro, Felix Slatkin, and Marshall Sosson on violin, Stanley Harris and David Sterkin on viola, Victor Gottblieb, Elizabeth Greenschpoon, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello), records the titles "Mr. Success", "Sleep Warm", "The Way I Love You",  "Where Or When", and "Who's In Your Arms Tonight?" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 9:45 PM and 12:15 AM. Capitol Records will issue "Mr. Success" and "Sleep Warm" together as a single (Capitol F4070) and "Where Or When" on the CD version of Sinatra's album "Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely" (7-48471-2). "The Way I Love You" and "Who's In Your Arms Tonight?"  have yet to be released.
1961 - Frank Sinatra, with arranger and conductor Axel Stordahl, records the track "I'll See You Again" on the first day of sessions for his last Capitol Records album "Point Of No Return" in Studio A of The Capitol Tower Studios
1961 - Capitol Records releases The Kingston Trio's album "Close Up" which is their first album with John Stewart as a member
1962 - The Beatles re-record "Love Me Do" with Andy White on drums instead of Ringo Starr. This version will be used on all album releases and in all other territories except England on the single releases.
1963 - The Beatles record the track "All I've Got To Do"
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records album "HELP!" is #1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart and will stay on top for nine weeks and their Capitol Records single "HELP!", with "I'm Down" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1967 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "Hand-Me-Down Things" with "The Road" on the flip side
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - Leon Payne, guitarist, songwriter (best known for "Lost Highway" and "I Love You Because"), member of the group Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, and a Capitol Records solo artist, dies in San Antonio, Texas at age 52
1987 - Peter Tosh (born Winston Hubert McIntosh), singer, songwriter, member of the band The Wailers, and Capitol Records solo recording artist, along with musician and herbalist Wilton "Doc" Brown and popular Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation DJ Jeff "Free-I" Dixon, are shot in Tosh's home in Kingston, Jamaica by three men demanding money. Brown is killed instantly and Tosh and Dixon will later be pronounced dead at University Hospital in Kingston. Tosh was 43 years old.
2007 - Former Capitol Records artist Brian Wilson is announced to be one of the five honorees of the Kennedy Center Honors to be held December 2, 2007 in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will be broadcast by CBS-TV on December 26, 2006. The other honorees are comedian Steve Martin, motion picture director and film preservationist Martin Scorsese, singer Diana Ross and pianist Leon Fleisher.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1957 - John Moss, with the Virgin Records group Culture Club, is born
1966 - Gregory Kane, keyboardist with the Circa Records (a division of Virgin Records) band Hue And Cry (and, with his brother and bandmate Pat Kane has also performed or recorded with Madonna, U2, Simply Red, James Brown, The Brecker Brothers, The Average White Band, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente), is born in Coatbridge, Scotland
1967 - The Beatles begin filming their BBC Television musical "Magical Mystery Tour" as the cast and crew board the coach and begin travelling around the UK. Capitol Records will release the soundtrack album in the United States.
1998 - Stella Ritter, granddaughter of Capitol Records artist Tex Ritter and daughter of actors John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck, is born
2003 - John Ritter, television and motion picture actor, and son of Capitol Records artist Tex Ritter, dies at age 54 (exactly one week before his 55th birthday) from an aortic dissection caused by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect, after being rushed to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center (the same hospital where he was born) in Burbank, California when he became seriously ill during rehearsals on the set of his television series "8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter". Ritter is latter interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1950 - The first photo-typesetting machine is put on public display at the Sixth Educational Graphic Arts Exposition, in Chicao, Illinois. It is the Intertype Fotosetter Photogtaphic Line Composing Machine which is manufactured by the Intertype Corporation of Brooklyn, New York
1972 - Max Fleischer, animator, animation developer, director and producer, and studio founder with brothers Dave and Richard (Fleisher Studios which innovated using the rotoscope process for animation, created the first sound cartoon in 1924 using the Lee DeForest sound-on-film synchronization process, created the characters Betty Boop and Koko the Clown, created the "follow the bouncing ball" sing along cartoons series, and set the standard for animation with shorts based on the Popeye and Superman characters before selling the studios to Paramount Pictures in 1942), dies at age 89 in Woodland Hills, California
1981 - The HBO special "The Pee-Wee Herman Show" airs for the first time
2001 - 9/11
Calls went out early in the morning to Capitol's employees not to come into the office that day. I was woken up by a call from Wendy Dougan and couldn't believe what I had heard. The rest of the day was spent just watching the news unfold. The Tower did re-open the next day but soon there was a bomb scare at around noon that sent all the employees out of the building and in to the newly re-developed far rear parking lot. If anything had happened to the building it would have been a great view  but we probably would all have been killed flying pieces of The Tower. After a few hours we were let back into the building. After that day, security was tightened to the point where tourists could no longer enter The Tower to look at the gold records lining the walls of the lobby. This policy is still in effect to this today.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1922 (Or Maybe Today In 1927) - Yma Sumac, singer with 5 octave range, Broadway performer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo in Ichocán, Peru. If anyone knows for sure which year she was born in, please leave a comment.
1961 - O'Bryan, singer, dancer, songwriter (created the theme song for the television show "Soul Train" used in the 1980s), record producer, and Capitol Records artist (1982-1986), is born McCoy Burnette, Jr. at Pender County Memorial Hospital in Burgaw, North Carolina

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1947 - Tex Williams' Capitol Records single "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette), with "Roundup Polka" on the flipside, is tied for #2 on the U.S. charts with another version of the song recorded by Phil Harris for RCA Records with "Crawdad Song" on the flipside. Also Red Ingle And His Natural Seven with guest vocalist Cinderella G. Stump (aka Jo Stafford)'s Capitol Records single "Tim-Tay-Shun", with "For Seventy Mental Reasons" on the flipside is at #5
1955 - The Louvin Brothers' Capitol Records single "When I Stopped Dreaming", with "Pitfall" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Country singles charts
1962 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "How Great Thou Art" with "Eternal Life (The Prayer of St. Francis)" on the flip side
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Revolver" knocks their Capitol Records album "Yesterday & Today" out of the #1 album spot on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart
35 Years Ago Today In 1979 - Triumvirant begins recording its Capitol Records album "Russian Roulette"
1990 - Capitol Records releases Megadeth's album "Rust In Peace"
1991 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Garth Brooks' third album "Ropin' The Wind" It is the first country album to carry a $10.98 suggested retail price.
1991 - Capitol Records releases the compilation album "Christmas Kisses"
1998 - Grand Royal and Capitol Records group The Beastie Boys are presented with the Video Vanguard Award at the 15th annual MTV Video Music Awards.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1939 - Cynthia Lennon, artist, mother of John Charles Julian Lennon and first wife of John Lennon, is born Cynthia Lillian Powell in Blackpool, Lancashire, England
1940 - Roy "Daddy Bug" Ayers, vibraphonist with the bands of Curtis Amy, Jack Wilson and the Pacific Jazz group The Gerald Wilson Orchestra, is born Roy E. Ayers Jr. in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group, currently owns the Pacific Jazz catalog.
1947 - Tenor saxophonist Illinois Jaquet (with Russell Jacquet and Joe Newman on trumpet, J.J. Johnson on trombone, Leo Parker on baritone saxophone, Sir Charles Thompson on piano, John Collins on guitar, Al Lucas on bass, and Shadow Wilson on drums) records the tracks "Goofin' Off", "Riffin' With Jacquet", "Don't Push Daddy", two takes of "Sahara Heat", and "It's Wild" for Aladdin Records. Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group, currently owns the Aladdin catalog.
65 Years AGo Today In 1949 - Barriemore Barlow, percussionist and drummer with the band The Blades, the Chrysalis Records group Jethro Tull, and founder of the band Tandoori Cassette, is born Barry Barlow in Birmingham, England. Chrysalis' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1957 - Carol Decker, lead singer with the Virgin Records group T'Pau and a solo artist, is born in London, England. I designed the packaging for the 12" promo for their first U.S. single release "Heart And Soul" using an idea from Virgin Record America's co-president Jeff Ayeroff, and revised the original UK packaging of their self-titled debut album for release on vinyl, cassette and CD in the United States by the label. I attended their performance at The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, catching Carol's eye. When I went upstairs to their dressing rooms afterwords she was kind of surprised and happy to see me, but that faded pretty quickly when she found out I worked for their label. Virgin's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Talulah Pine LeBon, daughter of Simon LeBon (singer with the Capitol Records group Duran Duran) and his wife Yasmin Parvenah LeBon, is born

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1908 - Raymond Scott, pianist, bandleader, radio and television performer and music director, electronic music innovator, and composer (whose works were adapted by Carl Stalling for use in many of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes animated shorts), is born Harry Warnow in Brooklyn, New York

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
85 Years Ago Today In 1929 - Stu Phillips, television and motion picture score composer, record producer, and creator, producer and conductor of the Capitol Records group The Hollyridge Strings, is born. Thanks to Stu for the corrections and he has a great website at http://www.stuwho.com/ with accurate information, unlike many of the reference sites' listings for him.
1942 - Artie Kornfield, songwriter ("Dead Man's Curve"), co-organizer and co-producer of the 1969 Woodstock Art Fair and Music Festival, and who, at age 21, became Capitol Records youngest Vice President, is born Arthur Lawerence Kornfeld in Brooklyn, New York
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Billy Preston, singer, pianist, keyboards player, motion picture actor (as a child in "S. Louis Blues" as the young W.C. Handy which was played as an adult by Nat "King" Cole, who had young Billy on his television show to perform a duet, and later he was in the 1978 motion picture "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"), and Apple and Capitol Records solo artist and session player with The Beatles as a group and as solo performers, is born William Everett Preston in Houston, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - The Four Freshmen begin three straight days of sessions for their Capitol Records album "Voices And Brass" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Arranger Johnny Richards (with musicians Bob McCoy, Jerry Kail, and Ray Copeland on trumpets; Burt Collins on trumpet and flugelhorn; Jiggs Whigham, Bill Watrous, and Tom McIntosh on trombones; Ray Starling on mellophonium; Jay McAllister on tuba; Jerry Dodgion on alto saxophone; Frank Perowsky on tenor saxophone; Joel Kaye on baritone saxophone and piccolo; Shelly Russell on bass saxophone; Johnny Knapp on piano; Chet Amsterdam on bass; Ronnie Bedford on drums; and Warren Smith on percussion), records the tracks "Get Me To The Church On Time", "On The Street Where You Live", "I Could Have Danced All Night", "Wouldn't It Be Loverly", "Show Me", "The Rain In Spain", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", and "With A Little Bit Of Luck" for his Roulette Records album "My Fair Lady - My Way" with producers Hugo & Luigi, and recording engineer Bob Arnold, at Capitol Records' New York City studios. Capitol Records currently owns the Roulette catalog.
1968 - Capitol Records, in a press release with today's date, states that The Beatles' single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" has sold nearly 5 million copies in the United States, making it the best selling single of the 1960s. This was before the R.I.A.A. created the Platinum Single award.
 1968 - Capitol Records artists Buck Owens and The Buckaroos play at The White House for President Johnson
1971 - Apple Records, with distribution by Capitol Records in the United States, releases John Lennon's album "Imagine"
1973 - Helen Reddy's Capitol Records single "Delta Dawn", with "If We Could Still Be Friends" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1978 - A Taste of Honey's Capitol Records single "Boogie Oogie Oogie", with "World Spin" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart and will eventually sell more than 2 million copies, becoming Capitol's first Platinum single
35 Years Ago Today In 1979 - Norrie Paramor, pianist, record producer (26 number #1 hits on the U.K. singles charts), composer, arranger, orchestral conductor, motion picture and radio actor, recording director for EMI's Columbia Records (where he produced hit singles for Cliff Richards, The Shadows, and Frank Ifield among others), and recorded one of the biggest selling albums in Capitol Records' "Capitol of the World" import series - "In London in Love" (which featured soprano Patricia Clark), dies of cancer at age 65.
1988 - Garth Brooks' debut Capitol Records Nashville single "If Tomorrow Never Comes", with "The Dance" on the flipside, debuts on Billboard's Country Singles chart
1990 - Wilson Phillips' SBK Records single (distributed by Capitol Records) "Release Me", with "Eyes Like Twins" on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1993 - Helen O'Connell, singer (with Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra), dancer, actress, wife of Capitol Records artist and arranger Frank DeVol, and a Capitol Records solo artist, dies at age 73 in San Diego, California
2001 - VH1 premieres the documentary "Behind The Music: Blind Melon" about the Capitol Records group
2003 - Capitol Records group Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin delivers the "Big Noise" petition calling for fairer trade policies to the World Trade Organization (WTO) at it's meeting in Cancun, Mexico
10 Years Ago Today In 2004 - Capitol Records Nashville artists The Jenkins perform at a special gathering of Capitol Hill VIPs and members of Congress in Washington D.C. put together by the MUSIC Coalition (Music United for Stong Internet Copyright) to celebrate digital music done legally.
5 Years Ago Today In 2009 - The remastered stereo and mono versions of The Beatles' studio albums and "Past Masters" album are released as well as The Beatles' Rock Band game.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1942 - Inez Foxx, singer and member of the United Artists Records duo Charlie (her brother) and Inez Foxx (best remembered for the single "Mockingbird" with "Hurt By Love" on the flipside), is born in Greensboro, North Carolina
1956 - The Rock And Roll Trio (Johnny Burnett on vocals and acoustic guitar, Dorsey Burnette on bass guitar, Paul Burlison on lead guitar and newly added drumer and cousin of Carl Perkins, Tony Austin) appear as finalists on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour at Madison Square Garden.
1956 - The Goons' (Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe) Decca U.K. (distributed by Capitol's parent company EMI in the U.K.) single "Ying Tong Song", with "Bloodnok's Rock n' Roll Call" on the flipside, enters the UK singles chart at #9
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer appears on NBC-TV's "Kraft Music Hall"
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Arranger and conductor Johnny Richards (with Bob McCoy, Jerry Kail, and Ray Copeland on trumpets; Burt Collins on trumpet and flugelhorn; Jiggs Whigham, Bill Watrous, and Tom McIntosh on trombones; Ray Starling on mellophonium; Jay McAllister on tuba; Jerry Dodgion on alto saxophone; Frank Perowsky on tenor saxophone; Joel Kaye on baritone saxophone and piccolo; Shelly Russell on bass saxophone; Johnny Knapp on piano; Chet Amsterdam on bass; Ronnie Bedford on drums; and Warren Smith on percussion) record the tracks "Get Me To The Church On Time", "On The Street Where You Live", "I Could Have Danced All Night", "Wouldn't It Be Loverly", "Show Me", "The Rain In Spain", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", and "With A Little Bit Of Luck" at Capitol Records' New York City recording studio with producers Hugo and Luigi and recording engineer Bob Arnold. Roulette Records will release the tracks on Richards' album "My Fair Lady - My Way"
1966 - Greg Kane, keyboardist with the Circa Records (a division of Virgin Records) group Hue And Cry, is born in Coatbridge, Scotland. While a designer at Virgin Records America, I adapted the group's UK packaging for U.S. release on Virgin Records America, as well as designing promo items and advertising.
1972 - Over three sets, drummer Elvin Jones (with David Liebman on flute, soprano saxophone and tenor saxophone; Steve Grossman on saxophone and tenor saxophone; and Gene Perla on bass) records the tracks (Set No. 1) "Brite Piece", "New Breed", "Sambra", "My Ship", "Taurus People", (Set No. 2) "Fancy Free", "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Sweet Mama", "The Children, Save The Children", (Set No.3), "The Children's Merry-Go-Round March", "Small One", "P.P. Phoneix", and "For All The Other Times" live at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California with producer George Butler and recording engineer Dino Lapas. The tracks will appear on the Blue Note Records albums "Live At The Lighthouse, Volume One" and "Live At The Lightouse, Volume Two". Blue Note's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.
1995 - Chynna Phillips, member of the former SBK Records group Wilson Phillips, marries actor William Baldwin. Phillips' former Wilson Phillips partners, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, are also present at the ceremony.
2002 - Former Capitol Records artist Anne Murray is inducted into the Canadian Country Music Artists Hall Of Fame at the 2002 Canadian Country Music Artists Awards ceremony held in Calgary, Canada

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
175 Years Ago Today In 1839 - Astronomer John Herschel takes the first glass plate photograph and would go on to coin the terms "photography", "negative", and "positive", and discover sodium thiosulphite as a fixer of silver halides
115 Years Ago Today In 1894 - Arthur Freed, vaudevillian, Broadway and motion picture composer (best known for "Singing In The Rain"), associate motion picture producer ("The Wizard Of Oz"), and motion picture producer (had his own "unit" at M-G-M which created "Singing In The Rain", "An American In Paris", "Gigi", and many more), is born in Charleston, South Carolina.
1956 - Elvis Presley appears on CBS-TV's "Toast of the Town" (with actor and future Capitol Records artist Charles Laughton filling in for the show's normal host, the ailing Ed Sullivan), for the first time and 54,000,000 viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S. television audience) tune in to watch Presley sing "Don’t Be Cruel" and "Ready Teddy"
1958 - The first stereo two-channel records are issued, by Audio Fidelity in the United States and Pye in Britain, using the Westrex "45/45" single-groove system

Monday, September 08, 2014

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1958 - Michael Lardie, guitarist, singer, arranger, keyboardist, producer, recording engineer, and member the Capitol Records group Great White, is born in Anchorage, Alaska

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1953 - Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tommy Collins (with Buck Owens and Ferlin Husky on lead guitar, Lewis Tally on rhythm guitar, Fuzzy Owen on bass, and Bill Woods on fiddle), at his second Capitol Records recording session, waxes his self-penned tracks "Boob-I-Lak", "You Better Not Do That", "I Always Get A Souvenir" and "High On A Hill Top" with producer Ken Nelson at The Capitol Recording Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. "You Better Not Do That", with "High On A Hill Top" on the flipside, will be Collins' second single released by Capitol (January 1954), peak at #2 on the U.S. Country singles charts, and become Collins' first hit.
1958 - Capitol Records, after many requests by disc jockeys, releases The Kingston Trio's single "Tom Dooley" with "Ruby Red" on the flipside.
1961 - Dean Martin (on vocals) with Gus Levene conducting the orchestra (Ken Lane on piano, Carl Fortina on accordion, Bob Bain, Al Hendrickson, and Allan Reuss on guitar, Murray Shapinsky on bass, Nick Fatool and Lou Singer on drums, Ann Mason Stockton on harp and a string section comprised of Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Kurt Dieterle, Jacques Gasselin, James Getzoff, Benny Gill, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Mischa Russell, and Harry Zagon on violin, Joseph DiFiore, Louis Kievman, Virginia Majewski, and Paul Robyn on viola, Justin DiTullio, Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, and Ray Kramer on cello), records the tracks "Take Me In Your Arms (Torna A Surriento)", My Heart Reminds Me", and "Vieni Su (Say You Love Me Too)" between 8 and 11pm at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will release all the tracks on Martin's album "Dino (Italian Love Songs)" (Capitol T 1659).
1966 - Wayne Newton (on vocals), with Perry Botkin, Jr. conducting his own arrangements to an uncredited orchestra, records the tracks "Half A World Away", "To Each His Own", "It's Only The Good Times", "Games That Lovers Play", and "You've Let Yourself Go" at The Capitol Records Tower  Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Newton's album "It's Only The Good Times" (T 2635).
1967 - The Beatles record the track "Flying" (under the working title "Aerial Tour Instrumental")in Studio Three, at EMI Studios, in London, England for their television musical "Magical Mystery Tour". This is The Beatles' first instrumental track since "Cry For A Shadow", which  they'd recorded in Hamburg for Polydor in 1961. It was also the first song credited to all four Beatles: Harrison-Lennon-McCartney-Starkey.
1970 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens and Susan Raye's album "The Great White Horse"
1977 - Mary Ford (born Iris Colleen Summers), guitarist, singer, one time wife of Les Paul with whom she was a Capitol Records duo group, dies at age 49
1977 - Zero Mostel (born born Samuel Joel Mostel), comedian, Broadway and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (the soundtrack to "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum") dies at age 62
1992 - Capitol Records releases the compilation album "The Best Of James Bond 30th Anniversary Limited Edition" on CD and cassette
1998 - Paul Westerburg's album "Self Defense" was scheduled to be released but was delayed until January 1999, possibly due to Gary Gersh's exit as president of Capitol Records
1998 - Capitol Records releases a remastered CD containing both of Frank Sinatra's first 10" Capitol albums, "Songs for Young Lovers" and "Swing Easy", both of which featured the arrangements of Nelson Riddle

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1925 - Peter Sellers, comedian, radio and motion picture actor, and EMI recording artist, is born Richard Henry Sellers in Southsea, Hampshire, England
1935 - The Hoboken Four, featuring future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra as lead singer, appear and win the competition on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" on WOR Radio, broadcast from The Capitol Theatre in New York City, New York
1967 - Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, with Woody Shaw on trumpet, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Lamont Johnson on piano Scotty Holt on bass, and Rashied Ali on drums, records the tracks "Conversion Point", "Erdu", and "Soul" for his Blue Note Records album "'Bout Soul" with producer Franciss Wolff and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1982 - Kenny Rogers' United Artists single "Love Will Turn You Around", with "I Want A Son" on the flip side, hits #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1987 - Columbia Records releases Pink Floyd's album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" in the United States. Capitol Records currently re-issues the album along with the rest of Pink Floyd's Columbia releases which in the UK are released by EMI.
1988 - The Hard Rock Cafe purchases the original bus used in The Beatles television musical "Magical Mystery Tour", which they'll refurbish and tour around the United States at various Hard Rock Cafes and eventually give away for the restaurant's 30th anniversary in 2001
1991 - Paula Abdul's Virgin Records America single "The Promise Of A New Day" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Virgin Records is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's  parent company.
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - To promote Apple/EMI's September 14 release of The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" album, a Eurostar cross-Channel train custom-designed with artwork from the animated film leaves London's Waterloo Station at 11:57 a.m. GMT for Paris.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1922 - Sid Caesar, comedian, motion picture and television actor, is born Isaac Sidney Caesar in Yonkers, New York. I designed the logo and did the packaging for Caesar's 1984 Media Home Entertainment exercise video "Shape Up!" (made for people who don't always have access to a gym, Caesar showed how to use available items to get a good workout). I designed and handled getting t-shirts made for the photo shoot. I went to the photo shoot and found out that the photographer was the nephew of Howard Morris, one of Caesar's co-stars on "Your Show Of Shows". Mr. Caesar was very professional, and once the cover concept was explained to him, really got into it, making it a great experience. The only scary part was that he ripped the sleeves of the t-shirts to show off his biceps and I only had maybe 6 shirts made on different styles of t-shirts, so I hoping that the one he picked worked because we didn't have another just like it.
1932 - Patsy Cline, singer, is born Virginia Patterson Hensley in the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia
1965 - Auditions are announced in Daily Variety for a new series called "The Monkees"
1966 - The television series "Star Trek" premieres on NBC-TV with the episode "Man Trap" (aka "The Salt Vampire")

Sunday, September 07, 2014

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1930 - Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophonist, Capitol (his first recording sessions were with Bab Gonzales and His Orchestra in 1949), Prestige, Blue Note, Contemporary, Riverside, Period, Verve, MetroJazz, Old Style, RCA Victor, Impulse!, Milestone Victor Japan, Milestone, Emarcy, and Doxy (along with many others) recording artist, is born Theodore Walter Rollins in New York City, New York
1968 - Patrick Hoelck, filmmaker, photographer, and director of the music videos for Capitol Records artists Lisa Marie Presley ("Dirty Laundry" and "Idiot"), Sky Sweetnam ("Billy S"), and Yellowcard ("Way Away"), is born Patrick Brian Hoelck in Santa Monica, California.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Capitol Records releases The Kingston Trio's single "A Worried Man", with "San Miguel" on the flip side, which were both recorded in Studio B of The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1963 - A live performance by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis (aka The Rat Pack) in the Copa Room at The Sands is recorded and will be released as "The Rat Pack Live at the Sands" by Capitol Records in 2001 on CD and cassette.
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Capitol Records releases the compilation album "The Big Hits From England And The USA", which features tracks by Peter & Gordon, The Beatles, Al Martino and others, in mono (T 2125) and duophonic (DT 2125)
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - Everett McKinley Dirksen, Republican senator from Illinois and Capitol Records recording artist (1966-1967), dies at age 73 in Washington, D.C. during lung surgery.
1978 - Tavares (brothers Ralph, Pooch, Chubby, Butch, and Tiny Tavares) record the titles "Straight From Your Heart", "Never Had A Love Like This Before", and "My Love Calls" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the songs on the group's album "Madam Butterfly" (SW-11874).
1981 - Levon Helm, drummer for Capitol Records group The Band, marries Sandra Dodd, whom he met in Los Angeles in 1974 at the pool at a Sunset Boulevard hotel where he was, in Woodstock, New York
1991 - Capitol Records' international marketing division releases a promotional cassette for Richard Thompson called "Live In Ventura" that includes the tracks “Turning Of The Tide”, “I Misunderstood”, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”, “Shoot Out The Lights”, “I Feel So Good”, “Now That I Am Dead”, “Two Left Feet”, “Waltzing’s For Dreamers”, “Valerie”, and “Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes At Me”
10 Years Ago Today In 2004 - Capitol Records releases The Smithereens' 2 CD compilation set "From Jersey It Came! The Smithereens Anthology"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1921 - Arthur Ferrante, composer, pianist, and member of United Artist Records (1960-1979) duo Ferrante & Teicher, is born in New York City, New York. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the United Artists catalog.
85 Years Ago Today In 1929 - Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophonist, composer, and Blue Note Records artist, is born Theodore Walter Rollins in New York City, New York. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the Blue Note Records catalog.
1963 - Easy-E, rapper, founding member of the Ruthless Records group N.W.A., solo artist, record producer, owner of Ruthless Records, is born Eric Wright in Compton, California. Capitol Records, after it acquired Priority Records, currently owns the Ruthless Records catalog.
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - The last episode of the cartoon series "The Beatles" airs on ABC-TV network in the United States
30 Years Ago Today In 1984 - EMI America Records releases Queensrÿche's album "The Warning". EMI America's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music Group.
1997 - Derek Taylor, press officer for The Beatles for much of their career, dies at his home in Suffolk, England, at the age of 65 after several years of battling cancer
2003 - Warren Zevon, singer, songwriter, and Virgin Records America artist, dies of cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California at age 56. I worked on the production of the design of Zevon's "Sentimental Hygiene" album with freelance designer Margo Chase and designed the packaging for the promotional 12" singles for "Boom Boom Mancini" and "Detox Mansion". I met Warren first at Virgin's offices where I also met his manager Andy Slater who would go on to become president of Capitol Records in 2001. I ran into Warren one night at Book Soup on Sunset Boulevard in 1988 after I had been laid off from Virgin. He recognized me and asked how things were going. A truly nice guy.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1908 - Max Kaminsky, bandleader and trumpet player who worked in the bands of "Pee Wee" Russell, and Capitol Records artists Benny Goodman, Red Nichols, Ray Noble, and Alvino Rey (although he didn't record on any of their sessions for Capitol), is born in Brockton, Massachusetts
1927 - Philo Farnsworth transmits the first television image. It's the image of a dollar sign (pretty accurate prediction on what the main concern of the industry would be) made up of 60 horizontal lines using a dissector tube, the basis of all current electronic television signals, developed by Farnsworth.
1936 - Buddy Holly, singer, songwriter, and bandleader of Buddy Holly And The Crickets, is born Charles Harden Holley in Lubbock, Texas. The publishing rights for his catalog are currently owned by Paul McCartney, through his company MPL Communications, who will commemorates Holly's 40th birthday in 1976 with the inauguration of "Buddy Holly Week"' in the U.K.
60 Years Ago Today In 1954 - Alan Freed begins his first shift as a deejay at radio station WINS in New York City after being at WJW in Cleveland, Ohio.
1967 - "The Flying Nun", starring Sally Field, premieres on ABC-TV

Saturday, September 06, 2014

SEPTEMBER 6, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
70 Years Ago Today In 1944 - Roger Waters, singer, songwriter, and bass player with the Capitol Records group Pink Floyd, is born George Roger Waters in Great Bookham, Surrey near Dorking, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1963 - Brian Epstein signs a management contract with Priscilla White, Ringo Starr's mother's hairdresser and cloakroom girl at The Cavern. She changes her name to Cilla Black. Her recordings with producer George Martin on the Parlophone label in the U.K. will later be released by Capitol Records in the United States.
1975 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Rhinestone Cowboy", with "Lovelight" on the flip side, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1986 - Capitol Records group April Wine records their album "Walking Through Fire"
2005 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Ryan Shupe & The Rubber Band's debut album “Dream Big”

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
115 Years Ago Today In 1899 - Billy Rose, lyricist (best-known for "Me And My Shadow" as well as "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight" [with Marty Bloom], "I Found a Million Dollar Baby" [with Mort Dixon], and "It's Only a Paper Moon" [with E. Y. Harburg]), Broadway and Aquacade producer, theatre and nightclub owner, and one-time husband of Capitol Records artist Fanny Brice, is born William Samuel Rosenberg in New York City, New York
1968 - Drummer Elvin Jones, with Joe Farrell on tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute and Jimmy Garrison on bass, records the tracks "What Is This?", "In The Truth", "Ascendant", "Sometimes Joie", "Yesterdays", and "We'll Be Together Again", that will appear on his Blue Note Records album "The Ultimate Elvin Jones", with producer Duke Pearson and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood, New Jersey. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the Blue Note catalog.
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - Sid Krofft's "H.R. Pufnstuf" premieres on NBC-TV with the first of only 17 episodes, although a feature length movie will be released later by Universal. Capitol Records will release a soundtrack album for the show as well as a solo album in 1969 for it's only non-masked actor Jack Wild.
40 Years Ago Today In 1974 - Virgin Records releases Robert Wyatt's single "I'm A Believer", with "Memories" on the flipside, both of which which were produced by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason. Capitol Records currently owns Virgin Records' catalog.
1985 - The sale of Northern Songs (the holder of almost all of the Lennon/McCartney copyrights) to Michael Jackson is finalized
2005 - Virgin Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, releases The Rolling Stones album "A Bigger Bang"

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
110 Years Ago Today In 1904 - "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, boxer (Light Heavyweight Championship of the World in 1932), motion picture actor, and night club owner (Slapsie Maxie's, with locations in San Francisco and at what is now The New Beverly Cinema on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, which is within 2 blocks of The Institute Of The American Musical on Detroit Street) is born in Harlem, New York City, New York
1976 - Frank Sinatra, performing on The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, surprises everyone when he brings out Dean Martin. It is the first public re-uniting of former Capitol Records duo Martin and Lewis since their breakup in 1956. I remember watching this happen in the wee hours of the morning as I was up all night working on a art project. Fortunately, they re-ran the event many times during the rest of the Telethon so my parents, who were asleep (as was most of the country) when it happened, got to see the reunion. Sinatra was beaming and Dean and Jerry played it hilariously low key like it had been only a few days since they last talked versus 20 years.
30 Years Ago Today In 1984 - Ginger Rogers is in Buffalo, New York (close to my childhood home town of Eggertsville) for a homecoming at Shea’s Theatre where she had played 55 years earlier. Shea's has recently been refurbished with better seating, more back stage working space, loading docks and and state-of-the-art dressing rooms. This former part of the Paramount Theatres chain gives very knowledgeable tours of the theatre and the backstage area (although the backstage tour is limited if a show is currently engaged in the theatre).

Friday, September 05, 2014

SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
75 Years Ago Today In In 1939 - John Stewart, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and member of Johnny Stewart and The Furies, The Woodsmen, The Cumberland Three, the Capitol Records group The Kingston Trio, and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born John C. Stewart in San Diego, California
1946 - Freddie Mercury, singer, songwriter and member of the Capitol Records group Queen, is born Farrokh Pluto Bulsara in Stone Town, Zanzibar
1952 - Ricky Fataar, drummer with the the bands The Flames and the Capitol Records band The Beach Boys, and who plays guitarist Stig O'Hara in The Rutles, is born in Durban, South Africa

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - The Bill Thompson Singers record their album "The Thompson Touch" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1960 - Ferlin Husky's Capitol Records single "Wings Of A Dove" enters the U.S. Country singles charts
1963 - Songwriter and Capitol Records recording artist (1954) Dallas Frazier moves to Nashville to start working with Capitol Records artist Ferlin Husky
1967 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' album "Smiley Smile"
1970 - The Band's Capitol Records album "Stage Fright" enters Billboards Top Albums chart where it will peak at #5, becoming their highest charting album
1971 - Freddie Hart's Captiol Records single "Easy Loving", with "Brother Bluebird" on the flip side" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1972 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's album "It's Tennessee Ernie Ford"
1975 - Glen Campbell's Capitol Records single "Rhinestone Cowboy" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1978 - Triumvirat finishes recording lead vocals for its Capitol Records album "A La Carte" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1990 - Poison's Capitol Records album "Flesh & Blood" is certified Gold and Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
1996 - Capitol Video releases the 10 tape video version of The Beatles' "Anthology" in the United States
2003 - Gisele Lefleche MacKenzie, singer, violinist, television personality and Capitol Records recording artist, dies at age 76 at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank, California, of colon cancer

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1971 - Five films by John and Yoko Lennon, including "Cold Turkey" and "Up Your Leg", are screened at the London Art Spectrum at Alexandra Palace

Thursday, September 04, 2014

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1946 - Greg Elmore, drummer with the band The Brogues and Capitol Records band Quicksilver Messenger Service, is born in the Coronado Naval Air Station, near San Diego, California
1946 - Gary Duncan, guitarist and vocalist with the band The Brogues and Capitol Records band Quicksilver Messenger Service, is born Gary Grubb in San Diego, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1951 - Nat "King" Cole (on vocals), with Billy May conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Mannie Klein, Conrad Gozzo, Ray Linn, and John Best on trumpet, Ed Kusby, Tommy Pederson, Murray McEachern, and James Priddy on trombone, Skeets Herfurt and Wilbur Schwartz on alto saxophone, Ted Nash and Fred Falensby on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Phil Stephens on bass, Alvin Stoller on drums, and Jack Costanzo on percussion), records the tracks "Walkin' My Baby Back Home", "What Does It Take To Make You Laugh?", "Walkin'", and "I'm Hurtin'" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue Studios in Hollywood, California between 5:30 PM and 9:00 PM. Capitol Records will release "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" as a single in 1952 and it will peak at #8 on the U.S. Pop Singles charts.
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Help!", with "I Should Have Known Better" on the flip side, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart and will stay for three weeks
1966 - Mrs. Elva Miller records the tracks "Somewhere My Love" (Lara's theme from "Doctor Zhivago"), "Second Hand Rose", "The Girl From Ipanema" and the unissued track "Till There Was You" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records would release the first three tracks on Mrs. Miller's album "Will Success Spoil Mrs. Miller?" (Capitol T/ST 2579).
1966 - Maria Cole records "The Music That Makes Me Dance", "He Touched Me", "Violets For Your Furs", and "I Think I Fell In Love Today" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol will issue all the tracks on Cole's album "Love Is A Special Feeling" (Capitol T/ST 2612).
1976 - Al Martino records the tracks "There's Nothing Greater Than Our Love", "Dream Of Me", and "If There's No Such Thing As A Miracle" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release all the tracks on Martino's album "Sing My Love Songs" (Capitol ST-11572).
1992 - Carl Butler, singer, guitarist, member of the duo Carl and Pearl with his wife Pearl Dee Butler, and Capitol solo artist (1951-1953), dies of a massive heart attack in Franklin, Tennessee at age 68

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - The tracks "Move", "Why Do I Love You?", and "Godchild" are broadcast live with Miles Davis on trumpet, Kenny Hagood on vocals, Lee Konitz on alto saxophone, Gerry Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Mike Zwerin on trombone, Junior Collins on french horn, Bill Barber on tuba, John Lewis on piano, Al McKibbon on bass, and Max Roach on drums at the Royal Roost in New York City as part of the Symphony Sid radio program. Transcribed recordings of the tracks will be included on the 1998 Blue Notes Records CD release "The Complete Birth Of The Cool"
1962 - The Beatles, with Ringo Starr on drums, record the tracks "Love Me Do", "P.S. I Love You", "One After 909", and ""How Do You Do It", at their first recording session for Parlophone Records with producer George Martin
50 Years Ago Today in 1964 - Tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, with Lee Morgan on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and Ray Barretto on congas, records the tracks "Shirley", "Wahoo" (aka "Stanley's Blues"), "Tacos", "Can By Me Love" (without Barretto on congas), and "My Girl Is Just Enough Woman For Me" (without Morgan on trumpet and Barretto on congas) with producer Alfred Lion and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at The Van Gelder Studio in Englewood, New Jersey. The tracks would be released by Blue Note in 1980 on the album "Mr. Natural". Capitol Records currently owns the Blue Note Records catalog.
1990 - EMI Records America releases Queensrÿche's album "Empire". The album will peak at #3 in the United States and be certified triple Platinum by the R.I.A.A. Capitol Records currently owns the EMI America catalog.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1917 - Laurindo Almeida, guitarist, member of Stan Kenton's orchestra, and World Pacific Jazz and Capitol Records recording artist, is born Laurindo José de Araujo Almeida Nobrega Neto in the small Brazilian coastal town of Prainha (now called Miracatu), near the port city of Santos in São Paulo State
1946 - Billy Preston, singer, songwriter, keyboardist and Apple Records recording artist with distribution via Capitol Records in the United States, is born William Everett Preston in Houston, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely's Capitol Records single "Slippin' Around" enters the U.S. Country singles charts
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Nat "King" Cole records the tracks "In A Mellow Tone" and "Whatcha' Gonna Do" at The Capitol Tower Studios, in Hollywood, California, which would be released as bonus tracks on Cole's Capitol Records compact disc "At The Sands"
1965 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "Help!", with "I'm Down" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1978 - George Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias, a secretary at his label, Dark Horse Records
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Capitol Records Nashville releases a special Garth Brooks' compilation album, "The Garth Brooks Collection", via McDonald's restaurants with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House charity
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Garth Brooks' album "Ropin' The Wind"
2008 - Brian Wilson performs for a live audience at 8:00 AM in The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, CA as part of a "Breakfast With Brian Wilson" promotion with radio station KRTH 101.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
2003 - Liberty Records, revived as a name by EMI Music for catalog product, releases the compilation CDs "The Best Of The Definitive American Songbook A-I" and "The Best Of The Definitive American Songbook J-Z". I helped research the history of the songs and recordings for the packages' liner notes. I did the same for others in the "Definitive American Songbook" series which initially was only available as part of an infomercial promotion that was hosted by Andy Williams around Thanksgiving 2004. At least 5 volumes were later released to brick and mortars.

Monday, September 01, 2014

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Capitol Records artist Dean Martin marries his second wife, Jeanne Biegger, a former Orange Bowl Queen
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Sally Martin (on vocals, with Julia Mae Smith on trumpet, Hilton "Nappy" Lamare on guitar, Leonard Bibb on bass, and Zutty Singleton on drums) records the tracks "In My Heart", "The Little Wooden Church (On The Hill), "Jesus Is The Only One" and "He's All I Need" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will later release the first and last tracks together as a single (Capitol 848) and the second and third tracks together as a single (Capitol 57-70048).
1952 - Robert Sands, Gordon MacRae, Lucille Norman, and Thurl Ravenscroft (on vocals), with an orchestra conducted by George Greeley, record the tracks "Act I - Prologue" (vocals by Robert Sands and an unlisted male chorus), "Why Did We Marry Soldiers?" (vocals by an unlisted girl chorus), "Romance" (vocals by Lucille Norman), Then You'll Know (vocals by Gordon MacRae and Lucille Norman), "Chiding Bit, Part 1" (vocals by Gordon MacRae and Lucille Norman), "Act 2 - Let Love Come" (vocals by Thurl Ravenscroft), "One Flower" (vocals by Robert Sands), "Interlude/One Alone (vocals by Gordon MacRae), and "Sabre Bright (Sabre Song)" (vocals by Lucille Norman) between 7:00pm and 11:00pm in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on "Selections from The Desert Song" (Capitol FBF-351).
1953 - Mel Blanc records the vocal tracks for "Happy Hippety Hopper" (Parts 1 and 2), "Pied Piper Pussy Cat" (Parts 1 and 2), and "Yes Das Ist Ein Christmas Tree" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release "Happy Hippety Hopper" eight years later on the compilation album "Bugs Bunny And His Friends" (Capitol J-3257), "Pied Piper Pussy Cat" as a children's single album (Capitol CAS-3188), and the last track as a single with "I Tant Wait Till Quithmuth (Day)" on the flipside (CAS-3191).
60 Years Ago Today In 1954 - During two sessions held this day Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra (Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, and Gerald Wilson on trumpet; Quentin Jackson and Britt Woodman on trombone; John Sanders on valve trombone; Russell Procope on alto saxophone and clarinet; Rick Henderson on alto saxophone; Paul Gonsalves on tenor saxophone; Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet and tenor saxophone; Harry Carney on baritone saxophone and baritone clarinet; Duke Ellington  on piano; Wendell Marshall on bass; Dave Black on drums; and Ralph Collier on conga) record the tracks "Smile" and "Echo Tango" at the first session and "If I Give My Heart To You", "Chile Bowl", and "Bakiff" at the second session at Capitol Records' studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California with producer Dave Dexter, Jr.
1955 - Judy Garland records the tracks "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe" and "While We're Young" (with choral introduction of "This Is The Time Of The Evening" by Roger Edens and Leonard Gershe), with an orchestra conducted by Jack Cathcart, at Capitol Records' studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chevalier and chorus record the track "Montmart" with arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle in Studio A in The Capitol Tower Studios
1960 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "Sentimental Baby", "Ol' MacDonald Had A Farm", and "Blue Moon" in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the orchestra (Buddy Collette, Chuck Gentry, William Green, Plas Johnson, and Willie Schwartz on reeds; Carroll Lewis, Vito “Mickey” Mangano, George Seaberg, and Clarence “Shorty” Sherock on trumpet; George Arus, Gil Martin, Tommy Pederson, and Thomas Shepard on trombone; Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Kurt Dieterle, Jacques Gasselin, Louis Kaufman, Murray Kellner, Joseph Livoti, Mischa Russell, Gerald Vinci, and William Weiss on violin; Alvin Dinkin and Stanley Harris on viola; Ossip Giskin, Armand Kaproff, and Eleanor Slatkin on cello; Bill Milleron piano; Joe Comfort on bass; Irv Cottler on drums; Al Viola on guitar; Emil Richards on percussion; and Kathryn Julye on harp) and producer Dave Cavanuaugh
30 Years Ago Today In 1984 - Tina Turner's Capitol Records single “What’s Love Got To Do With It?", with "Rock 'N' Roll Widow" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 Singles chart
1986 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "California Dreamin'" with "Lady Liberty" on the flip side
1990 - Poison's Enigma Records single distributed by Capitol Records single "Unskinny Bop", with "Swamp Juice" on the flip side, peaks at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AUGUST 31, 2014

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Ella Fitzgerald, with a small backing group, finishes sessions for her Verve album "Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook" in Studio A at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with producer Norman Granz
45Years Ago Today In 1969 - Capitol Records group "The Band" opens for Bob Dylan at the British Isle of Wight Festival and later backs him up during his set
1993 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Garth Brooks' album "In Pieces"
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Capitol Records releases Megadeth's album "Risk"
2002 - Lionel Hampton, vibraphonist and member of Benny Goodman and His Orchestra and The Benny Goodman Quartet while they recorded for Capitol Records, dies of heart failure at age 94 in New York City
2006 - Capitol Records band OK Go perform their song "Here It Goes Again" on treadmills (as it's done in their video for the song) at the MTV Music Awards held this night in New York City

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1939 - Jerry (aka "J.I.") Allison, songwriter (co-wrote "That'll Be The Day" with Buddy Holly) and drummer with The Crickets, is born Jerry Ivan Allison in Hillsboro, Texas
1945 - Van Morrison, songwriter and singer with the band Them and as a solo artist, is born George Ivan Morrison in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Saturday, August 30, 2014

AUGUST 30, 2014

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Judy Garland records the track "On The Atchison, Topeka & The Santa Fe" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California
1957 - Buck Owens' has his first solo recording session for Capitol Records at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California or it's the day when Ken Nelson signed Buck Owens to Capitol Records as a solo artist. If anyone knows for sure which it is, please leave a comment.
1965- The Beatles are back at The Hollywood Bowl for the last time for a show which was recorded and was used for tracks for the 1977 Capitol Records album "Live At The Hollywood Bowl"
1968 - Mary Hopkin's first single, "Those Were The Days", is released on Apple Records with Capitol Records distributing it in the United States
1972 - John Lennon's concert at Madison Square Gardens is recorded and will be released on the album "Live In New York City" by Apple Records with distribution in the United States by Capitol Records

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1937 - Jack Kapp of Decca Records signs Judy Garland signs her first recording contract.

Friday, August 29, 2014

AUGUST 29, 2014

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1954 - Dave Cavanaugh, A&R Representative for Capitol Records, announces that The Four Keys, formerly with Aladdin Records, have been signed to Capitol.
1955 - Judy Garland, with an orchestra conducted by Jack Cathcart, records the track "Carolina In The Morning", for her Capitol Records album "Miss Show Business", at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue Studios in Hollywood, California
1965 - Capitol Records president Alan Livingston presents The Beatles Gold records for their soundtrack album "Help!" at the end of a press conference that was recorded for possible use as a promotional record, and also filmed. Later that night, The Beatles perform the first of two concerts at The Hollywood Bowl that happen over two consecutive nights. Recordings of some of these performances will appear when Capitol Records releases "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" in 1977.
1966 - The Beatles perform their last live concert in the United States with a show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The last song was "Long Tall Sally." At Paul McCartney's request, the audio of the show was recorded to tape.
2006 - The limited 40th Anniversary edition of The Beach Boys' Capitol Records album "Pet Sounds" is due in stores in both a 2 disc green vinyl version and a CD/DVD set with extras.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1952- Don Schlitz, country/western songwriter (including "The Gambler" and "The Greatest" for Liberty and Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Kenny Rogers and the Broadway musical "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer"), is born in Durham, North Carolina
1968 - Dean Martin's father, Gaetano "Guy" Crocetti, dies at age 73

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AUGUST 28, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1923 - Boots Faye, singer, guitarist, fiddle player, and Capitol Records recording artist, is born Grace Eloise Tartsch in Springfield, Missouri
1928 - "Texas" Bill Strength, singer, guitarist, radio personality and Capitol Records recording artist (1953-1956) is born in Bessemer, Alabama

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - Pee Wee Hunt's Capitol Records single "Twelfth Street Rag", with "Somebody Else, Not Me" on the flipside, hits #1 on the U.S. singles charts where it stays for 8 weeks and becomes the biggest hit of Capitol Records’ first 10 years
1961 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' album "Buck Owens Sings Harlan Howard" that was produced by Ken Nelson
1965 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "California Girls" peaks at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' album "Revolver"
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Early "Wee Willy" Williams, guitarist and member of the Capitol Records group Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, dies in Manatee, FL

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1937 - Martin Johan Nielsen, Jr., my father, is born in Chicago, Illinois. This is the first year he hasn't been with us and I can't tell you how much I miss him.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AUGUST 27, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1937 - Tommy Sands, singer, former husband of Nancy Sinatra, and Capitol Records artist, is born Thomas Adrian Sands in Chicago, Illinois

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Buddy DeFranco, with Russ Garcia and His Orchestra, begin two straight days of sessions to record tracks for his album "Broadway Showcase" at The Capitol Tower Studios, in Hollywood, California
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "It's Alright With Me" and "C'est Magnifique" with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the orchestra at 20th Century Fox studios in Los Angeles, California for the soundtrack of the motion picture "Can Can" whose soundtrack album will be released by Capitol Records in 1960.
1967 - Brian Epstein, record store owner and manager of The Beatles, dies of a drug overdose while the band is in Bangor, Wales visiting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to learn about transcendental meditation
1990 - Capitol Records Nashville release Garth Brooks' album "No Fences" and television sound track album "Call Me Claus"
2002 - Capitol Records releases Coldplay's second album "A Rush Of Blood To The Head"
2002 - Capitol Records releases Grand Funk Railroad's compilation 4 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
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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AUGUST 26, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1946 - Valerie Simpson, songwriter and singer with the Capitol Records duo Ashford and Simpson (1982-1989), is born in The Bronx, New York.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1967 - Bobbie Gentry's Capitol Records single "Ode To Billie Joe", the flipside of her debut single "Mississippi Delta", knocks The Beatles' Capitol Records single single "All You Need Is Love", with "Baby You're A Rich Man" on the flipside, out of the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1968 - Apple Records releases The Beatles' single "Hey Jude", with "Revolution" on the flipside. The single is distributed by Capitol Records in the United States.
1968 - Merle Haggard records the track "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
40 Years Ago Today In 1974 - Capitol Records releases Unicorn's single "Ooh! Mother", with "Bogtrotter" on the flipside. Both tracks are produced by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
1997 - Matador Records, with distribution by Capitol Records, releases the 2 CD compilation "What's Up Matador" with one disc of unreleased materials and one disc of greatest hits from artists on the Matador label. The sticker on the album says "Do Not Pay More Than $10".

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1968 - At the EMI Sales Convention, a promotional film for Apple Records is shown which includes footage of The Beatles in Abbey Road Studios, Paul McCartney doing acoustic versions of "Blackbird" and "Helter Skelter", and Paul with Mary Hopkins both in Abbey Road Studios and his home. The footage of "Blackbird" appears on the video version of "The Beatles Anthology".
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Collectibles Records releases Capitol Records recording group The Magnificent Men's compilation album "Golden Classics" on CD
2001 - The last rerun of "The Bozo Super Sunday Show" airs at 7:00 a.m. CT on WGN in Chicago, Illinois. Capitol Records sold the rights to Bozo to Larry Harmon who trained Bozos, and licensed cartoons, for local stations throughout the U.S. The Chicago version was the last one on the air.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1930 - Lon Chaney, Sr. (born Leonidas F. Chaney), motion picture actor ("The Phantom Of The Opera", "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame", etc.) and father of motion picture actor Lon Chaney, Jr. ("The Wolfman"), dies at age 47 of cancer.

Monday, August 25, 2014

AUGUST 25, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1908 - Ray John Heindorf, composer, conductor (conducted the orchestra for the Capitol Records soundtrack album "Streetcar Named Desire" in 1951), orchestrator, and Capitol Records recording artist (the single, "Four Deuces" with "Streetcar" on the flipside, is Heindorf's first record released under his own name), is born in Haverstraw, New York
1946 - Steve Buckley, marketing and sales agent for United Artists (1977-1978) and Capitol Records (1978-1984) at the Washington, D.C. branch before becoming Regional Promotions Manager in Miami and then A&R manager for Black Music at The Capitol Tower in Hollywood, is born Steve T. Buckley III in Little Rock, Arkansas and is currently married to Hazel Payne, former member of Capitol Records recording group A Taste Of Honey

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1950 - Nat "King" Cole And His Trio, with arranger Pete Rugolo conducting the orchestra, (unknown except for Shelly Manne on drums), and the vocal group The Judd Conlin Rhythmaires (Conlin, Mac McLean, Charlie Parletto, Loulie Jean Norman & Gloria Wood) record the tracks "Make Believe Land" and "Get To Gettin'" (with Jack Costanzo on bongos} as well as the tracks "Little Christmas Tree" (with additional vocals by The Singing Pussycats) and "Frosty The Snowman" (with additiona vocals by The Singing Pussycats), and "Song of Delilah" with Dave Barbour conducting the orchestra at Capitol Records' (formerly KHJ's) studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California
1957 - Kid Ory starts two straight days of sessions to record tracks that will appear on his albums "Song Of The Wanderer" and "Dance With Kid Ory Or Just Listen"
1958 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "Fever", with "You Don't Know" on the flipside, peaks at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - Capitol Records releases Grand Funk Railroad's debut album "On Time"
35 Years Ago Today In 1979 - The Knack's Capitol Records single "My Sharona" is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
35 Years Ago Today In 1979 - Stan Kenton, pianist, band leader and Capitol Records artist dies at age 67 of complications of a stroke, at Midway Hospital in Hollywood, California which he had entered on August 17, 1979 after the stroke
1992 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Garth Brooks' album "Beyond The Season"
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Boots Faye (born Grace Eloise Tartsch), singer and Capitol Records recording artist, dies at age 75, three days before her 76th birthday

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1930 - Sean Connery, motion picture actor, is born Thomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh, Scotland