Sunday, February 07, 2016

FEBRUARY 7, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1934 - "King" Curtis, tenor saxophonist, session musician, band leader, and Capitol Records artist, is born Curtis Ousley in Fort Worth, Texas
1962 - Garth Brooks, singer, songwriter, Liberty, Capitol Records Nashville, and Capitol Records artist, is born Troyal Garth Brooks in Tulsa, Oklahoma

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1942 – Buddy DeSylva, Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs have lunch at Lucey's Restaurant at 5444 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. It's there that Mercer and Wallichs ask DeSylva (at the time head of production for Paramount Pictures) if Paramount would put up the money to start a West Coast based label or allow them to sell the records in Paramount's theatre lobbies. DeSylva says no, but that he would personally give them the start up money, and writes a check for $15,000. Thus Liberty Records is born. DeSylva would later paint a picture of the meeting. After registering the company with the state of California, they soon would find that they couldn't secure the rights to the name Liberty Records for nationwide use. Later, over dinner at Chasen's restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, Mercer's wife, Ginger, would suggest the name Capitol Records.
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Vocalist Jerry Colonna, with Frank De Vol conducting the orchestra (lineup also unlsted), record the titles "Casey (The Pride Of Them All" from the Walt Disney Production "Make Mine Music" with additional vocals by The Dinning Sisters (Lou, Jean, and Ginger Dinning) and "Josephine Please No Lean On The Bell" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 249).
1947 - Smilin' Ed McConnell and His Buster Brown Gang (lineup unlisted) record the tracks "The Teacher Song" and "I'm A Kitty Katty Wampus Superdoo" at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the tracks together as a single (Capitol 447 and later reissue it as 7-27001).
1947 - Billy Butterfield will record 22 unlisted tracks for the Capitol Records Transcription Service in Los Angeles, California. The will be released on transcription discs ET 2003/25. There is no listing that any of these tracks have been released commercially.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Les Baxter conducts his own arrangements to his orchestra (lineup unlisted) as they record the titles "Deep Night", "Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)", "Out Of This World", and "Adios" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Baxter's album "Caribbean Moonlight" (T 733).
1957 - Coleman Hawkins (on tenor saxophone) with Glenn Osser conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (lineup unlisted but included woodwinds, strings & rhythm sections) records the tracks "It Had To Be You", "Autumn Leaves", "I'm Yours" and "I Didn't Know What Time It Is" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Hawkins' album "Gilded Hawk" (T 819).
1962 - Ralph Carmichael will conduct his own arrangements to his orchestra (James McGee and Dick Perissi on French horns, Francis "Joe" Howard, Tom Shepard, and Lloyd Ulyate on trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, Gene Cipriano, Justin Gordon, Paul Horn, and Harry Klee on reeds, Bobby Hammack on piano, Bobby Gibbons on guitar, (g) Pat Senatore on bass, Irving Cottler on drums, Dale Anderson on percussion, and a string section that includes Israel Baker, Emil Briano, James Getzoff, Lou Klass, Rickey Marino, Alex Murray, Lou Raderman, Isadore Roman, Ralph Schaefer, Paul Shure, and Joseph Stepansky on violin, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, and Paul Robyn on viola, Margaret Aue, Armand Kaproff, Emmett Sargeant, and William Vandenburg on cello) and an unidentified vocal chorus as they record the tracks "Because Of You", "Look No Further" with Nat "King" Cole on vocals and "Blue Tango" between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the first and third tracks on Ralph Carmichael And His Orchestra's album "I Can Dream, Can't I?" (T 1819) and the second track as a single (Capitol F4714) by Nat "King" Cole with "The Right Thing To Say" on the flip side.
1962 - Tommy De Noble (on vocals with unlisted other musicians) records the unissued tracks "Mamachitta" and "First Year Of Love" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records.
1963 - Peggy Lee, with Max Bennett conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Justin Gordon on tenor saxophone and flute, Bob Corwin on piano, John Pisano on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, Stan Levey on drums, and Francisco Aquabella on congas and bongos), records the titles "It's A Big, Wide, Wonderful World", Close Your Eyes", "Cloudy Morning", and "Where Can I Go Without You?" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the songs on Lee's album "Mink Jazz" (T 1850).
1964 - The Beatles arrive on their first visit to the United States shortly after 1:00 p.m. EST, when Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight number 101 lands at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. 3,000 fans greet them. After a press conference at the airport, The Beatles are taken to the Plaza Hotel. On the same day, Baskin-Robbins introduces a flavor of ice cream called "Beatle-Nut".
1964 - During three session held this day at Capitol Records' studios in New York City, New York, members of the off-Broadway cast of "Cabin In The Sky" (Helen Ferguson, Bernard Johnson, Sam Laws, Rosetta Le Noire, Ketty Lester, Tony Middleton, Harold Pierson, and Morton Winston on vocals with Vernon Washington, D'Urville Martin, Albert Popweil, Cleo Quitman, Jeanne Rollins De Ramos, and Joseph Attles on vocals) with Sy Oliver conducting his own arrangements of music by Vernon Duke with lyrics by John Latouche, record the tracks "Do What You Want To Do" (with vocals by Bernard Johns, Harold Pierson, and Morton Winston), "Not So Bad To Be Good" (vocals by Sam Laws), "Honey In The Honeycomb" (vocals by Ketty Lester), and "Do What You Want To Do (reprise) (vocals by Ketty Lester, Harold Pierson and Morton Winston) at the first session, "Love Me Tomorrow" (vocals by Ketty Lester and Tony Middleton), "Living It Up" (vocals by Ketty Lester and Tony Middleton), "Wade In The Water" (vocals by Helen Ferguson and The Cast), "The Man Upstairs" (vocals by Sam Laws), and "Savanna" (vocals by Rosetta Le Noire and The Cast) at the second session, and "Gospel: Great Day" (vocals by The Cast), "Not A Care In The World" (vocals by Ketty Lester and Tony Middleton), "Cabin In The Sky" (vocals by Rosetta Le Noire and Tony Middleton), "Make Way" (vocals by Helen Ferguson and Sam Laws), "Love Turned The Light Out" (vocals by Rosetta Le Noire), "Taking A Chance On Love" (vocals by Rosetta Le Noire), "We'll Live All Over Again" (vocals by Rosetta Le Noire), and "Finale" at the third session. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on the New York Cast album for "Cabin In The Sky" (W 2073).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records album "Summer Days" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Sir Arthur (aka Ian Whitcomb), using arrangements by David Mallett records the tracks "Louie, Louie" and "Walk Right In" in Los Angeles, California with producer Jerry Dennon. Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will issue both tracks together as a single by Sir Arthur (Tower 216) and on Whitcomb's album "Sock Me Some Rock" (T 5100).
1967 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' album "Roll Out The Red Carpet"
1967 - Thelma Houston (on vocals with unlisted musicians) records the tracks "Don't Cry, My Soldier Boy", "Only You Can Stop The Rain", and "Let's Try To Make It (One More Time) in Los Angeles, California with producer Gary Paxton. Capitol Records will issue the first and last track together as a single (Capitol 5882) and, as yet, has not issued the second track.
1967 - Lou Jackson records the as yet unissued track "A Lot On My Mind". Capitol Records will later purchase the master but not release the track.
1967 - Dallas Frazier (on vocals with unlisted musicians) records that tracks "Home In My Hand", "My Woman Up't And Gone", and "Clawhammer Clyde" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the tracks on Frazier's album "Tell It Like It Is" (T 2764) and the second and third tracks together as a single (Capitol 5862).
1970 - The Chairmen Of The Board's debut Invictus Records single "Give Me Just A Little More Time" with "Since the Days of Pigtails" on the flip side, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart at #37 and will peak at #3 on March 21, 1970. Invictus, run by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland, was distributed by Capitol Records.
1972 - Billy May conducts his own arrangements to The Time-Life Orchestra (John Best, Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy, Uan Rasey, and George Werth on trumpet, Joe Howard, Lew McCreary, and Dick Nash on trombone, Les Robinson, Wilbur Schwartz, Justin Gordon, Abe Most, and Plas Johnson on saxophones, Ray Sherman on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Morty Corb on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums) as they record the tracks "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea", "Jungle Drums", "Southern Fried" and "Zigeuner" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. All the titles will be issued on Volume 14 of the "Swing Time" series by Time-Life on the album "One More Time - Swing Lives!" (STA 353).
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Dr. Hook's Capitol Records single "Only Sixteen", with "Let Me Be Your Lover" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1977 - The Section (which includes Danny Kortchmar on guitar with David Crosby and James Taylor on vocals) records the track "Snails Trails" in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records. There is no mention of any release of this track.
1985 - Matt Monro (born Terence Parsons), singer, EMI and Capitol Records artist, dies at age 52
15 Years Ago Today In 2001 - Dale Evans (born Lucille Wood Smith but her name was changed to Frances Octavia Smith while she was still an infant), actress, singer, songwriter ("The Bible Tells Me So" and "Happy Trails To You"), widow of Capitol Records artist Roy Rogers (with whom she recorded as part of a duo on the label), and a solo Capitol Records artist, dies in California at age 88
2009 - Blossom Dearie (born Marguerite Blossom Dearie), singer, pianist and Capitol Records artist as part of the vocal group The Blue Reys, who sang with Alvino Rey and his orchestra, a solo artist in 1964, and on the soundtrack of "Multiplication Rock", has died of natural causes at age 82 at her home in Greenwich Village, New York.
2009 - Molly Bee (born Mollie Gene Beachboard), singer, radio and television personality, motion picture actress, and a Capitol Records artist best known for her 1952 hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and her duets with Tennessee Ernie Ford, has died of complications of a stroke at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, California at age 69.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1949 - Alan Lancaster, bass player for the band Status Quo, whose 1977 album "Rockin' All Over The World" was distributed by Capitol Records Canada, is born
1963 - Vee-Jay Records releases The Beatles' first single in the United States, "Please Please Me" with "Ask Me Why" (credited to Beattles) on the flip side, after it was rejected by Capitol Records
1999 - Bobby Troup, pianist, songwriter ("Route 66", "The Girl Can't Help It", "The Meaning of the Blues"), record producer, television actor, and second husband of Liberty Records artist Julie London, dies of a heart attack in Sherman Oaks, California at age 80

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago On This Day In 1966 - The first issue of Crawdaddy! magazine is published by Paul Williams in New York City, New York

Saturday, February 06, 2016

FEBRUARY 6, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
85 Years Ago Today In 1931 - Mamie Van Doren, motion picture actress, singer, one time wife of Capitol Records artist Ray Anthony, and a Capitol Records artist, is born Joan Lucille Olander in Rowena, South Dakota
1950 - Natalie Cole, singer, television actress, daughter of Capitol Records artists Nat "King" Cole and Maria Ellington Cole, and a Capitol Records artist herself, is born Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole in Los Angeles, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1947 - Guitarist Carl Kress (with Paul Ricci on clarinet, Tony Mottola also on guitar, Bob Haggart on bass, and Terry Snyder on drums), records the tracks "Blond On The Loose", "Sarong Number" and "Walking Behind Miss Lucy" (without Ricci on clarinet) at WMCA's studios in New York City, New York. The tracks will be released as part of Kress' self titled Capitol Records album in the label's "Classics In Jazz" series.
1949 - Jimmy Wakely's Capitol Records single "I Love You So Much It Hurts", with "I Don't Want Your Sympathy" on the flipside is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist and guitarist Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan, with Bill Wright on fiddle, Maurice Hill and Eddie Kirk on guitars, Noel Boggs on steel guitar, and Cliffie Stone on bass, records the titles "I Always Play A Losing Hand", "Wine, Women, And Pink Elephants", "I'm Alone Because I Love You", and "The Spider And The Fly" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 2:00 PM and 5:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1423) and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 1487).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist Nat "King" Cole, with Les Baxter conducting his orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Nelson Riddle, records the titles "Early American", "Too Young", "Because Of Rain", and a rejected and destroyed take of the title "There's A Lighthouse In The Sky" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "Early American" as a single (Capitol 1565) with "My Brother" (recorded May 19, 1950) on the flipside, "Too Young" as a single (Capitol 1449) with "That's My Girl" (recorded February 1, 1951) on the flipside, and "Because Of Rain" as a single (Capitol 1501) with "Song Of Delilah" (recorded August 25,1950) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Ole Rasmussen (aka Floyd "Ole" Rasmussen on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals) and His Nebraska Cornhuskers (John "Woody" Applewhite and Marvin "Rocky" Stone on fiddles, Edward Austin Strode on piano, Jerry Carter on accordion, Earl Finley Jr. on electric guitar, William "Billy" Tonneson on steel guitar, Virgil "Lee" Stone on bass, and Joe Muto on drums), with vocalist Teddy Wilds, record the titles "You Were In My Dream Last Night", "Country Weddin' Day", "Ramblin' Blues", and "Half A Love Affair" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1434) and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol 1542).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - The vocal choir The Voices Of Walter Schumann, with rhythm accompaniment (lineups unlisted) records the titles "Psalm 150" and "Rock A Mah Soul/It's All Over Me" in Los Angles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Psalm 150" on the group's eponymous album "The Voices Of Walter Schumann" (DAS-290) and "Rock A Mah Soul/It's All Over Me" on the group's album "Great Gettin' Up Mornin'" (CCN-316)
1957 - Judy Garland records the titles "How About Me", "I Get The Blues When It Rains", "Little Girl Blue", and "Me And My Shadow", with Gordon Jenkins conducting the orchestra at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California.
55 Years Ago Today In 1961, The Louvin Brothers (Charlie Louvin on vocals and guitar, and Ira Louvin on vocals and mandolin), with Jimmy Capps and Ray Edenton on gutiars, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and William Paul Ackerman on drums) record the titles "I Have Found The Way", "He Set Me Free", "Kneel At The Cross", and "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the duo's album "Keep Your Eyes On Jesus" (T 1834).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Bob Cooper (on tenor saxophone and oboe) and His Orchestra (Conte Candoli on trumpet, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Vince De Rosa on French horn, Bud Shank on flute and alto saxophone, Buddy Collette on flute and baritone saxophone, Pete Jolly on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums), using arrangements by Cooper, record the titles "All My Life", "It's Legitimate", and "Adventure" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on June Christy and Bob Cooper's album "Do-Re-Mi" (T 1586).
1968 - The Beatles record tracks for their songs "The Inner Light" and "Lady Madonna"
1974 - Buck Owens records the track "On The Cover Of The Music City News" for Capitol Records
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - During two sessions held today at Young'un Sound Studio in Nashville, Tennesse, Vocalist Jerry Reed records a as yet unissued take of the title "The Likes Of Her" and "There Was You" at the first session and "Old Fashioned Hearts", "When You Got A Good Woman It Shows", "One More Reason To Hate California", and a as yet unissued take of the title "Little American Dream" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "There Was You" as a single (Capitol 5612) with "This Missin' You Is A Whole Lot Of Fun" (recorded May 7, 1986) on the flipside, "Old Fashioned Hearts" as a single (Capitol 5660) with "You Can't Get The Hell Out Of Texas" (recorded May 27, 1986) on the flipside, and "Old Fashioned Hearts", "When You Got A Good Woman It Shows", "One More Reason To Hate California" on Reed's album "Looking At You" (ST-12492).
30 Years Ago Today in 1986 - Alcatrazz (Graham Bonnet on vocals, Jimmy Waldo on keyboards and vocals, Steven Vai on guitar and vocals, Gary Shea on bass, and Jon Uvena on drums, percussion, and vocals) records a as yet unreleased take of the title "Set Me Free" at American Recording Studios in Woodland Hills, California for Capitol Records.
1998 - Carl Wilson, singer and guitarist with the Capitol Records band The Beach Boys, dies from complications of lung cancer at age 51 in Los Angeles, California
5 Years Ago Today In 2011 - Gary Moore (born Robert William Gary Moore), guitarist, singer, founder of the group Thin Lizzy and a 10 Records and Virgin Records solo artist, dies at age 58 in Costa De Sol, Spain of so far unknown causes. I met him in 1987 when I was working as a designer at Virgin Records America and he seemed to be a quiet & shy guy who loved what he was doing. I adapted the original art and design for his album "Wild Frontier" for its U.S. release.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra makes his debut on the radio show "Your Hit Parade" after leaving the Tommy Dorsey band
1945 - Bob Marley, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and father of Virgin Records artists Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers (Stephen, Sharon and Cedella Marley), is born Robert Nesta Marley in St. Anne's, Jamaica
1962 - Decca Records rejects The Beatles
40 Years Ago 1976 - The Beatles’ nine year recording contract, which they had signed in 1967, expires, giving EMI the rights to release anything from their back catalogue of previously released material. The first new compilation album will be "Rock 'N' Roll Music" which will be released in just four months on June 7, 1976.
15 Years Ago Today In 2001 - EMI releases Asleep At The Wheel's compilation CD "23 Country Classics"

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Vince Guaraldi, composer and pianist, dies of a sudden heart-attack at age 47 while waiting in a motel room between sets at Menlo Park's Butterfield's nightclub. Guaraldi had finished recording his portion of the soundtrack to "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown" earlier in the day.

Friday, February 05, 2016

FEBRUARY 5, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1919 - Red Buttons, burlesque comedian, motion picture and television actor, singer, and Capitol Records artist (soundtrack album for Walt Disney's "Pete's Dragon") is born Aaron Chwatt in The Bronx, New York
1948 - David Denny, guitarist with the Capitol Records group The Steve Miller Band, is born in Berkeley, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Dave Dexter, Jr. joins Capitol Records
1947 - It's a busy three way split session in Los Angeles, California for Paul Weston who's conducting the orchestra first for Andy Russell who records the track "Just A Memory", then for Johnny Mercer and Martha Tilton who wax the track "If I Had A Talking Picture Of You", and finally for Clark Dennis, who records the track "Together". Capitol Records will issue all three tracks on the compilation album "Somebody Loves Me - The Music Of Buddy De Sylva" (CD-49).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist Red Ingle, with Stuyvesant Skonch (aka Les Paul) and his orchestra (Les Paul on guitar and bass), records the title "Chew Tobacco Rag" in Les Paul's garage in Los Angeles, California. After Capitol Records purchases the master, it will issue the title as a single (Capitol 1431) with "Let Me In" (recorded on February 15, 1951) on the flipside.
1952 - Ella Mae Morse, with Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to his orchestra (Walter "Pete" Candoli and Vito "Mickey" Mangano on trumpet, Francis "Joe" Howard, Jimmy Priddy, Paul Tanner, and Si Zentner on trombone, Donald "Don" Raffell on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Albert Lerner on piano, Bob Bain on guitar, Meyer "Mike" Rubin on bass, and Frankie Carlson on drums) records the tracks "Organ Grinder's Swing", "It's So Exciting" and "Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed" at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California between 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue "Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed" as the flip side of the single "Male Call" (Capitol 2186). Bear Family Records will issue all the tracks on Morse's CD box set "Barrelhouse, Boogie And The Blues" (BCD 16117) in Germany.
1952 - During a split session in Los Angeles, California, Les Baxter conducts the orchestra first for Buddy Cole who records the tracks "Festival Hop", "Lost In Meditation", an untitled and as yet unissued Baxter original, and "Invitation" then for Helen O'Connell who records the track "Be Anything (But Be Mine)". Capitol Records will issue "Festival Hop" and "Invitation" together as a single (Capitol 2005) and "Lost In Meditation" as a single (Capitol 2106) with "Lonely Wine" on the flip side as by Les Baxter and His Orchestra, and "Be Anything (But Be Mine)" as a single (Capitol 2011) with "Right Or Wrong" on the flipside.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Hawaii Calls Orchestra (lineup unlisted), presented by Webley Edwards, records the titles "Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai (Hawaiian War Chant)", "My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii", "On The Beach At Waikiki", and "To you sweetheart, aloha" in Hawaii" After Capitol Records purchases the masters, it will issue all the titles on the group's album "Favorite Instrumentals Of The Islands" (T 715).
1957 - Stan Kenton (on piano) and His Orchestra (Bob Fitzpatrick, Kent Larsen, John Halliburton, Jim Amlotte, and Karl De Karske on trombone, Ralph Blaze on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums) record the tracks "Women Usually Do" with Ann Richards and The Modern Men (linuep unlisted) on vocals, "Opus In Cartreuse with Ann Richards and The Modern Men (linuep unlisted) on vocals and Bill Perkins on tenor saxophone, "Thanks For You" with vocals by The Modern Men, and "Interlude" with vocals by The Modern Men at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first, second and fourth tracks on Kenton's album "Kenton With Voices" (T 810).
1957 - Dean Martin, with Gus Levene conducting the orchestra (Walter "Pete" Candoli, Conrad Gozzo, and Vito "Mickey" Mangano on trumpet, Hoyt Bohannon, Murray McEachern, and George Roberts on trombone, Heinie Beau, Fred Falensby, Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt, and Robert Lawson on reeds, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, Bob Bain and Alvino Rey on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums) and chorus (lineu unlisted) records the tracks "Money Is A Problem", "You I Love", "Ten Thousand Bedrooms", "Only Turst Your Heart" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California between 11:00 PM and 1:30 AM on February 6, 1957. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Martin's album "Songs from 'Ten Thousand Bedrooms'" (Capitol EAP-1-840).
1957 - Leopold Stokowski conducts The Concert Arts Orchestra (lineup unlisted) as it records Bach's "Toccata And Fugue In D Minor" and Mussorgsky-Ravel's "The Hut On Howl's Legs" and "The Great Gate Of Kiev" from "Pictures At An Exhibition" at The Riverside Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the first track as by Leopold Stokowski conducting his Symphony Orchestra on the album album "Landmarks Of A Distinguished Career (BACH/DEBUSSY/STRAUSS/SIBELIUS)" (P-8399) and the last two tracks as by Leopold Stokowski on the album "The Orchestra Full Dimensional Sound" (SAL-8385).
1958 - The Kingston Trio record the tracks "Hard, Ain't it Hard", "Three Jolly Coachmen", "Scotch and Soda", "Tom Dooley", a version of "Tom Dooley" with a German intro, "Sloop John B", and "Coplas" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for their eponymous album "The Kingston Trio"
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Ferlin Husky's Capitol Records single "On The Wings Of A Dove", with "Next To Jimmy" on the flipside, returns to #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts.
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist Peggy Lee, with Joe Harnell conducting the orchestra (Danny Stiles, Phil Sunkel, and Willie Thomas on trumpets, Mickey Gravine and Ray De Sio on trombones, Bob Donovan on flute and reeds, Abe Rosen on harp, Joe Harnell on piano, Dennis Budimir on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, Stan Levey on drums, and Chino Pozo on congas and bongos), performs the titles "Day In, Day Out", "Moments Like This", a as yet unissued take of the title "Medley Of One Kiss/My Romance/The Vagabond King Waltz", and "Fever" at Basin Street East in New York City, New York. Capitol Records recorded the show and will issue all the titles, except the take of "Medley Of One Kiss/My Romance/The Vagabond King Waltz" on Lee's album "Basin Street Proudly Presents Miss Peggy Lee" (T 1520).
1968 - The Beatles' Capitol Records soundtrack album "Yellow Submarine" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Vocalist Al Martino, with unlisted others, records a Disco version of the title "It's Now Or Never/O Sole Mio" in Los Angeles, California with producer Mike Curb. Capitol Records will issue the title on Martino's album "Sing My Love Songs" (ST-11572).
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Vocalist Jimmy Rabbitt records the titles "Half A Pair" and "Son Of A Truck Drivin' Man" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Half A Pair" on Rabbit's album "Jimmy Rabbitt And Renegade" (ST-11491).
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Vocalist Donna Washington, with a orchestra (lineup unlisted) using arrangements by Benjamin Wright, records the title "Nine To Five (Come Alive)" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on Washington's album "Going For The Glow" (ST-12147).
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Vocalist and violinist Charles Veal, with unlisted others, records the titles "Love Me Tonight" and "New Found Love" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Veal's album "Believe It!" (ST-12174).
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Vocalist Marie Osmond, with unlisted others, records the titles "We're Gonna Need A Love Song" and "I Know The Feeling" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Osmond's album "I Only Wanted You" (ST-12516).

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1919 - Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith start United Artists Studios. The company will later start a music division, United Artists Records, whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company, EMI Music
85 Years Ago Today In 1931 - Future Capitol Records artist Eddie Cantor makes his radio debut on future Capitol Records artist Rudy Vallee's show "The Fleischmann Hour"
1960 - Alto Saxophonist Lou Donaldson (with Bill Hardman on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Al Harewood on drums) records the tracks "Blues For J.P.", "Politely", "(Way Down Upon The) Swanee River", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "The Man I Love", "Goose Grease", and "The Truth" with producer Alfred Lion and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder's studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey for Donaldson's Blue Note Records album "Sunny Side Up". "Blues For J.P.", "The Man I Love", and "The Truth" were rejected and later appeared on Mosaic Records' box set "The Complete Blue Note Lou Donaldson Sessions"
1960 - Mark Dinning's M-G-M single "Teen Angel", with "Bye Now Baby" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. Dinning is the younger brother of Capitol Records artists The Dinning Sisters
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - During two sessions held this day, Kittyhawk (Daniel Bortz on fretless guitar, Randy Strom and Paul Edwards on Chapman Sticks, Richard Elliott on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, and Michael Jochum on drums and percussion) records the title "Kilimanjaro" at the first session and the titles "Wind, Sand, And Stars" and "Bells Of Talieson" at the second session. EMI America will issue "Kilimanjaro" and "Wind, Sand, And Stars" together as a single (EMI America 8085) and all three titles on the group's album "Race For The Oasis" (ST-17053).
1989 - Paula Abdul's Virgin Records America single "Straight Up", with "Cold Hearted" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1953 - Walt Disney's animated feature film "Peter Pan" premieres at the Roxy Theatre in New York City, New York
1958 - The New York chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) is formed

Thursday, February 04, 2016

FEBRUARY 4, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1915 - Ray Evans, Academy Award winning composer (with Jay Livingston he wrote "Mona Lisa", "Buttons And Bows", "Silver Bells", and many others covered by Capitol Records artists), is born Raymond B. Evans in Salamanca, New York

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1941 - Edmund Weyns conducts The Wiesbaden Collegium Musicum (lineup unlisted as they record excerpts of Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Musical Offering" in four parts in Wiesbaden, Germany for Telefunken Records. After acquiring the Telefunken catalog, Capitol Records will issue all four parts on the group's album "BACH - Italian Concerto / The Musical Offering (Excerpts)" (L-8128).
1944 - Eddie Miller and His Orchestra (Charles Griffard, Bobby Goodrich, and Bruce Hudson on trumpet;, Abe Lincoln, Ed Kusby, and Elmer Smithers on trombone; Matty Matlock on clarinet; Doc Rando and Ray Lunsdale on alto saxophone; Miller on tenor saxophone; Clyde Rogers on baritone saxophone; Stan Wrightsman on piano; Nappy Lamare on guitar and vocal; Artie Shapiro on bass; and Nick Fatool on drums) record the tracks "The Hour Of Parting" (arranged by Paul Weston), "Our Monday Date" (arranged by Matty Matlock), "Yesterdays" (arranged by Weston), and two takes of "(I'm Gonna) Stomp, Mr. Henry Lee" (vocals by Lamar, arranged by Matlock) in Los Angeles, California for Capitol Records
50 Years Ago In 1966 - Vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with unlisted others, records the titles "Come, Thou Almighty King", "Savior, Again To Thy Dear Name", "A Grace Greater Than Our Sin", "A Wonderful Peace", and "Lead Kindly Light" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ford's album "Wonderful Peace" (T 2557).
1968 - John Lennon records tracks for The Beatles' song "Across The Universe
1969 - Paul McCartney hires his father-in-law's firm, Eastman & Eastman, as general legal counsel for Apple Corps
45 Years Ago In 1971 - Vocalist Dick Curless, with Charlie McCoy on harmonica, Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Harold Ray Bradley, Ray Edenton, and Billy Sanford on guitars, Pete Drake on steel guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, records the titles "Old Ramblin' Alabama Me", "Sweeter Than The Honey", "Hot Springs", and "Bully Of The Town" at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Curless' album "Comin' On Country" (ST-792).
45 Years Ago In 1971 - Barefoot Jerry (Wayne Moss on keyboards, bass, percussion and vocals, Mac Gayden on guitar, keyboards, and vocals, John Harris on keyboards, and Kenneth Buttrey on drums) records the title "The Minstrel Is Free At Last" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's eponymous album "Barefoot Jerry" (ST-786).
1974 - Harvest Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, releases Pink Floyd's single "Time" with "Us & Them" on the flipside
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Guthrie Thomas records the titles "I'll Be Lucky" and the yet to be issued title "Positively Dylanesque" at The Capitol Tower Studis in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue "I'll Be Lucky" on Thomas' album "Lies And Alibis" (ST-11519).
1980 - The Motels record the title "Bonjour Baby" in Studio B at the The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the title on the group's second album for the label, "Careful" (ST-12070).
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - The Tubes record the as yet to be issued take of the title "What's Wrong With Me" and the title "Let's Make Some Noise" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue "Let's Make Some Noise" on the group's album "The Completion Backward Principle" (SOO-12151).
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - During two sessions held on this day in Nashville, Tennessee, vocalist Marie Osmond, with unlisted musicians, records the title "Everybody's Crazy 'Bout My Baby" at the first session and "I Only Wanted You" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "Everybody's Crazy 'Bout My Baby" as a single (Capitol 5703) with "Making Magic" (recorded January 29, 1986) on the flipside, "I Only Wanted You" as a single (Capitol 5663) with "We're Gonna Need A Love Song" (recorded February 5, 1986) on the flipside, and both titles on Osmond's album "I Only Wanted You" (ST-12516).
1989 - Sheriff's Capitol Records single "When I'm With You", with "Voices" on the flip side, peaks at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
25 Years Ago Today In 1991 - Capitol releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's album "Songs of the Civil War"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1939 - Future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra marries his first wife Nancy Barbato in Jersey City, New Jersey
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Lenny Bruce gives a concert at Carnegie Hall which United Artist Records will releases complete and unabridged on the three record set "Lenny Bruce - The Carnegie Hall Concert". Universal Music Group, Capitol Records parent company, currently owns United Artists' catalog.
1990 - Paula Abdul's Virgin Records America single "Opposites Attract" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

FEBRUARY 3, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1943 - Linda Hargrove, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and Capitol Records artist, is born in Jacksonville, Florida

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1947 - Gene Krupa and His Orchestra (Don Fagerquist, Ray Triscari, Tony Anelli, Al Porcino or Ed Badgley on trumpet, Clay Harvey, Dick Taylor, Emil Manazec, and Jack Zimmerman on trombone, Harry Terrill or Sam Marowitz, and Charlie Kennedy on alto saxophone, Buddy Wise and Mitch Melnick on tenor saxophone, Jack Schwartz on baritone saxophone, Buddy Neal on piano, Bob Lesher on guitar, Bob Strahl on bass, Gene Krupa and Joe Dale on drums) record the tracks "Old Devil Moon" (arrangement by George Williams with vocals by Caroline Gray), "It Might Have Been A Different Story" (vocals by Buddy Stewart), "You Be You" (arrangement by George Williams with vocals by Caroline Gray), "All By Myself" (arrangement by George Williams), "Dreams Are A Dime A Dozen" (vocals by Buddy Stewart), an unlisted track, "It's A Good Day" (arrangement by George Williams with vocals by Caroline Gray), two more unlisted tracks, "Yes, Yes Honey" (arrangement by George Williams with vocals by Caroline Gray), another unlisted track, and "Same Old Blues" (vocals by Caroline Gray) for the Capitol Records Transcription Service in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the first, second and fourth tracks on transcription disc A-41 and the other listed tracks on transcription disc A-44. Mosaic Records will issue all the listed tracks on the box set "The Complete Capitol Recordings of Gene Krupa & Harry James" (MD7-192).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Pianist Lew Quadling and The Sentimental Reeds (lineup unlisted), recorded the titles "My Last Goodbye", "That Old Black Magic", "To Each His Own", "Careless", "Id Do, Do You?", and "Where Did We Go?" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "That Old Sax Magic" (T 1505).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist Tex Ritter, with Ralph Carmichael conducting a orchestra and chorus (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Awake My Charity", "A Wicked World", "I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven", "The Path Of Sorrow", and "Let Me Freely Yield" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release all the tracks, except "I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven" on Ritter's album "The Lincoln Hymns" (W 1562) and "I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven" on Ritter's album "Hillbilly Heaven" (T 1623).
1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "I Want To Hold Your Hand", with "I Saw Her Standing There" on the flipside, and their Capitol Records album "Meet The Beatles!", are both certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. and are the group's first Gold records
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Tommy Hunt, with Bert DeCoteaux conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "I'll Make You Happy" and "The Clown" in New York City, New York with producer Marvin Holtzman. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5621).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Vocalist Tennessee Ernie Ford, with unlisted others, records the titles "Crown Him With Many Crowns", "The Name Of Jesus", "Beautiful Garden Of Prayer", "I Love Thy Kingdom" and "Jesus, Lover Of My Soul" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ford's album "Wonderful Peace" (T 2557).
1967 - Hearts And Flowers (Rick Cunha, Dave Dawson, and Larry Murray on guitars and vocals) record the tracks "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive", "The View From Ward 3", and "Save Some Time" in Los Angeles, California with producer Rik Venet. Capitol Records will issue all three tracks on the band's album "Now Is The Time For Hearts And Flowers" (T 2762).
1967 - The Beatles record tracks for their song "A Day In The Life"
1968 - Paul McCartney record tracks alone for The Beatles' song "Lady Madonna"
1969 - The Steve Miller Band records the track "My Dark Hour"
1969 - The Beatles' members John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein as the group's new manager instead of Paul McCartney's father-in-law, Lee Eastman
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Vocalist Dick Curless, with Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Harold Ray Bradley, Ray Edenton, and Billy Sanford on guitars, Pete Drake on steel guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, records the titles "Woman, Don't Try To Sing My Song", "I Gave Up Getting Over You Today", and "Loser's Cocktail" at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 6:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Curless' album "Comin' On Country" (ST-792).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Billy May directs The Time-Life Orchestra (Shorty Sherock and Pete Candoli on trumpet, Skeets Herfurt on alto saxophone, Abe Most on clarinet, Ray Sherman on piano, Jack Marshall on guitar, Rolly Bundock on bass, Nick Fatool on drums, and Larry Bunker on vibraphone) as they record the titles "Rachel's Dream", "Opus #5", and "St. Louis Blues" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California. Time-Life Records will issue "Rachel's Dream" on the three LP set "The Swing Era - Volume 10 (Postwar Years) - A Clutch Of Characters" (STA 349), "Opus #5" on the three LP set "The Swing Era - Volume 5 (1939-1940) - 1939: A Real Dream Of A Year" (STA 344), and "St. Louis Blues" on the three LP set "The Swing Era - Volume 8 (1942-1944) - When Sport Was Mighty Sporty" (STA 347).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - During three sessions held this day in Los Angeles, California, The Lettermen (vocalists Jim Pike, Tony Butala, and Gary Pike), with unlisted musicians, record the titles "Crimson And Clover" and "Love Is A Two Way Street" at the first session, "Just Say Goodbye", "The Greatest Discovery", and "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" at the second session, and "Feelings", "Only Friends", "Yes, I'm Ready", and "Don't Make Me Over" at the third session. After overdubs are recorded on February 4, 1971 for "Crimson And Clover", "Love On A Two-Way Street", "Just Say Goodbye", "The Greatest Discovery", and "Everyone's Gone To The Moon", on February 5, 1971 for "Only Friends", "Yes I'm Ready", and "Don't Make Me Over", February 8, 1971 for "The Greatest Discovery" and "Everyone's Gone To The Moon", February 9, 1971 for "Crimson And Clover" and "Love On A Two-Way Street", February 15, 1971 for "Just Say Goodbye" and "Feelings", February 16, 1971 for "Yes, I'm Ready" and "Don't Make Me Over", and February 24, 1971 for "Love On A Two-Way Street", "The Greatest Discovery", and "Only Friends", Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Feelings" (SW-781).
1972 - Helen Reddy records a new version of "Summer of '71" and the as of yet unreleased track "Tulsa Turnaround" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue the track as a single on the flip side of "I Am Woman" in England (45CL15721) and France (2C006-81100).
1982 - Beau Williams records the as yet unissued track "Never Forgot Your Eyes", the track "If You're Ready" and another as yet unissued track "I Don't Believe" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue this version of "If Your Ready" on Williams' self-titled album "Beau Williams" (ST-12213) and an edited version as a single (Capitol 5158) with "This Time It's Real" on the flip side.
1999 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Trace Adkins seriously injures his ankle when, while trying to get his truck out of the mud outside of Nashville, Tennessee, he steps into a sinkhole, fracturing and dislocating his ankle
2003 - Phil Spector, music producer (The Beatles, Ike & Tina Turner, the Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, and many others, including at the time Capitol Records group Starsailor), is arrested in connection with the shooting death of Lana Clarkson at his home in Alhambra, California.
2009 - Tom Brumley (born Thomas Rexton Brumley), songwriter, steel guitar builder, 1992 Steel Guitarist Hall of Fame inductee, and steel guitarist with the Capitol Records group Buck Owens and The Buckaroos as well as The Stone Canyon Band, passes away in San Antonio,Texas at age 73 at Northeast Baptist Hospital, a little more than a week after experiencing a heart attack.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1967 - Jackie McLean (on alto saxophone, with Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Lamont Johnson on piano, Scotty Holt on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums) records the tracks "Hipnosis", "Slow Poke", "The Breakout", "Back Home" and "The Reason Why" in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Blue Note Records will issue all the tracks on McLean's album "Hipnosis" (BN-LA483-J2) and Mosaic Records will issue all the tracks on the Mosaic Select CD "Grachan Moncur" (MS-001).

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1918 - Joey Bishop, comedian, writer, motion picture and television actor, and member of "The Rat Pack", is born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb in The Bronx, New York
1938 - Victor Buono, television and motion picture actor (best remembered as King Tut on ABC-TV's "Batman" series) is born Victor Charles Buono in San Diego, California
1959 - After performing at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly (age 22), The Big Bopper (aka Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr., age 28), Richie Valens (age 17), and pilot Roger Peterson (age 21) are killed when their chartered Beech-Craft Bonanza airplane No. N3794N crashes near the Mason City, Iowa Airport at around 1:00 AM CST. Waylon Jennings, bass player for Buddy Holly, gave his seat on the plane to The Big Bopper, due to the Bopper's illness. Another Holly band member, Tommy Allsup, flips Valens for the last available seat, losing the coin toss. United Artists Records artist Don McLean will later remind listeners of the event in his song "American Pie".
1960 - Frank Sinatra forms his own label, Reprise Records, now a part of the Warner Music Group
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - At his first recording session (held at the home of his friends Sid and Bob Gleason at East Orange, New Jersey), Bob Dylan records the tracks "San Francisco Bay Blues" and "Jesus Met The Woman At The Well"

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

FEBRUARY 2, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1927 - Stan Getz, tenor saxophonist with Capitol Records artists Stan Kenton and His Orchestra and Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, band leader, and, as solo artist on Verve, Roost and Roulette Records, recorded tracks at Capitol Records studios, is born Stanley Gayetzsky in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Trombonist Pee Wee Hunt and His Orchestra (Andy Bartha on cornet, Red Dorris on clarinet, Joe Hall on piano, Kasper Malone on bass, and Glenn Waller on drums), record the titles "Carolina In The Morning" with vocals by Hunt, "Sugar Blues""Livery Stable Blues" and "Chicago" in Denver, Colorado. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1418) and the last two titles on Hunt's album "Dixieland Detour" (T 312).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Guitarist and vocalist Gene O'Quin, with Harold Glenn Hensley on fiddle, Billy Liebert on piano, Eddie Kirk on guitar, Wesley "Speedy" West on steel guitar, and Cliffie Stone on bass, records the titles "It's No Use Talkin' Baby", "You Played Around With My Heart", "Triflin' Woman", and "Heads You Win (Tails I Lose)" at Capitol Records studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 2:30PM and 5:30PM. Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol 1821) with "I'm Lonesome For You" (recorded March 8, 1951) on the flipside, the second and fourth titles together as as single (Capitol 1433), and the third title as a single (Capitol 1708) with "Texas Boogie" (recorded June 11, 1951) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist and guitarist Leon Payne, with Ernie Hunter on fiddle, a unknown rhythm guitarist, Frank Juricek on steel gutar, and  Lew Frisby on bass, record the titles "Farewell Waltz", "A Million Years Ago", "Empty Dreams", and "Lonely And Blue Over Someone" at listed as possibly ACA Studio in Houston, Texas. Capitol Records will issue the first and third titles together as a single (Capitol 1463) and the second and fourth singles together as a single (Capitol 1580).
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Conductor Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians (lineup unlisted) record the titles "You Couldn't Help But Be Wonderful" with vocals by Kenny Gardner and The Lombard Trio (unlisted lineup) and "Our Melody (The Phonograph Song)" with vocals by Kenny Garder and The Lombardo Singers (lineup unlisted) in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 3371).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist Verdelle Smith, with Irving Markowitz and Burt Collins on trumpets, Eddie Bert on trombone, Leroy Glover on organ, Lee Pockriss on piano, Allen Hanlon and Al Gorgoni on guitars, Russ Saunders on bass, Phil Kraus on drums, Vincent Bell on percussion, and a uncredited string session conducted by Alan Lorber, records the titles "You Only See Her", "Toot, Toot, Tootsie", and "Sexy" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Smith's eponymous album "Verdelle Smith" (T 2476).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - During two session held this day in Los Angeles, California, vocalist June Christy and her husband, tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist Bob Cooper, who also is conducting his own arrangement to the orchestra (Joe Gordon on trumpet, Vince De Rosa on French horn, Norman Benno on English horn and oboe, Bud Shank on alto flute, flute, and alto saxophone, Buddy Collette on baritone saxophone, Kathryn Julye on harp, Al Viola on guitar, Monte Budwig on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums), records the titles "I Know About Love" and "Cry Like The Wind" at the first session and "All You Need Is A Quarter", "Make Someone Happy", and "Asking For You" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Christy and Cooper's album "Do Re Mi" (T 1586).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Vocalist Tex  Ritter, with Ralph Charmichael conducting a uncredited choir, records the titles "Grace Has Set Me Free", "A Paradise Below", "Help Me, O Lord", and "The Everlasting Song" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Ritter's album "The Lincoln Hymns" (W 1562).
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - "Little Willie" John signs with Capitol Records
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - During two sessions held this day in New York City, New York, Bloodrock (Steve Hill on piano, organ, and vocals, Nick Taylor on guitar and vocals, Lee Pickens on guitar, Ed Grundy on bass and vocals, Rick Cobb on drums, and Jim Rutledge on vocals) records the titles "You Gotta Roll", "Breach Of Lease", and "Kool-Aid Kids" at the first session and "A Certain Kind" and "America, America" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on the group's album "Bloodrock 3" (ST-765).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Vocalist Dick Curless, with Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Ray Edenton, Billy Sanford, and Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge on guitars, Pete Drake on steel guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums), records the titles "Come Sundown", "Snap Your Fingers", and "The Swingin' Preacher" at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles on Curless' album "Comin' On Country" (ST-792). Bear Family Records will issue all three titles in Germany in the four CD boxset "Dick Curless - Hard, Hard Traveling Man" (BCD 16171).
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Vocalist and guitarist Guthrie Thomas, with Ringo Starr and Jim Keltner on drums, John Hartford on banjo and fiddle, Steve Cropper, Marc Edelstein, and Lee Montgomery on background vocals, David Paich on organ, Lyle Ritz on bass, Tom Brumley on pedal steel guitar, and Roger Johnson on guitar, records the titles "Ramblin' Cocaine Blues", "Her Song", "Good Days Are Rollin' In", and "Band Of Steel" as a duet with Ringo Starr (who wrote the song) at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with Thomas producing with John Carter and Steve Cropper. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Thomas' album "Lies And Alibis" (ST-11519).
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Tom Snow records the titles "I'm Only Passing On Through" and "Shoestring Destiny" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Snow's eponymous album "Tom Snow" (ST-11545)
1973 - Capitol Records artist Helen Reddy hosts the first episode of NBC-TV's rock variety show "The Midnight Special"
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Paul McCartney records the title "Move Over Busker" in England. Capitol Records will issue the title on McCartney's album "Press To Play" (JAS-12475).
1989 - Crispin Glover signs with Capitol Records

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1912 - Burton Lane, Broadway and motion picture composer (the songs "How Are Things in Glocca Morra", "That Old Devil Moon", "How About You", "I Hear Music", "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever", and many more and the Broadway musicals "Finian’s Rainbow" [with Yip Harburg] and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" [with Alan Jay Lerner], and songs for over thirty motion pictures including "Babes on Broadway", "Royal Wedding", and "St. Louis Blues" [which starred Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole]) and discoverer of future Capitol Records artist Judy Garland, is born Burton Levy in New York City, New York
1940 - Future Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra debuts with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra
1940 - Alan Caddy, record producer and guitarist with the EMI group Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and the group The Tornadoes, is born in London, England
1957 - Imperial Records artist Fats Domino appears on The Perry Como Show singing "Blue Monday" and "Blueberry Hill"
1979 - Sid Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie), drummer, singer, bass player with the EMI and Virgin Records group The Sex Pistols, dies at age 21 from an overdose of heroin
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - EMI releases Duran Duran's first single "Planet Earth", with "Late Bar" on the flip side, in the UK
1987 - Alfred Lion, record producer and founder of Blue Note Records, dies in San Diego, California at age 79
1992 - Right Said Fred's Charisma Records (a subsidiary of Virgin Records America) single "I'm Too Sexy" (with one side in English and the other side in Spanish) is still #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1887 - It's Groundhog's Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania for the first time
110 Years Ago Today In 1906 - Gale Gordon, motion picture, radio ("Our Miss Brooks", "My Little Margie") and television actor ("The Lucy Show") is born Charles Aldrich
1985 - Julian Lennon's Atlantic Records single "Too Late For Goodbyes", with "Let Me Be" on the flip side enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. In the UK, the single is released by Charisma/Virgin Records.
20 Years Ago Today In 1996 - Gene Kelly, actor, dancer, singer, choreographer and director for Broadway, motion pictures, radio and television, dies in Los Angeles from complications after two strokes at age 83

Monday, February 01, 2016

FEBRUARY 1, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1934 - Bob Shane, singer and guitarist with the Capitol Records group The Kingston Trio is born Robert Castle Schoen in Hilo, Hawaii
1937 - Ray Sawyer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and member of the Capitol Records group Dr. Hook, is born in Chicksaw, Alabama
1968 - Lisa Marie Presley, singer, daughter of Elvis Presley, and Capitol Records artist is born in Memphis, Tennessee

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - During a split session held in Los Angeles, California, first Helen O'Connell (on vocals), with Harold Mooney conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "The Loveliest Night Of The Year" and "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry" then Frank Devol, conducting his arrangements to his orchestra and vocal group The Dream Makers (linueps unlisted), records the titles "Ciribiribin On The Mandolin" with vocalist Jaye P. Morgan and "Chapel Of The Roses" with vocalist Tommy Hamilton. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 1408) and the last two titles together (Capitol 1411).
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - During a split session held at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California, first Nat "King" Cole (on vocals), with Pete Rugolo conducting his own arrangement to the orchestra (Ray Linn, Buddy Childers, Ralph Muzillo, and Jimmie Salko on trumpet, Harold Smith, Ray Conniff, and Jerry Rosa on trombone, Jules Kinsler, Ron Perry, Bill Hamilton, Jimmy Giuffre, and Chuck Gentry on reeds, Al Pellegrini on piano, Tony
Rizzi on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Louie Bellson on drums, and Jack Costanzo on congas), records the title "That's My Girl" then Mel Torme, also with Pete Rugolo conducting his own arrangement to the orchestra (same lineup) records the as yet unreleased take of the title "Come Out Singin'". Capitol Records will issue "That's My Girl" as a single (Capitol 1449) with "Too Young" (recorded February 6, 1951) on the flipside.
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist and pianist Nellie Lutcher, with a trio of musicians (lineup unlisted) records the title "If You Wanna Get To Goin' (And Come Out Singing)" at Radio Recorders' studios in Hollywood, California for Capitol Records. Bear Family Records will finally issue the title in Germany in the CD boxset "Nellie Lutcher And Her Rhythm" (BCD 15910).
1960 - Capitol Records releases Hank Thompson's single "A Six Pack To Go" with "Squaws Along The Yukon" on the flipside
1960 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Above And Beyond" with "Till These Dreams Come True" on the flipside
1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart and its flipside with "I Saw Her Standing There" debuts in the top 40.
1967 - The Beatles record tracks for their song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England
1968 - Merle Haggard records the track "Today I Started Loving You Again" for Capitol Records
35 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Heart's Capitol Records single "These Dreams", with "Shell Shock" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1859 - Victor Herbert, cello player, composer of operettas (including "Babes In Toyland", "Naughty Marietta", and "Sally", songs from which have been covered by many Capitol Records artists including Gordon MacRae and Jo Stafford) and film scores "The Fall Of A Nation" (1915), is born in Dublin, Ireland
1942 - Terry Jones, television ("Monty Python's Flying Circus") and motion picture actor, writer, and director, and Virgin Records artist, is born Terence Graham Parry Jones in Colwyn Bay, Wales
1964 - The Beatles' Vee-Jay Records single "Please Please Me", with "From Me To You" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - Rick James, singer and songwriter, is born James Johnson in Buffalo, New York
2003 - Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates over Texas while reentering Earth's atmosphere. All seven astronauts (Michael P. Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, Rick D. Husband, Willie McCool, and Ilan Ramon) on board are killed.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

JANUARY 31, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1892 - Eddie Cantor, Vaudeville, Broadway, motion picture, radio and television actor, singer, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist, is born Edward Israel Iskowitz in the Lower East Side of New York City, New York
1915 - Bobby Hackett, coronet, trumpet and guitar player, member of Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (played at the 1938 Carnegie Hall concert), and Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (initally as a guitarist while his lip was healing, then on short solos such as on "String Of Pearls"), band leader, a Capitol Records solo artist, and on Jackie Gleason's Capitol Records albums, is born Robert Leo Hackett in Providence, Rhode Island

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - During a split session held at Radio Recorders' studios in Hollywood, California, first Paul Weston and His Orchestra (lineup unlisted) record the titles "Nobody Else But Me" with vocals by Lou Dinning and "Full Moon And Empty Arms" featuring Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on piano then vocalist Martha Tilton, with Paul Weston directing the orchestra and vocal octet (lineups unlisted), records the titles "Ah Yes, There's Good Blues Tonight" and "As If I Didn't Have Enough On My Mind". Capitol Records will issue the first two titles together as a single (Capitol 245) and the second two titles together as a single (Capitol 244).
1947 - Dorothy Lamour signs with Capitol Records
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Vocalist and pianist Nellie Lutcher, with a unlisted trio of other musicians, records the titles "Pa's Not Home And Ma's Upstairs", "I Really Couldn't Love You", "(I Need) Body And Fender Work", and "He Couldn't Care Less" at Radio Recorders' studios in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue the first two titles as a single (Capitol 1420). Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in the CD boxset "Nellie Lutcher And Her Rhythm" (BCD 15910).
1953 - Nat "King" Cole's single "Pretend", with "Don't Let Your Eyes Go Shopping" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of the U.S. Pop singles chart
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 -  Trombonist and vocalist Jack Teagarden, with Van Alexander's Orchestra (Mannie Klein and Charlie Teagarden on trumpet, Francis "Joe" Howard and Ben Benson on trombone, Gus Bivona and Wilbur Schwartz on alto saxophone, Eddie Miller on tenor saxophone, Jules Jacob on baritone saxophone, Ray Sherman on piano, Mike Rubin on bass, and Nick Fatool on drums), records the titles "Aunt Hagar's Children Blues", "After You've Gone", "A Monday Date", and "Sheik Of Araby" at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Teagarden's album "This Is Teagarden" (T 721).
1963 - The Beach Boys record the tracks "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Shutdown"
1968 - Merle Haggard records the track "The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde" with producer Ken Nelson at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood. Merle wrote the song, which will enter the U.S. Country charts in March 1968 and will become Haggard's 4th #1 hit.
1969 - The Beatles record tracks for the songs "The Long And Winding Road", "Let It Be", and "Two Of Us"
1970 - Glen Campbell's 17th Capitol Records single to chart, "Honey Come Back" with "Where Do You Go" on the flip side, peaks at #2 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1990 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' last single for the label, "Tijuana Lady", with "Brooklyn Bridge" on the flip side

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1894 - Isham Jones, fiddler, tenor saxophonist, bandleader (whose members would include future Capitol Records artists Benny Goodman and Woody Herman), songwriter ("I'll See You In My Dreams", "The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else" which was covered by Capitol Records artist Nellie Lutcher and became one of her biggest hits, "It Had To Be You" which was covered by Capitol Records artist Betty Hutton, and others) is born in Coalton, Ohio
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - Johnny Rotten, lead singer with the EMI and Virgin Records group The Sex Pistols and Virgin Records Group Public Image Ltd. (aka PIL), is born John Lydon in Finsbury Park, London, England
1969 - Billy Preston signs with Apple Records
1981 - Blondie's Chrysalis Records single "The Tide Is High" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1982 - The J. Geils Band's EMI America single "Centerfold" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL HISTORY
145 Years Ago Today In 1876 - On a black day in the country's history, the government of the United States of America orders all Native Americans to move into reservations.
1936 - "The Green Hornet" radio show debuts on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan and was created by George Trendle and Fran Striker who also created The Lone Ranger which also was broadcast from the same station. A further tie-in is that the Hornet's alter-ego, Britt Reed, is the great nephew of The Lone Ranger's young sidekick Dan Reed.
1945 - On another black day in U.S.A. history, U.S. Army Private Eddie Slovik becomes the first American soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Ham the Chimp travels into outer space on an early version of NASA's Mercury rocket, performs well on some response tests and returns safely to Earth
1990 - The first McDonald's opens in Moscow, Russia
2004 - Mystery Science Theater 3000 ends its run on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

JANUARY 30, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1934 - Tammy Grimes, Broadway, motion picture, television and radio actress, singer, and Capitol Records artist (1960 - Original Cast Album for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"), is born in Lynn, Massachusetts. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - During two sessions held today, probably in "The Chateau" in Hollywood, California for The Capitol Records Transcription Service, The Mellowmen Quartet record six unlisted titles at the first session and Hal Derwin records five unlisted titles. There is no record if The Capitol Records Transcription Service issued any of the titles but it did register master #s. If anyone knows what was recorded that day, please leave a comment.
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - It's a busy day at Capitol Records' studios at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California. Between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM Wynn Stewart (on vocals and guitar), with J.R. "Jelly" Sanders on fiddle, Lewis Talley on guitar, Ralph Eugene Mooney on steel guitar, Enos "Skeets" McDonald on bass, and Marion "Pee Wee" Adams on drums, records the titles "It's Not The Moon That Makes The Difference", "You Took Her Off My Hands", "Why Do I Love You So?", and "That Just Kills Me". Capitol Records will issue "You Took Her Off My Hands" and "That Just Kills Me" together as a single (Capitol F33596), and "Why Do I Love You So?" as a single (Capitol F3408) with "The Waltz Of The Angels" (recorded on February 8, 1956) on the flipside. Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the ten CD boxset "Wynn Stewart - Wishful Thinking" (BCD 15886). Between 8:00 PM and 11:30 PM, vocalist June Christy, with Pete Rugolo conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra (Milt Bernhart and Frank Rosolino on trombone, George Roberts on bass trombone, John Graas on French horn, Bud Shank on flute and alto saxophone, Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone and oboe, Bernie Mattinson on vibraphone, percussion and bells, Corky Hale on harp, Claude Williamson on piano, Howard Roberts on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, Shelly Manne on drums, and a string section with Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, and Nick Pisani on violin, David Sterkin on viola, and Edgar Lustgarten on cello), records the titles "For All We Know", "There's No You", "Maybe You'll Be There" and "This Year's Kisses". Capitol Records will issue all the titles on Christy's album "The Misty Miss Christy" (T 725). Between 8:30 PM and 12:00 AM, Billy May directs his own arrangements to his orchestra (John Best, Conrad Gozzo, Mannie Klein, and Uan Rasey on trumpet, Lloyd Ulyate, Ed Kusby, Murray McEachern, and Francis Howard on trombone, Skeets Herfurt and Wilbur Schwartz on alto saxophone, Ted Nash and Fred Falensby on tenor saxophone, Chuck Gentry on baritone saxophone, Paul Smith on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Phil Stephens on bass, Alvin Stoller on drums) and Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires (vocalists Jud Conlon, Loulie Jean Norman, Gloria Wood, Charles Parlato, Mack McLean, and Robert Wacker) as they record the titles "Main Title From 'The Man With The Golden Arm'", "Nightmare Theme", and "Our Melody (The Phonograph Song)". Capitol Records will issue "Main Title From 'The Man With The Golden Arm'" and "Our Melody (The Phonograph Song)" together as a single (Capitol 3372) and "Nightmare Theme" as a single (Capitol 3486) with "The Beat" (recorded June 7, 1956) on the flipside.
1957 - Dean Martin finishes the last session for his Capitol Records album "Pretty Baby" after he records the tracks "Only Forever", "Maybe", "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)", "You've Got Me Crying Again", "Once in a While", "The Object of My Affection" at The Capitol Tower studios in Hollywood, California with Gus Levine conducting the orchestra (Alvino Rey and Vincent Terri on guitar, Joseph G. "Joe" Comfort on bass, Nick Fatool on drums, Edwin L. "Buddy" Cole on piano, Julian C. "Matty" Matlock on clarinet, Charles T. "Chuck" Gentry and Edward R. Miller on saxophone, Elmer R. "Moe" Schneider on trombone, and Charles Richard "Dick" Cathcart on trumpet).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - The Four Freshmen (vocalists Bob Flanigan, Bill Comstock, Ross Barbour, and Ken Albers), with Dick Reynolds conducting the orchestra (lineup unlisted), record the titles "Imagination", "(I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time", "Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing", and "Green Fields" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue all the titles on ghe group's album "Stars In Your Eyes" (T 1682).
55 Years Ago Today In 1961 - Capitol Records releases The Kingston Trio's album "Make Way"
1963 - Nat "King" Cole signs his last contract with Capitol Records
1964 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "Please Please Me" with "From Me To You" on the flipside.
1967 - The Beatles begin two straight days of shooting for a promo film for their Parlophone single "Strawberry Fields Forever" in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. The single will be released in the United States by Capitol Records and the footage would appear in "The Beatles Anthology" distributed by Capitol Video in 1995 that also includes home movies from the set of the shoot
1969 - The Beatles, with Billy Preston on keyboards, give their last public performance, an impromptu concert on the roof of Apple Records' offices at 3 Savile Row, London, England, after the roof was shored up to hold the weight. The performance was filmed until it was stopped after 42 minutes by the police. The footage will later appear in the documentary "Let It Be" and recordings of the songs performed, "Get Back" (three takes), "Don't Let Me Down" (two takes), "I've Got A Feeling" (two takes), "One After 909", and "I Dig A Pony", would later appear on the "Let It Be" Apple Records soundtrack, released by Capitol Records in the United States. The band also performed a version of "God Save The Queen" that was not recorded.
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - The Tubes record the titles "A Matter Of Pride" and "Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on the band's album "The Completion Backward Principle" (SOO-12151).
1997 - Tower Mastering duplicates a very limited quantity of a 3-song cassette sampler of alternate takes of Paul McCartney's songs "The World Tonight", "Young Boy", and "Somedays" to promote his Capitol Records album "Flaming Pie".

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - Future Capitol Records artist Merle Haggard was found guilty on a burglary charge in California
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - Vocalist Kim Carnes, with unlisted other vocalists and musicians, records the title "Break The Rules Tonight (Out Of School)". EMI America will release the title as a single (EMI America 8087) with "Draw Of The Cards" on the flipside and on Carnes' album "Mistaken Identity" (SO-17052).

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1933 - The first of 2,956 radio episodes of "The Lone Ranger" airs on WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan. The show's writer, Fran Striker (who also created The Green Hornet and Sgt. Preston of the Yukon) was born in Buffalo, New York. My dad loved this show as a kid. He even saved his Lone Ranger badge. When nostalgia for Old Time Radio was really at a peak in the early '70s, many programs were released on LP which he collected and played for me and my siblings and we just loved them. It really started my love for the great shows from the golden age of radio.

Friday, January 29, 2016

JANUARY 29, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1953 - Teresa Teng Li-chun, singer, Yewjow (1967-1971), Life Records (1971-1976), Polydor (1974-1982), EMI/Capitol Records/Parlophone (1983-1985), Polydor (1985-1995), Columbia Records (1986-1989), and Atlantic Records (1990-1995) artist, is born in Baojhong, Yunlin, Taiwan.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - During two sessions held today at Radio Recorders' studios in Hollywood, California, at the first session Jack Guthrie (on vocals) and His Oklahomans (Everett "Billy" Hughes on fiddle, "Porky" Freeman on lead electric guitar, Red Murrell on rhythm guitar, and Cliffie Stone on bass) record the titles "In The Shadows Of My Heart", "I Loved You Once But I Can't Trust You", "Please, Oh Please" and "Oklahoma's Calling" and at the second session they record the titles "My Rough And Rowdy Ways", "Peach Picking Time In Georgia", "Get Along Little Paint", "I'll Always Be A Country Boy", "Muleskinner Blues", "Any Old Time" and "Blue Yodel".
From the first session, Capitol Records will issue the first title as a single (Capitol 15251) with "Answer To 'Moonlight And Skies" on the flipside, the second title as a single (Capitol 246) with "When The Cactus Is In Bloom" on the flipside, and the last two titles together as a single (Capitol Americana 57-40032). From the second session, the Capitol Records Transcription Service will issue all the titles except "Get Along Little Paint" and "Muleskinner Blues" on transcription disc G-32. Bear Family Records will issue, in Germany, all the titles from the first session on the compilation CD "Jack Guthrie - Oklahoma Hills" (BCD 15580) and all the titles from the second session on the compilation CD "Jack Guthrie - Milk Cow Blues" (BCD 16400).
70 Years Ago Today In 1946 - Cootie Williams (on trumpet) and His Orchestra (Bob Merrill, Ermit V. Perry, George Treadwell, Billy Ford, and Clarence "Gene" Redd on trumpet, Ed Burke, Edward Johnson, and Bob Horton on trombone, Rupert Cole and John Jackson on alto saxophone, Sam Taylor and Everett Gaines on tenor saxophone, Bob Ashton on baritone saxophone, Arnold Jarvis on piano, Sam "Christopher" Allen on guitar, Norman Keenan on bass, and Butch Ballard on drums), record the titles "Stingy Blues" with vocals by Bob Merrill, "He Should'a Flip'd When He Flop'd" with vocals by Johnny Mercer and Cootie Williams, and the instrumental titles "Echoes Of Harlem" and "That's The Lick" at radio station WMCA's studios in New York City, New York. Capitol Records issued "Stingy Blues" as a single (Capitol 15164) with "Bring 'Em Down Front" on the flipside, "He Should'a Flip'd When He Flop'd" on the 2 CD set "Capitol Blues Collection: Cool Cats & Hip Chicks - Jumpin' Like Mad" (8-52051), "Echoes Of Harlem" as a single (Capitol 266) with "When My Baby Left Me" on the flipside, and "Stingy Blues", "Echoes Of Harlem", and "That's The Lick" on the 1972 Capitol Records compilation album "Capitol Jazz Classics Volume II - Big Band Bounce" (M-11057). Mosaic Records issued all the titles on the 1997 box set "Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions" (MQ19-170 on vinyl and MD12-170 on CD).
1949 - Margaret Whiting's Capitol Records single "Far Away Places", with "My Own True Love" on the flipside is #2 on the U.S. Pop singles charts and Jimmy Wakely's Capitol Records single "I Love You So Much It Hurts" with "I Don't Want Your Sympathy" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles chart
60 Years Ago Today In 1956 - The Hawaii Calls Orchestra (lineup unlisted) presented by Webley Edwards records the titles "Na Lei O Hawaii (Song Of The Islands)", "Sweet Leilani", "Drifting And Dreaming (Sweet Paradise)", and "Imi Au Ia Oe (King's Serenade)" in Hawaii. Capitol Records will purchase the masters and release all the titles on the album "Hawaii Calls - Favorite Instrumentals Of The Islands" (T 715).
1965 - Sonny James' Capitol Records single "You're The Only World I Know", with "Tying The Pieces Together" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "We Can Work it Out", with "Day Tripper on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - The Manhattan Transfer (vocalists Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, and Pat Rosalia) and guitarist Gene Pistilli, accompanied by Saber on electric guitar, recorded the title "Java Jive" in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue the title as a single (Capitol 3108) with "Chicken Bone Bone" on the flipside and on the group's album "Jivin'" (ST-778). A later incarnation of the group will re-record "Java Jive". 45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Anita Carter (on vocals), with Hargus "Pig" Robbins on piano, Jerry Kennedy, Billy Sanford, and Jerry "Chip Young" Stembridge on guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and Jerry Carrigan on drums, records the titles "Loving Him Was Easier", "I'd Rather Be Sorry", and "Until It's Time For You To Go" at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. After overdubs are recorded on May 6, 1971 for "Loving Him Was Easier" and "Until It's Time For You To Go", on June 3, 1971 for "Loving Him Was Easier" and "Until It's Time For You To Go", a guitar overdub at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville Tenessee by Billy Sanford on June 14, 1971 for "Loving Him Was Easier" and scraping those overdubs and doing new ones with Anita Carter on vocals and Richard Bennett on guitar at Rock Audio's studio in Brentwood, Tennessee on October 25, 30, 31, and November 1, 2001 for all three titles, Bear Family Records will issue all the titles and versions in the CD boxset "Anita Carter - Appalachian Girl" (BCD 16414) in Germany.
40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Al Martino (on vocals), with unlisted musicians using arrangements by Al Capps, records a as yet unissued take of "There's No Tomorrow", the titles "The More I See You" and "My Thrill", and a as yet unissued take of "Candy" with producer Mike Curb in Los Angeles, California. After overdubs are recorded for "There's No Tomorrow" and "The More I See You" on January 30, 1976 and for "My Thrill" on February 5, 1976, Capitol Records will issue "The More I See You" and "My Thrill" together as a single (Capitol 4241) and on Martino's album "Sing My Love Songs" (ST-11572). 40 Years Ago Today In 1976 - Guthrie Thomas record and produces the titles "Sweet Virginia" and "Fifty-Five" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Thomas' album "Lies And Alibis" (ST-11519).
1977 - Capitol Records releases Mel McDaniel's single "All The Sweet" with "A Little More Country" on the flipside
35 Years Ago Today In 1981 - During two sessions held in Nashville, Tennessee, vocalist Billy "Crash" Craddock, with unlisted others, records as yet unissued takes of the titles "I Haven't Even Thought Of You" and "Love And Run" and the title "I Just Need You For Tonight" at the first session and a as yet unissued take of the title "Honky Tonk Waltz" and the title "Darlin' Take Care Of Yourself" at the second session. Capitol Records will issue "I Just Need You For Tonight" and "Darlin' Take Care Of Yourself" on Craddock's album "The New Will Never Wear Off Of You" (ST-12249).
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - Vocalist Marie Osmond, with unlisted others, records the titles "Making Magic" and "Cry Just A Little" in Nashville, Tennessee. Capitol Records will issue both titles on Osmond's album "I Only Wanted You" (ST-12516).
1989 - Sheriff's Capitol Records single "When I'm With You", with "Crazy Without You" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
20 Years Ago Today In 1996 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Garth Brooks said that Hootie and the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he did, so he refused to accept his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist.
2002 - Capitol Records releases the 25 track CD "Les Brown And His Band Of Renown BEST OF THE CAPITOL YEARS" and, as part of the label's "Classic Masters" series, Blind Melon's eponymous 12 track compilation album "Blind Melon".
ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1944 - Johnny Wakely, singer, guitarist, and son of Capitol Records artist Jimmy Wakely, is born in Hollywood, California
1961 - Eddie Jackson, bass player for the bands The Mob and EMI America and Rhino Records group Queensr├┐che, is born in Robstown, Texas
1969 - "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" debuts on CBS-TV
1973 - Johnny Rivers' United Artists Records single "Rockin' Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu", with "Come Home America" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1977 - Kenny Rogers's United Artists Records single "Lucile", with "Till I Get It Right" on the flip side, debuts on the U.S. Country charts
1983 - Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton's Liberty Records single "We've Got Tonight", with Rogers' solo track "You Are So Beautiful" on the flipside, enters the U.S. Country charts where it will peak at #1
1990 - EMI America releases Eddie Cochran's compilation album "Legendary Masters: Eddie Cochran" as part of the label's "Legendary Masters" series
20 Years Ago Today In 1996 - Zander Raphael Ayeroff, son of Capitol Records artist and guitarist Stan Ayeroff and bassoonist and multi-media artist Leslie Lashinsky, is born.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

JANUARY 28, 2016

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - Peggy Lee's Capitol Records single "Golden Earrings", with "I'll Dance At Your Wedding" on the flipside, is #1 on the U.S. Pop singles charts
1950 - Capitol Records releases Tommy Duncan's single "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" with "Just a Plain Old Country Boy" on the flip side
65 Years Ago Today In 1951 - Tennessee Ernie Ford's Capitol Records single "Shotgun Boogie", with "I Ain't Gonna Let It Happen No More" on the flipside, is still #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
1957 - Dean Martin begins the first of two sessions (the second will be on January 30, 1957) at The Capitol Tower studios, recording the tracks "I Can't Give You Anything But Love", "Sleepy Time Gal", "Pretty Baby", "For You", "It's Easy To Remember", and "Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)" for his Capitol Records album "Pretty Baby" with Gus Levene conducting the orchestra (Alvino Rey and Vincent Terri on guitar, Joseph G. "Joe" Comfort on bass, Nick Fatool on drums, Edwin L. "Buddy" Cole on piano, Julian C. "Matty" Matlock on clarinet, Charles T. "Chuck" Gentry and Edward R. Miller on saxophone, Elmer R. "Moe" Schneider on trombone, Charles Richard "Dick" Cathcart on trumpet).
1964 - Buck Owens records the tracks "Together Again" and "My Heart Skips A Beat" that Capitol Records will release together as a single. Both sides will reach #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts.
50 Years Ago Today In 1966 - Kay Starr (on vocals), with Perry Botkin Jr, conducting arrangements by Billy Liebert to the orchestra (lineup unlisted), records the titles "Tears And Heartaches", "Old Records", and "Talk, Talk, Talk" in Los Angeles, California with producer Lex De Azevedo. After overdubs are recorded for "Tears And Heartaches" and "Old Records" on February 2, 1966, Capitol Records will issue both titles together as a single (Capitol 5601) and all three titles on Starr's final album for the label, "Tears And Heartaches" (T 2550).
1969 - The Beatles record tracks for the songs "I Dig A Pony", "Get Back", "Don't Let Me Down", "I've Got A Feeling", and "One After 909" that will appear on their Apple Records album "Let It Be" that's released by Capitol Records in the U.S.
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - John Lennon's second solo Apple Records album "Plastic Ono Band", distributed by Capitol Records in the United States, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - During three sessions that took place in New York City, New York, The Manhattan Transfer (vocalists Tim Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson,and Pat Rosalia) and guitarist Gene Pistilli, at the first session, accompanied by Saber on electric guitar, Tim Hauser also on banjo, Norbert Putnam on electric bass, and Kenny Buttrey on drums, record the titles "Roll Daddy, Roll" and, with the addition of Tommy West on piano and organ, George Edwards on steel guitar, and Gary Chester replacing Kenny Buttrey on drums, "Fair And Tender Ladies". At the second session, this time accompanied by Marty Nelson on clarinet, David Briggs on piano, Adam Mitchell on electric guitar, Norbert Putnam on electric bass, and Kenny Buttrey on drums, they record the title "I Need A Man". At the third session, this time accompanied by Saber on electric guitar, Norbert Putnam on electric bass, and Kenny Buttrey drums, they record the titles "One More Time Around Rosie" with Marty Nelson also on clarinet and "Rosianna" with Buddy Spicher on violin. Capitol Records will issue the titles on the group's debut album "Jukin'" (ST-778).
45 Years Ago Today In 1971 - Wanda Jackson (on vocals), with Ron Oates on piano, Charlie Cochran on guitar, Mike Post on rhythm guitar, Jerry Shook, Billy Sanford, and James Wilkerson on guitar, Stuart Basore on steel guitar, Roy M. "Junior" Huskey Jr. on bass, and Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. on drums, records the titles "Happy Tracks", "Chicken On The Ground", "Am I Not My Brother's Keeper", and "Jubal" at the Jack Clement Studio in Nashville, Tennessee between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM. After overdubs are recorded for the last two titles on February 2, 1971, Capitol Records will issue "Happy Tracks" on Jackson's album "I Wouldn't Want You Any Other Way" (ST-11096) and "Am I Not My Brother's Keeper" on Jackson's album "Praise The Lord" (ST-11023). Bear Family Records will issue all the titles in Germany in the eight CD boxset "Wanda Jackson - Tears Will Be Chaser For The Wine" (BCD 16114).
1972 - Merle Haggard's Capitol Records single "Carolyn", with "When The Feelin's Gone Away" on the flipside, is #1 on Billboard's Country singles chart
1984 - Duran Duran's Capitol Records single "New Moon On Monday", with "Tiger Tiger" on the flipside, enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1992 - Hammer's Capitol Records single "Addam's Groove", with "Addam's Groove - instrumental (The Addams Family Theme)" on the flipside, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1997 - Capitol Records releases T-Connection's compilation CD "The Best of T-Connection: Everything's Still Cool" as part of the label's "Heart Of Soul" series
2003 - Capitol Records releases Glen Campbell's compilation CD "All The Best"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1967 - The Spencer Davis Group's United Artists Records single "Gimme Some Lovin'" enters the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. United Artists' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records parent company EMI Music. The group's lead singer, Steve Winwood, would later become a solo artist on Virgin Records America. I worked on the design and production of the packaging "Roll With It", his first album for the label, as well as promo materials, advertising and the 45 and CD single (including a 3" CD) versions of the first single from album, also called "Roll With It".

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
310 Years Ago In 1706 - John Baskerville, printer and typefounder, is born in England
1917 - William Gottlieb, columnist (The Washington Post), editor (Down Beat magazine), author (with articles and photos in The Record Changer, The Saturday Review and Collier's magazines, children's books and "The Golden Age Of Jazz"), and photographer of the jazz scene in the 1940s, is born William Paul Gottlieb in Brooklyn, New York
1985 - More than 40 artists gather at A&M's Hollywood studios to record "We Are The World" under the collective name USA for Africa with proceeds from the single to go toward worldwide hunger prevention
30 Years Ago Today In 1986 - The liquid hydrogen tank for the space shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after take off, killing the ship's entire crew (Commanders Francis "Dick" Scobee and Michael J. Smith, Dr. Judith A. Resnik, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Lt. Colonel Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory B. Jarvis and school teacher Christa McAuliffe)