Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AUGUST 20, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1905 - Jack Teagarden, trombonist, band leader, singer and Capitol Records recording artist, is born Weldon John Teagarden in Vernon, Texas
1952 - John Hiatt, singer, musician, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist (1995-1997), is born in Indianapolis, Indiana. If anyone knows his middle name, please leave a comment.
1952 - Doug Fieger, actor, guitarist, and lead singer of the Capitol Records band The Knack, is born in Detroit, Michigan. If anyone knows his middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY1948 - The comedy team Martin and Lewis (Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis) sign with Capitol Records. Martin had already signed a personal singing contract with Capitol on August 12, 1948.
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Gordon MacRae and Jo Stafford's Capitol Records single "Whispering Hope" debuts on the singles chart where it will peak at #4
1951 - Les Paul and Mary Ford’s Capitol Records single “The World is Waiting For The Sunshine” sells its first million copies
1956 - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly‘s Capitol Records single “True Love”, from the Capitol Records soundtrack album for the MGM motion picture "High Society", sells its first million copies
1957 - The Kingston Trio hear the song "Tom Dooley" for the first time at talent audition at The Purple Onion, 140 Columbus, San Francisco, California. They will re-arrange the song and add a spoken intro when they record it for their demo disc, which is given to Voyle Gilmore at Capitol Records, who signed them to the label. The track also appears on their self-titled Capitol Records debut album, "The Kingston Trio".
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - All four Beatles are in the recording studio (EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, England) at the same time for the last time. They'll mix part of the "Abbey Road" album, decide the running order of the songs, and decide where to clip the end of the track "I Want You (She's So Heavy)"
1973 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's single "Colorado Country Morning" with "Daddy Usta Say" on the flipside
2011 - Ross Barbour, founding member of the Capitol Records vocal group The Four Freshmen, dies of lung cancer at his home in Simi Valley, California at age 82.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1959 - Ella Fitzgerald finishes recording tracks for her Verve Records album "Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Songbook" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle and producer Norman Granz

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
95 Years Ago Today In 1919 - The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, giving women the right to vote
1942 - Isaac Hayes, singer, songwriter, and cartoon voice artist, is born Isaac Lee Hayes in Covington, Tennessee
1950 - Jerome Brailey (aka "Bigfoot" Brailey), drummer with various bands including P-Funk, Parliament, Funkadelic, and Mutiny is born. If anyone knows his middle name, or where he was born, please leave a comment
1965 - KRS-One, singer, songwriter, and producer, is born Lawrence Krisna Parker in Brooklyn, New York
1972 - 112,000 people gather at Los Angeles Coliseum for an all-day concert called Wattstax. Isaac Hayes, Albert King, The Staples Stingers, Rufus & Carla Thomas, The Bar-Kays, and others performed. Stax Records president Al Bell had the concert filmed and the footage has been shown as part of a documentary on PBS.

BTW - Today is my step-daughter Maureen Johnson's 35th birthday!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AUGUST 19, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1972 - Sammi Cheng, actress, singer (Cantonese, Mandarin, and English) and Capitol Records Hong Kong recording artist (until a contractual dispute in 1996 led to her signing with Warner Bros. HK), is born Cheng Sau Man

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - The King Cole Trio are back in the WMCA Studios in New York City, with Carl Kress and Walter Rivers producing and a string arrangement by Charlie Grean, to re-record Mel Tormé and Robert Wells' "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" (the first time was on June 14, 1946 also at WMCA Studios) because Cole was able to convince Capitol execs to invest more money because he felt that the song would work better with a string section. In all there are at least six version of the song using Cole's vocals from 4 different sessions. The Both Sides Now chat board has a great thread about the song covering  all the sessions. Just scroll to near the bottom of this link. At the same session the group (Cole on piano and voicals, Oscar More on guitar , Johnny Miller on bass, and William Jack "The Bear" Parker on drums) first recorded the track "The Best Man" and then later recorded "You Should Have Told Me".
1957 - Gene Vincent's Capitol Records single "Lotta Lovin'", with "Wear My Ring" on the flip side, enters Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart where it will peak at #13
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "All You Need Is Love", with "Baby You're A Rich Man" on the flip side, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1968 - Tower Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) releases Pink Floyd's single "Let There Be More Light" with "Remember A Day" on the flip side
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - The last session where original music is recorded for The Beatles' last album recorded as a group, "Abbey Road", occurs in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London with George Harrison recording of the MOOG part for the track "Here Comes The Sun" with producer George Martin, engineers Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald and second engineer Alan Parsons. All further sessions for the album are held for for only mixing, remixing, and mastering purposes.
35 Years Ago Today In 1979 - Dorsey Burnette, songwriter, singer and guitarist, who recorded with his brother Johnny as the Burnette Brothers for Imperial and Liberty Records (whose catalog is now owned by Capitol Records) and as a solo artist for Liberty and Capitol Records, dies of a heart attack at age 46 in Canoga Park, California
2003 - Capitol Records releases The Dandy Warhols' album "Welcome To The Monkey House"
2003 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Dierk Bentley's self-titled debut album as an enhanced CD
2011 - Jay Ranellucci (born Julio (Jay) Francis Ranellucci on March 16, 1933), recording engineer for Capitol Records from 1957 to 2007, passes away peacefully at age 78. He started his career in Korea with Armed Forces Radio as a radio broadcast specialist. On leaving the service in 1955, he worked at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles until he started at Capitol Records in 1957 where he worked as a recording engineer until his retirement in 2007 - a remarkable 50- year career working with such music/entertainment greats as Nat Cole, Julie London, Peggy Lee, the Kingston Trio, the Beach Boys, Stan Kenton, Stan Freberg, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hoyt Axton, Jo Stafford, Bobby Darin, Bing Crosby, Nancy Wilson, Merle Haggard, The Band, and many others. He was also a lifelong fan of old-time radio, both drama and comedy, and had a tremendous memory for actors names and associated time periods, as well as the associated trivia of the genre. His sense of humor was well-known and stories were fascinating. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, a stepdaughter, 2 granddaughters, and a great-grandson.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1943 - Billy J. Kramer, singer and front man for the Parlophone Records (a subsidiary of EMI) recording artists Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas (whose manager was Brian Epstein, were produced by George Martin, and whose first three hits were songs written by Lennon & McCartney that weren't used by The Beatles), is born William Howard Ashton in Bootle, Liverpool, England
1948 - Capitol Records recording artist Dean Martin and his wife's daughter, Deana (Dina) Martin, is born
1967 - Capitol and Apple Records artist Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen's son Jason Starkey is born
1981 - Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who will form the EMI Records recording duo The Pet Shop Boys, meet for the first time by chance at an electronics shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea, England. EMI currently owns Capitol Records. The Pet Shop Boys were released in the U.S. by EMI America whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
35 Years Ago Today In 1979 - Groucho Marx (born Julius Henry Marx), comedian, Broadway, motion picture, and television actor, radio and television game show host ("You Bet Your Life"), and part of the comedy team The Marx Brothers, dies of pneumonia at age 86. He will later be cremated, and the ashes will be interred in the Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California

Monday, August 18, 2014

AUGUST 18, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
75 Years Ago Today In 1939 - Molly Bee, singer ("Tennesse Tango", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", etc.), radio and television performer, who was 13 when she signed with Capitol Records, is born Molly Beechwood in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. If any one knows her middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1963 - In Watseka, Illinois (on a bill with Ray Price), Capitol Records recording artists The Louvin Brothers perform for the last time together. Both Ira and Charles would go on to record for Capitol as solo artists.
1971 - Al De Lory, conducting his arrangement to the orchestra, records "Jesus Christo" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will later release the track as a single (Capitol 3196).
1976 Richard Torrance records the tracks "Circle Of Confusion" and "Moonlight Trippin'" in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records will release both tracks on Torrance's album "Bareback" (SW-11610).
1978- Peabo Bryson's Capitol Records album "Reaching For The Sky" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
35 Years Ago Today In 1979 - The Knack's Capitol Records debut single "My Sharona", with "Let Me Out" on the flipside, hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1990 - Poison's Capitol Records album "Flesh & Blood" peaks at #2 on Billboard's album chart
2010 - Kenny Edwards, guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member of Capitol Records group The Stone Poneys, dies at age 64 of complications of a blood disorder thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), and prostate cancer at a hospital near his home in Santa Barbara, California. Read more at The Los Angeles Times.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Sarah Dash, singer with the group Labelle and a solo EMI Manhattan recording artist(1988-1989), is born in Trenton, New Jersey. EMI Manhattan's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment. 

1957 - Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, with Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Clark on piano, Jimmy Rowser on bass, and Art Taylor on drums, records the tracks "My Reverie", "Curtain Call", "On The Bright Side", "The Mobe", "Don't Get Too Hip", and "Deep In A Dream (without Dorham on trumpet), for Blue Note Records with producer Al Lion and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey. Blue Note sold its catalog to Liberty Records, which was acquired by United Artists Records, which was bought by EMI and currently Capitol Records, under Bruce Lundvall leadership in New York City, controls the Blue Note catalog.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1920 - Shelley Winters, actress, is born Shirley Schrift in St. Louis, Missouri. Winters appeared in the movie "Pete's Dragon" whose soundtrack was released by Capitol Records. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment. 
50 Years Ago On This Day In 1962 - Ringo Starr makes his on stage debut as The Beatles drummer when they perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair ends mid-morning

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AUGUST 17, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1893 - Mae West, Broadway, radio, and motion picture actor, playwright, screenwriter, singer and Tower Records (a subsidiary of Capitol Records) artist is born in Mary Jane West in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.
60 Years Ago Today In 1954 - Eric Johnson, guitarist, songwriter, and Capitol Records artist (1987 -1996), is born in Austin, Texas. If anyone knows his middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - The King Cole Trio's Capitol Records album (4 78rpm discs), "The King Cole Trio Volume 2", hits #1 on U.S. album charts
1951 - Nat "King" Cole records the tracks "Unforgettable", "My First And My Last Love", and "Lovelight", with arranger Nelson Riddle conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra, at Capitol's Melrose studios (formerly KHJ Radio) in Hollywood, California. Cole would later re-record the track "Unforgettable" in stereo. That take would later be used for the duet recording with his daughter Natalie.
1961 - The Kingston Trio record the track "Take Her Out Of Pity" for their Capitol Records album "Close Up" with John Stewart, who had recently replaced Dave Guard, on lead vocal
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" with "She Knows Me Too Well" on the flipside.
1970 - Capitol Records releases The Band's album "Stage Fright"
1981 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' soundtrack album to "A Hard Day's Night" on the Capitol Records label for the first time after parent company EMI buys the United Artists catalog
1992 - Capitol Records releases the compilation CD "Puttin' on the Ritz: Capitol Sings Irving Berlin" as part of their "Capitol Sings" series

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Colin James, blues guitarist, actor, and Virgin Records recording artist, is born Colin James Munn in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Capitol Records currently owns Virgin's catalog. I worked on the final design for his debut album on Virgin, talked with him at the office, and saw him open for Stevie Ray Vaughn at the Wiltern theater in Los Angeles, California.
1977 - Future Capitol Records Nashville (1998-2000) artist Steve Wariner has his first recording session as a solo artist. It's at RCA's Studio B, in Nashville, Tennessee, with Chet Atkins (in whose band Wariner had played bass) producing.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

AUGUST 16, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1940 - T.S. Bonniwell (aka Sean Bonniwell), singer, guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the group The Music Machine, and a Capitol Records solo recording artist (the 1969 album "Close"), is born Thomas Harvey Bonniwell in San Jose, California
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and founder of the Capitol Records recording group The Tubes, is born William Spooner in Phoenix, Arizona. Thanks Mel for the update on which city in Arizona is Bill's birthplace.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Johnny Mercer, with Freddie Slack and His Orchestra (Slack on piano; Ray Linn, Jack Mootz, and Ernie Figueroa on trumpets; Kenny Wygal and Roger Ingram on trombone (an email from Kenny Wygal's daughter Tricia reads that her father played trumpet for Freddie Slack not trombone); Jack Ordean and Jimmie Rudge on alto saxophone; Don Brassfield and Everett McLaughlin on tenor saxophone; Sam Sachelle on baritone saxophone; Al Hendirckson on electric guitar; Hilmer "Tiny" Timbrell on guitar; Harry Babason on bass; and Dave Coleman on drums) record the tracks "The H.C. Potter's Ball" with Mercer and Don Raye on vocals, and "The Necessary Evil Blues" with just Mercer on vocals. After recording Mercer's tracks, Freddie Slack and His Orchestra (same lineup as above), record the tracks "Half After" "Cocktail Repartee", and "What Is This Thing Called Rebop? All the tracks were recorded in Los Angeles, California and remained unissued until 2005 when they appeared on Mosaic Records' 3 CD compilation "Mosaic Select: Freddie Slack".
1947 - Tex Williams' Capitol Records single "Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette)" is still #1 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart and Red Ingle and The Natural Seven (with vocals by Cinderella G. Stump aka Jo Stafford)'s Capitol Records single "Tim-Tay-Shun" peaks at #2 up from #3
1950 - Nat "King" Cole (on vocal and piano), with Irving Ashby on guitar, Joe Comfort on bass, Jack Costanzo on bongos, and The Stan Kenton Orchestra (including Maynard Ferguson, Jim Salko, Buddy Childers, Chico Alvarez, and Shorty Rogers on trumpet; Milt Bernhart, Harry Betts, Bob Fitzpatrick, Johnny Halliburton, and Herbie Harper on trombone; Bud Shank and Art Pepper on alto saxophone; Bob Cooper and Bert Calderal on tenor saxophone; and Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone), records the tracks "Orange Colored Sky" (arranged by Pete Rugalo) and "Jam-Bo" (arranged by Shorty Rogers) with producer Lee Gillette at Capitol Records' Melrose Avenue studios in Hollywood, California
1952 - Al Martino (with orchestra conducted by Monty Kelly)'s Capitol Records single "Here In My Heart" is #7 down from #5 on Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart, Nat "King" Cole (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "Somewhere Along The Way" is #12 up from #13 and its flip side "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" with Billy May and His Orchestra is #14 up from #19
1956 - Louis Armstrong, with Buddy Rich on drums and the Oscar Peterson Trio, records the track "April in Paris" for Verve Records album "Ella and Louis" in The Capitol Tower Studios, in Hollywood California
1958 - The Kingston Trio records the tracks "New York Girls", "They Call The Wind Maria", and "Shady Grove/Lonesome Traveler" for their Capitol Records album "...From The Hungry i"
1961 - The Kingston Trio records the track "Oh Sail Away" for their Capitol Records album "Close-Up"
1968 - Apple Records releases Mary Hopkin's single "Those Were The Days", which is produced by Paul McCartney, with "Turn, Turn, Turn" on the flip side. The record becomes Apple's first big hit, selling 4 million copies worldwide, and is distributed by Capitol Records in the United States.
1996 - The Figgs' Capitol Records debut album "Banda Macho" hits #10 on CMJ's Radio Top 200 records chart
2005 - Capitol Records releases Bob Seger's album "Back In '72" on CD for the first time
2005 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Chris LeDoux's compilation album "Anthology Volume 1"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1929 - Bill Evans, pianist and Blue Note Records recording artist, is born William John Evans in Plainfield, New Jersey. Capitol Records currently owns Blue Note Records catalog.
1952 - The Gerry Mulligan Quartet (Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Chet Baker on trumpet, Bob Whitlock on bass and Chico Hamilton on drums) records for the first together in the afternoon at the Laurel Canyon bungalow of recording engineer Phil Turetsky. Using Turetsky's early model Ampex tape recorder, they record the tracks "Bernie's Tune" and "Lullaby Of The Leaves which are released as a single by Pacific Jazz. The single will become the label's first big success. Pacific Jazz's catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.
1962 - Brian Epstein fires The Beatles' drummer Pete Best and hires Ringo Starr to replace him
1968 - Arranger Gerald Wilson (with Ollie Mitchell, Dalton Smith, Alex Rodrigues, Tony Rusch on trumpet; Frank Strong, Lester Robertson, and Thurman Green on trombone; Mike Wimberly on bass trombone; Jim McGee and George Hyde on french horn; Anthony Ortega on alto saxophone, flute, and piccolo; Ramon Borjorquez on alto saxophone; Hadley Caliman and Harold Land on tenor saxophone; Richard Aplanalp on baritone saxophone; Henry DeVega, Pete Terry, and Bill Perkins on reeds; Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphones; Mike Wofford and Jimmy Rowles on piano, organ, and electric harpsichord; Mike Anthony on guitar; Wilton Felder on electric bass guitar; Carl Lott on drums; and Hugh Anderson and Joe Porcaro on percussion) records the tracks "California Soul", "Yesterlove", and "Lullaby From Rosemary's Baby" with producer Richard Bock and recording engineer Lanky Linstrot at Liberty Records' studios on Third Street in Los Angeles (near Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills), California for his World Pacific Records album "California Soul".
1977 - Elvis Presley, father of Capitol Records artist Lisa Marie Presley, is pronounced dead of heart failure at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee at age 42
1996 - Thorn EMI shareholders voted in favour of demerger proposals. The resulting media company is now known as EMI Group PLC
2007 - It is announced that EMI has hired Saatchi & Saatchi to handle marketing of its back catalog

BTW - It's my daughter Alys' 15th birthday! She was born at 1:37 AM at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

Friday, August 15, 2014

AUGUST 15, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1923 - Rose Marie, singer, radio, motion picture and television actress, child star as Baby Rose Marie, and Capitol Records artist (the original Broadway cast album for "Top Banana"), is born Rose Marie Mazetta in New York City, New York.
1925 - Rose Maddox, singer, member of the group The Maddox Brothers and Rose, and a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Roselea Arbana Maddox in Boaz, Alabama.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1942 - Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's Capitol Records single "Cow Cow Boogie", with vocals by Ella Mae Morse, becomes Capitol Records' first single to enter Billboard's Best Selling Retail Records chart when it debuts at #9. The flipside is Freddie Slack and His Orchestra's "Here You Are" with vocals by David Street.
1955 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "Look To Your Heart", "Love And Marriage", "The Impatient Years" and "Our Town" with producer Voyle Gilmore and arranger Nelson Riddle conducting the studio orchestra (Harry Klee, Ted Nash, Joseph Palange, Willie Schwartz, and Warren Webb on reeds; Francis Howard on trombone; George Roberts on bass trombone; John Cave, James Decker and Vincent De Rosa on french horns; Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Alex Murray, Erno Neufeld, Nick Pisani, Nathan Ross, Mischa Russell, Paul Shure, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, and Gerald Vinci on violin; Alvin Dinkin, Stanley Speigelman, and David Sterkin on viola; Armand Kaproff and Edgar Gilbert on cello; Max Albright on drums; Alton Hendrickson on guitar; Frank Flynn on vibraphone; Kathryn Julye on harp) and chorus (Sweet Blair, Vince Degen, Jack Gruberman, John Gustavson, Ray Linn Jr., Gil Mershon, Robert Namlin, Charles Parlato, William Reeve, Robert Wacker, Allan Wattson, and Norma Zimmer) at Capitol Records' Studios (formerly KHJ) on Melrose Boulevard in Hollywood, California
1958 - Over the next two days, live performances at the Hungry i in San Francisco, California are recorded for The Kingston Trio's album "...from the Hungry i"
1963 - Liza Minnelli, with Mort Garson conducting his own arrangements to the orchestra, records the titles "Day Dreaming", "His Woman", "My Little Corner Of The World", and "We'll All Be Together" with producer Si Rady in New York City, New York. Capitol Records will issue "Day Dreaming" and "His Woman" together as Minnelli's second single for the label (Capitol 5103) and the DRG label will issue all the songs on the 2 CD set "Liza! Liza!: Complete Capitol Collection".
1965 - The Beatles perform at Shea Stadium in New York City before 55,600 fans. For all you time travelers, there are still some unused tickets that show up for sale online, but then there's the paradox - if you use the ticket, how will you buy it in the future?
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - The Beach Boys re-record the track "Cotton Fields" with Orville "Red" Rhodes on steel pedal guitar at Sunset Sound's studios in Hollywood, California with band member Al Jardine handling lead vocals as well as producing chores. Capitol Records will release the track as "Cottonfields" on the group's last single for the label, and last mono release, on April 20, 1970 with "The Nearest Faraway Place" on the flip side. It will be the band's only single not to enter Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1995 - Capitol Records releases Blind Melon's second album "Soup"
2006 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Trace Adkins' album "Dangerous Man"
2006 - Capitol Records releases Bonnie Raitt's DVD/CD "Bonnie Raitt And Friends" which was recorded live at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 30, 2005 for the live concert series "VH1 Classic Decades Rock Live!"
2006 - Capitol Records releases The Panic Channel's debut album “(ONe)”
2006 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Keith Urban's single "Once In A Lifetime". No word yet on if there's a flip side or if it will only be a digital release.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1941 - Peggy Lee has her first recording session as vocalist with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra when they record the track "Elmer's Tune". Both Lee and Goodman will later record for Capitol Records.
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Dean Martin's Reprise Records single "Everybody Loves Somebody", with "Return To Me" on the flipside, knocks The Beatles' Capitol Records single "A Hard Day's Night" out of the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart.
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - The Woodstock Music And Art Fair begins at 5:07pm EDT. One of the festival's main organizers is Artie Kornfeld who, at the time, was a VP of A&R and producer at Capitol Records.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1935 - Will Rogers (Vaudeville, Broadway and Motion picture actor as well as a newspaper columnist, age 55, born William Penn Adair Rogers) and pilot Wiley Post (record setting aviator, developer of one of the first pressure suits for high altitude flying, age 36, born Wiley Hardeman Post) are killed when Post's plane crashes when trying to takeoff from a lagoon south of Point Barrow, Alaska where they had landed to ask directions.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

AUGUST 14, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1916 - Alyce King, singer with the Capitol Records recording group The King Sisters, is born Alyce Driggs in Payson, Utah. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - The Beatles record a cover version of Little Willie John's "Leave My Kitten Alone" at EMI Studios in London which will, after appearing on many bootlegs, finally be released officially by Capitol Records as a track on The Beatles' "Anthology 1" in 1995
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Johnny Burnette, songwriter, guitarist, singer, Coral Records recording artist with his brother Dorsey Burnette and Paul Burlison as The Rock 'n Roll Trio, Imperial Records recording artist with his brother Dorsey Burnette as The Burnette Brothers, solo artist on Freedom Records (a subsidiary of Liberty Records), Liberty Records, and Capitol Records, drowns after his small fishing boat is hit by a cabin cruiser on Clear Lake in California. He's later interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
1967 - The Seeker's Capitol Records single "Georgy Girl", with "When The Stars Begin To Fall" on the flip side, is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A.
1978 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles single "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" with "With A Little Help From My Friends"/"A Day In The Life" on the flip side
1993 - Capitol Records releases Poison's fifth album "Native Tongue"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1956 - Eddie Cochran is filmed performing the song "Twenty Flight Rock" on a 20th Century Fox sound stage in Los Angeles, California for the film that at the time was called "Do Re Mi" which became "The Girl Can't Help It". A digitally remastered version of the movie was released on August 8, 2006 as part of "The Jayne Mansfield Collection", a three movie box set released by Fox. The song will be released by Liberty Records, whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.
1956 - Bertolt Brecht, dramatist, stage director, poet, and lyricist (original German lyrics for "Mack The Knife" from "The Three Penny Opera") dies of a heart attack in Berlin, Germany at age 58 and is buried in the Dorotheenfriedhof in Berlin. "Mack The Knife" has been recorded by various Capitol Records artists including Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Les Baxter, and Frank Sinatra.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AUGUST 13, 2014

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - "Smilin' Jack" Smith's Capitol Records recording of "You Call Everybody Darlin'" enters Billboard's singles charts. It will peak at #13.
1953 - Dean Martin, with Dick Stabile conducting the orchestra (Virgil Evans, Maurice Harris, Manuel Stevens, and Charles Zimmerman on trumpet, Marshall Cram, Francis "Joe" Howard, George Roberts, and Elmer Smithers on trombone, Jack Dumont, Chuck Gentry, Herman Gunkler, and David Harris on saxophones, Ernie Felice on accordion, Edwin "Buddy" Cole on piano, Vince Terri on guitar, Phil Stephens on bass, Ray Toland on drums, and Max Grolnik, Ralph Hansell, and Jack Rose on marimbas), records the tracks "That's Amore (That's Love)" (which was used in the soundtrack of Martin and Lewis' Paramount Pictures movie "The Caddy"), "You're The Right One", then just the musicians record a band track for the title "I Want You" (which Martin would re-record with vocals on December 24, 1953) , then Martin returns to vocals and records the title "I'd Cry Like A Baby" (which he will also re-record on December 24, 1953) at Capitol Records' studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, California between 10:30 PM and 12:30 AM on August 14, 1948. Capitol Records will issue "That's Amore" and "You're The Right One" together as a single (Capitol 2589) and will issue this take of "I'd Cry Like A Baby" in the 2 CD set "Dean Martin - The Capitol Years" (7-98409-2).
1965 - Capitol Records releases the soundtrack to The Beatles' movie "HELP!"
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Capitol Records band Blind Melon play at the 25th anniversary Woodstock concert
2003 - Ed Townsend, singer ("For Your Love"), BMI Award-winning songwriter ("What's Goin' On"), producer, and Capitol Records artist (1958-1959) who recorded two albums with arranger Nelson Riddle, dies of heart failure at age 74 in San Bernadino, California
5 Years Ago Today In 2009 - Les Paul, guitarist, guitar designer, inventor of various multi-track recording devices, and Capitol Records solo artist as well as part of the Capitol Records duo Les Paul and Mary Ford, has died at the age of 94 at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York, with family and friends by his side, of complications from pneumonia. The flag on The Capitol Tower has been lowered to half mast.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - The Joe Pass Quartet (Pass on guitar, John Pisano on rhythm guitar, Jim Hughart on bass, Colin Bailey on drums) record the tracks "Jambalaya", "Cold Cold Heart", "You Win Again", and "Hey Good Lookin'" with producer Richard Bock for Pacific Jazz Records at the Pacific Jazz studios in Los Angeles, California. The Pacific Jazz catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1941 - According to The New York Times, the first recorded use of the term "disc jockey" appears in Variety magazine
1942 - Walt Disney Pictures releases the movie "Bambi"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AUGUST 12, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
85 Years Ago Today In 1929 - Buck Owens, guitarist, singer, bandleader, television variety show co-host, record producer, and Capitol Records artist, is born Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr. in Sherman, Texas

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - Dean Martin signs his first contract with Capitol Records
1974 - To commemorate his 25th anniversary with the label, Capitol Records releases two double album compilations by Tennessee Ernie Ford entitled "Yesterday" (blue cover containing Gospel Hymns) and "Today" (lavender cover containing Ford's pop hits)
1977 - The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Live At The Hollywood Bowl" is certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
1985 - Kyu Sakamoto, singer and Capitol Records artist (best known for his #1 single "Sukiyaki"), dies in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 near Tokyo, Japan that also kills, both on board and on the ground, 520 other people
1998 - Tanya Tucker and Tanya Tucker, Inc., bring suit against Capitol Records, Inc., alleging breach of contract in two counts and sought compensatory damages, attorney fees and pre-judgment interest, along with a trial by jury.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1881 - Cecil B. DeMille, motion picture director, is born Cecil Blount DeMille in Ashfield, Massachusetts. DeMille's movie "The Squaw Man" was the first feature length film shot in Hollywood for the fledgling Laskey Players Company. The movie's success would lead to creating a permanent studio in Hollywood which would become Paramount Pictures. Paramount Pictures would eventually hire Buddy DeSylva as production manager. This would give him enough money of his own to be able to invest $25,000 with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs to form Capitol Records.
1960 - Pete Best, drummer, auditions for The Beatles at the Blue Angel Club

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1972 - The last U.S. ground troops withdraw from Vietnam

Monday, August 11, 2014

AUGUST 11, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1920 - June Hutton, singer with the Capitol Records group The Pied Pipers, a Capitol Records solo artist, and wife of arranger and conductor Axel Stordahl, is born in Chicago, Illinois. If anyone knows her middle name, please leave a comment.
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Eric Carmen, singer with the Capitol Records band The Raspberries, is born Eric Howard Carmen in Cleveland, Ohio

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1962 - The Beach Boys' debut Capitol Records single "Surfin' Safari" peaks at #14 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. The single's flip side "409" also charted and peaks at #76.
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - The Beatles record the track "Baby's In Black" at EMI Studios in London, England. It's the first session for their album "The Beatles For Sale"
1966 - John Lennon, with the rest of The Beatles in attendance, apologizes for his mis-interpreted remarks regarding Christianity at a press conference held in Chicago, Illinois
1975 - Capitol Records Canada releases Brian Browne's album "Morning, Noon, & Night Time Too", Malka And Joso's album "Jewish Songs", Lee Gagnon's album "Discotheque" and The Kings Singers' album "Keep On Changing"
1998 - Matador Records, with distribution by Capitol Records, releases Liz Phair's third album "whitechocolatespaceegg"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - United Artists releases The Beatles' first movie "A Hard Day's Night"
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Atco Records releases Tony Sheridan and The Beatles' single "Ain't She Sweet", with "Nobody's Child" on the flipside
1972 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley, parents of Capitol Records artist Lisa Marie Presley, file for divorce

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
60 Years Ago Today In 1954 - Joe Jackson, singer and songwriter, is born David Ian Jackson in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Sunday, August 10, 2014

AUGUST 10, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1940 - Jonie Mosby, member of the Capitol Records husband and wife country duo Johnny & Jonie Mosby, is born Janice Irene Shields in Van Nuys, California. Some of the duo's songs were also released by Challenge, Toppa, Columbia, Liberty (whose catalog is currently owned by Capitol Music Group's parent company EMI Music Group) and Ban Dar Records.
1967 - Chris Gaines, singer as part of the Capitol Records band Crush and as a Capitol Records solo artist, is born in Brisbaine, Australia according to the biography in his "greatest hits" album "...In The Life of Chris Gaines" which was released by Capitol Records in 1999. Gaines in reality is Garth Brooks who recorded this album as a "pre-soundtrack" to a movie called "The Lamb" that was in development at Paramount Pictures but never released.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS
1951 - Capitol Records releases Les Paul and Mary Ford's single "The World Is Waiting For The Sunshine" (Capitol 1748) with "Whispering" on the flip side.
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - The Beach Boys record the track "When I Grow Up"
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Capitol Records Canada releases Andy Stewart's album "Scottish Soldier", Larry Dubin's Big Muddys' album "At The Ports Of Call", and Ottawa based The Esquires' album "Introducing The Esquires"
1965 - Freddie Slack, pianist, bandleader, and Capitol Records artist, dies in Hollywood, California at age 55
1996 - Capitol Records and King Kini present "Return To The Ultra-Lounge" at Club Velvet in Minneapolis, Minnesota to celebrate the release of six volumes of Capitol's Ultra-Lounge series
10 Years Ago Today In 2004 - Capitol Records/EMI releases Blondie's "Blondie: Singles Box" set in the U.S.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1947 - Ian Anderson, flutist and vocalist with the band Jethro Tull, is born in Blackpool, England. Jethro Tull's catalog was distributed by EMI America in the 1990s and, since the closing of that label, is currently distributed by Capitol Records
1962 - Julia Fordham, singer and Virgin Records recording artist is born in Partsmouth, Hampshire, England, UK. Capitol Records currently owns Virgin and its catalog.
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Neneh Cherry, singer and Virgin Records recording artist is born in Stockholm, Sweden. Capitol Records currently owns Virgin and its catalog.
1985 - Northern Songs, owner of the Lennon-McCartney song catalog, is sold to Michael Jackson for $47.5 million. The sale will be finalized on September 6, 1985. The only Lennon-McCartney songs not included are "Love Me Do", "P.S. I Love You", "Please Please Me", and "Ask Me Why".

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1898 - Jack Haley, singer, dancer, and motion picture actor (best remembered as The Tin Man in "The Wizard Of Oz", is born in Boston, Massachusetts
1907 - Leo Fender, guitar manufacturer, is born Clarence Leonidas Fender in Fullerton, California
1945 - Japan surrenders to the United States, ending the second World War

Saturday, August 09, 2014

AUGUST 9, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The Wallichs Family: Mrs. Dorothy Wallichs, Glenn Wallichs, their daughters Linda and Susan, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wallichs at a luncheon honoring Glenn on the groundbreaking of The Capitol Tower on September 27, 1954. It was also Glenn and Dorothy's 21st wedding anniversary.

1910 - Glenn Wallichs, electronics inventor, founder of the Wallichs' Music City chain of record and music shops, co-founder (as well as vice president and eventually president and chairman of the board) of Capitol Records and it's associated companies, is born Glenn Everett Wallichs in Grand Island, Nebraska. Wallichs will also become the first record executive to come up with the idea (and implementing it) of giving free personalized promotional copies of upcoming releases on high quality vinylite to radio disc jockeys to encourage airplay.


ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1947 - Tex Williams' Capitol Records single "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke!", with "Roundup Polka" on the flip side, hits #1 on the U.S. pop charts. The single is also the first release (40001) on the red and gold Capitol Americana label.
1976 - Capitol Records releases Tennessee Ernie Ford's last album for the label, "For The 83rd Time", whose title references how many albums Ford had, in various configurations, released on Capitol.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1957 - Flutist Herbie Mann (with Jimmy Rowles on piano, Howard Roberts on guitar, Buddy Clark on bass, Mel Lewis on drums, and Frank DeVol conducting a string section) records the tracks "Moonlight In Vermont", "Body And Soul", "Oodles Of Noodles", and "Stardust", then (with just Rowles, Clark and Lewis) the tracks "Let's Dance", "Strike Up The Band", St. Louis Blues", and "Tenderly", and then (with Laurindo Almedia and Tony Rizzi on guitar, Tony Reyes on bass, Milt Holland on drums, and Frank "Chico" Guerrero on congas) the tracks "Frenesi", "Baia", "Peanut Vendor", and Evolution of Man(n)" for his Verve Record albums "The Magic Flute of Herbie Mann" at The Capitol Tower Studios. Some of the tracks will also appear on the Verve/VSP album "Big Band Mann".
1958 - EMI, Capitol Records parent company, signs 17 year-old singer Cliff Richard to the label
1976 - Brother Records releases two singles by The Beach Boys - "It’s O.K." with "Had To Phone Ya" on the flip side and "Everyone's In Love With You" with "Susie Cincinnati" on the flip side. Capitol Records currently distributes Brother Records catalog.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Nagasaki, Japan is the second, and so far last, city to have a United States atomic bomb dropped on it. After this bomb is dropped the Japanese military forces, under orders by its emperor, will surrender to the United States, not knowing that the U.S. has used up all it's existing atomic weapons.
1967 - Joe Orton, English playwright and author who had been commissioned by The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein to write the screenplay for The Beatles' next movie "Up Against It", is found murdered and his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, is dead from an overdose of sleeping pills in their Islington flat. Their bodies were discovered by The Beatles' PR man Derek Taylor.
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - The bodies of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Voytek Frykowski, and Steven Parent are found, murdered by Charles Manson's "family". They are found in a house that Tate and her husband, Roman Polanski, had recently leased. It's previous tenant was The Beach Boys' producer (as well as the son of Doris Day and, at the time, boyfriend of Candice Bergen) Terry Melcher. When Manson sent his "family" to "kill everyone in the house", he didn't know that Melcher had moved out. Manson, after meeting The Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson, wrote a song originally titled "Cease To Exist", but released as "Never Learn Not To Love" (after Wilson changed some of the lyrics and took sole writing credit), the flip side of The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "Bluebirds Over The Mountain", on December 2, 1968. Wilson also produced tracks for a demo for Manson at The Capitol Tower Studios in 1968 and had gotten Melcher to listen to Manson at an audition for a possible recording contract with Capitol. Melcher turned Manson down, earning Manson's hatred. Manson's "family" also killed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca at their nearby residence.
40 Years Ago Today In 1974 - Richard Nixon resigns from the presidency of The United States of America and Gerald Ford is sworn in as the country's thirty eight president.
1995 - Jerry Garcia, guitarist and vocalist with The Grateful Dead, dies at the Serenity Knolls drug rehabilitation center in Forest Knolls, California at age 53 of a heart attack exacerbated by sleep apnea.

Friday, August 08, 2014

AUGUST 8, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1902 - Welton Becket, architect whose firm Welton Beckett and Associates designed The Capitol Tower, is born Welton David Becket in Seattle, Washington
1907 - Benny Carter, alto saxophonist, trumpet player, clarinetist, pianist, trombone player, songwriter, arranger, bandleader and Capitol Records artist, is born Bennett Lester Carter in New York City.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1957 - Nat "King" Cole, with arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle, records the track "An Affair To Remember" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1960 - Judy Garland is back in EMI Studios in London, England, with Norrie Paramour conducting the studio orchestra, to record the tracks "After You've Gone", "I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Baby), "It's A Great Day For The Irish", and "Judy At The Palace" (a medley that includes "Shine On Harvest Moon", "Some Of These Days", "My Man" and "I Don't Care"). Capitol Records will release the tracks on the album "Judy In London" in 1972.
1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' album "Revolver" in the United States as well as their single "Eleanor Rigby" with "Yellow Submarine" on the flip side
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - The Beatles are posed walking across Abbey Road by photographer Iain MacMillan for the cover shot of their Apple Records album "Abbey Road" which will be distributed by Capitol Records in the United States
1975 - Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, saxophonist and Capitol Records artist, dies at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, in Gary, Indiana at age 46, 25 days after suffering a stroke in a cafe which put him in a coma
25 Years Ago Today In 1989 - Irv Cottler, studio drummer on various Capitol Records recording sessions, who appeared on albums by Bobby Darin, June Christy and, for over 36 years, Frank Sinatra, dies of cardiac arrest in Rancho Mirage, California at age 71. Spaceagepop.com has a short but fun biographical article about Cottler on their site.
2007 - A hundred year celebration of Capitol Records artist Benny Carter and his music will be held tonight at the Hollywood Bowl.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

AUGUST 7, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1910 - Freddie Slack, pianist, bandleader, and Capitol Records artist, is born Frederick Charles Slack in Westby, Wisconsin
1913 - George Van Eps, innovator of the seven string (extra bass string) guitar, Capitol Records and Columbia Records (as part of Paul Weston and His Orchestra) studio musician (1950s), and a Capitol Record solo artist (late 1960s) is born George Abel Van Eps in Plainfield, New Jersey
1926 - Stan Freberg, voice actor for cartoons, puppeteer, radio and television actor, commercial writer and creative director, and Capitol Records artist is born Stanley Victor Freberg in Los Angeles, California and will grow up in Pasadena, California
1943 - Dino Valente, songwriter, singer and original member of the Capitol Records band Quicksilver Messenger Service, is born Chester William Powers, Jr. in New York City

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - The Louvin Brothers, with Spider Rich and Odell Martin, record the tracks "Read What's in My Heart", "Red Hen Hop", "She Will Get Lonesome", "I Wonder If You Know", and "Blue" for their Capitol Records album "Country Love Ballads"
1997 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Garth Brooks performs a free evening concert in Central Park's North Meadow in New York City, New York for over 750,000 fans

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1957 - The Quarry Men play at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England
1957 - Oliver Hardy (born Norvell Hardy), actor and part of the film duo Laurel and Hardy, dies after a series of strokes at age 65. Hardy was one of the celebrities on the cover of The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
1985 - George Thorogood And The Destroyers' EMI America album "Bad To The Bone" is certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the EMI America catalog.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1939 - My mother was born Roberta Joan Stolz in Midlothian, Illinois
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - Joseph Kosma, composer (best know for "Autumn Leaves" for which Capitol Records' co-founder Johnny Mercer wrote the English lyrics) and motion picture, ballet and light opera scorer, dies at age 63 near Paris, France

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

AUGUST 6, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
1917 - Robert Mitchum, motion picture and television actor and Capitol Records recording artist (the album "Calypso – Is Just So..."), is born Robert Charles Durman Mitchum in Bridgeport, Connecticut
1972 - Geri Halliwell, member of the musical group The Spice Girls and Capitol Records solo artist, is born Geraldine Estelle Halliwell in Watford , in the county of Hertfordshire, England

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1947 - The Giants Of Jazz (Louis Armstrong on trumpet and vocals, Tommy Dorsey on trombone, Benny Goodman on clarinet, Charlie Barnet on alto saxophone, Lionel Hampton on vibraphones, Mel Powell on piano, Al Hendrickson on guitar, Harry Babasin on bass, Louis Bellson on drums, Jeri Sullivan on vocals, and The Golden Gate Quartet {Clyde Riddick, Orlandus Wilson, Henry Owens, and Bill Johnson} on vocals) record the tracks "A Song Was Born (part one) and "A Song Was Born (part two)" in Los Angeles, California for the Samuel Goldwyn motion picture "A Song Is Born". The recordings will be released by Capitol Records in 1948 on one of the four discs in the 78 rpm soundtrack album for the movie. The album was sold for the benefit of the Damon Runyon Memorial Fund for cancer research. The artists fees were waived by the AFM as a donation to the fund and the profits were accepted on behalf of the fund by Walter Winchell.
1958 - Capitol Records records Judy Garland at a live concert at The Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, California. The recording will be released on the Capitol Records album "Live At The Grove".
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Dean Martin records the tracks "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", "Out In The Cold Again", "Baby, It's Cold Outside", and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" for his Capitol Records album "A Winter Romance" with an orchestra conducted by Gus Levene at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California.
1966 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' album "Revolver" in the U.S. minus the tracks" I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing", and "Doctor Robert", which appear on Parlophone Records' UK release. Capitol also releases The Beatles' single "Eleanor Rigby" with "Yellow Submarine" on the flip side
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Bonnie Raitt's Capitol Records single "You", with "Feeling Of Falling" on the flip side, debuts on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. CEMA presses a limited jukebox clear red vinyl version.
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Colleen Brooks, Capitol Records artist (under the name Colleen Carroll) and mother of Capitol Records Nashville artist Garth Brooks, dies of cancer.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1918 - Norman Granz, jazz music impresario who founded the "Jazz At The Philharmonic" series of concerts and recordings, record producer, and founder of Clef Records, Norgran Records, Down Home Records, Verve Records and Pablo Records, is born in Los Angeles, California. Granz would use The Capitol Tower Studios many times to record various artists for his Verve label.
1965 - Parlophone Records in the U.K. releases The Beatles' soundtrack album "HELP!" in England

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - The United States drops the atomic bomb named "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, Japan killing more than 92,000 civilians
1970 - M. Night Shyamalan, film director, writer, producer, and actor is born born Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan in Pondicherry, India
25 Years Ago Today In 1989 - Creator Burke Breathed ends his production of his comic strip "Bloom County"

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

AUGUST 5, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - MCA, of the Grand Royal/Capitol Records trio The Beastie Boys, is born Adam Nathaniel Yauch in Brooklyn, New York.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1948 - The Unnatural Seven (uncredited members of Red Ingle and The Natural Seven but Red did not attend the session), with Karen Tedder on vocals, Jim Hawthorne as "Enrohtwah" doing the recitation, and members of the Pasadena Uke Club on ukuleles, record the title "Serutan Yob" at Radio Recorders' studios in Los Angeles, California. Capitol Records would issue the song as a single (Capitol 15210) with "Oh! Nick-O Deemo" (recorded between 9:30 PM and 2:00 AM on December 5 and 6, 1947) on the flipside.
1950 - Nat "King" Cole's Capitol Records single "Mona Lisa" is #1 on the singles charts. "Mona Lisa" was originally the flip side of single "The Greatest Inventor Of Them All" until it got more airplay.
1960 - Judy Garland returns to EMI's London studios with Norrie Paramour conducting the orchestra to record the tracks "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe", "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody", "You Go To My Head", and a medley of "You Made Me Love You" with "For Me and My Gal" and "The Trolley Song"
1967 - Capitol Records releases Bobbie Gentry's single "Mississippi Delta" with "Ode To Billie Joe" on the flip side
1991 - Capitol Records releases the CD compilation "Cole Porter: Anything Goes" as part of its "Capitol Sings" series
2006 - Ed Thrasher, photographer, designer and Grammy nominated art director with Capitol Records from 1957-1964, dies of cancer at his home in Big Bear Lake, California. According to his son (by former wife and actress Linda Gray), Jeff Thrasher, Ed was working on a book of his historic music photos at the time of his death.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1966 - Parlophone Records, a subsidiary of EMI in the UK, releases The Beatles' album "Revolver" as well as their single "Eleanor Rigby" with "Yellow Submarine" on the flip side. Both will be released by Capitol Records on August 8, 1966
1967 - Columbia Records in the UK releases Pink Floyd's debut album "The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn". Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, will release a version of the album, entitled "Pink Floyd" a month later

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL HISTORY
1957 - "American Bandstand" debuts on ABC-TV, its first time on network television

Monday, August 04, 2014

AUGUST 4, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1983 - Craig (aka "Pitbull"), summer intern at Capitol Records (2002 and 2003), is born in Palm Springs, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1960 - Judy Garland goes back into EMI Studios in London to record the tracks "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "The Man That Got Away", "Over The Rainbow", and "San Francisco", with an orchestra conducted by Norrie Paramour, which were released in 1972 on the album Judy In London"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1940 - Timi Yuro, singer and Liberty Records artist, is born Rosemary Timotea Yuro in Chicago, Illinois
1958 - Ricky Nelson's Imperial Records single "Poor Little Fool" (written by Sharon Sheeley, who was Eddie Cochran's girlfriend), with "Don't Leave Me This Way" on the flipside, is the first single to be #1 on the debut of Billboard's new Hot 100 Singles chart. Capitol Records currently owns Imperial's catalog.
1997 - Harry Connick, Jr. beings a week of sessions at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, Califonia, recording tracks for his "Come By Me" album

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1901 - Louis Armstrong is born Louis Daniel Armstrong in New Orleans, Louisiana
1958 - Billboard Magazine starts it's Hot 100 Singles chart

Sunday, August 03, 2014

AUGUST 3, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
90 Years Ago Today In 1924 - Gordon Stoker, manager, first tenor, piano player and briefly second tenor with Capitol Records recording artists (1950-1961) The Jordanaires, is born Hugh Gordon Stoker in Gleason, Tennessee
1945 - Cecil Hale, radio personality, promoter, president of the Natiional Association of Television and Radio Artists, and a vice president at Capitol Records/EMI (1979-1981), is born in St. Louis, Missouri. The History Makers website has a short biography of Hale.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - The Kingston Trio appear on the cover of Life magazine with today's cover date
1968 - Capitol Records releases its first album on cassette, "Sounds Of The Great Bands" by Glen Gray and The Casa Loma Orchestra
1992 - Capitol Records releases Judy Garland's compilation album "The Best of the Capitol Masters: The London Sessions" on CD

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1926 - Tony Bennett, singer, painter, and Roulette Records recording artist, is born Antonio Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, Queens, New York. Capitol Records currently owns the Roulette catalog.
85 Years Ago Today In 1929 - Emile Berliner, inventor of the gramophone disc record and founder of the Berliner Gramophone Company whose London branch would become EMI, dies of a heart attack at age 78 in the United States. The Library of Congress has a site on Berliner and the birth of the recording industry.
1963 - The Beatles perform for the 292nd and last time at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England
1965 - Arranger and conductor Gerald Wilson (with musicians Melvin Moore, Al Procino, Freddie Hill, and Jules Chaitkin on trumpet; John Ewing, Bob Edmondssn, and Lester Robertson on trombone; Kenny Shroyer on bass trombone; Curtis Amy on soprano saxophone; Anthony Ortega on alto saxophone and flute; Teddy Edwards and Don Raffell on tenor saxophone; Jack Nimitz on baritone saxophone; Phil Moore, Jr. on piano; Dennis Budimir on guitar; Buddy Woodson on bass; and Mel Lee on drums) record the tracks "Satin Doll", "Softly As I Leave You" and "For Lonely Hearts" for Wilson's Pacific Jazz Records album "When I'm Feeling Kinda Blue" in Los Angeles, California that were rejected. The tapes from the session are currently missing and are presumed destroyed. Pacific Jazz's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
2008 - Louis Teicher (born Louis Milton Teicher), pianist and United Artists Records artist as part of the duo Ferrante and Teicher, has died of heart failure at his summer home in Highlands, North Carolina at age 83. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns the United Artists catalog.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

AUGUST 2, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1937- Garth Hudson, instrumentalist (Lowrey organ, piano, keyboards, saxophones, accordion, horns) with the Capitol Records artists The Band, is born Eric Garth Hudson in Windsor, Ontario

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Chico Alvarez, John Anderson, and Ken Hanna on trumpets; Kai Winding, Harry Forbes, and Miff Sines on trombone; Bart Varsalona on bass trombone; Al Anthony and Boots Mussulli on alto saxophone; Vido Musso and Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone; Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone; Kenton on piano; Bob Ahern on guitar; Eddie Safranski on bass; and Shelly Manne on drums), with vocalist June Christy, record the tracks "Collaboration" arranged by Pete Rugolo, with solos by Kenton, Safranski, Winding and Alvarez; "Don't Want That Man Around" arranged by Rugolo with vocals by Christy and solos by Kenton, Safranski, and Alvarez; and two versions of "Opus In Pastels" arranged by Kenton using the saxophones and rhythm sections only at Radio Recorders studios in Los Angeles, California with producer Lee Gillette
1960 - Judy Garland records the tracks "Lucky Day", "Stormy Weather", "Chicago", and "Do It Again" in stereo for the first time at EMI Studios in London England with producer Norman Newell and conductor Norrie Paramour. The recordings would eventually be released in 1972 on the Capitol Records Club album "Judy In London"
1986 - Enigma Records (which had joint venture and distribution deals with Capitol Records) releases Poison's debut album "Look What The Cat Dragged In". Capitol would buy Enigma in 1989 and currently EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company owns Enigma's catalog.
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Chris Gaines' (aka Garth Brooks) video for his Capitol Records single "Lost In You" premieres on VH1

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1898 - Fred Gainsberg, The Gramophone Company (later to become EMI)'s first recording engineer, has his first recording session in London at Gramophone & Typewriter's basement studio on Maiden Lane in Convent Garden, London, England where he records a track sung by Syria Lamonte, an opera singer from Australia who was working at Rules Restaurant which is also (and still) located on Maiden Lane. Miss Lamont, according to Gainsberg in a 1949 interview with Brian Rust, had "a large voice" as well as a high enough pitch to overcome the surface noise on the early recording medium. He would later record her again in the same studio on October 3, 1898 when they recorded the track "When A Merry Maiden Marries" from Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta "The Gondoliers" which will become the earliest known surviving disc of a Gilbert & Sullivan selection.
1957 - The Stan Getz Quartet (Stan Getz on tenor saxophone, Lou Levy on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Stan Levey on drums) record the tracks "Where or When", "Woody'n You", "Smiles", "Three Little Words", "But Beautiful", "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm", "Time After Time Verve", and "This Can't Be Love" for their Verve Records album "Award Winner" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1957 - The Gerry Mulligan/Paul Desmond Quartet (Gerry Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, Joe Benjamin on acoustic bass, and Dave Bailey on drums) are in The Capitol Tower Studios to record the tracks "Body And Soul", "Blues In Time", "Wintersong" for their Verve Records album "Blues In Time" produced by Norman Granz
1960 - Ella Fitzgerald is back in The Capitol Tower Studios to record the tracks "Get Happy", "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead", "Sing My Heart", "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block (Alternate Take)", and "Sing My Heart (Alternate Take)" with arragements by Billy May who also conducts the orchestra which includes Ted Nash on alto saxophone, Paul Smith on piano, John Collins or possibly Al Hendrickson on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums

Friday, August 01, 2014

AUGUST 1, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1922 - Maria Cole, singer, wife of Tuskegee Airman Spurgeon Ellington who was killed in a plane crash in 1945, second wife and widow of Nat "King" Cole, mother of Natalie, Casey and Timolin Cole, and adoptive mother of Carole Cole and Nat Kelly Cole, is born Marie Antoinette Hawkins in Boston, Massachusetts.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1957 - Gene Vincent's Capitol Records single "Lotta Lovin'" peaks at #13 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1957 - The Jazz Giants of '58 (Harry "Sweets" Edison on trumpet, Stan Getz on tenor saxophone, Gerry Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass and Louis Bellson on drums) record the tracks "Chocolate Sundae, Parts 1 and 2", "When Your Lover Has Gone", "Candy", Woody'n You" and "Ballad Medley: It Never Entered My Mind/Lush Life/Lullaby of the Leaves/Makin' Whoopee" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for the Verve album "Jazz Giants '58" (21215-1).
1960 - Ella Fitzgerald is in The Capitol Tower Studios recording the tracks "Hooray For Love", "I've Got The World On A String", "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive", "When The Sun Comes Out", "As Long As I Live", "It's Only A Paper Moon" and "The Man That Got Away" for her Verve Records album "Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Harold Arlen Song Book" with Billy May's arrangements and him conducting the orchestra which included Don Fagerquist on trumpet; Ted Nash on alto saxophone; Plas Johnson on tenor saxophone; Paul Smith on piano; John Collins or possibly Al Hendrickson on guitar; Joe Mondragon on bass; and Alvin Stoller on drums.
1963 - John P. Davis, who earned a Masters of Science degree from CalTech in 1948, was on the technical staff of the air defense department of Hughes Aviation, had a commercial pilot's license, was a member of the SkyRoamers Club, and had been director of Capitol Records' electronics division since 1960, is killed when his glider crashes near Apple Valley, California after being caught in a downdraft. An article on functional design for commercial recording studios that Davis had written for "The Journal Of The Audio Engineering Society" is published posthumously in its October 1963 issue. If anyone has any more information on Mr. Davis, please leave a comment.
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - Judy Garland, at her last recording session for Capitol Records, records the tracks "It's Yourself", "The Land Of Promise", "Maggie, Maggie May", and "There's Only One Union". The recording would not be released in the United States, but would be released in the U.K on the EP "Judy Sings Maggie May".
1968 - Capitol Records changes the swing line on label of its 45rpm singles to reflect corporate restructuring which made it a subsidiary of Capitol Records Industries, Inc. U.S.A. It also was the debut of 45s made with retooled pressing machines at it's Scranton, Jacksonville and Los Angeles plants which produce the "non-slip" disc, which has a ring of 360 notches around the label to either interlock to other records when stacked or, because the notches are raised, grip the smooth surface of records without the serrations. In addition, the size of the labels aree reduced from 3.625" TO 3.3125" to accommodate the notched ring. This type of disc is produced for 1 year. The Fab4Collectibles web site has images of various types of 45 rpm labels that were produced.
1998 - Alan Livingston, former Capitol Records president, receives the Lifetime of Laughter Achievement Award for his creation of Bozo the Capitol Records Clown at the International Clown Hall of Fame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2007 - At 12:15 pm, 45 minutes before its final extension deadline, Terra Firma Capital Partners succeeds in acquiring 90.27% approval from the stock holders of EMI Group PLC (parent company of EMI Music Group, the parent company of Capitol Music Group) to purchase the company for £2.4 billion (US$4.89 billion)

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1942 - James Petrillo, president of The American Federation of Musicians, declares a strike, banning all musicians in the union from recording. Capitol Records has stockpiled recordings and also comes up with a few novel ways around the ban until they become one of the first majors to settle with the union in June of 1943.
1960 - The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, West Germany, with Stu Sutcliffe on bass guitar and Pete Best on drums

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1981 - MTV debuts when it airs The Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star"

Thursday, July 31, 2014

JULY 31, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1946 - Bob Welch, singer, guitarist, member of the bands Fleetwood Mac, Paris, Touch and Avenue M as well as being a Capitol Records solo artist, is born Robert Welch in Los Angeles, California

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1968 - The Beatles, with orchestral accompaniment, record the released master track for their song "Hey Jude" using the eight-track recording machine at Trident Studios in London, England.
1976 - Natalie Cole, singer and Capitol Records artist, marries Marvin Yancy, songwriter and producer
1990 - Capitol Records Nashville calls the R.I.A.A. to request that Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album be certified Gold
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan, singer, guitarist and Capitol Records artist (1949-1955) dies at age 78
10 Years Ago Today In 2004 - Capitol Records releases the compilation CD "Cocktails With Cole Porter"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 or 1946 - Gary Lewis, singer, drummer, band leader of Liberty Records recording artists Gary Lewis and The Playboys, and son of future Capitol Records artist Jerry Lewis, is born Gary Harold Lee Lewis in Los Angeles, California. If anyone knows for sure whch year, please leave a comment. Liberty Records catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1995 - Pink Floyd's 2-CD live album "P*U*L*S*E", released by EMI in the U.K. and Columbia in the U.S. is certified Gold, Platinum, and Double Platinum by the R.I.A.A.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1931 - "The Shadow", the mystery-adventure series based on the pulp magazine stories, makes its radio debut
1951 - Ray Charles marries his first wife, Eileen Williams. After having one child, they will divorce in 1952.
1952 - Peggy Lee records the track "San Souci" with Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra for Decca Records
1965 - J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, is born Joanne Kathleen Rowling in the General Hospital at Chipping Sodbury, near her parents' home in Yate, Gloucestershire, England
1967 - Judy Garland's variety revue titled, "Judy Garland; At Home at the Palace" opens on Broadway at the Palace Theatre. Joining her onstage to perform were her children, Lorna and Joey Luft. The show ran for 32 performances.
1971 - The first lunar rover is driven on the surface of the moon by astronauts as part of the Apollo 15 mission

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JULY 30, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1936 - John W. Anderson (aka KaSandra), songwriter and Capitol Records artist, is born. If anyone has any further information about John W. Anderson, or KaSandra, please post a response or contact me via email.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1963 - The Beatles record the titles "It Won't Be Long", "Money (That's What I Want)", and "Please Mr. Postman" at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, England
1966 - The Beatles' Capitol Records album "Yesterday And Today" hits #1 on Billboard's album chart

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1958 - Kate Bush, singer, songwriter and EMI America recording artist, is born Catherine Bush in Bexleyheath, Kent, England. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns EMI America's catalog.
1962 - Liberty Records releases Johnny Burnette's last single for the label "Damn The Defiant" (also the first A side of his singles that he wrote himself) with "Lonesome Waters" on the flip side. EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company, currently owns Liberty's catalog.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Johnny Cash records the tracks "Folsom Prison Blues", "Mean Eyed Cat," "Luther's Boogie" and "So Doggone Lonesome" for Sun Records

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

JULY 29, 2014

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Peggy Lee, with arranger and conductor Frank Devol and His Orchestra (Uan Rasey and Lenny Mach on trumpet; Paul Wiegand on trombone; Dick Perissi on french horn; Skeets Herfurt, Julius Kinsler, Lou Palange, and Paul McLarand on reeds; Henry Sugar, Joe Livoti, Victor Arno, Joe Quadri, Walter Edelstein, and Ted Rosen on violin; Paul Lowenkron and Elizabeth Sugar on viola; Julius Tannenbaum on cello; June Weiland on harp; Dave Barbour on guitar; Buddy Cole on piano; Fred Whiting on bass; John Cyr on drums) record the tracks "The Best Man", "If You Were The Only Boy", "Love Doesn't Grow On Trees", "I Guess I'll Get The Papers And Go Home", and "My Sugar Is So Refined" to be released by Capitol Records on transcription discs for Radio at Radio Recorders studios in Los Angeles, California
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Sammy Davis, Jr. supplies vocals and tap sounds for his tracks "Smile, Darn Ya, Smile", "Dedicated To You", "Azure", and "Inka Dinka Doo" for Capitol Records at Capitol Records' Melrose Studios in Hollywood California with arranger, conductor and tenor saxophonist Dave Cavanaugh, Mickey Mangano on trumpet, Gus Bivona on alto saxophone, Art Hulette on baritone saxophone, Mike Rubin on bass, and Don Lamond on drums
1955 - Frank Sinatra records the tracks "Same Old Saturday Night" "You Forgot All The Words", and "Fairy Tale" with arranger and conductor Nelson Riddle and Mahlon Clark, Justin Gordon, Jerome Kasper, Babe Russin, and Wilbur Schwartz on reeds;, Frank Beach, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Clarence "Shorty" Sherock, and Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy on trumpets; Raymond Klein, Jim Priddy, and Si Zentner on trombones; George Roberts on bass trombone; Jack Marshall on guitar; Joe Comfort on bass; Bill Miller on piano; Frank Flynn on vibraphone; Kathryn Julye on harp; Max Albright on drums; Victor Bay, Alex Beller, Harry Bluestone, Henry Hill, Erno Neufeld, Nathan Ross, Mischa Russell, Eudice Shapiro, and Marshall Sosson on violins; Stanley Spiegelman and Dave Sterkin on viola; Armond Kaproff, Ray Kramer, and Edgar Lustgarten on cellos at Capitol Records' Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood California
1956 - Capitol Records artist Merle Travis attends a ceremony in his boyhood home town, Ebeneezer, Kentucky, to unveil a granite monument the town built to recognize his accomplishments. In 1991, Travis' "ashes were buried under the monument"
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Dean Martin records the track "Things We Did Last Summer" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California with Gus Levene conducting the orchestra
30 Years Ago Today In 1984 - Fred Waring, band leader, music publisher, co-founder of the National Association of Performing Artists, inventor of the Waring blender, and Capitol Records artist, suffers a massive stroke at age 84 and dies in State College, Pennsylvania
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - The Beastie Boys' Capitol Records album "Ill Communication" is certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Capitol Records releases the CD version of Red Rider's 1980 album "Don't Fight It"

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1953 - The Chet Baker Quartet (Chet Baker on trumpet, Larry Bunker on drums, Russ Freeman on piano, and Carson Smith on bass), starts a recording sessions that ends early the next morning waxing two takes of the title "Russ Job", then the title "Imagination", two takes of "Long Ago And Far Away", and then the titles "Carson City Stage", "Easy To Love",  and "Batter Up (Lang's Lou)" with producer Richard Bock in Los Angeles, California for Pacific Jazz Records. Capitol Records currently owns the Pacific Jazz catalog.
1965 - The Beatles' second United Artists film "HELP!" is released
1990 - Dan Seals' EMI America Records single "Good Times" is #1 on the U.S. Country siingles charts. EMI America's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
40 Years Ago Today In 1974 - "Mama" Cass Elliot, motion picture actress, singer as a solo artist and with the group The Mamas And The Papas, dies in bed in Harry Nilsson's apartment in London, England from heart failure at age 32. Four years later, Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, would die in the same bed in the same room.
1983 - Raymond Massey, actor ("Things To Come", "Arsenic And Old Lace", "East Of Eden", etc.), dies at age 86 of pneumonia in Los Angeles, California
1983 - David Niven, actor ("The Bachelor Mother", "Around The World In 80 Days", "The Pink Panther", "Casino Royale", "Murder By Death", etc.), dies at age 73 of ALS at his chalet at Chateau d'Oex in Switzerland
1998 - Jerome Robbins, Broadway choreographer and director ("On The Town", "The Kind And I", "West Side Story", "High Button Shoes", "Wonderful Town", "Bells Are Ringing", "Fiddler on the Roof", the ballet "Fancy Free", etc.) dies of a stroke at age 79 in New York City

Monday, July 28, 2014

JULY 28, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1945 - Rick Wright, with the Capitol Records group Pink Floyd, is born

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1945 - Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston and His Orchestra)'s Capitol Records single "On The Atchison, Topeka And The Sante Fe", with "Conversations While Dancing" (with Jo Stafford sharing vocals) on the flip side, is #1 on Billboard's Best Sellers in Stores chart
1956 - Capitol Records group Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps appears on "The Perry Como Show"
1971 - Capitol Records releases George Harrison's Apple Records single "Bangla Desh" with "Deep Blue" on the flip side in the United States
2003 - Capitol Records releases The Dandy Warhols' two disc CD single. On the first disc are the tracks "You Were The Last High" with a remix of "We Used To Be Friends" by Brian Coates and Clark Stiles, and Tony Lash's remix of "Every Day Should Be A Holiday". The second disc contains another version of "We Used To Be Friends", along with the tracks "Jim" and a live version of "Good Morning" recorded at the KCRW studios in Santa Monica, California. Capitol also releases a 7" vinyl single of "You Were The Last High" with a version of "We Used To Be Friends", remixed by Kenn Richards, on the flip side.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1936 - Future Capitol Records artist Nat "King" Cole makes his recording debut at age 17 as part of his older brother's band, Eddie Cole's Solid Swingers, recording four tracks for Decca Records in Chicago, Illinois - "Honey Hush" with vocals by bass player Eddie Cole, "Stomping At The Panama (Skoller's Shuffle)", "Bedtime (Sleep Baby Sleep)" and "Thunder"
1938 - George Cummings, composer, lead guitarist and steel guitarist as a solo artist and for the bands Chocolate Papers and future Capitol Records artists Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show (whom he named and co-founded in Union City, New Jersey in 1968 but left in 1975 right before the band signed with Capitol with the shortened name Dr. Hook), is born in Meridian, Mississippi. If anyone knows his middle name, please leave a comment or contact me.
1941 - At age 19, future Capitol Records artist Judy Garland marries her first husband, composer and orchestra leader David Rose, whom she would divorce three years later in 1944
1967 - The motion picture "The Family Way", with music by Paul McCartney (at the time part of the Capitol Records band The Beatles) and arranged by George Martin, premieres in New York City, New York
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde, singer and Earthworks Records recording artist dies. Earthworks was distributed by Virgin Records America in the United States. Virgin is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company. My wife and I went to one of his concerts when he and his band appeared at UCLA's Royce Hall and had the nicest, and most fun, time. Everyone in the audience got along and by the end were all up and dancing to the mighty roar of the Lion of Sowetto.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis appears on national television for the first time when he appears on "The Steve Allen Show" on NBC-TV.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

JULY 27, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS!
1933 - Nick Reynolds, singer and guitarist in the Capitol Records group The Kingston Trio, is born Nicholas Wells Reynolds in San Diego, California
70 Years Ago Today In 1944 - Bobbie Gentry, singer, songwriter and Capitol Records artist, is born Roberta Streeter in Chickasaw County, Mississippi

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1968 - Capitol Records releases Merle Haggard's single "Mama Tried" with "You'll Never Love Me Now" on the flipside
1968 - Capitol Records subsidiary Tower Records releases The Pink Floyd's album "A Saucerful of Secrets"
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - Capitol Records releases The Pink Floyd's soundtrack album for Barbet Schroeder's movie "More". This would be the the band's first album without Syd Barrett and the last album where the band was called The Pink Floyd.
1970 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "The Great White Horse" with "Your Tender Loving Care", a duet with Susan Raye, on the flip side
10 Years Ago Today In 2004 - Capitol Records reissues Megadeth's albums, "Countdown to Extinction", "Cryptic Writings", "Peace  Sells ..But Who's Buying?", "Risk; Rust in Peace", "So Far, So Good..So What?!", and "Youthanasia", on CD

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1942 - In her first recording session, future Capitol Records artist Peggy Lee supplies the vocal for future Capitol Records artist Benny Goodman and His Orchestra's track "Why Don't You Do Right", which would become her first big hit
1976 - John Lennon's application for permanent residency in the United States is approved and he is granted his U.S. green card (A17-597-321).

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1972 - "The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" debuts for a seven week run on NBC-TV

Saturday, July 26, 2014

JULY 26, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1922 - Jim Fogleson, singer, producer, 2004 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame and president of Capitol Records Nashville from 1984-1989, is born in Lundale, West Virginia. The CMHF site has a good biographical article about Jim.
1940 or 1942 - Dobie Gray, singer, songwriter and Capitol Records artist (mid 1980s), is born either Leonard Victor Ainsworth or Laurence Darrow Brown in either Brookshire or Simonton, Texas. If anyone knows for sure Gray's exact year of birth, name, and/or place of birth, please leave a comment.
65 Years Ago Today In 1949 - Roger Taylor, with the Capitol Records group Queen, is born

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Chico Alvarez, John Anderson, and Ken Hanna on trumpets; Kai Winding, Harry Forbes, and Miff Sines on trombone; Bart Varsalona on bass trombone; Al Anthony and Boots Mussulli on alto saxophone; Vido Musso and Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone; Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone; Kenton on piano; Bob Ahern on guitar; Eddie Safranski on bass; and Shelly Manne on drums) record the instrumental tracks (arranged by Kenton) "Fantasy" (arranged by Kenton, with solos by Kenton on piano, Safranski on bass, Musso on tenor saxophone, and Mussulli on alto saxophone), "Concerto To End All Concertos - Part 2" (with solos by the trombone section led by Winding, the saxophone section led by Anthony, the trumpet trio (Childers, Wetzel, Alvarez), Safranski on bass, and Manne on drums), and "Concerto To End All Concertos - Part 1" (with solos by Kenton on piano, Musso on tenor saxophone, Wetzel on trumpet, and Mussulli on alto saxophone) at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California with producer Lee Gillette
1950 - Armund Hug's Lousianans/New Orleans Jazzmen (George Girard on trumpet, Santo Pecora on trombone, Bujie Centobie on clarinet, Hug on piano, John Senac on bass, and Fred King on drums) record the tracks "Dustin' Off The Ivory", "Sweetheart Of All My Dreams", "That Old Gang Of Mine", "A Dixie Jam Session" (an alternated take unissued until Mosaic records released it as part of its "Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions" box set in 1997), and the released version of "A Dixie Jam Session", with producer Dave Dexter, Jr., for Capitol Records at WDSU studio in New Orleans, Louisiana
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - The Beatles' Capitol Records single "A Hard Day's Night" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart
1965 - Capitol Records simultaneously releases two albums by Buck Owens - "Before You Go/No One But You" and "The Instrumental Hits Of Buck Owens And His Buckaroos"
45 Years Ago Today In 1969 - Buck Owen's Capitol Records single "Johnny B. Goode" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
25 Years Ago Today In 1989 - Capitol Records Releases the compilation CDs "Johnny Mercer" and "Frank Sinatra" as part of its Capitol Collectors Series
1998 - Garth Brook's Capitol Records Nashville single "To Make You Feel My Love" is #1 on the U.S. Country singles charts
2005 - Capitol Records Nashville artist Dierks Bentley is invited to join the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame while performing in Los Angeles at the House of Blues

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1939 - Future Capitol Records artist and just seventeen year-old singer Kay Starr, at her first-ever recording session, waxed "Love With A Capital YOU" and "Baby Me", with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (Harold Tennyson on clarinet, alto saxophone and baritone saxophone, Wilbur Schwartz on clarinet and alto saxophone, Hal McIntyre on alto saxophone, Al Klink and Tex Beneke on tenor saxophone, Al Mastren, Glenn Miller, and Paul Tanner on trombone, Clyde Hurley, Dale McMickie, and Legh Knowles on trumpet, Chummy McGregor on piano, Rowland Bundcock on bass, and Maurice Purtill on drums). They recorded the titles with producer Alan Dell at Victor Studios in New York City, New York for the Bluebird label during Starr's two week stint filling in for an ailing Marion Hutton (sister of future Capitol Records artist Betty Hutton).
Here's "Love With A Capital YOU"
Here's "Baby Me"
1943 - Mick Jagger, singer, songwriter, motion picture actor, solo artist, and member of the Virgin Records group The Rolling Stones, is born

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1973 - Ringo Starr starts a new music publishing company, Wobble Music Ltd.

Friday, July 25, 2014

JULY 25, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1955 - Scott Mathews, producer, Tiki artist, drummer, member of the Capitol Records production and recording duo The Durocs, and who also set up Capitol Records' first video department, is born in Sacramento, California. You can check out what Scott Mathews is currently up to at his own website.

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (Buddy Childers, Ray Wetzel, Chico Alvarez, John Anderson, and Ken Hanna on trumpets; Kai Winding, Harry Forbes, and Miff Sines on trombone; Bart Varsalona on bass trombone; Al Anthony and Boots Mussulli on alto saxophone; Vido Musso and Bob Cooper on tenor saxophone; Bob Gioga on baritone saxophone; Kenton on piano; Bob Ahern on guitar; Eddie Safranski on bass; and Shelly Manne on drums) with vocalist June Christy record the Pete Rugulo arranged tracks "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight" (vocal by Christy and solo by Kenton), "Willow Weep For Me" (vocal by Christy and solos by Kenton, Safranski and Winding), and a version of "Fantasy" that was rejected, at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, California with producer Lee Gillette
1961 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Under The Influence Of Love"
1966 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' album "Carnegie Hall Concert"
1967 - Tommy Duncan, singer, songwriter, original member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, and Capitol Records artist (1949 - Tommy Duncan and His Western All Stars), dies at age 56 in San Diego, California of a heart attack after finishing a performance at Imperial Beach
25 Years Ago Today In 1989 - Capitol Records releases The Beastie Boys' album "Paul's Boutique".
2006 - Capitol Records releases original Destiny's Child member LaToya Luckett's self-titled album.
2006 - Capitol Records was supposed to release a limited edition version of Grand Funk Railroad's compilation album “Grand Funk Railroad: Greatest Hits” as an expanded CD/DVD set to go with the remastered CD that was released earlier this year. I still haven't seen it in stores.
2010 - From 11:00 AM until 5:30 PM, you can go on a tour of The Capitol Records Tower as part of the 50th anniversary of The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Nori Muster has posted the original tour script from when The Tower first opened on April 6, 1956.

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
120 Years Ago Today In 1894 - Walter Brennan, television and three-time Oscar-winning motion picture actor, singer, and Liberty Records artist, is born Walter Andrew Brennan in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Liberty's catalog is currently owned by EMI Music Group, Capitol Music Group's parent company.
1946 - Future Capitol Records duo Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did their first show as a team when they performed at The 500 Club in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
50 Years Ago Today In 1964 - The Beatles' United Artists soundtrack album "A Hard Day's Night" hits #1 on Billboard's album chart and and will stay there for 14 weeks. Capitol Records currently owns the United Artists catalog.
1986 - Vincente Minnelli, Broadway and motion picture director, one time husband of Capitol Records artist Judy Garland and father of Capitol Records artist Liza Minnelli, dies in Los Angeles, California at age 83 of Alzheimer's disease and is later interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1965 - Dylan goes electric

Thursday, July 24, 2014

JULY 24, 2014

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1946 - Tex Williams (on vocals and guitar with Cactus Soldi and Harry Simms on fiddle, Ossie Godson on piano, Pedro De Paul on accordion, Smokey Rogers on guitar and banjo, Spike Featherstone on harp, Deuce Spriggens on bass, and Muddy Berry on drums) records the unreleased track "I Got Texas In My Soul" and "Big Bass Polka" at Capitol Records' studios in Los Angeles, California. Capitol will on release "Big Bass Polka" on Williams' album "Polka!" (Capitol AD-56).
1950 - Joshua Johnson (on piano and vocals with Baby Lovett on drums) records the tracks "Battlin' The Boogie", "Ramblin' Woman", "Pile Driver" and "Days When You Feel So Lonely" in Kansas City, Kansas. Capitol Records will release the first and third tracks together as a single (Capitol 1180) and the second and fourth tracks together as a single (Capitol 1396).
1956 - Capitol Records artists Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis make their last appearance as a team with a performance at The Copacabana in New York City, New York
1961 - Capitol Records releases Buck Owens' single "Under The Influence Of Love" with "Bad Bad Dream" on the flip side
1965 - The Beach Boys' Capitol Records single "California Girls", with "Let Him Run Wild" on the flip side, debuts on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart
1967 - Capitol Records releases The Beach Boys' single "Heroes And Villans" with "You're Welcome" on the flip side
1967 - Capitol Records releases The Beatles' single "All You Need Is Love" with "Baby You're A Rich Man" on the flip side
1967 - Tower Records, a subsidiary of Capitol Records, releases Pink Floyd's single "See Emily Play" with "The Scarecrow" on the flip side
1995 - A three-night celebration of Capitol Records artist Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday begins at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York
1998 - Tanya Tucker files a $300,000 lawsuit against Capitol Records Nashville, charging that the label has willfully neglected her career

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
75 Years Ago Today In 1939 - Future Capitol Records artist Kay Starr begins a brief stint with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra with a radio broadcast at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York. During that week that Starr, with Miller, has her first recording session, waxing the tunes "Baby Me" (which she sang on the radio broadcast) and "Love With A Capital YOU" (from the picture "$1000 A Touchdown") which are released as a single on Bluebird Records (#10383).
55 Years Ago Today In 1959 - Sam Cooke records the tracks "Just For You" and "Made For Me" at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California for his own label, SAR Records. The single released using the two tracks will be the only one that Cooke releases on his own label with his name on it and has become one of the rarest of Cooke's vinyl releases to find.
1978 - The motion picture version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" opens. I saw it when it opened and it wasn't that bad for a family film. It was kind of fun trying to spot the celebrity cameos and hearing the songs performed by other artists. Hey, it was the late '70s, so they could have done a lot worse things to the material (imagine a disco version instead of the mashup of "A Star Is Born", "The Jazz Singer" and "The Music Man").
1988 - Steve Winwood's Virgin Records America single "Roll With It" is #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart. I worked on the design of the single's packaging, promotional materials and ads.
20 Years Ago Today In 1994 - Les Baxter, Capitol Records artist, gives his last live performance. It was part of the Los Angeles County Art Museum's Bing Theater's "Sunday’s At Four " series with the Los Angeles Composers Guild Chamber Orchestra. Les performed two original compositions, "Movement" and "Poem." "Poem" was actually Les Baxter’s original song "Rio" from Baxter's Capitol Records album "Tamboo!". Jeff Chenault has an interview with David Goodman, who was musical director for the evening, about that show on Chenault's Exoteque Music site.

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1938 - Artie Shaw and His Orchestra record "Begin The Beguine"

OBTW
Once again (thankfully), it's my birthday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JULY 23, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
1933 - Bert Convy, singer, Broadway and television actor, television game show host, and a Capitol Records artist as part of the group The Cheers (best know for the track "Black Leather Jacket and Motorcycle Boots"), is born Bernard Whalen Convy in St. Louis, Missouri

ON THIS DAY IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1955 - Frank Sinatra (with Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra)'s single "Learnin' The Blues", with "If I Had Three Wishes" on the flip side, peaks at #2 on Billboard's singles chart. It's kept out of the #1 spot by Bill Haley and The Comets single "Rock Around The Clock"
1963 - Johnny Burnette has his first session as a Capitol Records artist when he records the tracks "It Isn’t There", "Wish It Were Saturday Night", "I’ll Give You Three Guesses", "All Week Long", and "Congratulations You’ve Hurt Me Again" with producers Jim Economides and Jimmie Haskell at The Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California
1963 - Judy Garland records a live version of the song "Maybe I'll Come Back" for her CBS television series that is later included on her Capitol Records album "Just For Openers"
1973 - Helen Reddy is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame just outside The Capitol Tower
1986 - Capitol Records re-releases The Beatles' single "Twist And Shout", with "There's A Place" on the flip side, after the song is used in the motion pictture "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" when Matthew Broderick lip syncs to John Lennon's vocals during the parade sequence
1987 - Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley proclaims it "Capitol Tower Day", characterizing the building as "one of Los Angeles' most distinguishable landmarks" which has become "almost as recognizable as the Hollywood sign itself". Ella Mae Morse, whose 1942 recording of "Cow Cow Boogie" was Capitol Records' first hit single, is presented with a plaque commemorating the accomplishment during an evening celebration marking the the renovation of the Capitol Records Tower. The 31-year-old building was recently repainted and the beacon on top of the 13-story structure has been wired so it once again will blink out the the word Hollywood in Morse Code. Joe Smith, vice chairman and chief executive of Capitol, will host the reception that will also honor such other past and present Capitol artists as Peggy Lee, Yma Sumac, Martha Davis of the Motels and members of the band Duran Duran.
1996 - Capitol Records releases "Organs In Orbit", volume 11 of its compilation Ultra Lounge series
1996 - Capitol Records Nashville releases Suzy Bogguss' first single for the label (after its named had been changed from Liberty Records) "Give Me Some Wheels" with "Far And Away" on the flip side

ON THIS DAY NOT QUITE IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
1898 - Fred Gaisberg, a young recording engineer and talent scout, who previously worked for Emile Berliner, leaves New York for London to join The Gramophone Company (which would later become EMI, Capitol Record's owner) as its first recording engineer
1951 - Pianist Thelonius Monk (with Art Blakey on drums, Milt Jackson on vibraphone, Sahib Shihab on alto saxophone, and Al McKibbon on bass) records the track "Criss Cross" with producer Alfred Lion, recording engineer Doug Hawkins, and master engineer Rudy Van Gelder at WOR Studios in New York City, New York. The track would be released on the Blue Note Records album "Thelonius Monk: Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 2 (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition). Blue Note Records' catalog is currently owned by Capitol Records.
1965 - United Artists premieres The Beatles' second movie "Help!". Capitol Records will release the soundtrack album for the movie in the United States.
25 Years Ago Today In 1989 - Capitol Records artist Anne Murray helps christen the new Anne Murray Center, which displays memorabilia of her career, in her home town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada

ON THIS DAY NOT IN CAPITOL RECORDS HISTORY
15 Years Ago Today In 1999 - The 30th anniversary Woodstock concert begins the first of 3 days of concerts at Griffiss Air Base, in Rome, New York