Monday, October 23, 2006


1959 - "Weird Al" Yankovic, accordianist, song parodist, radio, television and motion picture actor, and Capitol Records artist (his debut, the 1979 parody single "My Bologna" with "School Cafeteria" on the flip side), is born Alfred Matthew Yankovic in Lynnwood, California

1962 - Jimmy Rowles (and Friends) start recording tracks for their Capitol Records album "Kinda Groovy" in Studio A of The Capitol Tower Studios with producer Dave Cavanaugh
1974 - John Lennon records the track "Move Over Ms. L" at the Record Plant in New York City which will be the flip side of his Apple Records single "Stand By Me" and is distributed by Capitol Records in the United States
1985 - Paul McCartney signs as a solo artist with Capitol Records
1986 - Esquerita (born Eskew Reeder, Jr.), pianist, singer, mentor to Little Richard, and Capitol Records artist (1958-1959), dies at age 51 of A.I.D.S. in Harlem, New York
1994 - Foo Fighters finish recording tracks for their self-titled debut Capitol Records album at Laundry Room Studios, Seattle, Washington
1997 - Capitol Records releases Grand Funk Railroad's live album "Bosnia"
2001 - Capitol Records re-releases on CD John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album "Milk And Honey", originally released on Polydor Records, with an extra interview track at the end. I did the production design on the re-release with the only real change on the cover being that I recentered their names to just the trim width because they had be centered on the original to width of the cover plus the bleed so that when the booklet was trimmed, the names were off-centered slightly, and I raised the image to make sure that Yoko's heart necklace would not be trimmed off.

1950 - Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson), singer, Vaudeville, Broadway, motion picture and radio actor, and the 20th century's first pop recording star, dies at age 64 of a heart attack. An estimated 20,000 people had attended Jolson's funeral service at Temple Israel of Hollywood and he was later interred Beth Olam Cemetery. When the cemetary would not allow his family to place a memorial to Jolson, in 1951 he was re-interred in a memorial structure in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California. You can see his monument very clearly when driving on the 405 though few know at what they're looking. Hillside's website has a good overview of all the behind-the-scenes negotiations that went on to bring Jolson's remains to them.

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