On this day in 1942, Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs launched Capitol Records in the United States. Wallichs was the man who invented the art of record promotion by sending copies of new releases to disc jockeys. It wasn’t until 13 years later, in 1955, that the now famous Capitol Records building was built.
The first artist to record at Capitol was Martha Tilton in April of 1942. She recorded the song “Moon Dreams”
Capitol Records was home to some of the biggest musical artists in history! Here are just a few:
Nat King Cole –
(Mona Lisa, A Blossom Fell, Answer Me My Love, Unforgettable)
Louis Prima and Keely Smith –
(Just a Gigolo, Old Black Magic, Jump Jive & Wail, What is This Thing Called Love)
Peggy Lee –
(‘Deed I Do, Fever, Big Spender)
Dean Martin –
(That’s Amore, Return To Me, On An Evening in Roma)
Frank Sinatra –
(One For My Baby, I Get a Kick Out of You, Love & Marriage, All The Way, Young At Heart)
The Beach Boys –
(Help Me Rhonda, Fun Fun Fun, Surfin’ USA)
The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney –
(TOO many to list!)
Stan Freberg –
St. George and the Dragonet, Yellow Rose of Texas, Heartbreak Hotel, The Great Pretender)
The Bee Gees, Garth Brooks, The Letterman, Jerry Lewis, Heart, Al Martino, Johnny Mercer, The Steve Miller Band, Katy Perry, Sammy Davis Jr., Tennessee Ernie Ford, Gene Vincent, Bob Seger …. The list goes on and on!
So many amazing singers and talents sang in the Capitol Records studios. Happy Birthday!!