[78-L] Capitol Records during the recording ban

David Weiner djwein at earthlink.net
Mon Oct 14 13:50:14 PDT 2013

The Ray McKinley date was done in NY, with a different matrix series (and
at least additional three unissued titles).  The Bobby Sherwood date was
done in LA, but with another different matrix series.   And master #77 was
"Mr. Anthony's Blues," a Johnny Mercer-Ella Mae Morse-Freddy Slack
collaboration from the July 31, 1942 Slack date.  It was issued on the
Mosaic Select Freddie Slack CD set  few years ago.

Dave Weiner

On 10/14/13 4:34 PM, "Harold Aherne" <leotolstoy_75 at yahoo.com> wrote:

>I don't own the Ruppli-Daniels-Novitsky's CD-ROM discography for Capitol,
>so I only know bits and pieces regarding its recording dates, usually
>drawn from what has appeared in other discographies or has been compiled
>for given performers. From these, however, it doesn't seem that Capitol
>did much, or perhaps any, recording during the first AFM strike.
>Matrix 76 was "I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City" by Johnny Mercer with
>Freddie Slack's orchestra, recorded 31 July 1942. Matrix 78 was "Old
>Acquaintance" by Jo Stafford, cut on 15 October 1943. Does anyone know
>the contents of #77?
>It also appears that Capitol leased some masters from outside sources (or
>used a different numbering system?) for a few pre-ban sides, like those
>on catalogue nos. 107 and 123 (Bobby Sherwood), 117, 128 and 131 (Ray
>McKinley), 136 (Ceele Burke) and 139 (King Cole Trio). The latter two are
>cross-referenced in the Online 78 Discography as being on Exclusive and
>Excelsior. Can anyone shed light on them?
>For the record (pardon the pun), there was at least one rejected side
>among Capitol's April-July 1942 output -- matrix 32, "I'm Old Fashioned",
>by Paul Whiteman's orchestra with Martha Tilton as vocalist, from 12
>June. It was finally released on CD in 1995. According to the second
>volume of Don Rayno's Whiteman biography, PW only had two pre-ban
>sessions with Capitol, 5 and 12 June. He didn't record for them in April,
>as Rust's ADBD states.
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