[78-L] Capitol Records during the recording ban

Randy Watts rew1014 at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 14 18:54:54 PDT 2013

Capitol mx. 77 was "Mr. Anthony's Blues," a Freddie Slack side featuring Slack, Johnny Mercer and Ella Mae Morse on vocals. Listed as unissued until it appeared on a Mosaic collection of Slack's Capitol sides. Recorded July 31, 1942.
According to the Ruppli discography, Capitol did no recording during the ban.

 From: Harold Aherne <leotolstoy_75 at yahoo.com>
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Subject: [78-L] Capitol Records during the recording ban

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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