IN THE BEGINNING…
How many of you knew that Frank’s early Capitol recordings were not waxed within the hallowed walls of Studio A on Vine Street? The famed Tower would not open its doors until 1956. Prior to ’56, Capitol occupied space a few minutes across town.
This is the Capitol, Melrose facility, home of Sinatra’s early work for the label. The tiny property at 5515 Melrose Avenue, sandwiched between RKO Radio Pictures (left of the foreground telephone poll) and Paramount Pictures (behind and to the right of the Capitol property), was the former home of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and the future home of KHJ Radio and TV (now KCAL-TV).
And across the street, Lucy’s El Adobe Café. Capitol Records exec and SONGBOOK guest, Alan Livingston, shared that the deal to bring a then unsigned Frank Sinatra to the Capitol label was made here at Lucy’s.
Lots of Sinatra history on Melrose. The albums Swing Easy, Songs for Young Lovers, In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers and more were recorded at the Melrose facility.
On the singles side, Young at Heart, I’ve Got the World on a String, Three Coins in the Fountain, Learnin’ the Blues, to name but four titles recorded at Capitol on Melrose.
THE CAPITOL SINGLES
Sinatra’s Capitol singles were no less significant than the epic albums he would craft for the label. But by make-up and intention, they were unique. How?
We’ll talk about it and share many samples when we open Chapter Twenty-Three of THE SINATRA SONGBOOK, Saturday, January 19 at 6pm EST and Sunday, January 20 at 8am EST on Metromedia Radio (metromediaradio.net).
to be continued…