A Capitol Idea

Episode Air Date: September 23, 2020
Artist: Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra
Recording Title: I Found A New Love

Johnny Mercer first made his way to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. But he’d catch on as a singer and songwriter, his first break coming during a “Youth of America” audition. Conductor Paul Whiteman picked Mercer to perform with his Orchestra on NBC radio.

Years later, Mercer, Glen Wallichs and Buddy DeSylva started up a little outfit called Liberty Records. In 1942, it would become Capitol, and Wallichs would become the first music promoter. It was his idea to send free demo records to stations. It became industry standard…not to mention the best part of working at a radio station.

You’ve been listening to the first Capitol Records Release, record 101-A. And as fate would have it, it’s none other than Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra.

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One Response to “A Capitol Idea”

  1. December 16, 2015 at 04:17 #

    The iconic Capitol building housed a unique feature, a deep echo chamber, dug into the ground beneath the building to provide resonance to the recordings. It made the studios the choice for anyone’s recording sessions, until the building itself, I understand, was torn down, not certain when, perhaps in the 1990s.

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