On this day in music history: April 6, 1956 - The Capitol Tower in Hollywood, CA is dedicated. The newly opened headquarters for Capitol Records, located at 1750 Vine Street (near the famous corner of Hollywood and Vine) is a thirteen story circular building by architect Welton Beckett (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Pan Pacific Auditorium, The Beverly Hilton), designed to look like a giant stack of records on a spindle. The blinking light on top of the building spells out the word “Hollywood” in Morse Code since the buildings’ official opening. It was temporarily changed to blink “Capitol 50” to celebrate the labels’ fiftieth anniversary in 1992. Since then it has returned to its original message. Besides the labels business offices, it also houses three world class recording studios (with echo chambers designed by musician and technical innovator Les Paul) that remain highly in demand to this day. Also known as “the house that Nat built” (after musician Nat King Cole), The Capitol Tower becomes an iconic structure in Hollywood, and is added to the List of Registered Historic Places in Los Angeles in November of 2006.
On this day in music history: March 24, 1982 - “The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads”, the fifth album by Talking Heads is released. Produced by Talking Heads, it is recorded at WCOZ Northern Studio in Maynard, MA on November 17, 1977, The Park West in Chicago, IL on August 23, 1978, The Boarding House in San Francisco, CA on September 16, 1978, The Agora in Cleveland, OH on December 18, 1978, Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA on August 24, 1979, The Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ on November 17, 1979, Central Park in New York City on August 27, 1980, Emerald City in Cherry Hill, NJ on November 8 & 9, 1980, Sun Plaza Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan on February 27, 1981. The seventeen track double album features live performances by Talking Heads recorded between November 1977 and February 1981, with half of the album featuring the main four piece band. The second half features the band expanded to a ten piece with guest musicians including Adrian Belew (guitar), Bernie Worrell (keyboards), Dolette McDonald and Nona Hendryx (background vocals). The cassette version of the album includes the song “Cities” as a bonus track. In 2004, an expanded reissue nearly doubles the length of the original album by adding additional tracks left off the original LP, and ones that were shortened due to the time constraints of the vinyl format. A remastered deluxe version of the album is released in 2004 expanding the original album to thirty three tracks. “The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads” peaks at number thirty one on the Billboard Top 200.