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Capitol Records Promo Film 1951


About The Video

A fascinating look at 1952 Hollywood starring Mel Blanc, portraying a record dealer in this special promotional film made by Capitol Records for their sales divisions and executives. In this clip (which contains only the first 35 minutes) we see inside Wallichs Music City at Sunset & Vine, the Capitol recording studios on Melrose Avenue and the process of recording.

All this in order to sell some records to a passerbys on the street (played by trumpeter, bandleader and arranger Billy May). Cameo bits by other Capitol artists like Les Paul, Mary Ford, comedian Yogi Yorgesson, Bozo the Clown and clips of actual recording sessions with Dean Martin and country singer Jimmy Wakely. Also seen is writer, producer and eventually Vice-President of Capitol, Alan Livingston. (Youtube states 1951 but is probably 1952 since the recording sessions shown of Jimmy Wakely singing “My Heart Has Plenty of Room For You” was released in July of 1952 and Dean Martin’s session was recorded in April of 1952).

Customer Comments

Fabuloso ver a Billy May y los antiguos estudos de Capitol Records en Melrose. Impresionante!!!!!!!!!. Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!+++++++++
- Juan

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