Capitol Records 1950s History Index

Capitol Tower Grand Opening

The Capitol Tower opened April 6, 1956, and at that time, employees working in the old offices at Sunset and Vine (including Bill Muster and Don Hassler) moved into the Tower. Don Hassler saved the press releases, tour guide script, and Tower booklet, which are scanned and posted here. The Tower celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2006, and will celebrate its sixtieth in 2016.

Capitol Tower Opening
      Press Release
      Tour Guide Script
      Capitol Tower Booklet
      Fiftieth anniversary correspondence


1950s Capitol Records Materials

Sales Wrap-Up, 1955 August-September 1955 Merchandising Program for Capitol Records that includes the Sales Wrap-Up and advertising materials.
Sales Wrap-Up, 1956 January-February 1956 Merchandising Program for Capitol Records that includes the Sales Wrap-Up and advertising materials.
1950s press releases - scanned documents
1940s Capitol News covers - scanned documents
Capitol World, 1958 - scanned documents
Annual Report, 1959 - scanned documents
Capitol Records Sales Report and Order Forms - scanned documents
Echo Chambers A plea to preserve the integrity of the Capitol echo chambers.
Album covers and other Capitol paraphernalia
Album cover and a letter about Capitol artists, the Piltdown Men.
Feedback Capitol Records 1950s footage released on Youtube, April 2013, and further correspondence and jpgs from people who have visited the site.
Illustrations A more detailed list of illustrations at this site.

A new book on the history of Capitol Records


75 Years of Capitol Records
by Barney Hoskyns

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Nori's Interviews with Her Parents

This website started because of Nori Muster's interviews with her parents. Her father, Bill Muster (1926-1989), and stepfather, Don Hassler (1929-2013), both worked at Capitol Records in the 1950s. In 2004, Nori began interviewing her mother and stepfather about their memories of the Capitol days.

The Capitol Days Interviews - a collection of interviews with Don and Paula Hassler on Capitol Records, its facilities, technology, and marketing practices * Bill Muster and his job producing the Sales Wrap-Up, the marketing department's newsletter to salesmen, and why Bill Muster was fired over Playboy magazine * Don Hassler's years at Capitol Records; memories of Les Paul, Honorary Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant and the Hollywood Jaycees, discussion about a c. 1948 Capitol publicity photo of the marketing team: Bill Muster, Perry Mayer, Dick Rising, Fred Rice, Bud Frazer, Steve Auld, and Jack Smothers * Don Hassler's promotion of Bozo the Clown, Don's musical career, years in military bands, and other details of Don Hassler's life.

Interview: Old Hollywood

Lucille Kennard (above, center) talks about the old days in Hollywood, including her late husband's career as an agent beginning in the 1950s. Paula Hassler and Lucille recall their lives as next-door neighbors in a Hollywood apartment building on Grace Avenue. Interview recorded February 9, 2006.

More pages related to Nori's mother, Paula Hassler:
Paula, the book a photo book assembled by Nori Muster for her mother.
Paula and Bill's 1951 car trip to Mexico photos and travel diary (two years before moving to Los Angeles and going to work for Capitol).
Freelance Writing - Paula's pick's out of the many hundreds she wrote and sold over five decades.
Paula's Ancestry Runge and Christiansen ancestors of Paula Jean Hassler (Nori's mother).
Paula's 90th Birthday - favorite family event shared with the world.

Interview: A Good Life

Earl D. Horwitz (1921-2012) discusses his eighteen years at Capitol Records, 1959-1977. Interview recorded February 28, 2010.