Capitol Tower Grand Opening
Press Release | Tour Guide Script | Capitol Tower Booklet
1950s Capitol Records Materials
1950s press releases | 1940s Capitol News covers | Annual Report, 1959 | Capitol World, 1958 | Wrap-up 1955 | Wrap-up 1956 | Capitol Records Sales Report and Order Forms | 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 click here for a more detailed list of illustrations at this site.
Interviews with My Parents
by Nori Muster
Click here to read interviews - 1950s Capitol Records History
My father Bill Muster worked for Capitol Records in the 1950s, when the Tower opened. My parents attended the opening and brought me, at just three months old. Don Hassler (later my stepfather), was a sales manager, A&R man, and tour guide at the Tower opening. Click the link or scroll to top for Grand Opening press releases, tour guide script, and the commemorative booklet from Don Hassler's files.
The interviews cover 1950s recording technology | Capitol marketing practices | EMI | disk jockey payola and the Mafia | Hollywood Jaycees | musicians union | Capitol People: Andy Griffith | Bill Muster | Playboy Jazz All-Stars | Billy May | Bozo the Clown | Bud Frazer | Dick Rising | Frank Sinatra | Fred Rice | Glenn Wallichs | Jack Smothers | Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSilva | Kay Starr | Keely Smith and Louis Prima | Les Paul and Mary Ford | Lord Buckley | Nelson Riddle | Patti Page | Perry Como | Perry Mayer | Stan Kenton | Steve Auld | Studs Turkel | the Beatles | the Four Freshman | Vic Damone
by Nori Muster
Interview: A Good Life
Earl D. Horwitz (1921-2012) discusses his eighteen years at Capitol Records, 1959-1977. Interview recorded February 28, 2010.
Interview: Old Hollywood
Lucille Kennard (above, center) talks about the old days in Hollywood, including her late husband's career as a talent 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.
A new book on the history of Capitol Records
75 Years of Capitol Records
by Barney Hoskyns