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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 A more detailed list of illustrations at this site.


Interviews with My Parents
by Nori Muster

1950s Capitol Records History

My parents worked for Capitol Records in the 1950s, when the Tower opened. This section includes 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

More Interviews
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 (Earl died in 2012).

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.
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 favorites out of the many hundreds or articles she's written and sold over five decades.
Paula's Ancestry Runge and Christiansen ancestors going back to the Battle of Leipzig, 1813.
Paula's 90th Birthday - a fun family event shared with the world.

A new book on the history of Capitol Records


75 Years of Capitol Records
by Barney Hoskyns