Mel Blanc, Tweetie Pie, Capitol J-3261, 1963
You could say that Alan W. Livingston made Capitol Records. He was hired by the new company in the 1940s to create a line of children’s records. He created the character Bozo The Clown and wrote the 1951 novelty hit I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat for Tweetie Pie. later singed Frank Sinatra to the label. On becoming president of the label, he oversaw design of the famous Capitol Records Building in Hollywood. Despite how bushy was, he still dabbled in producing from time to time, and this album was one of his last efforts.
It was clearly Livingston’s strength to work with Mel Blanc, the famous Looney Tunes voice actor. I don’t know if the four stories on the album are new or not, but it’s classic Mel Blanc. For a children’s record, this one plays really quite well. But perhaps Alan Livingston shouldn’t have produced this album after all. He should have been reading his industry’s trade magazines instead.
I found a Billboard Magazine review of this album online. They sometimes come up by googling a record’s catalogue number, in this case Capitol J-3261. From the August 31, 1963 issue of Billboard, they wrote a special note of praise for Tweetie Pie in a review on page 75. But on page 37, in the International News section, I read that a man named Brian Epstein is planning a November trip to New York to find support for the three Liverpool groups he manages. One of these, The Beatles, is apparently selling an unimaginable number of record sales in the UK. Ireland reported that most EPs only sold a few thousand copies a year, but the new Beatles one sold 7,000 in one week. On the Hot 100 Chart, Del Shannon “bubbles under” at #108 with a cover version of The Beatles British #1 From Me To You. The man who passed on releasing the original version in the US on Capitol Records was Alan W. Livingston.
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