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  • Apr 8, 1942
    Liberty Records is formed by Glenn Wallichs and songwriters Johnny Mercer and Buddy DeSylva in Hollywood. The firm is renamed Capitol Records in June as it charts a path that includes hits for Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and Merle Haggard
    Jun 1, 1942
    Capitol Records signs its first country recording artist, Tex Ritter
    Jun 4, 1942
    To avoid confusion with Liberty Music Shops in New York, Liberty Records changes its name to Capitol. It becomes the first label to send out "promo" copies to disc jockeys, later promoting such stars as Buck Owens, Keith Urban and Garth Brooks
    Jun 11, 1942
    Tex Ritter records "Jingle! Jangle! Jingle!" in his first recording session for his new label, Capitol Records
    Jul 1, 1942
    Capitol Records releases its first six singles
    Oct 9, 1943
    James Petrillo, the president of the American Federation of Musicians, approves agreements with Capitol and Decca Records, ending a one-year recording ban for those companies. Musicians are still not allowed to record for other labels
    Nov 23, 1943
    Tex Ritter records "I'm Wastin' My Tears On You" and "There's A New Moon Over My Shoulder" in Los Angeles in a session produced by songwriter and Capitol Records co-founder Johnny Mercer
    Nov 30, 1943
    The King Cole Trio holds its first Capitol Records session, recording "Straighten Up And Fly Right" at the C.P. MacGregor Studios in Los Angeles. The song lands on an early version of the Billboard country charts when they debut the following year
    Jun 10, 1944
    The King Cole Trio recording "Straighten Up And Fly Right" tops an early version of the Billboard country singles chart
    Sep 20, 1944
    Tex Ritter records "Jealous Heart" in an afternoon session at the C.P. MacGregor Studios in Hollywood. The date represents the first California recording session for guitar player Merle Travis

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