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Capitol Records 75th anniversary


Capitol Records will begin a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary Tuesday with the unveiling of a “Star of Recognition” and a proclamation declaring Nov. 15 Capitol Records Day in the city of Los Angeles.

Katy Perry is expected to join Capitol Music Group Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett and Universal Music Group Chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge for an 11:30 a.m. ceremony outside the Capitol Records tower to unveil the Star of Recognition, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge is also expected to attend the event.

The event will begin what is billed as a year-long celebratory event, which will include vinyl reissues of 75 albums, the release of a photo-and-essay book tracking the history of the record label and the development of a documentary series featuring episodes directed by past and present Capitol Records artists.

Also to mark the occasion, the spire atop the Capitol Records tower on Vine Street — which continuously emits a Morse Code signal spelling out

“Hollywood”—will change its signal to spell “Capitol 75.” That signal

will be sent out for the next year.

The Vinyl Reissue program will include 75 albums chosen by a panel of music journalists, authors and artists, with the albums representing a variety of eras and musical styles. The albums include “The Beatles,” Frank Sinatra’s

“Come Fly With Me,” Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” Bobby Darin’s “You’re the Reason I’m Living,” Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons,” Neil Diamond’s “The Jazz Singer,” Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” Bonnie Raitt’s “Luck of the Draw” and Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle.”