American record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Capitol Music Group imprint. It was founded as the first west coast-based record label of note in the United States in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, Buddy DeSylva, and Glenn E. Wallichs. Capitol is well known as the U.S. record label of the Beatles, especially during the years of Beatlemania in America from 1964 to 1967.
Capitol Studios is a recording studio located at the landmark Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. Established in 1956, the studios were initially the primary recording studios for American record label Capitol Records.
The Capitol Records Building, also known as the Capitol Records Tower, is a 13-story tower. Designed by Louis Naidorf of Welton Becket Associates. Construction began soon after British company EMI acquired Capitol Records in 1955, and was completed in April 1956.
For over 70 years, Capitol Studios has hosted some of the most celebrated artists, from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Michael Jackson, Dean Martin to Barbra Streisand, Carole King, Paul McCartney, the Beach Boys, Bobby Darin, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, Steve Miller, Carole King, Bob Seger, Rosemary Clooney, Grand Funk Railroad, George Benson, Merle Haggard, Wayne Newton, Lou Rawls, The Seekers, The Stone Poneys, Glen Campbell, Peggy Lee, Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band, The Kingston Trio, Ray Charles, Pink Floyd, Bee Gees, Toto, Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Heart, Iron Maiden, The Smithereens, Poison, Little River Band, Missing Persons, Anne Murray, Juice Newton, Dwight Yoakam, Prince, R.E.M., Deep Purple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Sting, Ringo Starr, Oasis, Green Day, Coldplay, Train, Britney Spears, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, The Wallflowers, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, Tori Kelly, Sam Smith, Muse, Mary J. Blige, Beck, Ryan Adams, Michael Buble, Seth MacFarlane, Queen Latifah.
Featured Image: Capitol Records building on Vine St. (1958) / Image: AP