This Day in Music, June 4: Capital Records Launched

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On this day in 1942, Glenn Wallichs launched Capitol Records in the U.S. The label became home to such artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart, and countless others. Wallichs was the man who invented the art of record promotion by sending copies of new releases to disc jockeys.

In 1983, The Police started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK with "Every Breath You Take," the group's fifth and final No.1 single. Taken from the band's album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy awards.

On this day in 1997, Jeff Buckley's body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River. A passenger on a tourist boat spotted the body near the southern tip of Mud Island. The singer/songwriter had disappeared when swimming on May 29.

In 2002, Wyclef Jean was one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education. Jean was arrested and led away in handcuffs following an attempt to perform, which was forbidden by the event's permit. P. Diddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown, and the Wu-Tang Clan were also at the rally to show their support and protest a proposed $1.2 billion (£0.7 billion) cut to New York's public education system.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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