Capitol wasn’t all Nat King Cole, Ol' Blue Eyes and the Rat Pack... as the record label

Capitol is 75 this year and the subject of a major new photo-packed book charting its talent-strewn history, which stretches from Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra via The Beatles and the Beach Boys to Coldplay, Radiohead and Sam Smith. Launched in 1942 by record store owner Glenn Wallichs, singer and songwriter Johnny Mercer and movie producer Buddy DeSylva, Capitol was a record company in a movie town, at a time when the rest of the music business was in New York, 3,000 miles away.

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