Nick Lucas - Capitol Records



Around 1948 a record producer named Huckster sold recordings Nick Lucas made for him to Capitol. The only sides used by Capitol from Hucksters were "Side By Side" / "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" which did very well for Capitol. As a result Nick Lucas recorded six more songs for Capitol. Two of them, "Brown Eyes, Why Are You Blue", and "I Used To Love You", were used by Capitol as demos and not for sale to the general public.

It is interesting to note here that Nick Lucas did his own vocal harmonies, accompanying himself, on the "
Side By Side" recording, making it among the first multi-track recordings in history.

Backed on these recordings by Andy Phillips' Quintette, Nick, as always, plays his acoustic Nick Lucas Gibson guitar on these sides and presents a fine jazzy guitar solo containing interesting bass lines on "
Tiptoe Through The Tulips".

The recordings of "
Tea Time On The Thames" and "Don't Gamble With Romance" are performed by Nick (guitar and vocal) and an organist.

The
remaining titles are, "
Don't Call Me Sweetheart Anymore", and "Bye, Bye Blackbird".


Signing with Capitol
Nick signing a recording contract with Capitol Records, Manager Jack Beekman signed him to a transcription pact with Teleways Radio Productions, and inked him to another year's run with the famed Ken Murray's "Blackouts" in Hollywood. Here (left to right) Carl F. Kraatz, Teleways prexy; Charles A. Kennedy, Teleways veepee; Ken Murray, Nick Lucas; Jack Beekman, Lucas's personal manager;James Conkling, Capitol Records' veepee in charge of artists and repertoire, work as a Lucas planning board.






                                                                                    

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