Approximately 1,000 guests were on hand to salute the label at its Hollywood home.
“I paid for a couple of those floors,” said MC Hammer looking up towards the needle atop Hollywood’s Capitol Records Tower on the night of its 75th anniversary celebration. “Nat King Cole took care of the first floor, the Beatles bought a few, and Katy Perry, she’s probably responsible for the penthouse.”
The “U Can’t Touch This” rapper was exaggerating, of course (although his selling 50 million albums certainly contributed to the company’s bottom line), but the sentiment rang true: there are few artists in music history who can claim such a lasting bond with a building -- yet that’s exactly what Perry, Neil Diamond, Beck, One Direction’s Niall Horan, 5 Seconds of Summer, Bob Seger, Halsey, Tori Kelly and Ryan Adams all had in common as they made their way to 1750 Vine on a Tuesday night.
The purpose of the event was to reveal the new Taschen book, 75 Years of Capitol Records -- a doorstopper in the shape of a vinyl album cover -- which was meticulously curated by Capitol Music Group (CMG) chairman Steve Barnett. As an accompaniment, designers transformed famed recording Studios A & B inside the landmark tower into a museum-style space featuring a photo retrospective of Capitol stars through the decades, among them Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Campbell, the Kingston Trio, Duran Duran, Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys and dozens of others.