Archive for May 26th, 2016
Capitol Records Stands Out on a Private Tour in Hollywood
Visitors with us on a Los Angeles private tour always notice that the “action” on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood seems to be bounded by Highland Avenue on one side and Vine Street on the other. That is pretty much true. From the 1940s onward this part of the boulevard has always bustled. Despite a brief lull in activity in the 1990s the bustle is back and as exciting as ever. Nightclubs, restaurants, shopping boutiques and movie theaters make this area a destination all day long for locals and visitors. We are mostly around here in the daytime guiding our passengers to their favorite Walk of Fame stars along the gilded sidewalk known all around the world. When we get to Vine Street where there are now golden stars decorating the walkway going north we can enjoy the spectacular building rising up from the street, a building associated with great music and celebrated bands and musicians since 1956. The first “round” office building in the world it was also remarkable for its state-of-the-art recording studios that hosted the Beach Boys and the Beatles just to begin listing some of the great musical artists on the label. We also tell our guests about Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett and then jump to OK Go, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban. The Walk of Fame stars leading up to the entrance to the famed music capitol include many great musicians. A challenge we like to present to our musically inclined guests is to recall a tune from each artist as we pass their star walking along Vine Street. That really makes our custom tour into a musical mystery tour.