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  • Jan 19, 1954
    EMI announces it will gain controlling interest of Capitol Records. The label already represents Merle Travis and Tennessee Ernie Ford, and will go on to house such artists as Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and Lady Antebellum
    Jan 1, 1955
    British conglomerate EMI takes a controlling interest in Capitol Records, whose roster has included--or will include--Tennessee Ernie Ford, Garth Brooks, Merle Haggard, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Buck Owens, among others
    Feb 23, 1978
    Future country singer Michael Johnson records two pop hits, "Bluer Than Blue" and "Almost Like Being In Love," in a morning session at Nashville's Creative Workshop
    Apr 10, 1978
    Record executives Artie Mogull and Jerry Rubinstein buy United Artists Records for $30 million with financing from EMI. UA's country roster features Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle and Dottie West
    Jan 12, 1979
    Michael Johnson records the pop hit "This Night Won't Last Forever" at a 10 a.m. session at the Creative Workshop in Nashville. The song is refashioned as a country hit by Sawyer Brown 18 years later
    Apr 16, 1983
    EMI, which includes Capitol Records, begins producing compact discs. Within seven years, the CD supplants vinyl as the industry's primary format, affecting such future Capitol acts as Garth Brooks, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum
    Mar 7, 1988
    EMI releases The Pet Shop Boys' dance-pop version of "Always On My Mind"
    Jul 13, 1988
    EMI releases the a cappella pop hit "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin. It gets referenced in the 2014 Jake Owen single "Beachin'"
    Mar 5, 1990
    EMI releases the soundtrack to the Richard Gere/Julia Roberts movie "Pretty Woman," paced by Roy Orbison's title track. Also on the album: David Bowie, Go West, Natalie Cole, Jane Wiedlin and The Red Hot Chili Peppers
    May 9, 1990
    The soundtrack to "Pretty Woman" is certified gold by the RIAA. It features Roy Orbison's title song, plus music by Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Roxette, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane Wiedlin and Go West, among others

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