SHOW BUSINESS: In the Groove

Four klieg lights stabbing the sky over Hollywood and Vine one night last week signaled the opening of a new office building that is strange even for Hollywood: a 13-story smogscraper, round as a record. On the street below, Jane Russell, Connie Haines, Dick Haymes, Gordon MacRae and Tennessee Ernie Ford strolled over a red carpet into the $2,000,000 reinforced-concrete tower as the crowd cheered and loudspeakers blared.

As unusual as the circular office building, the first of its kind in the world, is its owner¬óCapitol Records. Fourteen years ago Capitol was a shellac-like gleam in the eyes of three...

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