There are several versions of Stan's first contacts with Capitol Records. Let us start with his own account, in a letter:
"With the help of Red Norvo I got a chance to listen to one of Goodman's rehearsals with the sextet. Mel Powell and Norvo played as expected well but Benny's clarinet playing sounds like a week and distant copy of what he did last year."
This could have occurred anyplace, not necessarily in the Capitol Studios. The liner note to the Capitol EP, posthoumously issued, says:
in 1947, a handsome young Swede arrived in Hollywood hot on the trail of Benny
Goodman. Inquiring at Capitol, the big blond with the red cheek an ingratiating
smile introduced himself as Stan Hasselgard and, before too long, found his way
to a Goodman recording session and a meeting with his clarinet-playing idol.
account were less exuberant and gives an indication of how improvised the
I've recorded four sides for Capitol. We never rehearsed but it went quite well
– all four sides have a nice musical air, and I think they will sell. We
recorded a little piece by Barney Kessel, Swedish Pastry, a tribute to
the divine Swedish coffee-buns, Sweet and Hot Mop and Who Sleeps.
The I ran out of all ideas and had to escape with a slow tune, I'll Never Be