OBITUARY: Alan Livingston (1917-2009)

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For fans of children’s entertainment and television shows, Alan Livingston was the man who created the character known as Bozo The Clown. For music and recording fans, he was the man who brought Bozo to Capitol Records, and ended up producing not only all of Bozo’s early 78’s, but also recordings by Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny, and Tweety Pie, and in fact he wrote the song “I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat”. By signing Frank Sinatra to Capitol, Livingston helped the label become a huge success throughout the 1950’s.

For millions of Beatles fans, they will forever know Livingston as the man who signed them to Capitol in late 1963, after someone else at the label initially passed on the group.

If anyone deserves the maverick tag, it’s Alan Livingtson, whose early productions on those Bozo The Clown records are some of the best of the era, doing things that were ahead of its time, things that would become dominant sounds in pop and rock’n’roll in the 50’s and 60’s.

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To the man who helped create one of my all-time favorite children’s records, Bozo and His Rocket Ship, r.i.p. Alan Livingtston.

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