Alan W. Livingston
American businessman
Alan W. Livingston
Alan Wendell Livingston, born Alan Wendell Levison, was an American businessman best known for his tenures at Capitol Records, first as a writer/producer best known for creating Bozo the Clown for a series of record-album and illustrative read-along children's book sets, then as the executive who signed The Beatles to Capitol in November 1963.
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Sonoma's own Bozo the Clown - Sonoma Valley Sun
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Mr. Harmon began aggressively marketing the character of Bozo the Clown after purchasing the rights from Capitol Records executive Alan Livingston in the 1950's. He ultimately developed the character into a legend of the entertainment industry
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South Portland councilors debate purchase of iPads - KeepMEcurrent.com
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Although Councilor Tom Blake said the data plan is needed, in case councilors are ever somewhere without Wi-Fi access, others, such as councilors Alan Livingston and James Hughes, seemed to side with local resident Albert DiMillo, who attended the
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Rowing: Sparc report a 'cheap shot' - New Zealand Herald
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The Karapiro 2010 board included former RNZ chairman Bill Falconer, current chairman Ivan Sutherland, RNZ board members Gerry Dwyer and Mike Stanley (until Stanley was elected Olympic Committee president last year), Waipa mayor Alan Livingston,
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Rats, stoats infiltrate sanctuary - Waikato Times
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The move prompted Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston to confirm no more birds were being released into the area. MEIT spokesman Mark Ebrey said the trust was still negotiating with the landowners' council. It recently confirmed $900000 base funding for the
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Change to Jetport flight path could take five years - KeepMEcurrent.com
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About 20 area residents attended the session, arranged by committee member and South Portland City Councilor Alan Livingston. The object, to open a dialogue with the pubic, was prefaced with presentations by Jetport Director Paul Bradbury and Security
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Waipa Limits Rates Rise In Spite Of Major Cost Increases - Scoop.co.nz (press release)
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Mayor Alan Livingston congratulated management and staff for keeping the rate rise within the parameters of the draft annual plan. Most of the increase (3.8%) is made up of fixed costs such as depreciation, ACC and Kiwisaver levies, so only 1.17% of
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Critics plead for jetport-noise relief - Press Herald
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That wasn't the case at Wednesday night's meeting, which was organized by City Councilor Alan Livingston and included jetport officials and members of the Noise Advisory Committee. "These flights are really just a tailpipe of jet exhaust into South
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South Portland seniors to get tax break - KeepMEcurrent.com
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"I think it's great to honor seniors that have been residents of South Portland," agreed Councilor Alan Livingston. Later during the same meeting, Councilor Tom Blake decried a zoning change needed to allow a South Portland Housing Authority project
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Jetport officials to give public talk - Press Herald
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Councilor Alan Livingston said the jetport employees will give a presentation and will answer questions from the public about noise abatement, airport growth, current projects and other issues. Were you interviewed for this story?
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Smoking areas not included in plan - June 24, 2011 - South Portland Sentry (blog)
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Councilors decided to include the golf course, after Councilor Alan Livingston's suggestion to make the ordinance as inclusive as possible. Adding open spaces to the ordinance was rejected after Councilor Tom Coward said it was too hard to define and
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South Portland moves toward tobacco ban at beaches, parks - The Forecaster
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"We either believe in this thing or we don't," said Councilor Alan Livingston. Blake agreed, as did Councilor Patti Smith. "Putting a price on health, on how long you might live?" Smith said. "The benefits are worth a minor revenue loss
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Waipa rejects rethink on Velodrome - Whangarei Leader
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Mayor Alan Livingston said the peer review had raised questions about the centre but overall its findings were balanced and encouraging. The trust's estimations of construction and operational costs were also "close to the button"
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Debbie Reynolds' Unaffordable Costume Collection: A Glimpse Before It Goes on ... - Indie Wire (blog)
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A little farther down was a dress worn by Betty Hutton, who had been married to Nancy's second husband, Alan Livingston, before he and Nancy found each other and were together for almost fifty years. On the second level of the Paley, where costumes
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Sanctuary scrap deepens as farmer lets cattle into reserve - Waikato Times
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Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston yesterday said stock had been let into the enclosure by a landowner but he maintained the integrity of the site's predator-proof fence was intact. A website set up by landowners opposed to governance changes within the
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Govt postpones settlement over ecological reserve - Radio New Zealand
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Mr Te Aho says the iwi is still committed to getting legislation that protects the special character of the bush-clad mountain. The Maungatautari Landowners Council says a meeting with Waipa mayor Alan Livingston on Friday over the governance issue was
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'Santa Claus' council slammed - Stuff.co.nz
Google News - almost 6 years
Cat hoarders, big-ticket projects and mayor Alan Livingston were fair game as struck-off lawyer James Parlane took aim at Waipa District Council's spending plans. Mr Parlane, a former two-term Waipa District councillor, fronted at the council's draft
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School budget goes to vote Tuesday - May 6, 2011 - Scarborough Leader (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Approval of the fiscal year expenditure will avoid additional interest charges on bonds, said Councilor Alan Livingston. Councilors voted on resolves that detailed cost breakdowns for each area, however, local voters are asked only to approve the
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Cycle opponents get flak - The Press
Google News - almost 6 years
Waipa Mayor Alan Livingston yesterday rejected suggestions the council had opted against supporting the $29.5 million cycling centre and velodrome near Cambridge. In March, Waipa councillors decided 9-3 not to include the velodrome in the draft annual
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Waipa votes in pay rise - Waikato Times
Google News - almost 6 years
Mayor Alan Livingston, who was excluded from the package, said no votes were recorded against the proposal. Remuneration levels are set by the independent authority and the council determines how that is shared among councillors and the two community
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alan W. Livingston
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 91
    Died on March 13, 2009.
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  • 1998
    Age 80
    On August 1, 1998, Livingston received his first honor for his creation of "Bozo the Clown" as the International Clown Hall of Fame in Milwaukee, Wisconsin presented him their Lifetime of Laughter Achievement Award.
    More Details Hide Details Once married to actress Betty Hutton, Livingston was also married to actress Nancy Olson, whose film credits include Sunset Boulevard (1950) and The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). They resided in Beverly Hills, California. Their son, Christopher Livingston, is a movie producer, director, writer and songwriter. Alan Livingston died after a series of mini-strokes at his home in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 91. He was survived by his wife, former actress Nancy Olson (formerly Mrs. Alan Jay Lerner), a son, Christopher; a daughter from a previous marriage, the jewelry designer Laura Gibson; and two step daughters, Liza and Jennifer Lerner.
  • 1980
    Age 62
    He left in 1980 to accept the presidency of Atalanta Investment Company, Inc., and resigned in 1987 to produce a one-hour film for television and to form Pacific Rim Productions, Inc.
    More Details Hide Details Livingston also wrote a novel titled "Ronnie Finkelhof, Superstar" about a shy Harvard pre-law student who becomes an overnight success as a rock musician. It was published by Ballantine Books in the spring of 1988.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 58
    In August 1976, Livingston joined Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation as Senior Vice President and President, Entertainment Group.
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  • 1972
    Age 54
    Livingston later sold his stock in Capitol Industries to form his own company, Mediarts, Inc., for the production of motion pictures, records and music publishing. He eventually sold his interest in that company to United Artists as a result, particularly, of its success in the record business including Don McLean, who reached the #1 position in the country with his "American Pie" single and album in 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Two feature motion pictures were completed during the company's operation: "Downhill Racer" (1969) starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman, and "Unman, Wittering & Zigo" (1971) starring David Hemmings; both released by Paramount Pictures.
  • FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 45
    His most noteworthy accomplishment at that time was agreeing to release the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" for Capitol in 1963, after having rejected all their previous singles as unsuitable for the U.S. market despite Capitol being owned by The Beatles' U.K. record company, EMI.
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  • 1959
    Age 41
    In-between, as Vice-President in charge of Programming at NBC, in 1959 he oversaw the development and launch of the network's most successful television series, Bonanza.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1956
    Age 38
    He was also officially credited as the inspiration for the distinctive Capitol Records Tower, completed in April 1956, noted for being the first circular office building in the world.
    More Details Hide Details Livingston is also responsible for what have come to be known as the "Livingston Butcher Covers." When The Beatles released their 1966 compilation album Yesterday and Today it was initially released with a surreal Robert Whitaker cover photograph depicting the group draped in slabs of meat and dismembered doll parts. Protests from record dealers forced Capitol to immediately recall the album and re-issue it with a new cover. The original covers, in any condition, have become highly sought after collectors items. Shortly after the controversy erupted, Livingston took home a box containing both mono and stereo copies of the original "Butcher cover" albums, sealed and in pristine condition. They remained in storage at the Livingston home, untouched, for the next twenty years until Livingston's son Christopher revealed their existence when he brought several of the albums to sell at a Beatlefest convention in 1987. These Butcher covers are considered the best examples of these albums and currently command a premium price upwards of $20,000.
  • 1953
    Age 35
    The first Sinatra/Stordahl recordings for Capitol failed to produce the magic Livingston and producer Voyle Gilmore were looking for, and Sinatra agreed to try a session with Riddle on April 30, 1953.
    More Details Hide Details The impact was immediate, producing the classic "I've Got the World on a String". However, it was "Young at Heart" that became the defining moment in Sinatra's comeback, peaking at #2 during its 22-week run on the charts in the spring of 1954. Livingston was credited as the creative force responsible for Capitol Records' growth from net sales of $6 million per year to sales in excess of $100 million per year.
  • 1951
    Age 33
    Livingston wrote and produced many other children's recordings including products for Walt Disney; Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker; Bugs Bunny and all of the Warner Bros. characters. In the case of the latter, he wrote the 1951 pop hit "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat" for Mel Blanc's Tweety Pie.
    More Details Hide Details There were also several record-readers featuring the popular cowboy character, Hopalong Cassidy. One of these was "Hopalong Cassidy and The Singing Bandit" in 1950, which was the first children's record set to make the Top Ten charts. Within a few years, Livingston moved on to the adult music arena and became Vice President in charge of all creative operations of the company. He signed Frank Sinatra when Sinatra was at a low point in his career. Livingston wanted Sinatra to work with arranger Nelson Riddle, however Sinatra was reluctant to do so out of his loyalty to Axel Stordahl with whom he had worked for most of his career.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 28
    His initial assignment was to create a children's record library for the four-year-old company, for which he created the "Bozo the Clown" character. He wrote and produced a popular series of storytelling record-album and illustrative read-along book sets beginning with the October 1946 release of "Bozo at the Circus."
    More Details Hide Details His record-reader concept, which enabled children to read and follow a story in pictures while listening to it, was the first of its kind. The Bozo image was a composite design of Livingston's, derived from a variety of clown pictures and given to an artist to turn into comic-book-like illustrations. Livingston then hired Pinto Colvig to portray Bozo on the recordings. Colvig, a former circus clown, was also the original voice of Walt Disney's Pluto, Goofy, Grumpy, Sleepy and many other characters. Billy May produced the music. The series turned out to be a smash hit for Capitol, selling over eight million albums in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Successful record sales led to a variety of Bozo-related merchandise and the first television series, "Bozo's Circus," starring Pinto Colvig on KTTV-Channel 11 (CBS) in Los Angeles in 1949. The character also became a mascot for the record company and was later nicknamed "Bozo the Capitol Clown."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Born
    Livingston was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of McDonald, Pennsylvania on October 15, 1917.
    More Details Hide Details He was the youngest of three children, whose mother encouraged reading books and playing musical instruments. He had an older sister, Vera, and an older brother, Jay Livingston (1915–2001), who wrote or co-wrote many popular songs for films and television, including "Buttons and Bows", "Mona Lisa", "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)", as well as the popular Christmas song "Silver Bells". Alan Livingston began his career in the entertainment business leading his own college orchestra as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with a B.S. in Economics, he moved to New York where he worked in advertising for three years. At the start of World War II, he enlisted in the army as a private and served as a second lieutenant in the infantry. After his discharge, he borrowed some money, hitched a ride on an Army plane and headed for Los Angeles, California where he obtained his first position with Capitol Records, Inc. in Hollywood as a writer/producer.
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