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I Thought About You
by producer Shelly Liebowitz, performed by Ray Brown Junior & Sally Kellerman
CATCH-UP: Shelly Liebowitz (1946 to 2019) was an American record executive, producer and promoter. Shelly Liebowitz was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA, on February 2nd 1946. He attended his first recording session while a teenager studying at the Juillard School in the early 1960s. The experience caused him to leave the School and begin spending much of his time at studios in New York City watching recording sessions for top artists and learning about it in that way. He then began writing songs, and joined a group (on guitar and vocals) called 'The Phantoms', who had a strong following in the New York City area at the time. However, he soon realised that his strength lay not in performing but probably on the business side of the industry. Beginning his involvement with jobs in record promotion, he worked for several labels including 'Canadian American' and 'Roulette', and later moved to their A&R departments to learn more about the business. It was in the 1970s that Liebowitz began producing his own records, concerts and 'live' shows (and later managing artists). During this time, he began a relationship with 'jazz' great Count Basie, who in turn introduced him to Sammy Davis Junior (the pair would work together throughout Davis' professional life). He was also introduced to Ella Fitzgerald and they too worked on several projects over the years. Other top 'jazz' acts to receive his attention included Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, as well as the 'pop-rock' acts Frankie Avalon, 'The Coasters', 'The Shangri-Las' and 'The Rolling Stones'. After leaving 'Roulette', he worked for 'Columbia' and then 'Capitol Records', and in 1978 was appointed vice-president of East Coast operations for their 'Capitol Productions' management company (it represented more than 100 singers, music groups, songwriters and actors). He also wrote and directed two sitcom television pilots for 'NBC' around this time, called "Anything Goes" and "Just For Laughs", though neither were picked up. Late in 1978, Liebowitz worked with Harry Nilsson and John Lennon on a few projects, but left 'Capitol' in 1980 to form 'Belvedere Records', where he signed some new artists as well as a few who had left to join him, notably including Steve Rankin and 'The Clash'. His company handled both 'rock' and 'country' performers, had a few minor hits and grew a decent roster - as the label's president, main record producer, music video director and music publisher, he was known for his fostering of new young songwriters. Despite all this, he sold 'Belvedere' in the mid-1980s to concentrate more on producing 'live' shows and concerts, and managing rostered talent for himself. Moving to Florida in 1986, he formed 'Creative Media' and soon built another impressive roster of clients while continuing to produce shows, concerts and recordings. His new talent included names such as 'The Johnson Boys', Darrell Chambers, Kim Hoyer, 'Da Boyz' and Sandro, as well as more retro acts like 'The Guess Who', 'Blues Image' and 'Iron Butterfly'. In 1998, Liebowitz relocated to southern California and took up a consultant position for the 'Genesis Group', and at the time of his passing was president & CEO of 'SRI Label Group' and a TV executive producer for 'PBS Television'. He notably produced an all star duets CD for Ray Brown Junior along with his guests Jane Monheit, Melba Moore, James Moody, Maria Muldaur, Dr John, Dionne Warwick, Freda Payne, Sophie B Hawkins, Paul Williams, Haylee, Dr Lonnie Smith, Dave Somerville, Kim Hoyer, Sally Kellerman, David 'Fathead' Newman and Terry Gibbs (the Kellerman duet is featured here). Shelly Liebowitz died in Thousand Oaks, California, on March 12th 2019, aged 73. He never married, and had no children.
Posted: 13th May 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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