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Levy, Jacques

Dylan's collaborator on the lyrics for the Desire album. He also contributed to the genesis and structure of the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue.

Clinton Heylin:"Bob Dylan: Behind The Shades, a Biography"

Born July 29 1935, died September 30 2004.
Obituary (Guardian)

Co-written songs:
Jacques Levy
Black Diamond Bay (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)
Catfish (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)
Hurricane (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)
Isis (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)
Joey (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)
Money Blues (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)
Mozambique (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)
Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)
Romance In Durango (Bob Dylan-Jacques Levy)

Date: Wed, 10 Jan 1996 21:17:36 -0600 From: Mark Gonnerman (markg@LELAND.STANFORD.EDU) Subject: Re: Joey Gallo & Jacques Levy Alan Wilson <101357.2335@COMPUSERVE.COM> wrote: ::In Robert Shelton's book "No Direction Home" he says "Levy suggested Joey ::Gallo as a theme, for ::he had known Gallo well during 1969, the last year of his life". Bob sings, ::"When they let him out in '71, he'd lost a little weight". :: ::Who's correct ? ::and ::Whatever became of Jacques Levy ? "One day they blew him down in a clam bar in New York . . ." Joseph "Crazy Joe" Gallo was blown away on 7 April 1972 during a birthday party at Umberto's Clam House in New York's Little Italy. Jacques Levy is now director of the Drama Department at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. A 1992 interview with Jacques Levy by Larry Jaffee is published in the Fall 1994 On The Tracks, pp. 12-18. There are a couple references to "Joey" in the interview: LEVY: We started working on a Joey Gallo song then [after "Hurricane"]. I remember because I took him [Bob] over to meet some friends of mine, who knew Joey. I had known Joey pretty well. Bob had heard of him, but had never met him. He found [Joey] pretty interesting. I had started a song of Joey myself and I showed him what I had. He made some shifts and changes to it and some additions. He could make additions to something . . . [using] the SAME words you had written . . . he'd always astonish me. People just don't realize that one of THE greatest things about Bob is his phrasing. . . . Sometimes he could take the same words and do something to the phrasing of them that made them so much more extraordinary than they were, just normally spoken. . . . JAFFE: I read a story about the recording of "Joey" that you had some of Joey Gallo's friends present and that at the same time Don DeVito had brought down his brother, the cop, and some of his cop friends. Was that true? At the same moment, they were all there? LEVY: They were all in the studio. JAFFE: Did they realize who was who? Were the cops in uniform? LEVY: No, no. I met Don's brother and I don't think Don had anything against Joey. His sister was there and other friends of Joey's and mutual friends of mine. I knew Joey's whole family. We were all together there at the session. There is no story there. They really had nothing to do with each other. They were just all watching a Bob Dylan session. --Mark
From: Roger McGuinn ( Date: Wed, 31 Dec 1997 20:55:25 +0000 Jacques Levy is teaching drama at Colgate Univeristy in Hamilton New York. Roger

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