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Levy, Lou

The first person mentioned by Bob Dylan in Chapter 1 of his "Chronicles, Vol 1".

Former ASCAP Board member Lou Levy began a successful music publishing
 career in the Tin Pan Alley era of the mid 1930's and then went on to
 amass a catalog of some of pop music's greatest hits. Serving on
 ASCAP's Board of Directors from 1958 to 1970, Levy was honored by the
 Society in 1986 for "outstanding contributions as a major force in
 music publishing." In 1987 he was the recipient of the Songwriter's
 Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for Excellence in Music Publishing.

 Levy established Leeds Music in 1935 with his friends, lyricist Sammy
 Cahn and composer Saul Chaplin. Levy is credited with the discoveries
 of such writing talents as Cahn and Chaplin, Bob Dylan, Charles
 Strouse, Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and Henry Mancini. He also
 either discovered, managed, or developed the careers of such artists as
 the Ames Brothers, Petula Clark, Bobby Darin, Eddie Fisher, Connie
 Francis, Woody Herman, Steve Lawrence, Les Paul and the Andrew Sisters.

 Levy supplied numerous other singers with hit material: Frank Sinatra
 with "All or Nothing At All," "Strangers in the Night," and "I'll Never
 Smile Again"; Petula Clark with "Downtown" and "Call Me"; The Everly
 Brothers with "Let It Be Me"; Tom Jones with "It's Not Unusual"; and
 many others. He published The Beatles' first American hit, "I Want to
 Hold Your Hand

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