Morris Levy

Morris Levy
Real name
Moishe Levy
August 27, 1927
May 21, 1990
United States
Notorious mob-associated music industry mogul, primarily known as the owner of the renowned Manhattan jazz club 'Birdland' and as president of Roulette Records, one of the largest independent outlets in recorded music at the time. Levy is often accused of stealing royalties, coercing artists to share writing credits. His business empire spanned every aspect of the industry- from juke-box installations and nightclubs, to retail outlets and labels.


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Songs written by Morris Levy

Original songs

Title Written by Originally by Original date Covered by
California Sun Henry Glover, Morris Levy Joe Jones February 1961 Covered by (44 artists)
Can't We Be Sweethearts Morris Levy, Herbert Cox The Cleftones June 1956 Covered by (4 artists)
Don't Cry Henry Glover, Morris Levy, Louisiana Red Louisiana Red 1963 Covered by John "Big Moose" Walker
Hey, Let's Twist Henry Glover, Morris Levy, Joey Dee Joey Dee & The Starliters January 1961 Covered by Les Chaussettes Noires
I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent Morris Levy Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers November 1957 Covered by (2 artists)
I Need Your Loving Bobby Robinson, Morris Levy, Clarence Lewis, James McDougal, Don Gardner Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford May 1962 Covered by (12 artists)
Little Girl of Mine Morris Levy, Herbert Cox The Cleftones March 1956 Covered by (11 artists)
My Boy Lollypop Morris Levy, Johnnie B. Roberts, Robert Spencer Barbie Gaye 1956 Covered by (44 artists)
Roly-Poly Henry Glover, Morris Levy, Joey Dee Joey Dee & The Starliters January 1961 Covered by (2 artists)
Soulville Dinah Washington, Titus Turner, Henry Glover, Morris Levy Dinah Washington April 1963 Covered by (9 artists)
That's the Way It Goes Morris Levy, Raoul Cita, Donald Parker Covered by (2 artists)
The ABC's of Love Morris Levy, Richard Barrett Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers September 1956 Covered by The Persuasions
Ya Ya Morris Levy, Clarence Lewis Lee Dorsey July 1961 Covered by (62 artists)
You Ain't No Big Thing Baby Henry Glover, Morris Levy Sam & Dave 1963 Covered by Holly Golightly

Adapted songs

Title Written by Originals Originally by Covered by
Let's Turkey Trot Jack Keller, Morris Levy, Gerry Goffin, Herbert Cox Little Girl of Mine Little Eva Covered by (3 artists)