Lou Levy; Music Publisher Worked With Bob Dylan, Beatles
Lou Levy, 84, music publisher associated with Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Henry Mancini. Levy’s company, Leeds Music, published Dylan’s first songbook, the Beatles’ first American hit, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and Mancini’s early songs. The publisher also nurtured the careers of the Ames Brothers, Bobby Darin, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis, Woody Herman and Steve Lawrence. Levy once managed the Andrews Sisters and was briefly married to the late Maxene Andrews. He formed Leeds Music in 1935 with the help of lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Saul Chaplin, naming the company after the low-cost brand of the suits they wore. In 1987, Levy received the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Abe Olman Award for excellence in music publishing. He was on the board of directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers from 1958 to 1970. On Tuesday in New York.