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Morris Levy And Roulette Records

02/25/12 8:00PM By Joel Najman

This week Joel Najman's My Place program tells the story of music mogul Morris Levy, labeled by Variety "The Godfather" of the record business. As head of Roulette Records, Morris Levy released major hits by Frankie Lymon, Jimmy Rogers, Tommy James and others from the 1950's through the mid 1970's.

Recent books by Tommy James and Fredric Dannen have detailed the shady underbelly of Morris Levy's music empire, including why Morris was the inspiration for a character on the TV series "The Sopranos".

Playlist

8:04pm

Easier Said Than Done
Artist Name: The Essex
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 4404
 

8:08pm

Lullaby Of Birdland
Artist Name: Ella Fitzgerald
CD/Album: no album name - 78rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Brunswick 86367
 

8:12pm

Party Doll
Artist Name: Buddy Knox With The Rhythm Orchids
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 4002
 

8:16pm

Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Artist Name: The Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Gee 1002
 

8:20pm

Honeycomb
Artist Name: Jimmie Rodgers
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 4015
 

8:24pm

Oh-Oh, I'm Falling In Love Again
Artist Name: Jimmie Rodgers
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 4045
 

8:28pm

The Gypsy Cried
Artist Name: Lou Christie
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 4457
 

8:32pm

Hanky Panky
Artist Name: Tommy James And The Shondells
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 4686
 

8:36pm

I Think We're Alone Now
Artist Name: Tommy James And The Shondells
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 4720
 

8:40pm

But It's Alright
Artist Name: J.J. Jackson
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Calla 119
 

8:44pm

Peppermint Twist - Part 1
Artist Name: Joey Dee & The Starlighters
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 4401
 

8:48pm

You Can't Catch Me
Artist Name: Chuck Berry
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Chess 1645
Note: excerpt
 

8:50pm

Come Together
Artist Name: The Beatles
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Apple 2654
Note: excerpt
 

8:52pm

You Can't Catch Me
Artist Name: John Lennon
CD/Album: Roots - John Lennon Sings The Great Hits
Record co./Cat #: Adam VIII A8018
Note: excerpt
 

8:54pm

Crimson And Clover
Artist Name: Tommy James And The Shondells
CD/Album: no album name - 45rpm single
Record co./Cat #: Roulette 7028
 
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