Saturday, March 14, 2009
Big Shoes to Fill
Alan W. Livingston, creator of Bozo the Clown, died Friday at age 91.
During his long career in the music business, he heard the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand," agreed to release the song as a single, and signed the Fab Four to a Capital Records contract. In 1964, Livingston brought the Beatles to the US spawning the moptop phenomenon. A decade earlier, he had signed Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle and the pairing created the classics "I've Got the World on a String" and "Young at Heart" which led to Sinatra's first come back.
Livingston left Capitol to work in television and left a solid legacy there, too. He produced the early episodes of "Bonanza", one of the longest running Western TV series set in Nevada around Lake Tahoe. When he returned to Capitol Records in the '60s, Livingston signed The Beach Boys, Steve Miller, and The Band.
According to his stepdaughter, Jennifer Lerner, he died of old age.
You want to know something? I'm glad Mr. Livingston died of old age. He lived a long and productive life, not to mention entertaining. He brought joy to millions of hearts. It would be terribly disappointing had he died of anything other than old age. His was a death with dignity.
Thank you, Mr. Livingston.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.