|President of Capitol
who signed the Beatles to Capitol
Alan W. Livingston started his career in the entertainment business leading his own college orchestra as a student at the University of Pennsylvania. He was graduated from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with a B.S. in Economics, and obtained his first position with Capitol Records, Inc., as a writer-producer. His initial assignment was to create a children's record library, for which he created the now well-known character Bozo The Clown, and wrote and produced the first album, "Bozo At The Circus". He wrote and produced many others, including product for Walt Disney, Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny and all of the Warner Bros. characters. In the case of the latter, he wrote the song which became a pop hit, "I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat".
Livingston moved on to the musical area. He was responsible for signing Frank Sinatra when Sinatra was at a low ebb in his career in the early `50's'. Within a few years he became Vice President in charge of all creative operations of the company, and has been credited as the creative force responsible for its growth from net sales of $6 million per year to sales in excess of $100 million per year.
After ten years, Livingston left Capitol Records to accept a position as President of California Productions, the wholly-owned film production subsidiary of the National Broadcasting Company. Shortly thereafter, he was also named Vice President of NBC, in charge of Television Network Programming, dealing principally with all films made for the network. In this capacity he produced the pilot for "Bonanza", most successful series in the history of the company. During this time he also served on the Boards of Bob Hope Enterprises, Inc., and Joseph Mankiewicz' motion picture production company, Figaro, Inc.
Five years later Capitol Records induced him to return as President, and eventually Chairman of the Board. He was also named to the Board of Electric and Musical Industries (EMI), a British corporation which was the largest stockholder in Capitol. Subsequently, he merged Capitol Records into Audio Devices, Inc., a magnetic tape manufacturer listed on the American Stock Exchange, and changed the name of the surviving company to Capitol Industries, Inc., of which Livingston was named President. It was during this period that he turned Capitol Records into a more rock-oriented company with such artists as the Beach Boys, Steve Miller, The Band, and others. Probably his most noteworthy accomplishment at that time was signing the Beatles for Capitol and bringing them to the United States.
Livingston later sold out his stock in Capitol Industries to form his own company, Mediarts, Inc., for the production of motion pictures, records and music publishing. He eventually sold his interest in that company to United Artists, as a result particularly of its success in the record business, including Don McLean, who reached the No. 1 position in the country with his "American Pie"single and album. Two feature pictures were completed during the company's operation; "Downhill Racer", starring Robert Redford and Gene Hackman, and "Unman, Wittering & Zigo", starring David Hemmings, both released by Paramount.
In August 1976, Livingston joined Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation as Senior Vice President and President, Entertainment Group. He left Fox in 1980 to accept the presidency of Atalanta Investment Company, Inc. and resigned in 1987 to produce a one-hour film for television, and to form Pacific Rim Productions, Inc.
Livingston has also written a novel which was published by Ballantine books in the Spring of 1988, and which currently is in pre-production of a feature motion picture.
Livingston is married to actress Nancy Olson. They have one son and reside in Beverly Hills, California.
Photo note: On an enclosed letter, Alan mentions that the photo
see of him on this page was taken about the time he signed The Beatles.
| Alan Livingston sent a signed letter to me to
authenticate my copy of my Sealed 1st State
Butcher as originally produced before the recall.
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