Morris Levy is an American businessman in the jazz club, music publishing, and independent recording industry. He is the founder and owner of Roulette Records, Birdland Jazz Club and Roulette Studio. It is the subject of investigations into the role of organized crime in the music industry. At the height of his business, Levy had more than 90 companies employing 900 people, including a newspaper factory, a tape replication factory, a distribution company, a chain of 81 floating record stores, an English language in New England and many record companies. Levy, who predated "Moishe" or "Mo" in the recording industry, has been described by Billboard magazine as "one of the most flamboyant and controversial players in the recording industry" and has been called by Variety. The "Octopus", because of its extensive control, does not match the size of its companies, in all areas of the drive. AllMusic described him as "a notorious fraudster who deceived artists about their royalties owed".
|Born||Moishe Levy, August 27, 1927, Harlem, New York City, US|
|Died||May 21, 1990, Ghent, New York|
|Occupation||Music business executive|
|IMDb||Morris Levy's IMDb|
Controversial music executive who owned and founded Roulette Records.
He found influence in the music industry by attracting popular acts to his New York nightclub the Cock Lounge.
He was convicted for extorting music wholesalers in 1986 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
He was divorced from Cyntha Brooks.
He co-produced three John Lennon songs with Phil Spector in 1975.
- American extortionists
- CEO of the American music industry
- American Jewish Charities
Latest information about Morris Levy updated on June 14 2021.