Alan W. Livingston Passes At Age 91
March 16, 2009 at 5:22 AM (PT)
ALAN W. LIVINGSTON, who created the character of BOZO THE CLOWN and signed THE BEATLES to a contract at CAPITOL RECORDS during a long and multifaceted show business career, died FRIDAY in LOS ANGELES. He was 91, reports REUTERS.
LIVINGSTON, who was married to actress BETTY HUTTON in the late 1950s and to actress NANCY OLSON since 1962, also produced NBC's "Bonanza"; wrote the 1951 pop hit "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat" for MEL BLANC's TWEETY PIE; signed and paired FRANK SINATRA with bandleader NELSON RIDDLE during a low point in SINATRA's career; and served as president of the entertainment group at 20th CENTURY FOX.
As CAPITO RECORDS Pres., he helped turn the company toward rock with such acts as the BEACH BOYS, STEVE MILLER and THE BAND.
After having rejected all THE BEATLES' previous singles as unsuitable for the U.S. market -- despite CAPITOL being owned by EMI, THE BEATLES' U.K. record company -- LIVINGSTON agreed to release "I Want to Hold Your Hand" for CAPITOL in 1963 and brought them to THE STATES in 1964.
In addition to OLSON, LIVINGSTON is survived by one son, one daughter, two step-daughters, three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.