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Larry Levine

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Documenting engineer Larry Levine focused on tape producer Phil Spector’s grandiose sonic vision to generate a few of the most influential and long lasting pop singles available. Delivered May 8, 1928, in NEW YORK and elevated in LA, Levine served within the U.S. Military through the Korean Battle. After coming back stateside, he visited just work at his cousin Stan Ross’ fledgling Hollywood studio room Yellow metal Superstar, learning the intricacies of documenting technology face to face. By enough time Yellow metal Star opened another studio room area in 1956, Levine was completely command from the blending board’s opportunities, helming some periods for rockabilly icon Eddie Cochran that yielded classics including “Summertime Blues,” “Twenty Trip Rock and roll,” and “C’mon Everybody.” Levine initial fulfilled Spector in 1958, once the 18-year-old wunderkind moved into Yellow metal Star as an associate from the TEDDIES to record the chart-topping ballad “TO LEARN Him Would be to Appreciate Him” — although Ross built the program involved, Levine stepped in when Spector came back to the studio room in July 1962 to create “He’s a Rebel,” the 3rd one by his up-and-coming young lady group the Crystals. The record strike number 1, and after reuniting with Spector three weeks down the road the follow-up, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Denims’ “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” Levine was officially set up because the producer’s engineer of preference. Working in Yellow metal Star’s now-legendary Studio room A, an area renowned because of its extremely resonant echo chambers, Levine brought clearness and cohesion to Spector’s larger-than-life Wall structure of Sound, couching works just like the Ronettes as well as the Righteous Brothers in potently symphonic pop music sculpted from multiple guitars, pianos, brass, percussion, and myriad additional instruments. Combined with arranger Jack port Nitzsche as well as the first-call program musicians later referred to as the Wrecking Team — included in this drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer; guitarists Barney Kessel, Tommy Tedesco, and Expenses Unusual; bassists Carol Kaye and Larry Knechtel; and pianist Leon Russell — Levine was both sounding table and translator for Spector, producing cement the producer’s many daring and initial ideas. “Phil desired everything mono but he’d maintain turning the quantity up in the control space,” Levine later on explained. “Therefore, what I did so was record a similar thing on two of the [Ampex machine’s] three songs merely to reinforce the sound, and I’d erase one particular and replace it using the tone of voice.” The producing music talks for itself: singles just like the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron,” the Ronettes’ “Become My Baby,” as well as the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Shed That Lovin’ Feelin'” raised rock & move into the world of artwork. “[Levine] produced Phil Spector a genius through the use of the simple reasoning of using echo,” Stan Ross later on proclaimed. “I demonstrated him the method that you function this echo chamber point and he experienced it and affirmed it worked well…It gave [the music] dimensions. It sounded enjoy it was a soccer field.” Levine’s Platinum Star efforts prolonged much beyond the Spector sphere: in 1965 he received his lone Grammy Award when Plant Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ “A Flavor of Honey” was called Best Engineered Documenting alongside its Record of the entire year and Greatest Pop Set up honors. So crucial was Levine to Alpert’s Latin jazz audio that he was informally named the eighth person in the Tijuana Brass — when Alpert and Jerry Moss started construction on a fresh Hollywood recording studio room because of their A&M Information label, they employed Levine to oversee the task in order to re-create Yellow metal Star’s personal acoustics. He also built the Beach Guys’ landmark record Pet Noises, a recording seriously indebted to Spector’s genius. Levine continued to be inextricably linked with Spector throughout his profession, even following the producer’s pop empire crumbled within the wake of Ike & Tina Turner’s 1966 one “River Deep, Hill Great,” both an innovative zenith along with a resounding industrial failing: Levine afterwards resurfaced on Spector-produced periods including Leonard Cohen’s 1977 LP Loss of life of a Girls’ Man as well as the Ramones’ 1980 work End from the Hundred years. Levine and Spector also reunited to digitally remaster their traditional Platinum Star-era collaborations for the 1991 package problem to Mono. Following a long struggle with emphysema, Levine passed away at his Encino, CA, house on, may 8, 2008, his 80th birthday.

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Full Name Larry Levine
Nationality American
Spouse Lyn Levine
Awards MacArthur Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
Movies I Love You, Man, Dr. Dolittle 2, Dr. Dolittle


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The First of Many 2017 Short post-production Patrick
Always Shine 2016 Jesse
Devil Town 2015 Beau Hawthorne
Uncle Kent 2 2015 Prison Monster
Entertainment 2015 Heckler Voice (voice, uncredited)
Wild Canaries 2014 Noah
Detonator 2013 Sully
Molly's Theory of Relativity 2013 Zak
V/H/S/2 2013 Larry (segment "Tape 49")
All the Light in the Sky 2012 Larry
Richard's Wedding 2012 Richard
Gayby 2012 Nick
The Zone 2011
Green 2011 Sebastian
SkyDiver 2010 Wanar Ibn-Ali
Gabi on the Roof in July 2010 Sam (as Lawrence Levine)
Fat Friend 2009 Short Isaac (as Lawrence Levine)
The Empress 2009/I Short Alex (as Lawrence Levine)
Peter and Vandy 2009 Mike (as Lawrence Levine)
Settle Down Easy 2006 Short Clive (as Lawrence Levine)
Sunshine, Larry 2004 Short Larry

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Always Shine 2016 written by
Wild Canaries 2014 written by
Gabi on the Roof in July 2010 as Lawrence Levine
Fat Friend 2009 Short as Lawrence Levine
The Empress 2009/I Short as Lawrence Levine
Territory 2005 as Lawrence Levine

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fat Friend 2009 Short producer - as Lawrence Levine
Five Fingers 2009 Short producer - as Lawrence Levine
Peter and Vandy 2009 executive producer - as Lawrence Levine
Territory 2005 producer - as Lawrence Levine
Always Shine 2016 producer
Open Five 2 2012 additional producer
Green 2011 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wild Canaries 2014
Gabi on the Roof in July 2010 as Lawrence Levine
Fat Friend 2009 Short as Lawrence Levine
The Empress 2009/I Short as Lawrence Levine
Territory 2005 as Lawrence Levine

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pollywogs 2013 very special thanks

Won awards

Won awards

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2010 Chameleon Brooklyn International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Gabi on the Roof in July (2010)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 American Independent Award Denver International Film Festival Best Feature Film Wild Canaries (2014)
2014 SXSW Grand Jury Award SXSW Film Festival Narrative Feature Wild Canaries (2014)
2011 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You Green (2011) · Sophia Takal


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