"With a Lot of Help from My Friends"

I feel grateful to everyone listed here for their friendship inspiration, contribution, support and involvement in trying to help me advance my career through the years. And, I don’t use the word “friend” lightly here.

My heartfelt appreciation and thanks to:

musician friends looking out for me:
Jeff Golub, Darren Solomon, Keith Lambeth, Dave Keyes, Lester Chambers, Ted Baker, Charlie Giordano, Mick Rossi, James Montgomery, Crispin Cioe, Arno Hecht, Bob Funk, Larry Etkin, Tom Mandel, Bob Boyd, T. Bone Wolk (departed), Bob Mayo (departed), Bobby Chouinard (departed), Crusher Green (departed), Jeff Pevar, Mike Finnegan, Debbie Hastings, Marc Swersky, John Miller, Marc Muller, Jim Ehinger, Mike Hogan, Jonny Rosch, Adam Scone, James Lafferty, Dave Nunez, David Foster, Atticus Finch.

friends and partners:
Alan Levine, Freddie Salem - Allstar Productions
Scott Steinetz - Stonecold Productions
Jose Gallegos - JGL Productions
Rick Gilbert - Levine-Gilbert Entertainment
Tadashi Yasunaga - Turbonaga Productions
Don Wershba - Wershba/Levine Team
Jerome “Big foot” Brailey - Rome Dog Productions

friends and personal managers:
Susan Planer (departed) of Media Sound, Sigma Sound & BMG Studios, Yvonne Sewall, I-Contact, Paul Goldschlag, Mary Mishalanie of Arista Records, NY, George Perry (departed) of Lordly & Dame, MA, Daniel Wine of World Wide Management (departed),

friends and tour/managers:
Ron “Grasshoper” Glatzhoffer, John Callahan, David Green, Ray Neapolitan, Tony Ferguson, Michael Lang, Paul Meissner, Todd Goldstein, Dan McGee, Bob Fogerty, Wade Perry.

friends and technicians:
John Callahan, Richard Gross, Carl “Tinker” West, Jules Aerts, Sean McKinney, Robert “OB” O'Brien (departed), Steve Whyland, Tracey Dell, Ken Brown (departed), Rod Libbey (departed), Jeff Barr (departed), Brian McGlone.

friends and booking agents:
James Optner (departed), Anne Peterson, Jim English.


credit where credit is due:
Dr. William Silen - my surgeon and lifesaver
Dr. Peter Banks - MD and lifesaver
Dr. Carl Flaxer (departed)
Dr. Albert Levine (departed)

legal counsel:
Leonard and Frieda Korobkin (my music business educator of 25 years).
Aunt Pauline Flaxer (for my first contracts)
Jonathan Flaxer
Bruce Levine
William Krasilovsky.

Michael Sherman (departed) for 21 years

piano teachers:
Diana Levine (departed) (mother), Mrs. Weiner, Alice Zophen, Betika Cramer, Charlie Banacos (departed), Ray Santisi, Dean Earl (departed), Anne Karnofsky and organ teacher - Joe Pulsifer.

audio recording mentors and instructors:
Joe Hostetter (not departed! gr8 news!), Barry Ober, Bill Riseman (departed), Bob Stoughton, Steve Langstaff, David Butler, Fred Catero, Joe Cyr (departed)

hammond organ technicians:
Henry Schlussler, Jack Pelak, Goff Organ

piano tuners:
Minay Gopenko, Bryan Henry, Charlie Warwick, Rob Ruscil, Sam Berd (departed)

studio owners:
Bill Riseman (departed), Lou Gonzales, Fred Vargas (departed) and Warren Smith, Charles (departed) and Irene Conrad, Joe DeMaio, Tom Elliott, Dae Bennett, John Nagy, Bobby & Joanne Nathan

organic sounds interns:
Ray Dweck, Maggie Nuse, Johnny Vines, John Nuzzolo, Barbara Abbott, Zachary Braff, Lucas Sacks, Derrick Carolyle Darden Jr., Emmy Sudler-Black, Jamie Goldberg, Tom Neff, James O'Rourke-Digioia

musical instrument cartage:
Vinny of Vinny’s Music, Michael Marozas of Complete Music Services, Michael Johnson of Studio Instrument Rentals, Gary Boxer of SoundMoves, Pete Byron, Eric Safka

immediate family:
My wife Melissa and our daughters Eliana Esther and Demariah Willow
Mom & Dad, Walter (departed) & Diana (departed) Levine
brother Fred Levine
sister & brother-in-law, Sandy & Kevin (departed) Zeluck
brother & sister-in-law, Alan & Beth Levine
in-laws, Robert & Betty Dombroski

our cats:
Squish (departed) & Squash (departed)

Morris (departed) and Dorothy Zeluck - for their genuine interest and for
the Vox Continental organ

Jason Laine (departed)- Jason Electronics, Rte 1 Norwood
for my first am radios and tape recording machines, microphones, etc..
David Flaxer (departed) for his impression on me for his love for Big Band and Jazz music.

Albert (departed) and Charlotte Levine, for their genuine interest in me, love and support
David Calderoni, My Chosen Brother Singer/Songwriter from Sao Paulo, Brazil
Billy and Amy Flaxer for his soul & inspiration - and for taking me to my first James Brown Show.
Jonathan and Linda Flaxer
Mel and Joan Flaxer Nagler
Helene Menachem, my consigliere of the 80’s
Joel Laine (departed at age 18), Andrew Laine, Scott Laine, Bruce and Stacey Levine
Michael (departed) and Smadar Babchuck
Larry Levine

Steve Satter - my longtime friend since Junior High School, guitarist, band mate, supporter, roommate, studio mate, motorcycle riding partner.
Kenneth Kosow - my onetime close friend (departed at age 13) my Bar Mitzvah partner, who always showed interest and gave me encouragement with my music.
Robert and Karen Phillips
Patricia Hibbett
Scott and Lynn Steinetz
Freddie Salem
Jeff and Audrey Golub
Bill and Barbara Dillon
Eilene Cohhn
Steve Loehner - songwriter
Joey Gian - vocalist/songwriter
George McMorrow of Cinecall Soundtracks
Myra Friedman (departed) - publicist/author
Doreen Chanter - singer/songwriter and Pierre Gurenberg
Dale and Marcia Lind of Preacher’s Cafe, NYC
David “Lefty” and Marilyn Foster of Shaboo Productions, CT
Jack (departed) and Judy Donius, Empire Diner, NYC
Bernie Grossman of A&M Records/Welk Group
Todd Sherman - fellow college mate, a song writing partner, piano student, Organic client, but most importantly; a true friend

Musical Requiem

"I believe in forever" so I try to keep my memories alive and the names of all the talented people I was lucky to know and work alongside with in my musical life.
"If there's a rock and roll heaven, well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band…" (Alan O'Day, Johnny Stevenson)

Louis Appel, drummer (passed October 17, 2010)
Nikki Aukema. recording artist
Charlie Banacos. pianist, teacher (1946 - December 8, 2009)
Jeff Barr, keyboardist, road keyboard technician
James Brown, recording artist (May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006)
Charlie Brown, saxophonist
Paul Butterfield, recording artist (December 17, 1942 - May 4, 1987)
Charles Calmese, bassist (passed 1988)
Ray Charles, recording artist (September 23, 1930 - June 10, 2004)
Bobby Chouinard, drummer (June 26, 1953 - March 8, 1997)
Clarence Anicholas Clemons, Jr. (January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011)
Patty Darcy-Jones, vocalist (April 2, 1953 - June 16, 2007)
Willy DeVille, recording artist (August 25, 1950 - August 6, 2009)
Bo (Ellas Otha Bates) Diddley, recording artist (December 30, 1928 - June 2, 2008)
Willie Dixon, vocalist, bassist, songwriter, arranger and record producer (July 1, 1915 - January 29, 1992)
Bill Dooley, recording engineer (June 17, 1954 - March 19, 2010)
Cornell Luther Dupree (December 19, 1942 – May 8, 2011)
Donald “Duck” Dunn (November 24, 1941 – May 13, 2012)
Dean Earl, pianist, teacher (passed January 16, 2002)
Charles Earland, organist, recording artist (May 4, 1941 - December 11,1999)
Kevin Falvey, keyboardist (passed December 29, 1999)
Mickey Golizio, upright bassist (June 12, 1938 - November 4, 2005)
Tyrone “Crusher” Green, drummer
Dan Hartman, singer, songwriter, record producer and bassist (December 8, 1950 - March 22, 1994)
Odetta Holmes, singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter (December 31, 1930 - December 2, 2008)
Delores Holmes, vocalist (July 18, 1946 - April 16, 2010)
Keith Lambeth, bassist
Diana “Dinny” Levine, pianist, composer, musical director (December 8, 1924 - July 4, 2007)
Bobby Mayo, keyboardist, guitarist (August 25, 1951 - February 23, 2004)
Jack McDuff, organist, recording artist (September 17, 1926 - January 23, 2001)
George Allen, Jr. “Buddy” Miles, recording artist (September 5, 1947 - February 26, 2008)
Gary Moore, guitarist, recording artist (April 4, 1952 - February 6, 2011)
James Optner, songwriter, booking agent (passed January, 1979)
George Perry, drummer, manager, booking agent (September 9, 1943 - January 1, 1987)
Wilson Pickett, recording artist (March 18, 1941 - January 19, 2006)
Dave Prater, recording artist (May 9, 1937 - April 9, 1988)
Billy Preston, recording artist (September 2, 1946 - June 6, 2006)
Matthew Quinn, pianist (June 28, 1958 - May 15, 2007)
Ron Richardson, american actor and operatic baritone (January 27, 1952 - April 5, 1995)
Del Shannon, recording artist (December 30, 1934 - February 8, 1990)
Maurico Smith, flutist (July 11, 1931 - August 3, 2002)
Jimmy Smith, organist, recording artist (December 8, 1925 - February 8, 2005)
Melvin Sparks, guitarist, recording artist (March 22, 1946 - March 13, 2011)
Richard Tee, pianist, recording artist (November 24, 1943 - July 21, 1993)
Rufus Thomas, recording artist (March 27, 1917 - December 15, 2001)
Tom “Ace” U’Hariott, bassist
Stevie Ray Vaughn, recording artist (October 3, 1954 - August 27, 1990)
Wally “Gator” Watson, drummer (passed - September 4, 2010)
Teddy Wilson, pianist (November 24, 1912 - July 31, 1986)
Thomas “T.Bone” Wolk, bassist, multi-instrumentalist (December 24, 1951 - February 28, 2010)

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