John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. — What a rolodex!
We all either know someone or have heard of someone that elicits the “I’ll bet you can tell some stories” line. Shelly Liebowitz is one of those people, hands down. The guest on Episode 239 of “Now Hear This Entertainment,” released early this morning, his list of entertainers that he worked with over the years is music royalty. Listen as he tells me about John Lennon, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra and more. A record executive, producer, promoter, and manager, Liebowitz also counts the Rolling Stones, Count Basie, and Ella Fitzgerald among those he worked with. Plus, on the NHTE episode, you’ll hear him refer in passing to the likes of Blondie and Snoop Dogg. And, listen how quickly he answers my question when I ask, “Who is out there in 2018 that is doing it right — That you admire not only their music, but the way they carry themselves, they way they do business.” He tells me a name that comes very quickly without even having to think about it.
For the listeners who are aspiring performers themselves, I also ask what it takes to get signed to a record label, as Shelly is also the CEO of SRI Label Group.
For someone with that kind of career it comes as no surprise that last year he did publish a book (cover shown below), which we talk about as well. (Wait until you hear how many photographs he had and went through to put the book together!)
As the saying goes, “All this and more” on “Now Hear This Entertainment” Episode 239 at www.NHTE.net, or use the icons there to get it instead from iTunes (Apple Podcasts), Google Play Music, Stitcher, SoundCloud, or TuneIn Radio. As you read in this newsletter in June, NHTE is also available on the new Google Podcasts app! AND, as was noted in last week’s newsletter, “Now Hear This Entertainment” can also be found on the popular iOS podcast app called Overcast.
As we enter award season I think I should let all aspiring artists know that having talent is not enough, You must have the burning desire to improve, the feeling that there is nothing else you are meant to do and that you will do anything and everything to succeed.
Getting signed to a label is not the end result you want – its only the beginning. A record label will help you improve, promote and market you but you must be out there working to support their efforts as well. The more you work creates a larger audience and fan base and the more demand there will be for your recording and by the same token, the more demand for your recording, the more you will get paid for your live shows.
Great artists always believe that they can improve and work hard to be the very best they can be. Truly gifted artists know that its not what they do but who they are. If you don’t live it , don’t do it. There are always jobs elsewhere.
My Friends And Some Of The Artists I Have Worked With
In the course of his long, star-studded career, Mr. Liebowitz took and additionally acquired a vast collection of personal photos. He has combed through thousands of photos to create a 51 page pictorial of his time in the music industry. In “Doing It On The Downbeat” Shelly pulls back the curtain behind the scenes with an amazing insider view of the industry with warmth and sincerity. This book showcases some of the biggest names in music in jazz, blues, rock and country. Additionally, Shelly has inserted some personal remarks on his time in the record industry. This book reveals a story that is woven into a heartfelt tapestry through pictures and commentary as Shelly shares insights, details and personal experiences, and insider knowledge with the greatest artists of all time in way never seen before.
It’s available here Doing It On The Downbeat
Shelly Liebowitz (born February 2, 1946, Brooklyn, New York) is an American record executive, promoter, producer, and manager. He is currently the CEO of SRI Label Group, a Los Angeles-based, independent record company that specializes in modern and classic jazz, blues, country and rock. In his career as a producer and promoter, he has worked with artists ranging from Sammy Davis, Jr. to John Lennon. He has licensed recordings worldwide, and works as a consultant to several major music labels. He currently resides in Southern California. Continue reading “About Shelly”