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Bozo the Clown creator Alan W. Livingston dies in Beverly Hills at 91

UPI News Service, 03/14/2009 

Alan W. Livingston, who created Bozo the Clown for 1940s read-along records, has died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at the age of 91, his stepdaughter says.

Livingston's stepdaughter, Jennifer Lerner, said the man who gained notoriety for creating the famed red-haired clown for children's albums died of age-related causes Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

After his success with Bozo, Livingston went on to serve as the president of Capitol Records in the 1960s. The record label signed such notable bands as the Beatles, the Steve Miller Band and the Beach Boys during Livingston's tenure.

Neil Portnow, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences president, remembered Livingston as a man of "great taste" when it came to the music industry.

"He had great taste and judgment, as far as musical talent, and as an executive, he was always very mentoring, very supportive," Portnow said.

The Times said Livingston is survived by his wife, Nancy; his son, Christopher Livingston; his daughter, Laura Gibson; his stepdaughters Jennifer and Liza Lerner; his sister, Vera Drazen; five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

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