Tribute to Harold Leventhal

Created by Woody Guthrie's sister, Mary Jo Edgmon, this LIMITED EDITION poster maps out Harold Leventhal's 60 years as manager, concert promoter, impressario, and producer in the music business.

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Autographed by:
Arlo Guthrie
Pete Seeger
Fred Hellerman
Ronnie Gilbert
Peter, Paul & Mary
Leon Bibb

Who has Harold Leventhal Worked With?

For over 60 years, New York producer and artist manager Harold Leventhal has been at the forefront of presenting folk music to the world. He is also one of the music industry’s most highly respected and revered men. Leventhal has been presenting Arlo Guthrie at his annual Holiday Show at Carnegie Hall for over 30 years! We are grateful to Arlo for giving us this opportunity to shed light on Harold Leventhal’s enormous legacy

He began his career as a song plugger for Irving Berlin, working with such legends as Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee. In the late ‘40s, his interest shifted to folk music when he met Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and Pete Seeger. He went on to manage The Weavers in 1951 and continued to present hundreds of new folk singers to the world. His list of artists include: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, The Clancey Brothers, New Lost City Ramblers, Mahalia Jackson, Odetta, Donovan, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Arlo Guthrie.Leventhal became one of the first producers to present some of the world’s greatest performers in New York halls. Among them: Jacques Brel, Miriam Makeba, Nana Mouskouri, Enrico Macias, Mercedes Sosa and The Modern Jazz Quartet. It’s hard to imagine what the folk & world music soundtrack would be like today without his enormous contributions. Many musicians credit their careers to first having heard The Weavers at their 1955 Carnegie Hall concert. Others, to having first heard Bob Dylan at his first Town Hall concerts. Leventhal’s legacy has, quite simply, been at the epicenter of the genre, inspiring hundreds of musicians and informing the world’s listenersAlways involved in social issues, Leventhal has made it a point of representing artists who were often at odds with prevailing political opinion. Having met and been inspired by Gandi and Nehru while based in India during WWII, Mr. Leventhal has been unafraid to confront social issues, tirelessly working for the benefit of humanity. These elements of his personal philosophy have enabled him to successfully incorporate his ethics into his business practices. In the 1950’s, during the McCarthy House Un-American Activities years, Leventhal continued to represent, promote and produce “black-listed” artists such as Pete Seeger, and suffered the consequences of his loyalty. (His passport was revoked until the mid-‘50s.) He worked closely with Seeger and Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights movement in the ‘60s, organizing benefit concerts and scheduling southern tours with his artists.

Harold Leventhal Presents

Alan Arkin
Clarence Ashley
Aztec Two-Step
The Babysitters
Joan Baez
Harry Belafonte
Irving Berlin
Leon Bibb
Theodore Bikel
Oscar Brand
Diahann Carroll
Johnny Cash
The Chad Mitchell Trio
Chamber Brothers
Len Chandler
Charles River Valley Boys
John Cohen
Judy Collins
Miriam Colon
Clarence Cooper
Bill Cosby
Elizabeth Cotton
Erik Darling
Ossie Davis
Robert DeCormier
Neil Diamond
Paul Draper
Bob Dylan
Duke Ellington
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Even Dozen Jug Band
Lester Flatt
The Foggy Mountain Boys
Bob Gibson
Ronnie Gilbert
Benny Goodman
Dexter Gordon
The Greenbriar Boys
Arlo Guthrie
Woody Guthrie
John Hammond, Jr.
Lee Hays
Fred Hellerman
Lightnin' Hopkins
Cisco Houston
Mahalia Jackson
The John Lewis Orchestra
Rev. Frederick Kirkpatrick
Jim Kweskin & the Hub
Tub & Jug Band
Peter La Farge
Robert LeHouse
The Mamas and the Papas
Frederick Martin
Joni Mitchell
Modern Jazz Quartet
Bill Monroe & his Bluegrass Boys
Holly Near
The Neighbors
New Lost City Ramblers
Phil Ochs
Tom Paley
Tom Paxton
Peter, Paul & Mary
Jean Ritchie
Earl Robinson
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Jane Sapp
Tracy Schwarz
Martha Schlamme
Earl Scruggs
Peggy Seeger
Pete Seeger
Mike Seeger
Nina Simone
Carly & Lucy Simons
The Tarriers
Mary Travers
Dave Van Ronk
Chet Washington
Doc Watson
The Weavers
Eric Weissberg
Hedy West
Glenn Yarbrough
Neil Young

Foreign artists:
Adamo - France
Gilbert Becaud - France
Rolf Bjoerling - Denmark
Jacques Brel -Belgium
The Clancy Brothers – Ireland
Shoshana Damari - Israel
Manitas de Plata - Spain
Donovan - Scotland
Leon Gieco – Argentina
Guella Gill -Israel
Ida Kaminska - Poland
Monique Leyrac - Canada
The Little Singers of Tokyo - Japan
Ewan MacColl - Scotland
Enrico Macias - France
Miriam Makeba – South Africa
Tommy Makem - Ireland
Mireille Mathieu - France
The McPeake Family – Northern Ireland
Nana Mouskouri - Greece
Georges Moustaki - France
Paris-Rive Gauche – France
Pentangle - England
Jean Redpathe - England
Regine - France
Amalia Rodriguez – Portugal
Juan Serrano - Spain
Ravi Shankar - India
Mercedes Sosa - Argentina
Alan Stivel - Canada
Turkish State Folk Dance Ensemble - Turkey
Atahualpa Yupanqui – Argentina
Oranim Zabar - Israel

Special Productions:
Bound for Glory; Tribute to Woody Guthrie Pythian Hall - 1956
Tagore Centenary Celebration
Town Hall - 1961
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Benefit Carnegie Hall - 1961
Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Carnegie Hall – 1968
Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Hollywood Bowl - 1970
Tribute to Phil Ochs
Madison Square Garden - 1976
Tribute to Paul Robeson
Carnegie Hall - 1983
50th Anniversary Tribute to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
Lincoln Center - 1986
Tribute to Moe Asch
Symphony Space – 1987
Broadway and Off Broadway:
But Seriously, Jules Epstein
(Broadway - 1969)
From Mark Twain to Lynn Riggs, Will Geer (Off-Broadway - 1952-1953)
Jewish State Theater of Poland
(Broadway - 1966-1967)
Joan of Lorraine, Max Anderson
(Off-Broadway - 1974)
King of the Dark Chamber, Rabindranath Tagore (Off-Broadway - 1961)
We Bombed In New Haven, Joseph Heller (Broadway – 1967)
The White House Murder Case, Jules Feiffer (Off-Broadway – 1969)
Woody Guthrie, Tom Taylor
(Off-Broadway – 1980)

TV & Films:
Alice’s Restaurant – Associate Producer
Bound For Glory - Co-Producer
(UA/1976-Academy Award Winner)
Hard Travelin’ – Co-Producer
Pete Seeger… A Song and a Stone –
Co-Producer (Sony/1972)
Pete Seeger Family Concert - Co-Producer
A Vision Shared – Co-Producer
Wasn’t That A Time - Co-Producer
We Shall Overcome - Co-Producer (1988)
(Emmy Award Winner)