Mel Leven

Melville A. Leven (11 November, 1914–17 December, 2007) was an American composer and lyricist who had a long association with the Walt Disney Company, although he also wrote songs for Peggy Lee ("Every Time"), The Andrews Sisters ("Commoners Boogy"), Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, and Les Brown, among others.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1914 (Chicago), Died December 17, 2007 (California)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, lyricist

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-064408 10-in. 5/26/1941 Mrs. Austin from Boston Joe Reichman Orchestra ; Larry Neill ; Margie Stuart Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet songwriter  
Victor BS-071651 10-in. 1/20/1942 Ya lu-blu (I love you) Charlie Barnet Orchestra ; Al Lane Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Leven, Mel," accessed May 26, 2024,

Leven, Mel. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 26, 2024, from

"Leven, Mel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 26 May 2024.

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