|Marc Levine went on the road with his first band at age 17. Called"Stonybrook People", they were signed to Columbia Records and released 2 singles before disbanding. Finding himself in LA with no more band, he started working as a freelance musician and soon found gigs doing session and touring work.
His first gold record as a session bassist was with Johnny Rivers, playing on the song "Slow Dancin', Swayin' To The Music". Some other artists he worked for either live or in the studio included Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, Michael Damien, David Hasselhoff, Burt Bacharach, and Kid Creole in the pop music field: Dianne Schuur, Rosemary Clooney, and Gerry Mulligan in the jazz arena: The Undisputed Truth, Freddie Stewart ( Sly Stone's guitarist brother ) in the funk zone: and K.T. Oslin in the country music area. He also played on sessions for Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain ( 2 members of the rock group Journey), and guitarist Jimmy Crespo, who was with Aerosmith at the time.
Marc appeared on TV for 3 years in the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless", and did a short stint on "General Hospital". He also did movie work, appearing in Neil Simon's "Chapter II" , and in "American Pop", which was an animated film which featured Marc as a cartoon character with his own voice. He also appeared in the production of "Barry Manilow, Live on Broadway", which became a double CD and Showtime special; with Barry, he did numerous "Tonight Show" appearances, "Arsenio Hall Show" appearances, and specials on CBS TV.
While touring with Barry Manilow for 9 years, he started his own jazz group called "Uncle Festive", with whom he released 5 CDs and played jazz clubs and festivals in the US, Europe, and Japan. He also played with the smooth-jazz groups "Kilauea" and "Pocket Change". Now living in the SF area, he continues to enjoy playing bass both live and in the studio.
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