|Born||September 20, 1945|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Died||March 14, 2016(aged 70)|
|Genres||Rhythm and blues, funk, jazz|
|Labels||Groove Merchant, Lester Radio Corporation, ILM, Room 302|
|Associated acts||George Benson, Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes|
Levy released his debut album, Black Velvet, in 1970 on Groove Merchant. This was followed by a live album Concert: Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail, recorded at the Cook County Jail in Chicago in 1972. Levy performed as a member of the Jimmy McGriff quintet.
Levy's second album Breeding of Mind (Groove Merchant, 1974) crossed the genres of jazz, funk, and pop. He recorded it with Charles Covington, Chester Thompson, and Eric Ward, with arrangements by Manny Albam. His fourth album Simba (1973) was arranged by Albam, produced by Sonny Lester, and recorded with Warren Bernhardt, Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Daniels, Jon Faddis, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Lew Soloff, and Bill Watrous. His fifth album Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (1974) drew attention because of its risqué album cover.
Levy's song "Bad, Bad Simba" from the 1973 album Simba was covered by Paprika Soul in 2001. Paprika Soul's version has been heard on The Weather Channel local forecasts in September 2001, again in October 2007 (to promote the album The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz, in which the song also appears in), and again since March 2016 as part of the return of their smooth jazz music.
- Black Velvet (Groove Merchant, 1971)
- Breeding of Mind (Groove Merchant, 1972)
- Dawn of a New Day (Groove Merchant, 1973)
- Simba (Groove Merchant, 1973 [rel. 1974])
- Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (Groove Merchant, 1974)
- Windows (Groove Merchant, 1976)
- Time Has Changed (Lester Radio Corporation, 1977)
- Through a Song (ILM, 1982)
- Asia Beat (self-release, 2004)
- In the Name of Love (Room 302, 2005)
With Groove Holmes
- New Groove (Groove Merchant, 1974)
With Jimmy McGriff
- Black Pearl (Blue Note, 1971)
- Jimmy McGriff/Junior Parker [AKA Chicken Fried Soul] (United Artists, 1971) - with Junior Parker
- Concert: Friday the 13th - Cook County Jail (Groove Merchant, 1972 [rel. 1973])
- Giants of the Organ Come Together (Groove Merchant, 1973) - with Groove Holmes
- Giants of the Organ in Concert (Groove Merchant, 1974) - with Groove Holmes
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- Bacher, Danielle (26 March 2012). "Top Ten Sexiest Album Covers We've Ever Seen". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
- Jazzlists: O'Donel Levy Discography, accessed March 26, 2018
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