Geoff Levin is an american rock musician, film/television composer and songwriter. Early in his career he performed with Jerry Garcia as part of the Black Mountain Boys. In 1968 he had a hit record with his group PEOPLE! on Capital Records. In 1970 He and Geoffrey Lewis created the story telling group Celestial Navigations and produced 8 albums together. Several albums charted on Billboard. He also co-composed and co-produced the Academy Award nominated animated short "The Janitor" based on the story by Geoffrey Lewis from the album Celestial Navigations.
Geoff also recorded and toured with Jimmy Spheeris and Larry McNeeley. And Cathy Mattea recorded "Reason To Live" on her album Walk The Way The Wind Blows, written by Geoff and Joanna and Johnny Pierce.
In 2007 as part of PEOPLE! Geoff was inducted into the San Jose Rock and Roll hall of fame.
Geoff has scored over 40 full length films and has contributed music to Soul Men, Bowfinger, The Black Knight, Little Nicky and Big Trouble and many others.
He has also provided music for numerous TV shows including The Sopranos, Chicago Fire, The Good Wife, Friends, Bloodline, SNL, Game Of Thrones, Friday Night Lights, CSI-NY and Weeds. He also co-wrote the theme song for the Emmy and BAFTA Award winning PBS animated series Jakers. And was a composer on James Cameron's deep sea documentary The Last Mysteries of the Titanic.
He currently maintains a recording studio in Woodland Hills CA.
Early years and career beginnings :
Born in San Francisco California to Manny Levin and Esther Bloom.
Grew up in San Jose. Went to Willow Glen High School. Started playing guitar at 16 and started performing at 17. He was a regular attendee at the Offstage in San Jose founded by Paul Foster. He was also attending college at San Jose State.
that was a folk club that hosted future members of the greatful dead, Jefferson Airplane, QuickSilver Messenger Service, Jorma Kaukenon, Paul Kantner, Jerry Garcia, David Frieberg and David Crosby, Oddeta, Jesse Fuller, The Albin Brothers(members of Janice Joplins band and Malvina Reynolds.
Geoff performed there with Jerry Garcia
in The Blackmountain Boys and his own band The Piney Creek Ramblers with his brother Robbie Levin.
In 1964-65 He then went on to be a member(acoustic bass) of the Pine Valley Boys comprised of Herb Peterson,
and Butch Waller.
In 1965 as all the Bay Area folk musicians were forming rock bands Geoff started the rock group PEOPLE! In San Jose with His brother and singer/songwriter David Anderson and John Riolo and Albert Ribisi. He replaced David with two singers Larry Norman:
and Gene Mason. In 1966 the group was managed by Michael Hunter program director for top San Jose radio station.
People! performed about 200 concerts a year, appearing with Van Morrison and Them, The Animals, The Dave Clark Five, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Greatful Dead, Janis Joplin, Flo and Eddie, Moby Grape, and San Jose bands Syndicate of Sound and Count Five. The band's cover of The Zombies' "I Love You" reach number 1 in most major markets and reach #13 on the Billboard top 100.
In the summer of 1968 People! opened for Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Hermans Hermits and The Who. According to rock historian Walter Rasmussen, Pete Townshend once said that The Who's 1969 album Tommy was inspired by the rock opera "Epic" by People!;however, Townshend has since denied the connection.
After the tour Geoff left People! In 1969. In 1970 he met Larry McNeely
Geoff Also performed and recorded with Dick Glass(The Eloquent Elephant) signed to Capital Records.
Also in 1970 Geoff started performing with Jimmie Spheeris. He played guitar with Jimmy and recorded on his first 5 albums. And toured with him through 1975.
Also in 1970 Geoff formed a group with Geoffrey Lewis and David Campbell called The Great American Entertainment Show, later to become Celestial Navigations.
In the summer of 1969 Geoff and David made a living performing for movie queues in Westwood.
Also in 1975 Geoff met Diana Canova and in 1976 they were married.
In order to stay off the road Geoff built his first recording studio and started composing for commercials and corporate media productions.
In 1977 Geoff reunited with Larry McNeeley and added singer bassist Jack Skinner.
They recorded the album Live at McCabes for Flying Fish Records and the Confederation in 1977 for Sheffield Labs direct to disk under Doug Sax and Lincoln Mayorga.
And a second album, After Midnight.
Geoff continued to compose and expand his recording studio. In 1979 Geoff became composer for the Multi-media company Image Stream founded by Chris Korody and Cathy Schluessner.
He composed music for the Air Force, Apple computer, Microsoft, Lockheed.
In 1984 Geoff was responsible for the music for the roll out of the first Macintosh computer.
Also in 1984 Geoff with Geoffrey Lewis and David Campbell created the story telling group Celestial Navigations. They performed at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles and Geoffrey Lewis won a Dramalogue award for his performance.
In 1985 Geoff signed on to compose for Jim Longs production music company Firstcom Music. He has composed or co-composed over 50 albums for them getting used by such TV shows as SNL, the Good Wife, The Office, Chicago Fire, Game Of Thrones and The Sopranos.
At the same time Geoff scored his first film which starred Steve Buscemi and Brad Davis. Over the next two decades Geoff recorded 8 albums with Celestial Navigations(see discography) and scored over (30) films and contributed music to many TV shows and films. Geoff also composed music for James Cameron Last Mysteries of The Titanic. And composed for the Nickelodeon series Chalk Zone. And co-wrote the Theme song for the Emmy and Bafta winning TV series Jakers.
In 2013 Geoff was nominated for best score at The Action Film Festival for the movie Halfway to Hell.
Also in 2013 Geoff and his co-writer released 12 production music albums for the production music company Sonic Quiver and distributed by 5Alarm Music.
In 2016 he completed the score for the film Finding Harmony starring Billy Zane and Allison Eastwood.