|Levi Dexter & The Rip-Chords on Raucous Records
Raucous Records RAUCD 158 & 159
Levi Dexter was born January 28th, 1957, in London, England. Being a native of London and nearby Southend, Levi grew up hearing the roots of rock 'n' roll in the Teddyboy pubs. On a strict diet or 50's Rock 'n' Roll Oldies, Levi was very influenced by Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, and lists Bill Haley and his Comets as his favorite band. The first rock n' roll concert Levi went to was the Wembley Rock 'n' Roll Festival in 1972 with Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley and His Comets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Fury and many other great performers of the 50's era. By 1976, Levi was seen singing guest spots around London and with Teddyboy Bands such as Crazy Cavan and The Rhythm Rockers, and The Flying Saucers.
Levi formed the legendary band Levi & the Rockats in 1977. Having completed the "Eddie & Sheena" tour of the UK In 1978 Levi headed to Los Angeles where he performed sold out shows at many of the larger clubs in Hollywood. Levi has been seen on TV programs and news shows across Los Angeles, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and New York. Levi & The Rockats were the first unsigned band to perform on the national shown Merv Griffin Show and Wolfman Jack's "Midnight Special" TV show. Levi & The Rockats also performed on the Louisiana Hayride Show. They toured Canada in late 1979.
In the 80's, after Levi & the Rockats broke up, Levi auditions Brian Setzer of the Straycats for his new band "Levi Dexter & the Rip-Chords". Brian declines but the new band makes it's Debut at the Metropol Ballroom in W. Berlin, Germany and they are featured on German news shows and then tour England again before touring the U.S.A. While in New York Levi plays sold out shows at The Ritz, The Peppermint Lounge and The Mudd Club. Then Levi Dexter & the Rip-Chords perform another sold out show at Bond's Casino with The Clash.
They are featured on the L.A. Style TV show. Levi Dexter records are some of the most important recordings of his style Rockabilly. He works with legendary record producer Richard Gottehrer who had just produced a number 1 album by The Go-Go's. Levi settles down in L.A. and forms Levi Dexter & the Tribe who would play shows in California and New York. Levi is featured on nation wide TV commercials for 7 UP and American Airlines.
In the 90's Dexter is performing as a solo artist and performs live shows around the U.S.A. His reputation and popularity grows through all of Europe, Australia and Japan. In 1993 Levi Dexter joins the Japanese band "Magic" to record the outstanding Levi Dexter & Magic CD for the Meldac recording company in Japan. Levi plays live shows throughout the U.S.A. including The House Of Blues in Los Angeles.
Levi Dexter & The Ripchords classic recordings are collected on a great Raucous Records compilation called "Victims Of Cools", subtitled "The Complete "Levi Dexter & The Ripchords" (RAUCD 158), featuring Danny B. Harvey. A second memorable Raucous release is a previously unissued live show recorded in Winchester, England, on December 23rd, 1980. This album is titled "Tear It Up" (RAUCD 159).