Billy Meshel

MAY 2, 1933 – MAY 30, 2015

Biography

Billy Meshel founded Music & Media International, Inc. in October 1997. Before MMI, he was president of Arista Music Publishing and BMG Music Publishing.

Billy Meshel began his career in the 1950s as a singer/songwriter harmonizing on street corners in Brooklyn, NY.

After his honorable discharge from the US Army in 1955 (where he also honed his skills as a master cartoonist and artist) Billy continued his path towards a career in music, writing songs and pitching them in the legendary Brill Building in New York City. There, he landed his first staff songwriter position for Leeds Music Corp in 1959.

Billy landed his first recording contract with Imperial Records in 1960 and went on to work as a staff songwriter and eventual Creative Director for South Mountain Music/Don Costa; Hugo and Luigi/H&L Music, New York and LF Music. In 1961, Billy co-wrote “Dear Mrs. Applebee” with Phil Barr. Originally performed by Billy under his stage name, Flip Cartridge, “Dear Mrs. Applebee” would go on to become a pop hit in the UK and Germany for artist David Garrick.

In 1970 Billy joined Marvin Cane at Famous Music Corp. In 1975 he relocated with his family from New York to Los Angeles to become Director of Creative Affairs. It was this move to Los Angeles that would set Billy’s career on the trajectory towards becoming one of the industry’s most renowned music publishers. During his tenure at Famous Music, Billy co-wrote one of pop culture’s most famous songs, The Brady Bunch’s “Time To Change” with Chris Welch and Raymond Bloodworth; as well as penning the lyrics to “Come Live Your Life With Me (Godfather Waltz)” written with Lawrence Kusik and Nino Rota.

In 1976, Billy was recruited by Clive Davis to become President of the newly formed Arista Music Publishing Company. When BMG Music Publishing acquired Arista Music, Billy served as President until 1988. In 1988, he became President/Partner in All Nations Music Publishing, where he served until he formed, along with John Massa, Music & Media International, Inc. Billy remained CEO of Music and Media International until his death.

During his 60 year career, Billy worked with renowned songwriters, artists and publishing catalogs including Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Bob Merrill, Mike Chapman, Exile, The Statler Brothers, Eddie Rabbit, Randy Travis, Merle Haggard, Larry Gatlin, Lobo, Jim Stafford, The Hollies, The Hues Corporation, Air Supply, Alan Parsons Project, The Sex Pistols, Hoagy Carmichael Publishing, The Allman Brothers, G.Q., The Eurythmics, Holland-Dozier-Holland, The Platters Catalog, Michael Omartian and The Estate of Robert Johnson.

Read more on Billlboard.com:
Billy Meshel, Former BMG Publishing Exec and Accomplished Songwriter

Career Highlights

Songwriter/Recording Artist
  • 1959-1961, Staff Songwriter, LEEDS MUSIC CORPORATION, New York
  • 1960, Recording Artist, IMPERIAL RECORDS, New York
  • 1962-1965, Staff Songwriter, SOUTH MOUNTAIN MUSIC/DON COSTA, New York
  • 1965-1967, Staff Songwriter, Creative Director, HUGO & LUIGI/H&L MUSIC, New York
  • 1967-1970, Staff Songwriter, Creative Director, LF MUSIC, New York
Music Publishing Executive
  • 1970-1976, Director of Creative Affairs, FAMOUS MUSIC CORP., New York
  • 1976-1985, Founder, President, ARISTA MUSIC, INC., Los Angeles
  • 1985-1988, President, BMG MUSIC PUBLISHING, Los Angeles
  • 1988-1997, President, Partner, ALL NATIONS MUSIC PUBLISHING, Los Angeles
  • 1997-2015, Owner, CEO, MUSIC & MEDIA INTERNATIONAL, INC., Los Angeles