Pop star Tommy James details his ties to Morris Levy, the Genovese associate who headed Roulette Records, with whom he was forced to sign in the 1960s as reported by Lee Zimmerman for New Times:
He received a number of potential offers before ending up at the offices of Morris Levy and Roulette Records, a company that also happened to be a front for the Genovese crime family in New York. Indeed, the very next day James found that the offers he had gotten the day before had suddenly been retracted under threat from Roulette. "Morris had called all the record companies that had said yes the previous day and scared them," James explains. "Finally Jerry Wexler from Atlantic Records told me the truth, that Morris had called and said (affects a mobster type voice) 'This is my fucking record. Back off.' It was right out of the movies. So we apparently were going to be on Roulette regardless. It's literally how we ended up there."
In 2010 Tommy James released his memoir Me, The Mob and the Music which is headed for the big screen. Morris Levy died in 1990 of liver cancer at the age of 62 following his 1988 extortion conviction for which he was sentenced to ten years in prison as reported by the New York Times.