Composer and cantor Yitzhak (Isaac) Levy was born at Manisa near Izmir in Turkey on 15 May 1919. His family moved to Palestine when he was three years old and, after the creation of Israel, he was appointed head of the Ladino department at Israel's national radio station. He devoted his life to the collection and preservation of Sephardic Jewish songs, which had been passed orally from generation to generation for more than five hundred years. He published four books of Sephardic romances and ten volumes of liturgical songs, recording many of them for the national radio. Levy died in Jerusalem on 21 July 1977. His daughter Yasmin Levy is a well-known Ladino singer.