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Gary Lewis & The Playboys

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Gary Lewis and the Playboys were a 1960s pop group, fronted by Gary Lewis, son of comedian Jerry Lewis.
The group auditioned for a job at Disneyland, supposedly without telling Disneyland employees about Lewis’ celebrity father. They were hired on the spot, audiences at Disneyland quickly accepted them, and the Playboys were soon playing to a full house every night. Band leader Les Brown had known Jerry Lewis for years, and he told record producer Snuff Garrett that the younger Lewis was playing at Disneyland. After listening to the band, Garrett thought using Gary’s famous name might sell records. Garrett took them into a recording studio with the song “This Diamond Ring” in a session financed by Jerry Lewis’ wife Patti. However, according to Lewis, the Playboys weren’t allowed to play their instruments except on the backing tracks. Garrett wanted to maximize the chances for a hit, so he insisted on using experienced studio musicians for the overdubs, which included guitar and keyboard solos, additional bass and drum overdubs, and timpani. These musicians included Tommy Allsup on guitar, Leon Russell on keyboards, Joe Osborn on bass, and Hal Blaine on drums. Session singer Ron Hicklin did the basic vocal track. Garrett then added Gary’s voice twice, added some of the Playboys and more of Hicklin. “When I got through, he sounded like Mario Lanza,” Garrett commented.

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  • Fishmonk

    Good Lord is this band good.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Have you still got those love letters . (( * _ * ))

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Rapture5212011

    Fantastic group ~ loved their sound. And I agree with 'doctorjmo' that I did NOT know the fact that Gary was Jerry's son. Being over 60 years of age, this proves you never get too old 2 learn something.. God bless~!

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Bubimann

    Everybody Loves A Clown<3

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    i didn't know he's jerry's kid!!

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • SteveLevine

    A shame this is not the original version of "Just My Style."

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • richardneal

    Leon Russell !

    17 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Retro_Saiyan

    I wonder if Gary is considered a musical genius in France? LOL

    23 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ronkowitz

    I wonder if Gary is considered a musical genius in France?

    19 Jun 2009 Reply
  • tj66stang

    amazing songs!

    6 Jun 2009 Reply
  • BlueJean1951

    I can't remember where I put my glasses or if I took my meds today, but I know ever word to these songs. Music has quit an impact of the human soul.

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • gennyisrad

    ahh. she's just my style is my SONG right now. perfect. :]

    3 Oct 2008 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    This Diamond Ring is one of my all-time favorite tracks, a sure classic.

    2 Aug 2008 Reply
  • marcy9508

    guess what diamonds don't count any more.nothing but a stone,,its in your heart that counts not on your finger or around your neck..

    22 Jun 2008 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    ...or the way she combs her hair

    14 Dec 2007 Reply