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Gary Leeds, the only true native Californian amongst The Walker Brothers, was born on 9 March 1942 in Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, the only child of Jack, an industrial chemist, and his wife Violet. He turned out to be somewhat of a joker from a very early age and would often entertain both family and friends, much to their amusement. He obviously had a taste for the limelight right from the beginning!

One of Gary’s first ambitions was to train as a pilot, which was inspired by an inter-state flight he took between San Francisco and Los Angeles at the age of eight. Upon reaching his teens both his education and leisure time were spent trying to achieve this goal. He majored in sciences at college and took on various jobs earning cash to enable him to obtain his longed for pilot’s licence. Unfortunately a freak accident to his knee whilst reportedly teaching his mother to do the twist brought those particular ambitions to an abrupt end.

Fortunately Gary had developed an interest in music during his school days, and at the age of 14, after constantly drumming on the cushions at home, he decided that he would like to concentrate on playing drums. He was very proud of his first drum kit, which was a red wooden set complete with animal skins that used to stretch and tighten depending on the temperature


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