& THE PLAYBOYS
Aficionados of 60s pop classics have cause to rejoice with the return of Gary Lewis and The Playboys. Garys tenure on the charts from 1965 &ndash 1968 as a constant resident of the upper rungs of the Hot 100 can be regarded as nothing short of remarkable.
It was the summer of 1964 when producer Snuffy Garrett discovered Gary Lewis and The Playboys. Before long, with the producer arranger team of Garrett and Leon Russell behind them, they took their fist single "This Diamond Ring" straight to Number one. After their second hit titled "Count Me In" went to number two, Gary and the band proved they would be a continued success. They followed with more Top 10 songs such as "Save Your Heart For Me," "Everybody Loves A Clown," "Shes Just My Style", "Sure Gonna Miss Her," and many more.
In 1965 Gary himself was Cash Box magazines "Male Vocalist Of The Year," winning the honor over other nominees Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He was the first and only artist during the 1960s to have his first seven released reached Billboard magazines Top 10 on the Hot 100 charts. In the Philippines during this time, they were considered "Americans Answer to the Beatles" and spanning a two week period sold out the 18,000 capacity Urinate Coliseum for 24 performances. Along with his appearances on various popular television shows including "American Bandstand," "The Joey Bishop Show" and "The Tonight Show," Gary accumulated an impressive five appearances on the "Ed Sullivan Show."