G A R Y L E W I S
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LEGENDARY SINGER ...MUSICIAN...FOUNDER
G A R Y
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Gary Lewis was about as close to being an "overnight success" in the recording field as anyone can get. And - just because it happens so seldom - it is always a special thrill when show business lightning strikes twice in the same family. The comedy antics of Jerry Lewis skyrocketed him to fame when he was just barely out of his teens. No. 1 son Gary had achieved comparable success in the music field... also at a young and carefree age.
The son of a famous father - in any field - is often faced with serious problems in finding and maintaining his own identity. But when Gary Lewis and The Playboys® auditioned for their first job at Disneyland, no one there knew Gary was anybody but a thin drummer. The entertainment director of the park merely liked what he saw and heard and hired Gary and the boys on the spot - much to their surprise. The boys were enthusiastically accepted by the audiences from the very first night, and as the word spread it was not long before they were playing to a packed house every night.
It was the summer of 1964 when Gary Lewis and The Playboys® were discovered by producer Snuff Garret. Before long, with the producer/arranger team of Garrett and Leon Russell behind them, they took their first 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 that they would be a continued success. They followed with more Top 10 songs such as Save Your Heart For Me, Everybody Loves A Clown, She's Just My Style, Sure Gonna Miss Her, and many more.
In 1965 Gary himself was Cash Box magazine's "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 1960's to have his first seven releases reach Billboard magazine's Top 10 on the Hot 100 chart. Along with his appearances on various popular television shows including American Bandstand, Hullabaloo, and The Tonight Show. Gary accumulated an impressive five appearances within two years on the Ed Sullivan Show.
With the reoccurring interest in oldies music, Gary Lewis & The Playboys® are one of the hottest acts around. Gary Lewis, along with the Playboys, continues to tour and entertain fans across the country and abroad.
GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS
BAY INDIES RESORT
Community Ballroom at 7:30pm
TOP OF THE WORLD/ CIRCLE SQUARE
St Petersburg, FL
DUKE ENERGY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
– MAHAFFEY THEATRE
Also featuring: Jay & the Americans,
The Cyrkle, The Vogues, Chris
The Villages, FL
Also featuring Rocky & The Rollers
129 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV,
GOLDEN NUGGET LAS VEGAS, NV
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
FM KIRBY CENTER
Also featuring: Jay & The Americans,
The Grass Roots, Jimmy Russo
FOR MORE INFORMATION
GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS
1965 "This Diamond Ring"
"Count Me In"
"Doin' the Flake"
"Save Your Heart for Me"
"Everybody Loves a Clown"
"She's Just My Style"
1966 "Sure Gonna Miss Her"
"My Heart's Symphony"
"(You Don't Have To) Paint Me a Picture"
"Where Will the Words Come From"
1967 "Way Way Out"
"The Loser (with a Broken Heart)"
"Girls in Love"
"Has She Got The Nicest Eyes"
1968 "Sealed with a Kiss"
1969 "Rhythm of the Rain"
"I Saw Elvis Presley Last Night"
1970 "I'm on the Right Road Now"
1972 "Then Again Maybe"
1975 "One Good Woman"
1965 This Diamond Ring
A Session with Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Everybody Loves a Clown
She's Just My Style
1966 Hits Again
(You Don't Have To) Paint Me a Picture
1967 New Directions
Gary Lewis & The Playboys
1968 Gary Lewis Now!
1969 Rhythm of the Rain/Hayride
Close Cover Before Playing
I'm on the Right Road Now
1966 Golden Greats
1968 More Golden Greats
1975 The Very Best of Gary Lewis and the Playboys
1990 The Legendary Masters Series
THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES
THE MUSIC LEGENDS
THAT SET US FREE!
BY MUSIC JOURNALIST ...TALK SHOW HOST...
AUTHOR RAY SHASHO
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Featuring over 45 intimate conversations with some of the greatest rock legends the world will ever know.
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THE ROCK STAR CHRONICLES
-By Literary Titan (5) STARS
The Rock Star Chronicles by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show.
The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan.
Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives.
The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music. The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.
I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.
Gold Award Winner