The band had an earnest, boy-next-door image similar to British invasion contemporaries such as Herman's Hermits and Gerry and the Pacemakers. The group folded inbut a version of the band later resumed touring and continues to tour, often playing for veterans' benefits. Gary Lewis started the band with four friends of his when he was Joking at the lateness of his bandmates to practice, Lewis referred to them as " playboys ", and the name stuck.
They auditioned for a job at Disneyland without telling Disneyland employees about Lewis' celebrity father. The orchestra bandleader Les Brownwho had known Jerry Lewis for years, had 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 more recordsand convinced them to add "Lewis" into their name.
Garrett brought them to a recording studio with the song " This Diamond Ring " in a session financed by Jerry Lewis' wife Patti. It has been reported that The Playboys were not allowed to play their own instruments in the studio, but Lewis has since denied this.
Session singer Ron Hicklin did the basic vocal track. Garrett then added Lewis's voice twice, added some of the Playboys and more of Hicklin. However, Sullivan had a general policy that all acts appearing on his show were to perform live.
Since so many studio tricks had been used on the record, the Playboys could not recreate its sound. In compromise, Lewis sang along with pre-recorded tracks as the Playboys pretended to play their instruments. The January broadcast made Gary Lewis and the Playboys instant stars. The group was one of only two acts during the s whose first seven releases on the Billboard Hot reached that chart's top 10 The Lovin' Spoonful was the other.
The singles were "This Diamond Ring" No. Lewis was drafted into the U. Army in Januarywith previously made recordings continuing to reach the Hot but with decreasing success. On his discharge, Lewis immediately returned to recording, reaching the top 40 one last time with a top 20 remake of Brian Hyland 's " Sealed With A Kiss ", but unable to regain his group's earlier momentum.
He also appeared Gary Lewis And The Playboys* - Count Me In / Little Miss Go-Go performed on many of his father's Labor Day telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In all, Lewis had eight gold singlestwelve Top 40 hit singles but only fifteen Hot entries U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable Gary Lewis And The Playboys* - Count Me In / Little Miss Go-Go.
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