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Gary Lewis
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    (July 31, 1945- )
    Born in New York City, New York
    Birth name is Gary Levitch
    Son of Jerry Lewis
    Led the band Gary Lewis and the Playboys
    Recorded the songs ‘This Diamond Ring' (1965), ‘Count Me In' (1965), ‘Save Your Heart For Me' (1965), ‘Everybody Loves a Clown' (1965), ‘She's Just My Style' (1966), ‘Sure Gonna Miss Her' (1966), ‘Green Grass' (1966), ‘My Heart's Symphony' (1966), ‘Paint Me a Picture' (1966) and ‘Sealed with a Kiss' (1968)
    His mother intended to name him after her favorite actor Cary Grant, but his name was miswritten as ‘Gary' on the birth certificate.
    His producer, Snuff Garrett, did not care for Gary's voice but decided his family connections would sell records.
    His mother paid for his first recording session.
    In the recording studio, Garrett blended Gary's vocals with session singers, noting, ‘When I got through with him, he sounded like Mario Lanza.'
    When he was drafted (1967), he was so annoyed about having his career interrupted that he rejected an offer to form a band and entertain the troops.
    His band successfully auditioned for Disneyland without telling their employers about Lewis' father.
    He beat out Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to be named Cash Box's ‘Male Vocalist of the Year.' (1965)
    Gary Lewis and the Playboys reached the Billboard Top Ten with their first seven singles, a feat unequaled by any other band in the 60s.

Credit: C. Fishel

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