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4.4 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Despite their weaknesses, GL & Playboys had some phenomenal hits

Gary Lewis and the Playboys were very popular during the 1960s. Once on American Bandstand (the TV dance show), Dick Clark asked the teens there who there favorite new band was, and all they could come up with was Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Clark’s reaction was typical of most in the music business at the time, who dismissed the band, because Gary was the son of well-known actor/comedian Jerry Lewis and was thought to have gotten a record contract based solely on that connection. Plus, he was thought not to have a very good singing voice. And it is true, Lewis did not have a great voice. And most of what the band did were covers. Nor was the song selection on the albums all that good. And many of the songs were over-produced, probably by producers who thought they needed to compensate for Lewis’ weak voice. BUT when the band got it right, they got it very, very right. They are fantastic on “This Diamond Ring,” “Count Me In,” “Everybody Loves a Clown,” “She’s Just My Style,” “Sure Gonna Miss Her,” “Green Grass,” and “Girls in Love,” and a few others. Sadly, iTunes has yet to offer one of the band’s best albums—and one of their last—New Directions, which means listeners will have a very hard time finding, by far, the best renditions of the Bonner/Gordon song “Me About You.” Lewis slows it down, makes it the contemplative piece that it should have been with Jackie DeShannon, The Turtles, and The Lovin’ Spoonful. It’s the album with “Girls in Love," “New in Town,” and another excellent song, “Let’s Be More Than Friends.” It’s nice that this album highlights songs that show the Beach Boys’ influenced on Lewis and the Playboys. Definitely worth the listen.

Sawblade54 ,

These Are The Only Originals

Remember these from the 1960's!!

These are not reproductions from others!!

doodledog ,

Great Music!!

Just saw them a couple weeks ago and they were as awesome as ever!!! Love all these songs!!!

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