Category: Gary Lewis & The Playboys

Gary Lewis & The Playboys – The Complete Liberty Singles

MI0003427374ARTIST: Gary Lewis & The Playboys
TITLE: Liberty Singles Collection
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: This collection, no. Many singles did chart, and albums, too
SINGLES: See above – All of these were singles + B-sides
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Songs included: This Diamond Ring (#1), Count Me In (#2), Save Your Heart for Me (#1), She’s Just My Style (#3).
LINEUP: Gary Lewis + The Wrecking Crew, really. The Playboys were basically reduced to a touring band very early on.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Jerry Lewis’ kid gets a record deal, and due to the songwriting and
production has hits despite his creaky voice.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If he wasn’t Jerry Lewis’ kid, he wouldn’t have got the record deal. Yes, his band was hired at Disneyland and no one knew he was related to Jerry Lewis until someone told the legendary producer Snuff Garrett.

With Lewis’ mom financing the recording session, Garrett got a great pop song, got some of the Wrecking Crew together, and viola, This Diamond Ring was a hit. The rest of the Playboys were deemed superfluous. Other hits followed. This collection has all of the singles released on Liberty from 1965-69

Lewis’ voice has great limitations, which show in some of the covers. Many of the B-sides (and A-sides, actually) are just tossed off as well. There’s some great 60’s pop here, don’t get me wrong, but it all depends on your taste and tolerance. He was never an album artist, so don’t even go poking around for those.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: In 1965 he released five commercial singles, one cereal box promo single and four albums. In 1966, the tally was five singles, two albums and a hits collection. He was in the Army in 1967 but Lewis still had four singles, a soundtrack cut, and three albums released. Product.


GRADE: C: Mind you, there’s some good stuff, especially for 60’s pop freaks, but only about half the cuts are even tolerable to my ears.