“I had no color in my eyes. I only heard. I saw with my eyes and heard with my ears. I did not see with my ears.” – Hy Weiss, on the diversity of artists he recorded In the music industry, the word legend is thrown around fast and furiously, and the majority of those
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Gary Lewis & the Playboys in Lecanto – March 18, 2018
Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 7:00 PMCurtis Peterson Auditorium
3810 W Educational Path
Lecanto FL 34461
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.
Shortly after, in 1965 they released their first single, “This Diamond Ring” and it went straight to number one. That same year, Gary himself was Cash Box magazine’s “Male Vocalist of the Year”, winning the honor over other nominees Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
After their second hit titled “Count Me In” went to number two, Gary and the band 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. He was the first and only artist during the 1960s 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”.
Gary still sounds just like his records and tells the stories only he can tell – growing up in Hollywood, becoming one of the biggest rock stars of the sixties and touring the world with hits everyone knows and loves. We are proud to have him coming to Lecanto through special arrangement for one night only!
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From the producers of “Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp Live!”