Gary Lewis and the Playboys still do musical tours | New
(Council Bluffs) – They were part of the ’60s soundtrack.
“Save Your Heart For Me”, a top 10 in 1965 for Gary Lewis and the Playboys. More than half a century later, Gary Lewis and his band are still making music for audiences across the country. One of the music legend’s next concerts will be at the Iowa Western Community College Art Center in Council Bluffs on September 10 at 7:30 p.m. Like other groups, Lewis and his company were off the road for 15 months due to COVID-19. Lewis spoke of the pandemic-induced layoff on KMA’s “Morning Line” program on Wednesday morning.
“When it happened my first thought was, ‘Well everyone still loves entertainment, it probably won’t affect us,’” Lewis said. “Well, what a rude awakening I had.”
Lewis and his band returned to the stage in Las Vegas in June. Interruptions aside, Gary Lewis and the Playboys have been in the music business for 57 years. It all started in 1964, when the group was chosen to perform this summer at Disneyland. This led to their discovery by record producer Snuff Garrett. This discovery led to the band’s first hit record, “This Diamond Ring” in early 1965. Other memorable records followed including “Count Me In”, “Everybody Loves A Clown”, “Count Me In” and “Green Grass” among others. Although Gary is the oldest son of legendary artist Jerry Lewis, he says it was his mother Patti who encouraged him to perform.
“We started rehearsing with the band,” he said, “and my mom actually bought us everything we needed: all the instruments, rehearsal time in various studios and things like that. . your dad about this whole project, because if he fails, I have to find an excuse to find out where the money went. So my dad didn’t even know I had a band until ‘This Diamond Ring’ was the number in the country. “
Lewis struggled to rebuild his career after a stint in the US military in the late 1960s. Things were tough for him and his band until the mid-1980s, when a promoter called him up. , wanting to reserve numbers from the 1960s, when the music of that time was making a comeback.
He said, ‘Hey, man, the 60s are coming back,’ Lewis said. ‘I said,’ who is that? ‘He said,’ No, no, really, I can book you 60 to 100 dates a year, because ’60s music is experiencing a resurgence. ”I said’ okay, if you can book them, I’ll play them. ‘”
Now 75, Lewis says he keeps playing because he still loves her.
“I feel like I was born to do this,” he said. “There is nothing else that I would rather do, and I’m so grateful for all the success we’ve had and worked on all these years. Yes, I’m slowing down physically, but my voice is still strong. love to perform in front of an audience, and I’m as happy to be on stage as people are to see us. “
More information about the Gary Lewis and Playboys concert is available by calling the Iowa Western Arts Center box office at 712-388-7140, or on the centre’s website. You can hear the full Gary Lewis interview here: