Gary Lewis Movies and Career Information

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Jul 31, 1945
Los Angeles

Gary Lewis (born Gary Harold Lee Levitch, July 31, 1945 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician, who performed in the band Gary Lewis & the Playboys. His father is film (and later television) comedian Jerry Lewis. His mother, Patti Lewis (née Esther Calonico), a former singer with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra reportedly intended to name him after her favorite actor Cary Grant but the birth certificate recorded his name as "Gary" instead. He received a set of drums as a birthday gift in his early teen years. Around 1964, he and four friends formed Gary Lewis & the Playboys. He played the drums and was nominally the lead singer. The group was discovered playing at Disneyland by producer Snuff Garrett. Following the release of their first single, which had been recorded almost wholly with the instrumental and vocal performances of session musicians. Lewis's visual persona was key to the well crafted tracks, bringing an Al Kooper penned song "This Diamond Ring" instant fame and viability. The fact that Lewis was competent at playing drums live, which is center stage, added to the visual effect as the viewing audience's focus normally goes to the drummer. Lewis ended up

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