March 7, 2012
Not many groups or artists can make the claim of having their first nine singles reach The American top 15 with five reaching the top four.
“(You Don’t Have To) Paint Me A Picture” was the last of the nine as it reached number 15 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart during late 1966.
All of Gary Lewis’ releases were simple pop that were perfect AM radio fare. While his career would take a commercial down turn during the late 1960s due to the chaging landscape of American music, for three years they were one of the better, if simple, pop groups working.
July 8, 2011
“Everybody Loves A Clown” was the fourth single release by Gary Lewis & The Playboys. Released September 9, 1965, it reached number four on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
Four may seem like a big hit but their first three singles went one, two, and two on the charts.
“Everybody Loves A Clown” was the type of lightweight, catchy pop that would symbolize all of their best material. While it may not have been essential to the development of American rock ‘n’ roll, it was a pleasant way to spend a couple of minutes back in the mid-1960s.
July 3, 2011
Gary Lewis and The Playboys had their first nine singles reach the top 15 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, with five reachng the top five.
“Sure Gonna Miss Her” was the sixth of the nine. It was released March 5, 1966 and reached number nine on the the BILLBOARD Charts.
By this time they had their formular down pat. They released mid-tempo pop songs with lyrics that personified the inocent side of the sixties. “Sure Gonna Miss Her” fit right in and while it may not be one of their best releases, it still is a good listen 45 years later.