Ice Melts In The Sun/The Loser 45 by Gary Lewis and The Playboys

September 4, 2011

Gary Lewis and The Playboys were a commercial force on the singles charts during the mid to late 1960s. They charted 15 hits with their first nine reaching the top 20 and the first five of those making the top five. They continued to release catchy pop tunes as the decade ended, and while they would have some pop success, the music of the era had begun to pass them by.

“The Loser (With A Broken Heart)/Ice Melts In The Sun” was released March 11, 1967 and it reached number 43. It was the last of their singles to be arranged by Leon Russell.

“Ice Melts In The Sun” was the B side of the single but I always perferred it over “The Loser.” It was a gentle mid-tempo pop tune that fit their style well.

There may have been some doubts when the record was released as both sides of the picture sleeve featured a different side as the lead song. Today both songs remain forgotten when compared to their big hits.