Gary Lewis Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Wife, Net Worth, Gary Lewis & the Playboys

Gary Lewis is an American musician best known for being the leader of Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Lewis was the drummer, but singer-guitarist Dave Walker was the band’s frontman.

Gary Lewis Profile

Gary Lewis is an American musician best known for being the leader of Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Lewis was the drummer, but singer-guitarist Dave Walker was the band’s frontman.

Gary Lewis Age

Lewis is 75 years old as of 2021. He was born Gary Harold Lee Levitch on 31 July 1946 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

Gary Lewis Height

Lewis stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).

Gary Lewis Family

Lewis is the son of Jerry Lewis and Patti Palmer, a singer. His mother, who was performing with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra at the time, intended to name him after her favorite actor, Cary Grant, but due to a clerical error, her son became “Gary.” In 1960, he was given a set of drums as a gift for his 14th birthday. Lewis formed the band “Gary and the Playboys” with four friends when he was 18 years old.

Lewis referred to his bandmates as “playboys” in a joke about their tardiness to practice, and the name stuck. Lewis was the drummer, but singer-guitarist Dave Walker was the band’s frontman. Gary’s mother was quietly funding the band’s equipment purchases because they believed Gary’s father would not financially support the band. Gary met his half-sister Suzan Klienman on the nationally syndicated show Inside Edition, who had discovered through DNA testing results that they are related siblings, the children of comedian Jerry Lewis. Lewis lives in Rush, New York, with his family.

Gary Lewis Wife

Gary was married to Sara Jane Suzara from 1967 to 1970 and to Donna Grow since 2003.

Quick Facts About Gary Lewis

Full Name Gary Harold Lee Levitch
Age 75 years old
Nationality American
Spouse Sara Jane Suzara
Net Worth $10 Million

Gary Lewis Net Worth

Lewis has an estimated net worth of $10 Million.

Gary Lewis Gary Lewis & the Playboys

Garrett, seeing an opportunity to capitalize on the Lewis name, put the band into the studio to develop, with Gary’s mother still funding the project. Garrett pushed Lewis to improve his drumming ability, even hiring Buddy Rich to tutor him, and, more importantly, made Lewis the singer, and thus the focal point of the group. According to Lewis, his natural singing voice was not one of his strengths, so Garrett used overdubbing techniques in the studio to improve it.

Gary Lewis Photo
Gary Lewis Photo

On February 20, 1965, “This Diamond Ring” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, catapulting Lewis to stardom. Lewis was named Cash Box magazine’s “Male Vocalist of the Year” in 1965. Aside from The Lovin’ Spoonful, the group was the only artist in the 1960s whose first seven Hot 100 releases all charted in the top ten. In addition to “This Diamond Ring,” his hits include “Count Me In,” the only non-British Commonwealth record to reach the Hot 100’s top 10 on May 8, 1965 (number two); “Save Your Heart for Me” (number two); “Everybody Loves a Clown” (number four); “She’s Just My Style” (number three); “Sure Gonna Miss Her” (number nine); and “Green Grass” (number ten) (number eight).

Lewis says he wrote “Everybody Loves a Clown” as a gift for his father’s birthday. He thought the song was too good to give as a gift, so he recorded it instead. By 1966, Lewis was solely singing, with Jim Keltner, among others, filling in on the drums. His career was put on hold when he joined the United States Army as a draftee in January 1967, and he served with the Eighth Army in Seoul, South Korea, during the Vietnam War, until 1968. Listen! was Lewis’s first solo album for Liberty Records, released in 1967.

Lewis has stated that he was hesitant to go to Vietnam, but that the Army was the time when he “grew up.” He returned to performing and recording, but he was unable to replicate his previous success, and the band’s five releases that year charted from 13th to 39th. His musical career was later marketed as a “nostalgia act,” with appearances on his father’s Labor Day telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, including his father’s final telethon as host in 2010. Lewis released a new single, “You Can’t Go Back,” in January 2012.

Gary Lewis Outlander

Lewis appeared as Colum MacKenzie, Jamie’s maternal uncle in Outlander, a historical drama television series. He is the ruler of a powerful clan, but he must rely on his brother Dougal for true muscle. Colum has Toulouse-Lautrec Syndrome, a degenerative disease that causes his legs to be immobile at times and fills his days with excruciating physical pain. Colum, aided by wine, is able to rise to the occasion when necessary, parading around at clan dinners and gatherings, cementing his position as clan leader.

Colum MacKenzie, the eldest son of Jacob and Anne MacKenzie, grew up preparing to be the clan’s future laird, marrying Letitia Chisholm as part of an alliance between the clans. Colum, however, took two bad falls around the age of eighteen; the broken bones in his legs never healed properly, and it became clear that it was permanent damage.

Around that time, his father died, and the question of who would lead the clan arose—could Colum lead, knowing he would never be able to lead his men in battle? Or should Dougal, his brother, take over as chieftain? The clan held a large Gathering to decide the matter, and Colum was eventually chosen over Dougal. It was determined that the younger MacKenzie lacked the judgment and levelheadedness required of a leader. Furthermore, Dougal stood by his brother’s side and vowed to be his brother’s legs and sword-arm, to carry out Colum’s orders, and to lead the clan as war chieftain in battle.

Gary Lewis Songs

  • Gary lewis & the playboys sure gonna miss her
  • Autumn
  • Doin’ The Flake
  • Everybody Loves A Clown
  • Face In A Crowd
  • Girls In Love
  • I Don’t Wanna Say Goodnight
  • Jill
  • Let’s Be More Than Friends
  • Little Miss Go—go
  • My Heart’s Symphony
  • The Loser (with A Broken Heart)
  • Tina
  • Way Way Out
  • When Summer Is Gone
  • Where Will The Words Come From
  • Without A Word Of Warning
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