Bruce Rits Gilbert

Song 90 - - Gary Lewis & the Playboys

I'm not sure why this song popped into my head, but it did. "This Diamond Ring" is a classic guilty pleasure song that you might hear on the Sirius XM 60s station. It reached number 1 on the U.S. charts in 1965, and its catchy melody has held up well over the years. 

Gary Lewis & the Playboys started off as "Gary & the Playboys," but, after they got a job playing at Disneyland in the early 60s, a record producer told them to add "Lewis" to the name to take advantage of this: Gary Lewis is comedian Jerry Lewis's son. And then that record producer, a guy named Snuff Garrett, brought them "This Diamond Ring" to record. 

 

But, as it turns out, several members of the Wrecking Crew played the music on the recording, and Gary Lewis's vocals were heavily mixed in with a session vocalist, and voila!, a hit song was created. The limitations of the band became an issue when they were booked, though Jerry Lewis's connections, to play on the Ed Sullivan Show. Ed Sullivan wanted the band to play live, like all of the other bands who appeared on the show. But, since the band members couldn't create the song anywhere close to the recorded version, they ended up having Gary Lewis sing along to prerecorded tracks and members of the band pretended to play their instruments. 

In any event, it's a fun song. And here are two versions of "This Diamond Ring," one with Gary Lewis "playing" the drums, and one with Gary strumming an acoustic guitar.  

Leave a comment:

  •