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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

1965 Belongs to Gary Lewis & the Playboys

Hard to believe this song was a B-side — hopefully, Liberty won’t make that mistake again:

Gary Lewis 45 sleeve

The A-side – “She’s Just My Style” – was part of an incredible run of commercial success:  the band’s fifth consecutive Top Ten hit of 1965.   Along with The Lovin’ Spoonful, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, are one of only two acts whose first seven single releases all reached Top Ten (not counting “Doin’ the Flake” – a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes promotional release – which didn’t chart).

                                Limited edition promotional party platter

Gary Lewis record bowl

As Ray Shasho points out in The Examiner:

“1965 became a momentous year for Gary Lewis & The Playboys. “This Diamond Ring” sold over one million copies and became a gold disc. Cashbox Magazine named Gary Lewis “Male Vocalist of the Year,” and a string of hits just kept on coming. The Playboy’s second hit single “Count Me In” reached #2 on the charts. The band continued to churn out the hits with “Save Your Heart for Me” (#2 Billboard Hot 100 Hit), “Everybody Loves a Clown” (#4 Billboard Hot 100 Hit) and “She’s Just My Style” (#3 Billboard Hot 100 Hit).”

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