Gary Lewis is an American musician who was born on July 31, 1946. He was the leader of Gary Lewis & the Playboys and his parents are Jerry Lewis and Patti Palmer.
The story about how Gary Lewis was named ‘Gary’ was that when his mother was performing with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra, she wanted to name her son after her favorite actor, Cary Grant but due to a typo error, her son was named Gary instead of Cary.
In 1960 when Gary Lewis celebrated his fifteenth birthday, he received a set of drums as a gift. When he turned 18, he formed “Gary and the Playboys” with four of his friends.
The ‘Playboys’ as part of the name of the band was coined due to the lateness often recorded by the bandmates to practice. Gary Lewis was the drummer of the “Gary and the Playboys” and Dave Walker was the singer and guitarist.
Gary Lewis’ mother a very important role in the success story of Gary Lewis as a musician as she financed the purchase of equipment for the band.
From the initial stage, “Gary and the Playboys” was relatively anonymous and unknown but conductor Les Brown was the one who made the band known to producer Snuff Garrett. Gary Lewis and “Gary and the Playboys” were then appearing at Disneyland.
Gary Lewis got drafted into the United States Army and within the two years he served in the Army, he spent two months at the Saigon Airport during the Vietnam War, and the remainder of the time in South Korea.
Gary Lewis made an appearance in the movie titled The Nutty Professor (1963) and he also appeared in Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958) and The Family Jewels (1965). Gary Lewis tried forming a new band called Medecine with Bill Cowsill of the Cowsills in 1974, but that effort did not yield any positive outcome.
Gary Lewis Siblings
Gary Lewis has quite a number of siblings. His siblings are Danielle Sarah, Christopher Joseph, Joseph, Scott, Ronald and Anthony Lewis.
Danielle Sarah, Christopher Joseph, Joseph, Scott, Ronald and Anthony Lewis just like Gary Lewis, grew up with their parents, Jerry Lewis and Patti Palmer.
Their father, Jerry Lewis was a comedian and Patti Palmer was a singer with the Ted Fio Rito Orchestra.
Suzan Klienman is also believed to be halfsister of Gary Lewis. Gary Lewis has a net worth of $10 Million and attended St. Joseph-Ogden High School and the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Doctoral student at the University of Portsmouth.