Thursday, September 18, 2008


If you know the band that run downed the iconic Beatles to clinch the no.1 records chart in their heydays, then you must instantly recognize Gary Lewis and the Playboys band who recently rock and rolled and brought the house down during its concert at the Grand Ballroom of The Heritage Hotel Manila.

The quintessential 1960s band reunited once more to relive the decade of hairspray, vintage cars, liberal mindedness and idyllic panache with the baby boomers and new generation of music lovers in Manila.

After partaking of the especially prepared 4-course dinner by Executive Chef Sunny Goh, guests including Imelda Marcos, PAGCOR Casino’s JB Bangsil, Issam El Debs, Consul General, Consulate of the Syrian Arab Republic together with Mr. Eddie Yeo, THHM General Manager and spouse Mrs. Mary Yeo were caught dancing and even singing along to Gary Lewis performance.

Renditions of original No.1 Hits on the Billboard 100 - "This Diamond Ring," "Count Me In," "Save Your Heart For Me," "Everybody Loves A Clown," "She’s Just My Style," "Sure Gonna Miss Her," and "Green Grass" set the time machine to the 1960s, simply made the fans at the ballroom kick their dancing heels and sway to the groove.

The elegant throng of elite were exuberant at the 1960s string of hits and went agog too on the cover version of “Love Potion No. 9,” ”Wooly Bully,” “My Little Runaway,” “Sealed with a Kiss,” “Mustang Sally,” and “Barefooting.”

The jam packed ballroom reverberated with the cajoling of fans for an encore and Gary Lewis and the Playboys thrilled the audience to the final sweet melody of “Your Sixteen and Your Mine.”

Being the son of the famous comedian and actor, Gary Lewis is no stranger to show business. He recorded a breakthrough song "This Diamond Ring” in 1965. Backed by heavy airplay in New York City, his band made a guest appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show that catapulted Gary Lewis and the Playboys to instant stardom. "This Diamond Ring" shot up to No. 1, with the record company finding it hard to keep up with the growing demands for more copies.

In 1965, Mr. Lewis was named by Cash Box magazine as its "Male Vocalist of The Year," winning over other formidable nominees like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. He also became the first and only artist during the 1960s to have his first seven singles reach Billboard magazine’s Top 10 on the Hot 100 list.

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