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Gary Lewis This Diamond Ring

Gary Lewis and The Playboys This Diamond Ring

Pop Rock

The song was written by Al Kooper, Bob Brass, and Irwin Levine. They tried to have it performed by The Drifters, who turned it down. And then Bobby Vee, who also turned it down. Sammy Ambrose recorded it first and released it in late 1964. Then, Gary Lewis and the Playboys released their version in January, 1965. Both charted, but Ambrose made it to #117 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The track by Gary Lewis & The Playboys went all the way to #1 by February 20, 1965. It went to #6 in Australia. The record sold more than one million copies and earned an RIAA gold record.

Gary Lewis is the son of comedian Jerry Lewis. He and his friends put together a band. Because they were often late to practice, he called them “playboys.” They had a nice gig playing at Disneyland. To ensure that their record would be a hit, their producer Snuff Garrett used the fabulous musicians of the Wrecking Crew to provide the instrumentation with Gary Lewis and The Playboys on backing tracks. The Wrecking Crew for “This Diamond Ring” included Ron Hicklin, who supported the vocals, Hal Blaine (drums), Carol Kaye (bass), Mike Deasy and Tommy Allsup (guitars), and Leon Russell (keyboards and music arranger).

The original members of Gary Lewis and The Playboys were Gary Lewis (drums and vocals), David Walker (rhythm guitar), Allan Ramsay (bass), David Costell (lead guitar), and John West (Cordovox electronic accordion). They went on to have eight gold singles, 12 Top 40 hit singles, and four gold albums.

Here are the lyrics to “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis and The Playboys:

“Who wants to bu-u-uy this diamond ri-i-i-ing?
She took it off her finger, now it doesn’t mean a thi-i-i-ng
This diamond ring doesn’t shine for me anymore
And this diamond ring doesn’t mean what it meant before
So if you’ve got someone whose love is tru-u-ue
Let it shine for yo-ou-ou

This stone is genuine like love should be-e-e-e
And if your baby’s truer than my baby was to me-e-e-e
This diamond ring can mean something beautiful
And this diamond ring can mean dreams that are coming true
And then your heart won’t have to break like mine did
If there’s love behind it

[Instrumental]

This diamond ring can mean something beautiful
And this diamond ring can mean dreams that are coming true
And then your heart won’t have to break like mine did
If there’s love behind it

This diamond ring doesn’t shine for me anymore
And this diamond ring doesn’t mean what it meant before
[FADE]
So if you’ve got someone whose love is tru-u-ue
Let it shine for yo-ou-ou”

For an album of greatest hits from Gary Lewis & The Playboys for your consideration, please click on the photo below:

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