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Composed by the songwriter Glen Hardin, this was the second hit for Gary Lewis & the Playboys, following up their #1 debut "This Diamond Ring
." Hardin was a member of The Crickets, who like Gary Lewis & the Playboys, were signed to Liberty Records. Hardin spent much of the '70s playing piano and working up arrangements on songs for Elvis Presley. He later recorded with Emmylou Harris and John Denver.
When we spoke with Gary Lewis, he explained that his producer Snuff Garrett was always looking forward, and made sure the group wasn't a one-hit-wonder with "This Diamond Ring." Said Lewis: "We always had things in the can. We always did. When we went into a recording session, it wasn't just to record what would be the next hit. We always recorded about four songs and put them in the can and Snuffy would listen to them with Leon Russell. They'd make whatever decisions, because I gave Snuffy total control of everything, because I didn't know what I was doing. I was too young and I didn't know anything about the business yet. So he'd have us record four or five songs at one time and complete them all and just have them in the can. Then he would put out what he wanted to put out."
This was one of many '60s hits that the Los Angeles studio pros, later known as The Wrecking Crew, played on. The Playboys played on all their records, but the session musicians did overdubs and solos.
The week of May 8, 1965, when "Count Me In" reached it's peak position on the Hot 100, Gary Lewis & the Playboys were the only American act in the Top 10. The chart topper was "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
" by Herman's Hermits.
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