She's Just My Style

Album: She's Just My Style (1965)
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  • This was the fifth of seven US Top 10 hits for Gary Lewis & the Playboys, and one of two that Lewis wrote along with Al Capps, Thomas Leslie and his arranger Leon Russell. In our interview with Gary Lewis, he said, "That was really fun. Leon and Snuffy (producer Snuff Garrett) said, 'All right, let's write a song about the California coast and the beach and the surf and the sun.' I said, 'Oh, so you want to do like a Beach Boys thing?' And they said, 'Yeah, yeah. With voices and a lot of harmonies and stuff like that.' I said, 'Well, great. I like the Beach Boys.' They recorded in the same studio that we recorded in, too. So I was always visiting them or they were coming and visiting me on my sessions. So that's what we were going for, a Beach Boys type sound. And 'Just My Style' was the second biggest tune we had for Liberty."
  • While appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, Gary screwed up while lip-synching this song. Gary was up front, on guitar, singing the vocals; when he thought the song was about to end cold, he stepped back, away from the microphone. However, the song had another bar to go and he had to rush back up to the mike to finish up. Gary enjoyed these TV appearances, as there wasn't much work involved. "It really wasn't any pressure whatsoever, because back then they didn't have the facilities to mix anything. No band could play live, they all had to lip-synch. So there was no pressure whatsoever," said Lewis.

Comments: 6

  • James from Diamond Bar Ca So awesome like the ultimate teen crush song - Gary Lewis so many great tunes
  • Nicholas Difabbio from 06437Not sure what he's talking about regarding lip syncing, pretty much everyone else played live on the Sullivan show including The Beatles, Stones, Doors
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn December 4th, 1965, Gary Lewis & The Playboys performed "She's Just My Style" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV Saturday-after program, 'American Bandstand'...
    The very next day on December 5th the song entered Billboard's Top 100 chart at position #57, four weeks later on January 2nd, 1966 it would peak at #3 {for 4 weeks} and it spent twelve weeks on the Top 100...
    As note above, "She's Just My Style" was the fifth of seven straight records by the group to make Billboard's Top 10 list, and the seven were their first seven charted records...
    After the above seven, they charted eight more times on the Top 100, their biggest non-Top 10 record was "My Heart's Symphony", it peaked at #13 in 1966...
    Original bassist Allan Ramsay passed away at the young age of 42 on November 27th, 1985.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 27th 1966, Gary Lewis & the Playboys performed "She's Just My Style" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    Two months earlier on December 5th, 1965 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #57; and on January 2nd, 1966 it peaked at #3 (for 3 weeks) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 5 of those 12 weeks in was on the Top 10)...
    R.I.P. bassist Allan Ramsay (1943 - 1985) and Gary Lewis, born Gary Harold Lee Levitch, will celebrate his 69th birthday in five months on July 31st (2014).
  • Matthew from Toronto, OnIf they were going for that happy-go-lucky, upbeat sound the Beach Boys were initially famous for, Gary & company certainly succeeded. It has a raucous, uptempo feel, very easy to sing along with, and always a welcome play on the radio. A well-deserved smash, and a much superior effort to their #1 This Diamond Ring, in my opinion.
  • Daevid from Glendale, CaProduced by Leon Russell, simply a great,great song!
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