It’s Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Mitch Ryder and Dennis Tufano in Branson - three incredible acts from the magically musical era of rock, pop, and soul - the 1960’s! Gary Lewis & The Playboys enjoyed an enviable position as one of the most successful groups of the 60’s, and Mitch Ryder’s unique vocals added a rock edge to the soulful Detroit sounds of that era. Dennis Tufano is a founding member and original lead singer of The Buckingham’s, one of the few American-born groups that managed to defend their place in rock ‘n’ roll during the British Invasion.
Son of comedian, actor, and philanthropist, Jerry Lewis, Gary and his band were incredibly influential in music throughout the 60’s, releasing several Top 40 hits, including the #1 smash, “This Diamond Ring.” Other songs from Gary Lewis & The Playboys include the Top Ten hits, “Count Me In,” “Everybody Loves a Clown,” “Green Grass,” “Sure Gonna Miss Her,” and “She’s Just My Style.” Eight of their singles and four of their albums were certified Gold, and Gary was named Male Vocalist of the Year in 1965 by Cashbox Magazine, beating out two huge solo artists - Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra! They made television appearances on nearly every talk and variety show, including Shindig, American Bandstand, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Mitch Ryder, along with The Detroit Wheels, was a 60’s rock ‘n roll force to be reckoned with, employing that unmistakable, gruff voice on a number of songs, including the Top Ten hits, “Devil With a Blue Dress On,” “Sock It To Me Baby,” and “Jenny Take a Ride.” He also enjoyed high energy hits with “Too Many Fish in the Sea “ and “Little Latin Lupe Lu.” His influence is apparent in today’s music scene, especially with Bruce Springsteen, known to include a Detroit Medley, made up of Ryder’s hits, in his concert performances.
The Buckingham’s, with Dennis Tufano singing lead, were brilliant at pulling off an upbeat sound regardless of a song’s subject matter, that includes their huge #1 hit, “Kind of A Drag.” They also had Top Ten hits with “Don’t You Care,” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” and just barely missed the Top Ten with “Susan,” and “Hey Baby (They’re Playing Our Song.)”
Helpful Hints/Additional Information
- Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Mitch Ryder, and Dennis Tufano will appear in Branson on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 7:00PM.
- They’ll be performing at the Welk Resort Theatre.
- The theater is located at 1984 Missouri Highway 165.
- Inside the Welk facility, you’ll find a concession area, expansive gift shop, and a full service restaurant.
- There is theatre seating that’s accessible to guests with disabilities, and disabled guests can easily be dropped off at the entrance via a circle drive.
- Performances by Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Mitch Ryder and Dennis Tufano are family friendly and suitable for all ages.
Big stars, huge hits, and happy memories from the decade that finally made us believe that rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay! See the 60’s stars that helped make it happen - live on stage in Branson, Missouri for one show only - Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Mitch Ryder and Dennis Tufano!