Thread: What year did Gary Lewis appear live with the Allman Brothers?

Agerst1574 - 6/26/2018 at 02:23 PM

Trying to help a friend identify some discs. He has a show where the Allmans perform “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and the next song has them doing “The Same Thing” with Gary Lewis. Anyone know the date on this? My friend has the show listed from 4/28/03 and that seems to be an error as there is no show from that date. Thanks in advance.


robslob - 6/26/2018 at 03:45 PM

You're kidding me. As in Gary Lewis & The Playboys? "This Diamond Ring"?


steved - 6/26/2018 at 03:55 PM

Maybe you mean Danny Louis from Government Mule???


robslob - 6/26/2018 at 04:55 PM

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Maybe you mean Danny Louis from Government Mule???


I never thought of that, but yeah, that would be a much more likely choice!


Agerst1574 - 6/26/2018 at 05:42 PM

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Maybe you mean Danny Louis from Government Mule???


I never thought of that, but yeah, that would be a much more likely choice!


Nope-Gary Lewis of the Playboys who is Jerry Lewis’s son. I may be crazy but I could have sworn this happened.


porkchopbob - 6/26/2018 at 06:34 PM

I thought it was bizarre and immediately thought of Danny Louis as well, but it's not so far from likely. Gary Lewis' song-writer/keyboard player was a young man named Leon Russell, and his bass player was Carl Radle. I have no idea when Gary would have joined the Allmans on stage, but this is an interesting find:

https://savagelost.com/leon-russell-meets-the-allman-brothers-in-1966

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Leon Russell came from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but one of his early endeavors featured two Florida legends — in their first-ever record release. I remember, as a 9-year-old, hearing “Batman And Robin” by the Spotlights on the radio. It reached #12 on WQAM and #13 on WFUN in my hometown of Miami, during the third week of February 1966. What I didn’t know until recently is who the Spotlights were: a group that would soon be known as the Allman Joys, featuring two brothers from Daytona Beach by the name of Gregg and Duane.

Producer Snuff Garrett had the idea of creating an album of songs based on cartoon and comic book characters. Garrett was coming off a great year, with several top ten hits as the guiding force behind Gary Lewis & the Playboys. His musical director at the time was Leon Russell, who wrote and played on many Gary Lewis hits (including that memorable keyboard riff in “Everybody Loves A Clown”.) According to Russell’s Tulsa cohort, J.J. Cale, Russell and Garrett recruited a group of musicians to record in New York, with the Spotlights being chosen as part of the entourage. In a 1982 interview, Cale shared some of the details behind the project: “Leon, Snuff , and I went up to New York City to cut this album. I was sitting in one room writing songs. Leon was in the studio leading the musicians, and Snuff was coming and getting the songs from me. He’d come in and say, ‘Write a song about Little Orphan Annie,’ and I’d start writing the song in the room and he’d take it into the studio where Leon would get all the musicians to play it. It was wild.”

“Little Orphan Annie” wound up being released as the Spotlights’ second single, on the B-side of Cale’s “Dick Tracy”. All the tracks from the New York sessions turned up on an album called The Superrecord of Superheroes by the fictional group the Super Dupers. The album didn’t credit the Spotlights, or any of the musicians. The Super Dupers LP came out on two different record labels, with at least three different covers. No one could have ever imagined back in early 1966 that several future superstars were taking part in such a humble, disposable project. Who knew?

The Allmans would cross paths with Russell again, though a mutual association with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. Gregg Allman and Leon Russell teamed up once more in 2011, joining Elton John in concert at Madison Square Garden. It’s entirely possible that they may have reminisced backstage about the first time they worked together — on an obscure children’s album — and a song about the Dynamic Duo that started a Florida legend’s recording career.


slothrop8 - 6/26/2018 at 07:17 PM

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Trying to help a friend identify some discs. He has a show where the Allmans perform “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and the next song has them doing “The Same Thing” with Gary Lewis. Anyone know the date on this? My friend has the show listed from 4/28/03 and that seems to be an error as there is no show from that date. Thanks in advance.


This show from March 28, 2004 is almost certainly the show in question. 3/28/04 could easily have been labelled 04/28/03 for one thing - and secondly they only played I've Been Lovin' You Too Long so many times, and for The Same Thing to be next would be even more rare, and The Same Thing does indeed include Gov't Mule's Danny Louis. The easy test is if The Night The Drove... with horns is next on your friend's discs - that would clinch it.

1. No One To Run With
2. Ain't Wastin' Time No More
3. Statesboro Blues
4. Rocking Horse
5. Every Hungry Woman
6. I've Been Lovin' You Too Long
Jukes Horns: Mark "The Love Man" Pender, trumpet; Chris Anderson, trumpet; La Bamba, trombone; Joey Stann, tenor sax; Eddie "The Kingfish" Manion, baritone sax
7. The Same Thing
Jukes Horns: Mark "The Love Man" Pender, trumpet; Chris Anderson, trumpet; La Bamba, trombone; Joey Stann, tenor sax; Eddie "The Kingfish" Manion, baritone sax
& Jeff Watts, Drums; Danny Louis, keyboards
8. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Jukes Horns: Mark "The Love Man" Pender, trumpet; Chris Anderson, trumpet; La Bamba, trombone; Joey Stann, tenor sax; Eddie "The Kingfish" Manion, baritone sax
& Danny Louis, keyboards
9. Revival
Set II
10. Dreams
11. Firing Line
12. Who's Been Talking
with Hubert Sumlin, guitar
13. Forty-Four Blues
with Hubert Sumlin, guitar; Ricky Gordon, washboards
14. Hot 'Lanta
15. Feel So Bad
Susan Tedeschi, guitar; Mike Mattison, vocals
16. Into The Mystic
Jukes Horns: Mark "The Love Man" Pender, trumpet; Chris Anderson, trumpet; La Bamba, trombone; Joey Stann, tenor sax; Eddie "The Kingfish" Manion, baritone sax
17. Southbound
Jukes Horns: Mark "The Love Man" Pender, trumpet; Chris Anderson, trumpet; La Bamba, trombone; Joey Stann, tenor sax; Eddie "The Kingfish" Manion, baritone sax
& Danny Louis, keyboards; Mike Gordon, bass
Encore
18. Mountain Jam
19. Afro Blue
20. Mountain Jam
Reprise


[Edited on 6/26/2018 by slothrop8]


CanadianMule - 6/26/2018 at 09:07 PM

I think if Gary Lewis had joined then then it would have been discussed on here. Or people would have memory of it happening.

I would lean towards the Danny Louis name mix up.


porkchopbob - 6/26/2018 at 09:09 PM

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I think if Gary Lewis had joined then then it would have been discussed on here. Or people would have memory of it happening.

I would lean towards the Danny Louis name mix up.


I did a forum search and his name never came up regarding the Beacon which would be a pretty big oversight considering all of the live updates during those runs.


CanadianMule - 6/27/2018 at 01:03 AM

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I think if Gary Lewis had joined then then it would have been discussed on here. Or people would have memory of it happening.

I would lean towards the Danny Louis name mix up.


I did a forum search and his name never came up regarding the Beacon which would be a pretty big oversight considering all of the live updates during those runs.


Thought the same.


But when dealing with Warren and the ABB - you just never know.


Wooddog - 7/1/2018 at 07:30 PM

They opened for B.J. Thomas here in Knoxville in January of 1971. Unfortunately, I wasn't introduced to the band until a few months after the show. That still tortures me. I could have seen Duane. My first show was June of '72 in Charlotte. They were still doing five pieces; Chuck had yet to join the band.


pops42 - 7/2/2018 at 09:52 PM

It never happened would be my guess. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzUbr66ehnc Carl Radle is there on bass.


MartinD28 - 7/3/2018 at 11:28 AM

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It never happened would be my guess. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzUbr66ehnc Carl Radle is there on bass.


What - no Hammond B3 and no slide guitar?


Charlesinator - 7/8/2018 at 12:03 AM

Could the initial poster be thinking of Gary Louris of the Jayhawks? Wouldn’t be surprised if he hasn’t jammed with the ABB. I’d almost bet he’s jammed with Warren and the Mule.


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