On this day in music history: March 15, 1965 -…

On this day in music history: March 15, 1965 – “Count Me In” by Gary Lewis & The Playboys is released. Written by Glen D. Hardin, it is the second single for the pop band from Los Angeles, CA led by the son of comedian Jerry Lewis. Having scored a huge hit out of the box with their debut single “This Diamond Ring” in February of 1965, Gary Lewis & The Playboys go from relative obscurity playing at Disneyland, to having a number one single virtually overnight. With this huge success, their producer “Snuff” Garrett is well aware that with the eyes of the public and the music industry now on them, that he needs to find a song strong enough to follow up that first chart topper. After cutting several songs and finding nothing suitable for release, when the solution literally walks into  Garrett’s office early one morning. Keyboardist Glen Hardin, a member of The Shindogs, the house band on the popular music series “Shindig!” tells Snuff that he has a song he’s just finished. The producer has him sit down at the piano, and Hardin plays “Count Me In”. After he’s through playing it, Garrett responds with “That’s it, that’s it!! Let’s record that right now!!” Quickly organizing a session, “Count Me In” is recorded at United/Western Recorders in Hollywood, CA on February 13, 1965 (one week before “Diamond Ring” hits number one), with members of The Wrecking Crew including Hal Blaine (drums), Tommy Tedesco (guitar), and Leon Russell (piano, celeste) who also writes the band arrangement for the song. In addition to Gary Lewis adding his double tracked lead vocals to the song, his vocal is also shadowed by singer Ron Hicklin, a member of the backing vocal studio group The Eligibles (Hicklin, Al Capps and Stan Farber) who perform the background vocals. The singles B-side, the Jan & Dean/Beach Boys influenced hot rod song “Little Miss Go Go” is recorded the day before, featuring the same musicians. Released as a single in mid-March of 1965, “Count Me In” takes off immediately, beating the feared sophomore jinx. Entering the Hot 100 at #88 on April 3, 1965, it quickly rockets into the top five only five weeks later, peaking at #2 on May 8, 1965 behind Herman’s Hermits’ “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”. Also included in the bands second album “A Session With Gary Lewis And The Playboys”, “Count Me In” is the second of seven consecutive top ten singles for Gary Lewis And The Playboys.