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John Gary

A pleasing vocalist with a warm delivery reminiscent of Andy Williams or Tony Bennett, John Gary unfortunately came along just at the beginning of the British Invasion and never managed to make much of an impression on the adult vocal audience. Born in 1932 in Watertown, New York, he was a singer on Don McNeill's radio show Breakfast Club before signing a contract with RCA Records in 1962. Though only one single charted on the U.S. pop charts -- the Top 100 "Soon I'll Wed My Love" in 1964 -- John Gary did reach the Top 20 with mid-'60s LPs such as The Nearness of You, Encore, and A Little Bit of Heaven, and fared even better on the easy listening charts (with albums including the number one Cold) and Cash Box, where Gary albums hit the Top Ten twice. He also covered a wide repertoire for the time, from show tunes to country hits and romantic ballads -- though, remarkably, very few of the novelty pop songs which dragged down fellow vocalists. Gary died January 4, 1998. ~ John Bush
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Track List: A Heart Filled With Song / Choice

1. What Now My Love

2. Till

3. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)

4. Because Of You

5. Without A Song

6. While We're Young

7. No Arms Can Ever Hold You (Like These Arms Of Mine)

8. Yesterday

9. The Shadow Of Your Smile

10. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing

11. Be My Love

12. If Ever I Would Leave You

13. Georgia On My Mind

15. I'll Remember Her

16. Charade

17. Somewhere

19. I'll Be Seeing You

23. Don't Blame Me

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Track List: Catch A Rising Star

1. This Is All I Ask

2. My Kind Of Girl

3. Once Upon A Time

4. Till The Birds Sing In The Morning

5. Your Cheatin' Heart

6. Yellow Bird

7. Unchained Melody

8. Half As Much

10. The Possum Song

11. Somewhere Along The Way

12. Ebb Tide

13. Tender Is The Night

14. Anywhere I Wander

16. And This Is My Beloved

17. Ol' Man River

18. Stella By Starlight

19. Take Me In Your Arms

21. A Beautiful Thing

22. If

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Track List: The Nearness Of You / John Gary Sings Your All-Time Favorite Songs

1. The Nearness Of You

2. You Stepped Out Of A Dream

3. My Foolish Heart

4. Softly, As I Leave You

7. Time After Time

8. On The Street Where You Live

9. Beautiful

11. Dear Heart

12. The Sound Of Music

13. All The Things You Are

14. Night And Day

15. Fascination

16. Star Dust

17. As Time Goes By

18. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

19. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

21. Some Enchanted Evening

22. Deep Purple

23. Tonight

24. You'll Never Walk Alone

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Track List: A Little Bit Of Heaven

1. Tenderly

3. Take My Love

4. Danny Boy

5. Brown Eyed Baby Boy

6. Smilin' Through

7. Come To Me, Bend To Me

8. The Song Of Coo Coo

9. Red Rosey Bush

10. Something Simple

11. Ten Girls Ago

12. Here I'll Stay

13. A Little Bit Of Heaven

14. I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

15. How Are Things In Glocca Morra

16. Macushla

17. Kathleen Mavourneen

18. That's An Irish Lullaby

19. Cockles And Mussels

20. My Wild Irish Rose

21. Galway Bay

22. Mother Machree

23. Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms

24. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

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Track List: The Very Best Of John Gary

1. My Foolish Heart

2. The Shadow Of Your Smile

3. If

4. Till

5. Once Upon A Time

6. I Wish You Love (Que Reste-Ti-l De Nos Amours?)

7. Two Different Worlds

8. The Nearness Of You

9. Ebb Tide

10. I Left My Heart In San Francisco

11. Don't Blame Me

12. This Is All I Ask

13. Some Enchanted Evening

14. If Ever I Would Leave You

15. Unchained Melody

16. Make The World Go Away

17. Tenderly

18. What Now My Love

19. Deep Purple

20. Till There Was You

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My Dad shared John Gary with me. My father could sing and sang along with John Gary note for note. Now that he's gone, I treasure listening to John Gary for he sounds like my Dad. Precious, special memories of time spent with my Dad and one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard!! (next to my darling Daddy)
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When I was a kid, John Gary used to come over to his brothers house who lived across the street from me in Vista CA on Thomas Street. I was fortunate enough to meet him several times. I take his music with me everywhere I go. I also got to meet Sebastian Cabot who would sometimes show up in overalls driving a Jaguar.
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What a melodious voice. My wife and I listen to Gary often and it brings us back to our romantic days when we were young. I miss his unique singing style.
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nanabuzz26
We willl never see his like again. His album Spanish Moonlight ,especially his version of Granada, never fails to thrill me. I have 14 of his albums, and they are worth more than gold to me. I have been listening to him for 50 years and his voice still gives me goose bumps. Rest in peace , John. You used your God -given voice well.
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country6
He is, by far, my most favorite male singer of this era! My dad introduced me to John Gary's music pointing out the amazing control he had over that romantic voice. I so miss this kind of tender music.
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marlysshagan e y
I am 55 and just discovered John Gary thanks to Pandora! Incredible voice. I found out that he played John Alden in the Rankin/Bass special Mouse On The Mayflower. I never knew that was him. I am thankful that I can now hear his beautiful voice every day.
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I always thought that Mr Gary was the male equivalent of Ella Fitzgerald, both had excellent control of their voices. Surely missed
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tom67602
Wow!
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Amazing talent
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missox
Hi my grandpa really likes your music and loves you!
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A special man introduced me to John Gary' back in 1967 . Love his music , and never forgot that special man. Joan
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I agree completely with halleach7 about the range; listen to the breath control and I think you'll feel the same way!
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mchurchin
Beautiful voice, gone too soon!
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frankrss
I am an ardent John Gary fan. He had a wonderful full-range voice. He also dabbled as an actor. I saw him in a performance of Student Prince back in 1969. I'll never forget it.
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Best range ever!
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Always love hearing a nice song by JG.
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We started with his album, catch a rising star where he starts singing as a child and ends the song with his strong adult voice. Saw him twice just outside St. Louis, and once in Denver. It is so hard to believe his great pipes were taken from us so soon; I guess THE MAN could only do without him no more(our loss.
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I did
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I loved him from the first time I heard his beautiful voice, and here I am at 75 still loving him.
I am sure he is sitting on a cloud singing with the angels.
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bryant2075
I first discovered John Gary's fantastic voice during a tour of duty in Vietnam (1969) as a young Marine.. What an amazing gift he had and shared with us. He gave me many moments of 'escape' and I needed them at the time. I greatly miss his influence in the music industry, but am grateful for the impact he did make and the legacy he left behind for us to continue enjoying.
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John Gary's More was my husband's and my song. Our daughter made a video for our 45th Anniversary with John's More in the background. Whenever we heard our song we always danced a few steps while it played. My husband passed away last year and whenever I hear that song i wish I could have just one more dance. Jonh had such a beautiful voice and not enough people heard him. He'll always be one of my favorites. RIP John.
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I fell in love with my husband partly because of his introducing me to John Gary and his Once Upon A Time after our 50 yr. separation. Thank you, John Gary, for unparalleled musical, romantic, enjoyment.
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I will always love the voice of Mr. John Gary.......I ' m so sorry we lost such a great talent. Charlsie Stocks
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macsvens
It's too bad he was never appreciated like he should have been. John, RIP, Erin Go Bragh, and Semper Fi.
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rfpdu
I FEEL SORRY FOR THE YOUNG TODAY, THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT GREAT SINGERS WE HAD BACK IN THE GOOD OLE DAYS.
I MISS THE ROMANTIC SONGS BY THE GREAT SINGERS THAT STOOD IN ONE PLACE AND WOULD SING ONE SONG AFTER ANOTHER,PLUS THEY WORE NICE CLOTHES WITHOUT HOLE IN THEM. THEY HAD CLASS.
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angel88feb
a sweet voice,enchan t i n g , a favorite,rem i n d i n g me of the romance my husband honored me with
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tahoeguy6
One little known piece of information about John Gary. He was a champion free diver and developed some of his incredible breath control as part of his diving.
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The best Irish singer of the 50's and 60's. Love is romantic ballads. We miss you Mr. Gary. You were always a class act!
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The unknown best!
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I listen to his recordings often, just to get that romantic feeling! He should have been more appreciated.
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My Foolish Heart, The Nearness Of You ... just 2 all time top tunes by John Gary. His singing style sorta rubbed off on me with the likes of the many talented vocalists we don't ever get enough of these days. I learned a lot from masters like him.
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BOOYAH ! ! ! Now, that's singing at its best ! Bravo, John Gary....sorr y we didn't know you well.
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srsully1
What a great voice, singing songs that we enjoyed during our years of the 1950's when we were in service.
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I have determined that if I could sing with any voice ever on the planet,it would be Gary's or Pavarotti's. . . . . . . . N o w , l e m m e see......
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mesasenick
We meet him at an Italian Festival in Melrose Park, Il...with, Sue and Norman Santomauro. He autographed a tape that we purchased. He is one of my favorites.
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John Gary is my favorite singer. His Irish ablum is so beautiful as are all the songs he sings. It is such a shame that he never got the recognition hes deserves.
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Such a smooth voice. Range and control - beautiful. Truthfully, I never was into Gary's music in the 60s. Since hearing him on Pandora, I'm sold. The song "Give Me This Moment" is a keeper.
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malaguania He made an LP of spanish songs called "Spanish Moonlight". Malaguania was one of several beautiful songs on that LP
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I enjoyed John Gary so much and have most of his albums. Such a beautiful voice. I especially liked his rendition of "More".
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One of my favorite male vocalists. I saw him in person three times. Great vocal voice and talent. He came along at the wrong time, just as Rock was gaining the most attention.
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malaguania anybody know where to find it??
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a very beautiful, clear voice with astounding range. play more as in "softly As I Leave You"
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John Gary undoubtedly had the smoothest, clearest voice I have ever heard.
I find myself trying to hold my breath along with him. Even when I was singing some, it was impossible! I do miss his lovely music, but
am pleased to still be able to enjoy it today.
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lillianr33
i have many of JohnGary . I really enjoyed every song, especially "Softly as I leave you"
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there will never be anyone to match the quality of John Gary's voice and range. What a pity that God decided he needed him in heaven instead of leaving him on earth where he brought so much enjoyment to the masses. I wish I could find his lyrics to some of his songs.
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I was a teen in the 60's and listened to John Gary over and over, amazed at how seamlessly he could transition into falsetto.
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When my friends loved rock and roll, I loved John Gary. When I was in my early 20s he came to my home town and came down into the audience and for some reason chose me. He knelt down next at my table next to my chair and sang "Softly, as I leave you," and I lost my heart. I'll never forget that or him. A wonderful voice, a wonderful man.
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Sing beautifully! ! I love everything I have ever listened to of his. Watched an oustanding and most unusual performance of his in Las Vegas.
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I love listening to John Gary, I have been a fan of his for years. I have several of his albums. I am saddened that we do not have more artist with this quality of voice today.
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