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Gil Garfield

Vocalist-songwriter and his trio charted Billboard with '50s hits 'Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots' and 'Bazoom! I Need Your Lovin'.' Garfield, a member of the 1950s vocal group The Cheers..

The Cheers recorded a Top 10 single, Leiber & Stoller's “Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots,” in 1955. The trio -- Garfield, Sue Allen and Bert Convy (later an actor and game show host) -- hit the Billboard charts again with Leiber & Stoller's “Bazoom! I Need Your Lovin',” and they recorded several demos of other Leiber & Stoller tunes.

In the '60s, Garfield collaborated on words and music with Perry Botkin Jr. and others, including Harry Nilsson, on such recordings as “Wonderful Summer,” “Paradise” by the Ronettes and “Passion Flower.” He was completing a semi-autobiographical musical at the time of his death.

Garfield was a student at USC when he started singing in nightclubs. He was encouraged to record, and he eventually formed the Cheers with fellow singers Sue Allen and Bert Convy, who became known as an actor and game-show host.

They recorded several demos of tunes written by famed songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller whose long list of hits included “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley.

The Cheers' version of Leiber and Stoller's “Black Denim Trousers” reached Billboard magazine's Top 10 when it was released as a single in 1955.

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Album Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots by Gil Garfield

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