Gary grew up in Cincinnati where he studied piano and theory at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He worked with countless local bands and worked as an engineer at Cincinnati’s fabled Jewel Recording Complex. Gary first worked with Brian in 1977 when he joined the Beach Boys’ touring band as organist and vocalist. Gary went to Fairfield, Iowa with the group when they set up shop there and recorded the “MIU album” and the “Almost Summer” soundtrack; with Gary playing keyboards, singing and doing string arrangements. After relocating to California in the late ‘70’s, Gary began a long stretch touring with Jan and Dean. He then began doing music composition and production, working with a wide variety of musical acts. Gary was co-producer of the Beach Boys’ 1992 remake of Dennis Wilson’s “Forever”, which featured the vocals of John Stamos, with whom Gary appeared on over 35 episodes of the ABC sitcom, “Full House." The two also collaborated on the Emmy-nominated ABC-TV mini-series, “The Beach Boys: an American Family," on which John served as executive producer, Gary as musical director. He renewed his friendship and working relationship with Brian in 2004 when Brian needed a keyboardist/vocalist to fill in on numerous dates for Darian Sahanaja. And he continues to fill that role when duty calls.


In recent years, Gary’s production resume has grown even more eclectic. He has produced CD’s by R&B sensation Nita Whitaker, gospel singer Sandra Stephens, comedian Dave Coulier, songwriter Laura Hall, BW vocalist/guitarist Jeffrey Foskett and has produced and composed music for the critically-acclaimed PBS-TV series “Edens: Lost and Found” and “And Thou Shalt Honor”. He and Jeffrey have teamed up to produce several songs for Harry Shearer’s grammy-nominated CD’s “Songs Pointed and Pointless” and “Songs of the Bushmen." They are currently producing the first-ever solo CD by Monkee Micky Dolenz, “King for a Day," a collection of Carole King songs, due out in March of 2010. “Acoustic Vibrations," the newest GG collaboration, is a paean to Brian’s music by the Surf City Allstars and features Dean Torrence, Al Jardine and David Marks. (surfcityallstars.com)

And despite his busy schedule, Gary has still managed to find time for another of his passions, working as a coach for the Highland Hall High School (California) Girls’ softball team in Northridge, Ca., a role he has filled for the past 12 years.

 

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