1969 Gary Puckett and the Union Gap – Don’t Give In To Him
Jerry Fuller wrote Travellin’ Man and 22 other songs that Ricky Nelson recorded. He also toured with the Champs and signed with Columbia Records as a producer in 1967.
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap became the first successful group that Jerry worked with. The band had six top forty singles, five of which reached the top ten.
He produced the band’s first three albums and wrote three of their biggest hits in 1968 (Young Girl, Lady Willpower, and Over You). The band was not happy with the direction Jerry was taking the band and wanted to write their own material. When Jerry scheduled them to record a song with a forty-piece orchestra, the band refused to work on the song. Jerry stopped working with the band.
Producer Dick Glasser worked with the band instead on a song written by Gary Usher. Don’t Give In To Him reached #15 in early 1969.
Dick also produced the band’s last top forty single later that year. This Girl Is A Woman Now was written by Victor Millrose and Alan Bernstein and the single peaked at #9 on the Hot 100 in the Summer of 1969.
The band’s next single stalled at #41 in 1970, and the group never reached the charts again. Gary began work on a solo career with the Union Gap simply backing him up for live performances until he dismissed them in 1971.
Gary pursued a career as an actor for a few years. A live performance in Las Vegas in 1981 reignited his singing career, and he began regularly appearing in oldies shows.
Gary maintains a webpage at
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