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John Gary
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    (November 29, 1932-January 4, 1998)
    Born in Watertown, New York
    Birth name was John Gary Strader
    Hosted 'The John Gary Show' (1966-69)
    Recorded the albums 'Encore (1964),' 'The Nearness of You (1965),' 'A Little Bit of Heaven (1965),' 'A Heart Filled with Song (1966),' 'Especially for You (1967),' 'Spanish Moonlight (1967),' 'On Broadway (1968),' 'John Gary Sings/John Gary Swings (1968),' and 'Holding Your Mind (1968)'
    Recorded the singles 'Life of My Life,' 'Forget It,' 'Where Did You Go Last Night?' and 'Possom Song'
    His variety show was a fill-in summer replacement for The Danny Kaye Show.
    His most successful song failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
    He got his break as a teenager singing 'Let Me Call You Sweetheart' to Marie Wilson every night, until his voice changed in the middle of a performance.
    His repertoire mostly consisted of covers of well-known songs rather than original material.
    He was a decorated U.S. Marine veteran.
    His song 'Cold,' released in 1967, topped the charts for two weeks at the end of that year.
    He was reportedly Elvis' favorite singer.
    He invented the Aqua-peller, an underwater propulsion device.
    He appeared thirty times as a guest on The Tonight Show with each of the first three hosts (Paar, Allen and Carson).
    When he learned he needed a bone-marrow transplant to treat an inoperable form of cancer, in 1992, the Foundation for Artists, Musicians and Entertainers held a two-night fund-raiser for his medical expenses.

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