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The Old Playboys
Allan Lawson Ramsay Memorial Page
Original members of : Gary
& The Playboys
Allan Ramsay b.1943--Alan died in plane crash in 1985
Last Updated 9-08-2006 by [email protected]
Original Member of "Gary Lewis
& The Playboys" band
THIS IS NOT A COMMERCIAL WEB SITE--WE DO NOT
SELL ANY RECORDS !!!!!!
Allan, Son of Margery & James Ramsay. He had a younger sister
Allan was band member likely 1963-1965.
In early 1967 Gary went into service & broke up the band! Allan
also went into Airforce sometime in the 65-67 period & never
Notes for Photo#4 : Please
the band was called "Gary and the Playboys".
When we cut This Diamond Ring - all of the "Playboys had to sign a
with Gary & his mother Patty, and became "Employees" of ESTA MUSIC.
No longer a 'group' with equal participation of financing the
That's when we became known as "Gary Lewis & the
Photo #1:Playboys group photo from early
Allan Ramsay is top Right.
John West on top Left.
bottom left - Dave Walker, R - Dave Costell.
Image #2:Newspaper article showing Allan on far right. It was
the Springfield MA Newspaper, but band was in California !
Photo#3: The Group was on the Ed Sullivan Show 5 times -
on the first two shows. The picture above is from the very first
Allan on Bass is on far Right. John West is 2nd from Left on Cordovox.
Gary on Drums.
L - Dave Costell and Dave Walker next to Al.
Photo#4: This was a performance in 1963-64 at Disneyland.
L - to R, Al, Gary, John, Dave Costell and Dave
Note #1 below.
Image #5: "This Diamond Ring" ALBUM AWARD.
Photo #6: Gary Lewis On Drums
Allan Ramsay on far Right
L - Dave Costell, Dave Walker, --etc.
|Note: Photos #1,3,4 & 6 were gratefully received from
one of the origional band members & a friend on Allan.
Photo#7: Cow Palace gig in San Francisco was in 1965.Phil
Specter) Orchestra on stage with us did not play during our
Photo #8:Allan Ramsay (K1CZY)
on front & Dick Bolt (W1DGA) on back.
This bike- for- two was
by Allan & his neighbor in Wilbraham, Jeff Finn in abt 1957.
Old Photo: Dave Costell & Gary Lewis
Costell & Lewis in 2005
Allan Ramsay signing autographs
Playboys at Disneyland
Ed Sullivan Show
Ed Sullivan Show
SUMMARY OF ALLAN's Estate Info
The estate of Allan Ramsay is on file with this court. Allan
died on November 27, 1985. He had a surviving spouse and two
they are as
follows: O. Jane Ramsay a/k/a Olivia Jane Ramsay, Stephanie Allison
Ramsay ( 29 years old ), Price Tipton Ramsay ( 26 years old ). At
the time of Mr. Ramsay's death he and his family resided at 4 Cole
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889.
Social Security Death Index Info:
ALLAN RAMSAY born: 27 Jul 1943 died: Nov 1985 (No Location Given)
08889 (Whitehouse Station, NJ)--Think this is where he was living
at time of death!
SS opened: Massachusetts (Between 1961 and 1962) . Allan
when he was in school in Wilbraham MA. in 1950s & 60s. He was in
High School class of 1961, which was the first class to graduate from
new HS. Previously Wilbraham kids including myself were bussed to
Wilbraham MA 1950s & 1960s. Allan
attended Memorial Jr HS in Wilbraham & Minnachaug HS class of 61.
Allan's father worked in Management of Diamond Match in Springfield
, MA.in 1950s & 1960s
When & why did he get to California
? Parents moved? When?
Air Force Service where?
White House Station, NJ-Lived
with family & worked as Airline pilot.
Amateur ( HAM) RADIO
Allan was Ham Radio Operator K1CZY . In later live he was doing
some VHF hill topping with contest groups on mountain tops.
The ARRL also confirmed death, or "silent keys" as it is
in there QST magazine ! They sent me confirmation e-mail several yrs
I just got information ( correct spelling) on Allan from an old
( 1958) Ham Radio call book: His name was Allan L. Ramsay
Once we had a Hare & Hound chase using Wilbraham Civil Defense
Gonset Communicator ( Yellow Gooney Boxes) they were called. This is to
get experience with finding signal locations using directional
The Hound was usually in a car with antenna held out the window by the
passenger. One of the hidden units ( Hare) was Allan, we
to the house by his signal and a directional antenna, but could not
the transmitter. Well, Allan was hiding & broadcasting up in a tree
at his house in Wilbraham.!
Allan called me on phone about 1 yr before he died. We talked mostly
abt. ham radio & mountain top VHF work he was doing with another
VHF contest group. He must have found me in MD by my ham call address.
I had the impression he lived near the Throgs neck bridge in NJ from
he said on phone!
Here to Go To Family/Genealogy Info on Allan
Here for More Gary Lewis & Playboys Photos or Memoblia Related to
here for Page of snap shots taken at Concert in 60s
Allan died in a plane crash in November 27th 1985. Allen flew
for Northeast Airways in Morristown, NJ. Plane in accident was a
C90 twin turbo prop out of Morristown NJ airport & crashed in RI.
was owned by Jen Rob Aviation Inc. in Paramus NJ. but no Internet info
on Jen Rob Aviatio now.
Also killed in accident was Susan D. Eason (Susan Eason or Susan Esson)
age 24 of Bedminster,NJ who was the copilet. It was a training flight
her I think.
Medium Sized Report of Accident
Accident NY Times News Clipping
NTSB News Report
RI Accident Report
Air Force Stint ?????? Where &
What? One bit of information says he worked on Stars & Stripes
and another says was a pilot.
PLAYBOY & Allan MEMORIES
This is from John West in Jan 04
My name is John R. West - original keyboard player for Gary Lewis
& the Playboys - good friend of Al.
I came across your site while looking through the hundreds of Gay
Lewis pages. I didn't know what happened to Al until about 2 months ago
when I read your page. What a shock that was! Al was responsible for me
joining the group in the early 60's. He was one likable dude! I was
at Berry & Grasmueck Music store in Pasadena CA selling musical
when he came in and heard me playing my new instrument called the "Cordovox"
- an accordion wired to an organ generator - made by Lowery Organ and
through Gibson. He invited me up to a practice session and that's where
I met Gary Lewis. We got the Disneyland gig during the summer of '63
again in '64. Al was the bass player on This Diamond Ring and some of
first albums but then he was drafted..or enlisted in the Air Force..I
remember which, it's been so long ago. All I remember is seeing him in
an Air Force uniform one time.
After he left we got Carl Radle from Tulsa (Worked with Eric Clapton
in 'Derick & the Dominos" - later).
Note, John also said Allan had a pilot license & had flown
MORE PLAYBOY NOTES FROM THE WEST
Gary didn't sing much at this point in time (before "This
Diamond Ring" was cut). Dave Walker was really the one who
the Disneyland gig. Before our audition at Disney, he rehearsed us in
the great old songs he used to play in his group back east. Stuff like
Johnny B. Goode and Green Onions..etc. The girls at the Space Bar gig
nuts about his good looks, personality, stage presents and strong
How could Disney turn us down with someone like that up front!!!
Al was in a couple of movies with Playboys: "A
Swingin' Summer" staring Raquel Welch, The Righteous Bros.,
The Rip Cords, Donnie Brooks, Jim Stacy, Wlm, Wellman, etc.
Jerry Lewis had a movie called "The Family
Jewels" - We were in the 'Eddy's
bit. Very funny!!
Don't remember if Al was in the movie "Out
Of Sight" - filmed in Malibu Beach CA. It was a low budget
that didn't go too far.
A movie Allan was in with rest of Playboys----"A
Swingin' Summer" Movie
A movie Allan was in with rest of Playboys---"Out
of Sight" Movie
Reference on anothers web page:
Unlike Beach Party star Annette Funicello, Karen Jensen actually
looked like she grew up
on the shores of Malibu. With her short-cropped flaxen hair,
blue eyes and shapely
figure, Jensen was exquisite as a surfing sweetie in "Out
of Sight" (1966).
Note, looks like this title was reused a few yrs back & not same
NOTE; Al was not in the movie "Out Of Sight" - because Tommy
was in the shot - which means we had Al's replacement - Carl Radle
BEFORE Tommy entered the band.
A movie Allan was in with rest of Playboys ----See
skit in movie on "Eddy's Airlines"
Family Jewels" Movie
Of Playboy Relased Songs During Period Of Allan
"Listing of Playboys released songs during Allan: Al was
definitely on This Diamond Ring SINGLE and ALBUM of the same name.
Allan was on the first two hits listed here
DATE Billboard Hit #
These songs of the group are here only to document that Allan was not
on & may be droped later!
Save Your Heart For
Everybody Loves A Clown
She's Just My
Sure Gonna Miss
Sealed With A
(--)Paint Me A
Where will the Words Come >From
HERE For More Info On Playboys That Relates To Allan Ramsay In Some Way
Allan Memories by an ex HS classmate:
> Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2004
> Subject: RE: Re: Wilbraham
> I Graduated from MRHS in 1961, and Allen Ramsey was in my
> In Sept of 61, he and I were room mates at Parks College of St.
> University. We were on a three semester a year program,
so we could
> graduate in three years. As I said we roomed together for
> trimester. I remember he had a trombone he would play in
> occasionally, and I remember he was a big short wave radio
Had lots of
> equipment. As I recall he met a girl in St. Louis around
Christmas time in
> 61. The second trimester in 1962 we didn't room together
and I think he
> left school around the end of the second trimester. I
he was crazy
> in love with the girl in St. Louis, but I don't know if he got
> her or not. I heard several years later that he was
with Gary Lewis
> and the playboys, but I never had any more contact with him..
> Paul Bartolucci
> Minnachaug HS in Wilbraham MA--Class of 61