In Loving Memory of our Dear Friend

September 16th, 1938 - July 6th, 2019

Click the photo below to view Gary LeMel's speech for his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guild of Music Supervisors

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Gary LeMel's first single on VeeJay Records (the Beatles' first label) was a hit!

"You've Got That Magic Touch" 

"Rockin' In The House" 

Gary LeMel began his showbiz career as vice president at Jerry Weintraub's Management III. A stint at First Artists Music followed, and it was there that LeMel was tapped by Warner Bros. to supervise the music for the Barbara Streisand films A Star Is Born and The Main Event; the soundtrack to the former was particularly successful, selling over six million copies in the U.S. alone. After serving as senior VP at Neil Bogart's Boardwalk Company, LeMel moved to Columbia Pictures in 1983; there he supervised a series of smash soundtracks including The Big Chill, Ghostbusters, Against All Odds and St. Elmo's Fire.

Three years later he accepted an offer from Warner Bros., in the years to follow moving up the corporate ladder to become the president of the company's music division; again working extensively in film soundtracks, he launched hits including The Bodyguard, Singles and Space Jam. As a jazz vocalist, LeMel also recorded the occasional LP, including 1994's Romancing the Screen and 1999's Bobby Darin tribute Moonlighting. Lost In Your Arms appeared in summer 2001.

Gary LeMel was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2010 and joined the 5th Dementia Band in 2015. The Gary LeMel Benefit Concert featuring Jerry Sharell and Steve Tyrell was held in September 2016. 

Gary LeMel Benefit Concert Recap

"Love Me Tender" from the 5th Dementia Spring Concert

Above: Gary LeMel and his 5th Dementia band members bound for the  Dorothy Chandler gig on the party bus! LA County sponsored this event, honoring the seniors Older Americans Recognition Day (OARD). Photographed May 2019
Above: Gary LeMel and his 5th Dementia band members bound for the  Dorothy Chandler gig on the party bus! LA County sponsored this event, honoring the seniors Older Americans Recognition Day (OARD). Photographed May 2019

Speech By Gary LeMel

On September 24th, 2016, Music Mends Minds hosted its first Benefit Concert at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church featuring "Gary LeMel and Friends" and "The 5th Dementia Band."

Eulogy to Gary LeMel by Ron Kramer

Salute to Gary LeMel by Jerry Sharell

Broadcast dated July 14, 2019 on KJAZZ/88.1FM in LA.

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Tribute by Jerry Sharell on KJazz 88.1

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