It’s not unusual for a young vocalist to tire of all the rigor and rejection and opt instead for a more even-keeled career. Rarely, as a rule, do they return. Fortunately, Gary LeMel is one of the exceptions. Launching his singing career at age 17, he toured with Anita O’Day and recorded for Vee Jay. Then, when the thundering advance of the British Invasion put the kibosh on singers of his ilk, LeMel began a long and prosperous career as a music executive. For the past 14 years he’s been with Warner Brothers, where he currently serves as president of the film music division, and has brought his business and artistic acumen to a string of hugely successful soundtracks including The Bodyguard, Batman and Eyes Wide Shut.
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