Gary Loizzo

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Loizzo with American Breed in 1968

Gary Alexander Loizzo (August 16, 1945 – January 16, 2016) was an American guitarist, singer, recording engineer, and record producer. He is best known for being the lead singer with The American Breed.[1]


Loizzo was the lead singer of The American Breed, formed in the mid 1960s. They had several hit records, including the million selling single "Bend Me, Shape Me" in 1967-1968 and two other top 40 Billboard singles "Green Light" and "Step out of your Mind" and other top 100 hits.

Loizzo then went on to start his own recording studio called 'Pumpkin Studios' in the early 70's and become a two-time Grammy-nominated recording engineer. He worked with REO Speedwagon, Styx, Bad Company, Slash, Survivor, Liza Minnelli, Tenacious D, Nelson, and many others. Loizzo has been the lead recording engineer for albums that have sold over 25 million copies worldwide.


Loizzo died of pancreatic cancer on January 16, 2016, aged 70.[2]

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  1. ^ Rufo, Tony (2006-10-04). The complete book of pop music wit & wisdom. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. pp. 97–. ISBN 978-1-4143-0731-2. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Gary Loizzo obituary". 1945-08-16. Archived from the original on 2016-01-19. Retrieved 2016-01-17.