Gary Loizzo

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Loizzo (1st from left) with The 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]


Gary Loizzo formed a band called Gary & The Knight Lites while he was still in high school in 1961.[2] The band recorded a number of songs before the name was changed to The American Breed in 1967. Loizzo was the lead singer of The American Breed, which had several hit records in 1967-1968, including the million-selling single "Bend Me, Shape Me", and two other top 40 Billboard singles "Green Light" and "Step out of your Mind" and other top 100 hits.

Loizzo went on to start his own studio business, initially producing demos in his own garage, before creating a recording studio called 'Pumpkin Studios' in 1976.[3] He became a two-time Grammy-nominated recording engineer.[4] 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.

In celebration of the 2005 baseball championship of the Chicago White Sox, the American Breed issued a CD single entitled "Rock with the Sox". The single was produced by Gary Loizzo.[5]


Loizzo died of pancreatic cancer on January 16, 2016, aged 70.[6]

List of selected projects[edit]


  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. ^ Lyons, John F. (2021). Joy and Fear: The Beatles, Chicago and the 1960s. Permuted Press. ISBN 9781682619339.
  3. ^ "Styx Link is Vital to Pumpkin Success". Billboard. Vol. 94, no. 19. May 15, 1982. p. 44.
  4. ^ "Gary Loizzo".
  5. ^ Lounges, Tom (2005). "White Sox Glory Put To Song…". Midwest Beat Magazine. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
  6. ^ "Gary Loizzo obituary". 1945-08-16. Archived from the original on 2016-01-19. Retrieved 2016-01-17.