If you see Leif Garrett he looks nothing like he did when we were kids. If you grew up in the 70s, then you will remember the singing sensation of the 1970s, Leif Garrett, you just wouldn’t recognize him if you saw him today!
As quickly as he rose to stardom Leif Garrett fell off the radar. What happened to the teen singing sensation?
Who is Leif Garrett?
Leif began performing when he was five years-old. He started out with his sister Dawn Lyn, both worked in acting for a short time.
I was surprised when watching Gunsmoke with my husband and saw a very young Leif Garrett guest star on an episode. It reminded me about the teen star and sent me in search of where Leif Garrett is today.
I remember Leif Garrett best for his role as Zack Russell on the popular 70s television drama family.
But the greatest thing about Leif was his amazing talent as a young singer. Teens like myself idolized Ericson. His postered adorned my walls and my allowance was spent on his LPs.
The early downfall of Leif Garrett.
It didn’t take long for the teen idol to screw up his career. At the age of 18 he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs. His best friend, Roland Winkler, was seriously injured in the accident, an incident from which Garrett never seemed to recover. He continued to battle alcohol and drugs throughout his career.
As recently as Februarly of this year Leif Garrett was arrested for posession of narcotics. Perhaps he will find redemption on the fourth, and current episode of Celebrity Rehab, on VH1.
Ericson’s recording career
Garrett recorded under Atlantic Records label, while his first singles didn’t race to the top, they certainly won the hearts of young fans. We especially loved his cover of Runaround Sue.
When he switched to the Scotti Brothers Records albums Garrett met greater success. His album Feel the Need produced what may be considered Garrett’s one hit wonder I Was Made for Dancin. broke into the top ten on the US Hot 100. Additional releases didn’t break the charts, but continued to wow teen fans of the young singing sensation.
What happened to Leif Garrett, besides growing old?
Leif Garrett returned to his former experience. His career began as a child actor and he returned to acting, but never got a break that would catapult him to stardom as an actor. Hisw fame remains most closely associated with his singing career.
In 1998, Garrett returned to singing with the release of The Leif Garrett Collection, aimed at recapturing the attention of his young audiences from the 70s.
He took another run at success in 1999 forming the band Godspeed. Godspeed was a mess and it didn’t take long for the band to break up.
Since his teen years, Leif Garret’s greatest success has been the development and marketing of his record label Tongue and Groove Records.
Die hard Leif Garrett fans can find merchandise, MP3 downloads, and up-to date Leif Garrett information on his official website.
‘Celebrity Rehab’: Kickin’ it with Rachel Uchitel, Janice Dickinson, Leif Garrett, Jeremy London, latimes.com
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