Wanting to move from spinning records to creating them, Garrett got himself hired at Liberty Records in Hollywood and quickly became a pivotal producer, working with top artists and session musicians. He created hits by Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis (Jerry's son) & The Playboys, Johnny Burnette, Del Shannon, Cher and Vicki Lawrence. He later produced material for Tanya Tucker and Brenda Lee.
Garrett also created a series of guitar-driven, easy listening instrumental albums under the name of The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett, a virtual guitar orchestra made up of a number of LA's top session pickers including session legend Tommy Tedesco. Among his associates in the LA studios were Leon Russell, who worked with him as a pianist and arranger on recording sessions.
This Texas Radio Hall of Fame video celebrating his induction earlier this year, sums up Garrett's career succinctly.