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Tony Lewis, singer for The Outfield, has died at age 62. A statement tweeted to Tony's social media announced: "It is with great sadness and sorrow to announce that Tony Lewis has unexpectedly passed away. He loved his fans dearly and enjoyed every opportunity he had when meeting all of you". It is with great sadness and sorrow to announce that Tony Lewis has unexpectedly passed away. He was a beautiful soul who touched so many lives with his love, his spirit, and his music.
He loved his fans dearly and enjoyed every opportunity he had when meeting all of you.-Team TL pic.twitter.com/Wiif4Ldt8v — Tony Lewis from The Outfield (@TonyLewisMusic) October 20, 2020 The Outfield formed in London in 1984 but broke first in the USA with the song 'Your Love' reaching no 6 on the US chart. It was the band's second single. The Outfield had five Top 40 hits in the USA but none in the UK. 'All The Love in The World' reached no 19 in 1986 'Since You've Been Gone' reached no 31 in 1987 'Voices of Babylon' reached no 25 in 1989 'For You' reached no 21 in 1990 Lewis' death is described as "sudden and unexpected". Noise11.com Follow Noise11 on Social Media NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE Noise11 on Instagram You'll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook comments The Outfield in 1986, left to right, Tony Lewis, Alan Jackman and John Spinks.
"Lewis and the late John Spinks took the '80s by storm with the Outfield's infectious pop songs, including 'Your Love,' 'All the Love', and 'Say It Isn't So.' 'Your Love" reached No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1986 and is still widely known today, with features in various TV spots and commercials, gaining millions of streams each month. … Tony Lewis's legacy will live on forever through his beautiful family and his legendary music. The family requests their privacy during this difficult time." Lewis was born Dec. 21, 1957 in London's working-class East End neighbourhood, and he formed the prog-rock group Sirius B with friend Spinks when they were teenagers. Although that band broke up in the early '80s, eventually Lewis and Spinks reconnected and formed the Baseball Boys, who later changed their name to the Outfield. Tony Lewis of the Outfield performs at NostalgiaCon at the Anaheim Convention Center on Sept.
He eventually returned to music, collaborating with his wife Carol on the 2018 solo album Out of the Darkness and reforming the Outfield to play various '80s-nostalgia package tours. He released an EP earlier this year, Unplugged – The Acoustic Sessions. Lewis is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carol, his two daughters Gemma and Rosie, and three grandchildren. Watch: The Outfield singer Tony Lewis dies at 62 Tony Lewis, lead singer and bassist of The Outfield, passed away suddenly yesterday (October 20) at the age of 62. News of Lewis' passing was announced on his website, however, a cause of death has not yet been confirmed. "It is with great sadness and sorrow to announce that Tony Lewis has unexpectedly passed away," a statement on Lewis' website read. "He was a beautiful soul who touched so many lives with his love, his spirit, and his music. "He loved his fans dearly and enjoyed every opportunity he had when meeting all of you. Please respect the family's privacy during this difficult time." Lewis was born and raised in London's East End and formed his first band with drummer Alan Jackman while still in school. Jackman and Lewis would later recruit guitarist John Spinks to form a trio. The band endured several incarnations and hiatuses before adopting the name The Outfield, under which they released most of their best-known material. The Outfield scored their biggest hit in 1985 with 'Your Love', which was penned by Spinks. The track reached number six on the Billboard Charts and launched Lewis' career as a professional musician. Advertisement In the following years, Lewis continued to tour with The Outfield. During their heyday, the band supported the likes of Starship, Mike and the Mechanics and Journey. Lewis continued to collaborate with Spinks until the latter's death in 2014. Lewis had been working on a new EP prior to his death which was due out via Madison Records in Spring, 2021. There is no word yet on whether the album will be released posthumously. Tony Lewis, lead singer of 1980s power pop band The Outfield, died on Monday (October 19) at 62. According to a statement from a spokesperson, Lewis died "suddenly and unexpectedly" near London. At press time, no cause of death had been announced, reported The Hollywood Reporter. The Outfield, fronted by bassist and singer Lewis, guitarist and keyboardist John Spinks and drummer Alan Jackman, first formed in the late 1970s as Sirius B and The Baseball Boys, before landing on another baseball-inspired name, a conceit the British trio continued on the title of their hit 1985 debut album, 'Play Deep'. The multiplatinum debut reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200, spending 66 weeks on the chart. That release featured their breakthrough hit--the bouncy pop-rock smash 'Your Love,' which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart - as well as radio single 'Say It Isn't So' and 'All the Love.' They followed up with 'Since You've Been Gone' from 1987 album 'Bangin',' which also got the hit MTV video for 'No Surrender.' The band got stronger in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the albums 'Diamond Days '(1990), 'Rockeye' (1992), It 'Ain't Over' (1998) and 'Extra Innings' (1999), releasing their final studio album together, 'Replay', in 2011. Songwriter-guitarist Spinks died of liver cancer in July 2014. As per The Hollywood Reporter, Lewis released the solo album 'Out of the Darkness' in 2018 and, according to the statement, he'd begun playing shows around the world in recent years and issued the 'Unplugged--The Acoustic Sessions EP' earlier this year. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carol, daughters Gemma and Rosie, and three grandchildren. (ANI)