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Jona Lewie (14th March birthday)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:40 am
by john poole
Born John Lewis in Southampton 14th March, 1947 - he's 70 today.

Before Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs (aka Brett Marvin & the Thunderbolts) he recorded as John Lewis contributing five tracks to a 1970 "various artists" LP "These Blues is Meant to be Barrelhoused" on Blue Goose Records
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR56USsEn_4&t=91s
https://www.discogs.com/Various-These-B ... se/3174523

He also played on LPs by Juke Boy Bonner ("Things Ain't Right; 1969) and - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup ("Roebuck Man; 1970)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLwoURmCegw
Tom McGuiness - guitar; Dave Gelly - tenor sax; Benny Gallagher - bass; Hughie Flint - drums

His early singles as Jona Lewie were I believe favourites on Honky Tonk - 'Piggy Back Sue' (1974)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noM__MrIItI
Ace Records included the follow up 'The Swan' on "Charlie Gillett's Radio Picks - Honky Tonk volume two"

He had two big hits on Stiff Records in 1980, the second of which has turned up again every December since.
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/ ... jona-lewie

http://www.jonalewie.com/?page_id=2

Re: Jona Lewie (14th March birthday)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:20 pm
by NormanD
john poole wrote:His early singles as Jona Lewie were I believe favourites on Honky Tonk - 'Piggy Back Sue' (1974)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noM__MrIItI
They were indeed. 'Piggy Back Sue' has the Chris Barber Band behind him. He's always been a real talent, using blues/cajun sounds, and never degrading them. I wish he played/recorded more, but I guess his Xmas-hit set him up for life.