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Tony Lewis

Tony Lewis (1957–2020), lead singer for the Outfield

by Linnea Crowther

Tony Lewis was an English musician best known as the lead singer for the Outfield, who had a Top Ten hit in 1986 with “Your Love.”

  • Died: October 19, 2020 (Who else died on October 19?)
  • Details of death: Died suddenly at his home near London at the age of 62.
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1980s power pop

Lewis co-founded the Outfield in the early ‘80s, taking on lead vocals as well as playing bass. The Outfield were first named the Baseball Boys – when a name change was suggested by their manager, they stuck with the theme for both their band name and their debut album title. “Play Deep” was released in 1985 and spent 66 weeks on the Billboard chart, achieving multiplatinum sales. The standout single, “Your Love,” was a success both on radio and on MTV, where the video rose to No. 2 on the Top 20 Countdown. The Outfield followed “Play Deep” with “Bangin’,” which yielded the Top 40 single “Since You’ve Been Gone.” The peak of the band’s success was past, though they released several more albums, most recently 2011’s “Replay.” Lewis later released the 2018 solo album “Out of the Darkness,” including the single Into the Light.”

Lewis on the music of the ‘80s

“It was a very optimistic time. It was also a time when money was crazy for things like stupid little videos you could make. Def Leppard was spending 3 years building a record. It was a very fruitful time for the music industry.” —from a 2019 interview with Grateful Web


Tributes to Tony Lewis

Full Obituary: Billboard

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