Tony Lewis, Frontman for 'The Outfield' Unexpectedly Passed Away at 62
Iconic bassist and singer Tony Lewis from the 80s band Outfield, "unexpectedly" died in his home on Tuesday. With their music still popular on streaming platforms, Lewis "touched so many lives" during his career.
A British musician, Tony Lewis, fell in love with music from a young age as he grew up in London, unaware that a single he would produce some three decades later would become a song loved and covered by artists until today.
While he spent his life making others fall in love with music as well, he sadly passed away at the age of 62, survived by his wife, Carol, their two daughters, and three grandkids.
THE SONG THAT MADE THEM STARS
Outfield became best known for their 1985 hit song "Your Love" as a part of their "Play Deep" album that sold over 3 million copies. Since then, it became a popular cover by artists such as Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
So began their journey to forming the band that would take them to the top of the charts.
The song even made it onto the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart in the US, and according to reports, the song is still popular on streaming services like Spotify and YouTube, with over a million streams weekly.
HOW HIS LOVE FOR MUSIC STARTED
As a boy growing up in London's East End, Lewis fell in love for the first time at the age of nine. After hearing The Beatles on the radio, Lewis knew what he wanted to do with his life.
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
While in school, Lewis met Outfield's future drummer, Alan Jackman, and so began their journey to forming the band that would take them to the top of the charts.
After a few twists in the road, Lewis, Jackman, and guitarist John Spinks finally struck a record deal in 1984. The following year they became the talk of the town with hits like "Your Love," "Say it isn’t So," and "All the Love."
RIP to “The Outfield” front man Tony Lewis who passed away today.— Robert Flores (@RoFlo) October 20, 2020
“Your Love” is one of the great songs from mid 80’s.#rockies OF Charlie Blackmon uses it as his walk up song and it’s one of cool things at a big league park.
THE SHOCKING ANNOUNCEMENT
Lewis died with no forewarning, so it came as a shock when his website and social media pages shared the news without noting the cause. Alongside a picture of Lewis followed a touching tribute.
"It is with great sadness and sorrow to announce that Tony Lewis has unexpectedly passed away," his team wrote. "He was a beautiful soul who touched so many lives with his love, his spirit, and his music."
A RELATED LOSS
Sadly, the music industry lost another legendary recently. Similar to Lewis, former The Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman died at age 64, without the cause of death shared.
Sheran joined The Red Hot Chili Peppers for their debut album in 1983 when he replaced their founding member Hillel Slovak. However, when Slovak returned, Sheran left the band altogether.