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In Memoriam: Tony Lewis (1957 – 2020) (4pm ET Music Salute)

Tony Lewis (December 21,1957 – October 19, 2020) was an English singer-songwriter/musician. He was a member of the band the Outfield, known for their hit single “Your Love”. After a long career with the Outfield, Lewis began work as a solo artist. He released his first solo album, Out of the Darkness, in the spring of 2018 on Madison Records.

Lewis — best known as the “Your Love” singer for the British rock band The Outfield.

Tony reportedly died Tuesday near his home in London. The cause of death was not revealed. The musician, songwriter and record producer co-founded The Outfield with Alan Jackman and John Spinks. Their music roared in the 1980s with hit tracks like “Your Love,” “All The Love” and “Say It Isn’t So.”

The Outfield’s debut album was “Play Deep” in 1985 … which would go on to reach triple platinum sales and break the top 10 in the U.S. album charts. “Your Love” — prominently featured in tons of TV shows, films and even commercials — peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986. It’s easily one of the most recognizable songs in rock history.

In 2014, John Spinks died of liver cancer at the age of 60. His friendship and musical partnership meant a lot to Lewis, and the loss of his friend was devastating. After the death of his longtime collaborator, Lewis decided to take a break from music. For the first year, Lewis did not even want to listen to music or play the guitar. His wife Carol encouraged him to start recording and get back to what he really loved doing. Music had always been a part of Lewis’ life, and it was where he went for comfort. Lewis returned to his solo roots, revisiting his early lyric ideas and playing around with a body of backing tracks. Eventually he teamed up with his wife Carol, who he found had a talent for writing lyrics.

Lewis and Carol collaborated on a new body of work, which takes on the spirit of the Outfield while letting Lewis’ own style shine through. In October 2017, with the help and support of Randy Sadd of Protocol Entertainment (who was a radio promoter for the Outfield 2004–2011), Lewis was introduced to Tanner Hendon and was signed to Hendon’s record label Madison Records. A new album was soon released, Out of the Darkness, and featured the debut single “Into the Light”. The single made an entry on the Billboard charts. On the new album, Lewis plays all the instruments, as well as producing and recording everything on his own.