In Memoriam: Tony Lewis
Sad news to report today: Tony Lewis of British pop rockers The Outfield has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 62 years old. The new was reported from his social media pages.
“It is with great sadness and sorrow to announce that Tony Lewis has unexpectedly passed away,” the statement 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.”
Born and raised in London, Lewis was into music from an early age and was especially hooked after hearing The Beatles when he was nine years old. He was in a few local bands before forming The Baseball Boys, in which he sang and played bass. A record deal with CBS Columbia brought about a name change to The Outfield. The group quickly scored a major hit in 1985 with “Your Love.”
“‘Your Love’ peaked at No. 6 and continues to remain one of the most liked songs from the past 30 years and still continues to grow,” the bassist shared. “On a weekly basis, “Your Love” is played on over 1000 radio stations, and averages over 2 million streams on Pandora, 1 million views on Youtube, and 1 million streams on Spotify.”
Although drummer Alan Jackman left in 1989, The Outfield would continue to put out music through the next three decades. They reunited with Jackman in 2009 for their final album, Replay. Guitarist John Spinks passed away in 2014, which led Lewis to take a break from music. However, he released his debut solo album, Out of the Darkness, in 2018.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tony Lewis.