Linda Lewis

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Lewis' first steps in the entertainment business were made as a pre-teen actress. In the 60s she had bit parts in the films Help! and A Taste Of Honey. She quit acting and school to play in bands, and soon formed her own, White Rabbit. In 1967, she first achieved recognition in Europe with Ferris Wheel, before becoming a leading session singer in the early 70s. She had an exceptionally good range (five octaves), and had already recorded for David Bowie, Al Kooper and Cat Stevens when she scored her first UK Top 20 hit. "Rock-A-Doodle-Doo' was a self-penned pop song, with the gimmick of a deep Helen Shapiro-style verse and a leap to a petulant little girl voice in the chorus. The attendant Lark offered a good example of Lewis" brand of soft soul. Any momentum gained was stalled when the Raft label went out of business. Her highest UK chart position came in 1975 with a cover version of the Betty Everett hit, "It's In His Kiss (Shoop Shoop Song)" reaching number 6. The accompanying album, Not A Little Girl Anymore, reached the Top 40. The remainder of the 70s saw Lewis achieve two minor hits with "Baby I'm Yours" (1976) and "I'd Be Surprisingly Good For You" (1979), but she continued her session work, and put in appearances for Steve Harley, Chris Spedding, Mike Batt, Rod Stewart and Rick Wakeman. She married Jim Cregan (ex-Family), but her career floundered from ongoing personal problems. Lewis relocated to the USA in the early 80s and retired from music.

After making a comeback on Joan Armatrading's 1992 release, Square The Circle, Lewis returned to the UK and completed a new album of her own sparse pop songs with strong, semi-autobiographical lyrics. Further recordings have followed on the Tugboat label. During recent years her old material has also found a new audience on the UK dance scene.

Courtesy of www.nme.com/artists/linda-lewis

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