Tony Lewis, Singer For ’80s Band The Outfield, Dies

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The Outfield, in an undated photo on their website

Tony Lewis, the singer and bass guitarist for the rock band the Outfield, died October 20, 2020. No cause of death was revealed, though a statement from his publicist noted that Lewis, 62, died “suddenly and unexpectedly.”

A tweet on Lewis’ Twitter account wrote, “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.”

Tony Lewis singing in the video for “Your Love”

Though the Outfield’s name and the title of their first album, Play Deep, referred to baseball, the group was from London, U.K. (They originally used the name the Baseball Boys in a reference to a teen gang in the film The Warriors. Their American manager ultimately convinced them to switch it to the Outfield and it stuck.)

Signed to Columbia Records, their debut album reached #9 on the U.S. sales chart, ultimately going triple Platinum, thanks to the success of the single, “Your Love,” which hit #6 on the Hot 100 and was regularly seen on MTV. A subsequent single from the LP, “All the Love in the World,” reached #19. Though they were from England, they barely charted in the U.K.

Lewis’ bandmates were John Spinks, the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter, and drummer Alan Jackman. When Spinks died at age 60 in 2014, the group disbanded.

Though they charted other songs, including “Voices of Babylon” in 1989, nothing matched the success of “Your Love.”

Lewis was born December 21, 1957, in London’s East End. He released a solo album, Out of the Darkness, in 2018. A pre-pandemic note on the band’s website indicates Lewis “has a busy 2020 ahead touring America and writing new material.”

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His final performance was on Sept. 25 at a Rock Camp Masterclass.

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  1. Alias Pink Puzz
    #1 Alias Pink Puzz 20 October, 2020, 18:31

    Very sad news indeed. Their first CD was just plain fun–good, solid pop-rock songs. Thanks for the wonderful music Tony.

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    • SamIAm
      SamIAm 21 October, 2020, 18:22

      Will be yet another in the catalogue of one hit wonders. Sad they never developed further.
      R. I. P.

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  2. Bea Mills
    #2 Bea Mills 21 October, 2020, 18:26

    80’s music will never sound great without the Outfield and Tony Lewis , what a sad shock indeed

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  3. Nicky5feet3withdimples
    #3 Nicky5feet3withdimples 21 October, 2020, 23:16

    I love Tonys’ voice. That song is my favorite 80s pop song that gets that wonderful feeling going through my soul and brings me happiness.

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  4. Apache567
    #4 Apache567 21 October, 2020, 23:24

    Sad. I was a big fan in high school. Your Love brings back great memories.

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  5. JKITT
    #5 JKITT 21 October, 2020, 23:48

    ….we lost another one…another ’80’s icon gone but not forgotten…RIP…your contributions are greatly appreciated from the ’80’s.

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  6. Burnsie
    #6 Burnsie 22 October, 2020, 00:19

    Nothing but happy memories. Rest in peace, Tony. You have not lost my love tonight!

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  7. Devil Dog
    #7 Devil Dog 22 October, 2020, 01:45

    Every time I here the outfield it brings me great and beautiful memories of the 80’s. I was young and serving my country in the Marines. Thank you Tony you had a beautiful voice I will miss you and the Outfield.

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  8. Jedars
    #8 Jedars 22 October, 2020, 02:22

    RIP Tony Lewis,
    Love this song takes me back to great music through the 60’s 70’s 80’s 90’s. Very sad to here. Gone too soon…

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  9. Carlos
    #9 Carlos 22 October, 2020, 08:13

    So long Tony. Your Love is an amazing song I listen to regularly. Good bye Sir.

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  10. Raven
    #10 Raven 22 October, 2020, 18:57

    Oh shut up Samian. They had more popular songs than you will ever have. Rest in Peace Tony L.

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