Hopeton Lewis

Jamaican singer

Hopeton Lewis (30 October 1947 – 4 September 2014)[1] was a Jamaican singer. Lewis started performing at a young age. He formed a singing group called, "The Regals".

Hopeton Lewis
Born(1947-10-30)30 October 1947
OriginKingston, Jamaica
Died4 September 2014(2014-09-04) (aged 66)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active1960s-2014

By the mid-1960s, he began recording and had one of the earliest hits with "Take It Easy" in late 1966.[2][3] He had several more Jamaican hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the first 'herb' song ever recorded in Jamaica, "Cool Collie".[3] He worked for Duke Reid as an arranger and backing vocalist, and won the Festival Song Contest in 1970 with "Boom Shaka Lacka".[2][3]

Lewis died on 4 September 2014 at his home in Brooklyn, New York from kidney failure, aged 66.[1]

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 Campbell, Howard (2014) "Singer Hopeton Lewis is dead Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Observer, 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Larkin, Colin (1998) "The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae", Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) "The Rough Guide To Reggae", Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4