Linda Lewis

Born Sep 27, 1950

Linda Lewis is an English vocalist, songwriter and guitarist. Lewis is the oldest of six children, two of whom also had singing careers.

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1950 Birth Born on September 27, 1950.


1964 13 Years Old In 1964 she met John Lee Hooker who was performing at a London club and sang "Dancing in the Streets" with him.
1967 16 Years Old Hooker introduced her to Ian Samwell who arranged for Don Arden to manage her and she signed to Polydor, to record the single "You Turned My Bitter into Sweet", which is now a collectable Northern Soul record The July 1967 release of "You Turned My Bitter into Sweet" inaugurated the singer's use of Linda Lewis as her professional name: since the Polydor roster featured singer Linda Kendrick the label felt that releases credited to Linda Fredericks might cause counter-productive confusion, Linda Fredericks adopted Lewis as her professional surname in honour of Soul singer Barbara Lewis (eventually both of Linda Lewis's sisters would pursue singing careers as Dee Lewis and Shirley Lewis, and their mother would also assume "Lewis" as her surname).
1969 18 Years Old During 1969 Linda Lewis formed White Rabbit with Junior Marvin, moving onto replace Marsha Hunt in the soul rock band The Ferris Wheel in 1970 and toured Europe with them. … Read More
1970 19 Years Old On 19 September 1970 Lewis appeared at the first Glastonbury Festival (where she jammed with Terry Reid and David Lindley), having been booked by the DJ and concert booker Jeff Dexter. … Read More


1973 22 Years Old Her first hit single "Rock-a-Doodle-Doo" reached No. 15 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1973, and it was followed by the album Fathoms Deep, which featured former Jeff Beck group guitarist Bobby Tench. … Read More
1975 24 Years Old On 5 July 1975 Lewis opened the Knebworth Festival, being followed by Roy Harper, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, the Steve Miller Band and Pink Floyd.
1977 26 Years Old She sings on the Go Too album, released in 1977, with Jess Roden. … Read More


1984 33 Years Old During the next decade Lewis retreated from public life and moved to Los Angeles, although in 1984 she again appeared at the Glastonbury Festival.


1992 41 Years Old In 1992 she worked on the Joan Armatrading album Square the Circle as a backing vocalist, along with her sister Shirley and Sylvia Mason-James. … Read More


2003 52 Years Old During 2003 she also appeared at the Glastonbury Festival, and was filmed by BBC Television whilst she appeared on the Jazz and World Stage. … Read More
2006 55 Years Old On 28 October 2006 The National Portrait Gallery opened an exhibit entitled Photographs 1965–2006, this featured a portrait by Lewis's former husband Jim Cregan and other sitters, such as Shirley Bassey.
2007 56 Years Old In 2007 she toured with the Soul Britannia All Stars in the UK and on 3 February 2007 BBC Four featured performances by Lewis, in a sixty-minute recording of a Barbican show with The Soul Britannia All Stars. … Read More
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