Tony Lewis, singer of The Outfield, dies aged 62

Tony Lewis, the frontman of UK band The Outfield, and the singer behind their 1985 smash hit Your Love, has passed away.

Tony Lewis, the lead singer and bassist of UK pop-rock band The Outfield, sadly passed away on Monday at the age of 62.

His death was revealed in a statement from his publicist, which described that the musician passed away “suddenly and unexpectedly”, although a cause of death was not revealed.

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The Outfield: Tony Lewis, Alan Jackman, and John Spinks (1986). Photo: Paul Natkin/Getty Images

After first forming prog-rock band Sirius B along with guitarist John Spinks, the pair recruited drummer Alan Jackman and created The Outfield in the early 1980s.

In 1985, the band released their debut studio album Play Deep, which garnered immediate success. This was partly due to its widely popular single Your Love, which went onto become a cultural phenomenon, featured in numerous compilation albums and films. Play Deep reached No. 9 on the charts and was certified three-times platinum in the US.

Following this, the band released two more albums, Bangin and Voices of Babylon. After Jackman’s departure in 1991, Lewis and Spinks continued as a duo, with their 1992 hit Closer to Me reaching the Top 40 once more.

The three united in 2009, releasing another album, Replay, in 2011 before Spinks passed away from liver cancer in 2014. In 2018, Lewis made his solo debut with Out of the Darkness. 

Lewis is survived by his wife, Carol.