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.
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.
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.-Team TL pic.twitter.com/Wiif4Ldt8v
— Tony Lewis from The Outfield (@TonyLewisMusic) October 20, 2020
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.
RIP to Tony Lewis, lead singer and bassist for The Outfield.
— billboard charts (@billboardcharts) October 20, 2020
— Pats Pulpit (@patspulpit) October 20, 2020
Very sad to pass along that Tony Lewis, Lead Singer & Bassist of The Outfield has passed away. He was 62. Do yourself a favor and listen to more than just “Your Love.”
They have so many amazing songs. pic.twitter.com/mf9Er7ik7d
— AMFM (@AMFMLincoln) October 20, 2020
One more post about Tony Lewis from The Outfield.
I talked to him for my SiriusXM show this year, and after I geeked out, he gave all the time a fan like me could ever want.
A staggering feat of quality pop songs, it’s truly remarkable how effortless he made it all seem. pic.twitter.com/DmHY7GeLGb
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) October 20, 2020
Growing up, my uncle Nathan had a long list of bands that “should have been as big as U2.” It included the Call, Big Country, and the Alarm, but his favorite of all of them was the Outfield, whose albums he played a lot. RIP Tony Lewis. pic.twitter.com/emo1MFvjhW
— 𝙹𝙿𝚆 (@jasonpwoodbury) October 20, 2020