But he never lost his interest in jazz, retaining contact with top American musicians, especially those associated with the bandleader Stan Kenton, and bankrolling high-quality recording sessions. Lewis grew up in Golders Green, north London, and inherited a love of cricket from his father, a member of Kent's second XI, and his predilection for music from his mother's side.
His maternal great-grandfather was a music publisher who played banjo with the Ethiopian Harmonists and his grandfather, another banjoist, tap-danced. Lewis transferred from the banjo to the four-string guitar, inspired by the recordings of the American jazz guitarist Eddie Lang. Dispatched to the Essex coast to benefit from the sea air, he located some like-minded players and formed his Swing String Quartet. He also met the tenorist Lester Young, then rehearsing with Count Basie's band at a 52nd Street club, who introduced him to Basie.
Invited to listen to the band, Lewis recalled that: "Until that day only small group jazz had interested me. The Vic Lewis And His Orchestra - Too Fat Polka / They Didnt Believe Me (Shellac) of sitting there with Basie's men broadened my musical outlook in a single afternoon. Their recording of Ugly Child was a minor hit, prompting Parnell's uncle, the impresario Val Parnell, to book them on to the variety circuit.
Prompted by his pianist, Ken Thorne, Lewis formed a big band which debuted in November Its distinctive sound was much inspired by Kenton, and its talented soloists were to include the young tenor-saxophonist Tubby Hayes. Represented by the agent Harold Davison, they became a sensation in the British big band world, representing their country at the Vic Lewis And His Orchestra - Too Fat Polka / They Didnt Believe Me (Shellac) international jazz festival and touring all over Europe, Vic Lewis And His Orchestra - Too Fat Polka / They Didnt Believe Me (Shellac).
The Lewis band also appeared with the Louis Armstrong All-Stars in London inand toured with Vic Lewis And His Orchestra - Too Fat Polka / They Didnt Believe Me (Shellac) major pre-rock American singers Frankie Laine and Guy Mitchell, but Lewis folded the band inbecoming a booker with Harold Davison's organisation before setting up his own agency.
Epstein's Nems Enterprises bought out Lewis's agency inappointing Lewis to its board. When Epstein died three years later, Lewis became managing director, concentrating on the careers of stars such as Cilla Black, Elton John and Matt Monro. Piano Solo. Stand by Me. King, Ben E. Good Good Father. Tomlin, Chris. The Beatles. I'm Still Standing. John, Elton. The U. Armed Forces Medley. The United States Military.
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Frankie Yankovic. Here's a silly ditty, you can sing it right away Now, here is what you say So sing it while you may Here's a silly jingle, you can sing it night or noon Here's the words, that's all you need 'cause I just sang the tune. Beer Barrel Polka Lew Brown.
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