Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It Seems Like a Mighty Long Time
Michigan-born singer and songwriter, Barbara Lewis, has not only influenced rhythm and blues for several decades, but also happens to have a smooth style that makes her one of my all-time favorites.
Since her teenage years, Lewis has been writing her own songs. In fact, she began her career as a recording artist while in her teens, had her first single cut at age nineteen, and wrote every song on her first LP. One of those songs, Hello Stranger, I have included in the You Tube presentation below.
In the 1960s, Lewis enjoyed some commercial success, with hits like Baby I’m Yours, which I have also included below. However, as her success declined, she began to gradually leave the music industry, until her music was adopted by a string of popular artists over the next thirty years. Among those who enjoyed success with Lewis’ music were Debby Boone, Yvonne Elliman, Jody Miller, and others. In 1995, Baby I’m Yours was featured in the Clint Eastwood movie, Bridges of Madison County. I did not see the movie, but if I had known Barbara Lewis’ music was playing, my wife might have been able to drag me to the theater.
I did get to see Lewis and enjoy her show on a cruise a few years ago, which served to cement her in my mind as one of the celebrities able to leave me with some fond musical memories.
Thank you, Ms. Lewis.