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Hopeton Lewis, born 3 October 1947, died 4 September 2014

Hopeton Lewis 2014 in Mainz at the Reduit, during one of his last shows. (photo: Joachim Uerschels)

With a voice trained in church from an early age, Hopeton Lewis had one of the earliest rocksteady hits with “Take It Easy” 1966. The track was recorded with Lynn Taitt and the Jets, he had several more Jamaican hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the first ‘herb’ song ever recorded in Jamaica, “Cool Collie“, “Boom Shaka Lacka” and „Grooving Out On Life“. Lewis then turned to Gospel music and released a string of successful albums in that genre. After appearing in the great film „Rocksteady – The Roots Of Reggae“ where he sang „Take It Easy“, he agreed to return to the music of his youth for a few live  performances. Lewis died in Brooklyn New, aged 66, from a kidney failure.

recommendation:  the Merritone compilation Rock Steady Bang (2017) (affiliate link)

 

Film recommendation: Rocksteady – The Roots Of Reggae (affiliate link)

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With his Ska band The Braces (1984-1991, 2000-2006) Joachim Uerschels released three albums for Unicorn, Pork Pie and Mad Butcher Records. He lives in Cologne, Germany as a writer and musician. In 2016, he published his solo debut album "Songbook Vol. II" as Joe ScholesJoe Scholes

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