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Jona Lewie (born John Lewis, March 14, 1947) is a British singer, songwriter
After being a member of the amateur group Dramatis Personae while still at
school, Lewis started in the music business as a session pianist, before
forming the cult pub-rock band Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts in the late
1960s. The group were a popular live act for several years, but their only
mainstream hit single was Seaside Shuffle (1972), released under the one-off
nom de disque Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs. Borrowing heavily from Mungo
Jerry's 1970 chart-topper In The Summertime, Seaside Shuffle was an
unashamedly commercial disc quite at odds with the Thunderbolts' usual
style, and reached number 2 in the British singles chart.
However, Lewis looked likely to remain a one-hit wonder until he was signed
up by Stiff Records in 1977. Following appearances on the Stiff package
tours, he finally scored a solo hit with the humorous synthpop number,
You'll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties (1980) which made the
British top 20. Although his next single Big Shot - Momentarily failed to
make any impact, by the end of the year he was back in the charts with what
became his biggest (and, to date, last) hit, Stop The Cavalry.
Although now one of Britain's most familiar Christmas singles, Stop The
Cavalry was not originally intended as a Christmas song - the one line
referring to the festival was added at the last minute when Lewie realised
the record would be coming out in November.
Since Stop The Cavalry Lewie has scored no more British hits, though Louise
We Get It Right (1981) sold well in some countries.
Lewie has since been able to live comfortably on the continuing proceeds
which Christmas airplay of Stop The Cavalry has annually brought him, as
well as the proceeds from some wise property investments.
The tune and style of Stop The Cavalry was later parodied for a series of
catchy and humorous TV adverts for John Smith's beer.
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Can anybody tell me anything about Jona Lewie? I have his
Christmas song "Join the Cavalry" which I remember from the
80s John Smiths beer adverts, but I have just ordered a
new-wave 2-CD from CDWOW with his song "You'll Always Find
Me In The Kitchen At Parties" which is a slow, dark, yet
funky piece of extreme early 80s synth... I was just quite
curious as I can't find anything about him on the Internet!
While I'm at it - anybody know about King (Love and
Pride...) as I saw him in the 90s looking very pale and
thin, like he has a disease or something, and I was rather
Anyway, over and out!
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