Tony Lewis, lead singer of the 1980s power pop band The Outfield, died on Monday (Oct. 19) at age 62. According to a statement from a spokesperson, Lewis died “suddenly and unexpectedly” near London. At press time, no cause of death had been announced.
The Outfield, fronted by bassist/singer Lewis, guitarist/keyboardist John Spinks and drummer Alan Jackman, first formed in the late 1970s as Sirius B and The Baseball Boys, before landing on another baseball-inspired name, a conceit the British trio continued on the title of their hit 1985 debut album, Play Deep; the multiplatinum debut reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200, spending 66 weeks on the chart.
That release featured the breakthrough hit the bouncy pop rock smash “Your Love,” which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as radio single “Say It Isn’t So” and All The Love.” They followed up with “Since You’ve Been Gone” from 1987 album Bangin’, which also spawned the hit MTV video for “No Surrender.” The band soldiered on through the late 1980s and early 1990s with the albums Diamond Days (1990), Rockeye (1992), It Ain’t Over (1998) and Extra Innings, releasing their final studio album together, Replay, in 2011. Songwriter/guitarist Spinks died of liver cancer in July 2014.
Lewis released the solo album Out of the Darkness in 2018 and, according to the statement, he’d begun playing shows around the world in recent years and issued the Unplugged — The Acoustic Sessions EP earlier this year. He is survived by his wife of 35 years Carol, daughters Gemma and Rosie, and three grandchildren.
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
Listen to some of The Outfield’s most beloved songs below.