|Genres:||R&B / Soul Vocals|
|Tags:||soul free soul pop folk folky groove female vocalists singer-songwriter funk|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
London, England. Lewis first steps in the entertainment business were made as a pre-teen actress. In the 60s she had bit parts in the films Help! and A Taste Of Honey. She quit acting and school to play in bands, and soon formed her own, White Rabbit. In 1967, she first achieved recognition in Europe with Ferris Wheel, before becoming a leading session singer in the early 70s. She had an exceptionally good range (five octaves), and had already recorded for David Bowie, Al Kooper and Cat Stevens when she scored her first UK Top 20 hit. Rock-A-Doodle-Doo was a self-penned pop song, with the gimmick of a deep Helen Shapiro -style verse and a leap to a petulant little girl voice in the chorus. The attendant Lark offered a good example of Lewis brand of soft soul. Any momentum gained was stalled when the Raft label went out of business. Her highest UK chart position came in 1975 with a cover version of the Betty Everett hit, Its In...