Linda Lewis, a British singer-songwriter, has passed away at the age of 72. Her sister Dee Lewis Clay confirmed her death through a social media post on Wednesday night.
Linda was known for her five-octave vocal range and had a successful career spanning more than four decades, during which she enjoyed both solo success in the 1970s and a long career of providing backing vocals for several renowned artists.
Linda Lewis cause of death
Linda’s family has not shared any information on what exactly led to her death
Born Linda Ann Fredericks in West Ham in 1950, Linda attended stage school and dabbled in acting before embarking on her music career. In 1964, she appeared in the first Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night as a screaming fan.
She signed to Polydor and adopted the name Linda Lewis in honor of singer Barbara Lewis.
Her sisters and mother also later used the surname. Linda was a self-taught guitarist and keyboard player and was known for her performance at the first Glastonbury festival in 1970.
Linda Lewis had four top-40 hits in the UK during the 1970s, with her first hit “Rock-a-Doodle-Doo” reaching No. 15.
Her biggest hit was “It’s In His Kiss,” which was a cover of a 1963 song later made famous by Cher as “The Shoop Shoop Song
” She collaborated with several big names, including David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Rick Wakeman, Joan Armatrading, and Jamiroquai, by providing backing vocals for them.
Rapper Common sampled her song “Old Smokey” in his hit “Go!” in 2005, which was produced by Kanye West. She also collaborated with Basement Jaxx on track “Close Your Eyes.”
Linda Lewis lived with a group of artists and musicians in a commune in Hampstead, where her house was often visited by Yusuf Islam (then known as Cat Stevens), Marc Bolan, and Elton John.
She dated Islam on and off for several years and toured with him. She married fellow musician Jim Cregan in 1977, but they divorced three years later. She later married music agent Neil Warnock in 2004, who survives her.
Linda continued to perform until the end, with her last track “Earthling,” a collaboration with UK band the Paracosmos, being released in March this year.
In her memoirs, she wrote, “When I look back, I realize I’ve lived an extraordinarily rich life. Would I do it all again, given a chance? No. Would I do some of it again? Certainly.”