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David Lewis

From: Belfast

Active: 60s/70s


David Lewis began playing guitar and piano and writing songs at a very young age, appearing in talent contests and on local TV in Northern Ireland.

In 1967 he joined psychedelic band The Method who became Andwellas Dream in 1968. In 1969 while still a member of Andwellas Dream, he recorded some of his songs for a publisher's demo album "The Songs Of David Lewis". Intended as a calling card for his song-writing skills, this was a very limited private pressing, probably only a few hundred copies made [reputedly 500 were made], and is now a major rarity.

Andwellas Dream released three albums between 1969-1971, the last two under the name Andwella. The band also worked on David Baxter's solo LP during this period. When Andwella split, David pursued a solo career.

Two solo albums emerged on Polydor Records, "From Time to Time" in 1976 and "A Collection of Short Dreams" in 1978. The former is soft melodic AOR, the latter more uptempo soul. Both are difficult to locate but are bound to be somewhat of a disappointment to those expecting something in the vein of Andwellas "Love and Poetry" album. However the songs are well written and the playing excellent through. Not a million miles away from Boz Scaggs mid-70s records.

Dave has also written many songs for other artists including "Happy To Be On An Island In The Sun", which was a worldwide hit for legend in his own lunchtime Demis Roussos.

Disambiguation: No connection to the David Lewis who recorded the "Just Molly & Me" LP for Tiger Lily Records.


• Songs Of David Lewis
LP - private pressing - AX1 - 1970 - promo only, white with front and back cover paste-ons
CD - Vinyl Japan - ??? - Japan - 2004

Notes: The front and back cover paste-ons are photocopied sheets. The back contains track listing and adverts for Reflection albums L3, L6 and L10.

• From Time to Time
LP - Polydor Records - 2383 420 - UK - 1976 - insert
LP - Polydor Records - PD-1-6106 - USA - 1978

• Baby We're Gonna Make It / Papa Boy
7" - Polydor Records - 2058 743 - UK - 1976

• Mysterious Extraordinaire / Good Morning
7" - Polydor Records - 2058 860 - UK - 19??

• A Collection of Short Dreams
LP - Polydor Records - 2383 522 - UK - 1978 - insert

Notes: All songs by Dave Lewis. Produced by Steve Brantley and Bruce Albertine. Recorded and mixed at Criteria Studios in Miama, and Olympic, Polydor and Strawberry Studios in London.

Guitars - Dave Lewis, Bruce Dees, Jamie Brantley
Keyboards - Dave Lewis, Andy McMahon
Bass - Felix Krish, Steve Brantley
Drums - Preston Heyman
Percussion - Steve Brantley, Preston Heyman
Vocals & Vocal Arrangements: Bruce Dees, Maggie Ryder, Andy McMahon, Steve Brantley

See also: Andwellas Dream

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