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of Clarence Curvan, Dutchy Brothers,
Mano Marcellin and all those heavy-
weights. I really hope that he beats the
illness which had him laid up as he still
has so much inside him, and so much
Like so many of Lewis fans who
grew from childhood enjoying his
music, Woodbrook resident Michael
Germain is a life long devotee of the
music guru. He said: "My first exposure
to Joey Lewis and his music was while
attending school at St Mary s College.
Back then combos were the big thing.
Growing up with Rediffusion and Radio
Trinidad we got to hear the big bands
of the day, so we were exposed to good
music as young people.
"I was on the committee for the
school s graduation fete at the Hilton.
It was unanimously decided that Joey s
band would play at our HC (Higher
Certificate/Sixth Form) grad. It was
amazing because, at that time, Joey
actually had a band in a band. At the
start of the fete his full band would
play and afterwards would be replaced
by his smaller Latin combo. Joey influ-
enced me more than anything else in
the kind of music I would like and
embrace the rest of my life."
As he attained manhood, Lewis
music continued to have an influence
on Germain, "I followed Joey s band
for many years as his was one of my
favourite bands," he confessed. "Then,
in 2000, I was asked to be the musical
director for a Latin band (Pa l Destino).
At first we played no where public for
six months; just doing rehearsal after
rehearsal. Joey heard the band and called
me and said that Latin music is our
tradition as Trinidad is closer to Span-
ish-speaking people that we imagined.
"Both he and the late Andre Tanker
encouraged me not to reduce the size
of the band but play always with full
force. The first time Joey heard the
band live, we were performing at a
function at Grand Bazaar and he told
me afterwards that he was ecstatic
about the band and our music. This
has given me encouragement and today
the Pa l Destino CD is a collector s
Wishing Lewis a speedy recovery
from his illness, Germain said: "I think
Joey had been one of the forgotten icons
in our nation. We need to let our young
people know from whence our music
originated. We need to play more of
the old music on the airwaves; the
music from both the combos and big
orchestras. We have a treasure trove of
good, amazing music that is just lying
in the dust."
Lewis fans are numerous and are
spread across our entire twin-island
state, and abroad. Now resident in
Pennsylvania, USA, Jackie, 66, actually
lived for a while with Lewis and his
family. She said: "What can I say of
Joey Lewis? He is truly a Godsend,
having myself and son living with him
and his family for two years.
Joey is caring, trustworthy and
always willing to give advise. My family
and I will always be indebted to the
family. He is a father to my nephew
and nieces who lost their father at an
early age. Of course, I am also grateful
to God for giving Joey the gift of music
and him sharing that gift with so many
Avid ballroom dancer, Irene Lewis
is also a fan of Joey Lewis. The Chagua-
nas resident said: "Joey is the best.
There is no other band that can touch
him and his band. His music is incom-
A 60th anniversary celebration is
being planned to commemorate Lewis
musical career on May 30 at a venue
to be chosen. Many of Lewis past col-
leagues and fans are to be invited.
Fans everywhere grateful
for Lewis' 'gift of music'
Joey Lewis was
known for his
love of life and
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