Linda Lewis Hampstead Days – SMART SOUNDS by Colin Bell



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Linda Lewis Acoustic Tour and Album.

Colin Bell… As previously mentioned elsewhere on SMART ive been catching up with some of my favourite guests that appeared on my shows on Hastings Rock FM. I caught up with Linda ahead of her Acoustic Tour of the South of England to celebrate her 40 years in the biz. Linda, a resident of the South Coast, has always had one of the most unique voices with her incredible 5 octave range. I well remember when I first received Rock-A-Doodle-Doo for review back in 1973 and was knocked out. Her album ‘Lark’ is also a personal all time favourite. Going on to have other hits notably with ‘Its in His Kiss’, touring with Cat Stevens, Joan Armatrading, appearing at Glastonbury and having her song ‘Old Smokey’ used by Common on the single Go! (produced by Kanye West) and doing well in the U.S. R&B charts Linda remains busy and in demand. She tells me she is looking forward to her Acoustic Tour and will be opening the Carousel Club in Farnborough this coming Friday (20th). Also she has an album newly released ‘Hampstead Days’, which is comprised of unreleased BBC sessions from the 70’s. Having listened to it, the first thing you notice is the quality of the recordings which is superb. Many favourites are there including ‘Old Smokey’ ‘Its the Frame’ the aforementioned ‘Rock-A-Doodle-Doo’, some enjoyable banter with the audience and all ending with a spirited rendition of ‘Its In His Kiss’. As I said a unique talent and always a pleasure to talk to. For more details of Tour dates go to: The album is available from

till next time…. Colin  colin-head

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