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Wed, 09.01.1943

Webster Lewis, Entertainer born

Webster Lewis

*Webster Lewis was born on this date in 1943. He was a Black musician, singer, composer, and arranger.

From Baltimore, Maryland, his parents were Webster S. Lewis, Sr. and Virgie Gaines Lewis.  Young Lewis graduated from Morgan State College and earned a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he also was an associate dean from 1972 to 1978.  During these years, he recorded with Epic Records performing music that was popular with soul and jazz fans alike.

Lewis moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. Prior to his move, Webster recorded 'Live At Club 7' on Counterpoint Records. 'Touch My Love' followed 2 years later. His career in music consisted of conducting and arranging for many musicians including Michael Jackson, The Jacksons, Barry White, Tom Jones, Lola Falana, and Thelma Houston.

He also wrote music for several feature films and television specials. Webster was also a recording artist and producer for many companies including CBS Records. In recent years he moved to television commercial work and movie soundtrack songwriting (including 'The Hearse' and 'The Sky Is Grey').  His last record was with Barry White entitled 'Welcome Aboard.' Following these releases, Lewis moved into production work, producing Gwen McCrae and Michael Wycoff.

Webster Lewis died of diabetic complications on November 20, 2002, in Barryville, New York.

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Reference:

All Music.com

ASCAP Biographical Dictionary
R. R. Bowker Co., Copyright 1980
ISBN 0-8351-1283-1

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