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Hopeton Lewis
Born (1947-10-30)30 October 1947
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Died 4 September 2014(2014-09-04) (aged 66)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Reggae
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960s-2014

Hopeton Lewis (30 October 1947 – 4 September 2014) was a Jamaican singer. Lewis started performing at a young age. He formed a singing group called, "The Regals".

By the mid-1960s, he began recording and had one of the earliest hits with "Take It Easy" in late 1966. He had several more Jamaican hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including the first 'herb' song ever recorded in Jamaica, "Cool Collie". He worked for Duke Reid as an arranger and backing vocalist, and won the Festival Song Contest in 1970 with "Boom Shaka Lacka".

Lewis died on 4 September 2014 at his home in Brooklyn, New York from kidney failure, aged 66.


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