Lew DeWitt

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Lew DeWitt
Birth name Lewis Calvin DeWitt
Born (1938-03-12)March 12, 1938
Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Died August 15, 1990(1990-08-15) (aged 52)
Waynesboro, Virginia, United States
Genres Country
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1954–1982
Labels Columbia, Mercury, Compleat
Associated acts The Statler Brothers

Lewis Calvin "Lew" DeWitt (March 12, 1938 - August 15, 1990) was an American country music singer and composer. He was also a well known country music and gospel tenor singer and was a founder and original tenor of The Statler Brothers.

For most of his career, DeWitt sang tenor for The Statler Brothers. Songs he wrote for the group include "Flowers on the Wall" which was a greatest hit during the late 60s and early 70s that made The Statler Brothers popular, "Things," "Since Then," "Thank You World," "The Strand," "The Movies," and "Chet Atkins' Hand." He retired from the group in 1982 due to health problems stemming from Crohn's disease, from which he had suffered since adolescence. DeWitt was replaced by Jimmy Fortune as the group's tenor in 1982.

In 1968, Columbia Records released two solo recordings by DeWitt: "She Went A Little Bit Farther" and "Brown Eyes" (the latter was penned by DeWitt). After leaving the Statler Brothers, DeWitt made a brief comeback as a solo artist, touring and releasing two albums: On My Own (1985)[1] and Here to Stay (1986). He also charted a solo single on the country charts: the No. 77 "You'll Never Know" in 1985.

DeWitt died on August 15, 1990, of heart and kidney disease, stemming from complications of Crohn's disease.

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  1. ^ Sharpe, Jerry (8 December 1985). "Statlers' Lew DeWitt back on his own". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 

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