Hugh X. Lewis

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Hugh X. Lewis
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Lewis in 1970
Background information
Birth nameHubert Brad Lewis[1]
Born(1930-12-25)December 25, 1930[1]
Yeaddiss, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedDecember 29, 2020(2020-12-29) (aged 90)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.[2]
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, bass, piano
Years active1964–2014
LabelsKapp
Columbia
GRT
Little Darlin'

Hubert Brad Lewis (December 25, 1930 – December 29, 2020),[3] known professionally as Hugh X. Lewis, was an American country music singer. Born in Yeaddiss, Kentucky, he recorded for various labels since 1964, and charted fifteen singles on the Hot Country Songs charts. Lewis's debut single, "What I Need Most", peaked at number 21 on this chart. Lewis also wrote eleven songs for Stonewall Jackson including the number one single "B.J. the D.J."

Biography[edit]

Hubert Brad Lewis was born in Yeaddiss, Kentucky.[1] He worked at a steel mill in Kentucky and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1963 and first had success as a songwriter, writing "B.J. the D.J." for Stonewall Jackson; Mac Wiseman and George Morgan also covered Lewis's songs.[4]

In 1964, Lewis released his first single for Kapp Records, "What I Need Most". The song peaked at number 21 on the U.S. country singles charts.[1] Lewis released ten more singles for Kapp, including the top 40 hits "Out Where the Ocean Meets the Sky", "I'd Better Call the Law on Me", "You're So Cold (I'm Turning Blue)" and "Evolution and the Bible". He also had a Top 20 hit in Canada with "All Heaven Broke Loose".[5]

Lewis opened a club in Printer's Alley in 1972, where he hosted a television show also titled Hugh X. Lewis Country Club It was sponsored by Heil Quaker Corporation and appeared in 91 major markets.[6]

Lewis died from complications of COVID-19 in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 29, 2020, at the age of 90.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
1966 Hugh X. Lewis
Just Before Dawn
1967 My Kind of Country 42
1968 Country Fever 39
Just a Prayer Away
1980 Goodwill Ambassador

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country[1] CAN Country[5]
1964 "What I Need the Most" 21 Hugh X. Lewis
1965 "Out Where the Ocean Meets the Sky" 32
"I'd Better Call the Law on Me" 30
1966 "I'm Losing You (I Can Tell)" 45 Just Before Dawn
"Wish Me a Rainbow" 61
1967 "You're So Cold (I'm Turning Blue)" 38 My Kind of Country
"Wrong Side of the World" 49
1968 "Evolution and the Bible" 36 28 Just a Prayer Away
1969 "Tonight We're Calling It a Day" 69 Country Fever
"All Heaven Broke Loose" 72 16 non-album songs
"Restless Melissa" 74
1970 "Everything I Love" 56
"Blues Sells a Lot of Booze" 68
1978 "Love Don't Hide from Me" 93
1979 "What Can I Do (To Make You Love Me)" 92

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ a b "WSGS News". Facebook. 30 December 2020. Retrieved 14 December 2022.
  3. ^ Oermann, Robert K. (19 January 2021). "Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008". Music Row. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
  4. ^ Kurutz, Steve. "Hugh X. Lewis biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Search results for Hugh X. Lewis". RPM. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Television Success Prompts Hugh X. Lewis Club Debut". Billboard. 12 February 1972. p. 28.