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Record album by Linda Lewis: Fathoms Deep (1973)

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Here’s why this album should be in your collection!

The release of Fathoms Deep late in 1973 moved Linda Lewis from minor niche status toward success as a lead and session artist.

Linda Ann Fredericks performed with local British bands before signing with Polydor Records as a solo artist. In 1971 she signed with Reprise, where she released two albums and her first hit, “Rock a Doodle Do.”

Fathoms Deep was her only album on Raft Records. “Goodbye Joanna,” “Red Light Ladies,” and “Kingman Tinman” illustrate her talent as a lyricist. The best hits are “I’m In Love Again” and “Fathoms Deep,” the title track. The album’s underrated gem is the sweet ballad “Lullaby.”

Broad success came at Arista Records, with cover hits like “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song),” “Remember the Days of the Old Schoolyard,” and “Baby I’m Yours,” a tribute to Barbara Lewis, the soul artist who inspired Lewis’s stage surname. Lewis also recorded the first hit version of “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter.” She is often regarded as a forerunner to such artists as Des’ree and India.Arie. And according to one source, Corinne Bailey Rae is “a Linda Lewis for the new millenium.”

This album is available in vinyl, CD, and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.

Here’s an interesting fact!

Linda Lewis had an uncredited role as a fan in the audience during a Beatles concert in the 1964 movie, A Hard Day’s Night.

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