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I recently heard that legendary Trinidad musician Joey Lewis was ailing , and I thought I'd be remiss if I didn't say a few words in his honor.
Many may not realize it , but Joey Lewis is probably the most important and impactful musical contributor to the culture and music of Trinidad and Tobago of the latter half of the twentieth century .
His use and mastery of the electric guitar was a significant and defining change in the sound of Trinidad's music , and his style was quickly adopted by his contemporaries in Trinidad and the Eastern Caribbean ,to produce the guitar rich sound of music bands of that era , and to define how the guitar is used in Trinidad's music, even to this day.
Joey Lewis was also the first arranger / composer / bandleader to consistently compose instrumental music hits that dominated the local charts, and over the years he became a prolific composer.
(Of course there were other composers , but no one dominated the charts like Joey did , especially in the sixties)
I remember as a boy being sent on an errand to downtown Princes Town, and hearing Joey's Saga for the first time, as his guitar blasted on a juke box across the street from the store, and I remember running across the street to the Bar , to hear the music.
I had never heard a band with such a sound , particularly the guitar , and I immediately became a Joey Lewis fan.
That was about 1960.
Later , Joey started to feature keyboards which he also mastered , and an emphasis on a Latin calypso style that the fans ate up.
The Joey Lewis "Pal Joey" Orchestra has remained a dominant player on the Caribbean music scene for decades , and remains one of the longest performing bands in the entire region.
Here is the Joey Lewis Orchestra and a version ( not the original) of his early hit "Joey's Saga".
I wish him the best of health , and a quick recovery.