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"Pal" Joey Lewis Orchestra - Peanut Vendor

Band leader "Pal" Joey Lewis is one of the most talented and versatile musicians of Trinidad from the1950s to today.

An accomplished composer and arranger, he established himself as one of the best guitarists in Trinidad before devoting himself to keyboards, on which he was just as skilled.

Here he is with his version of the popular Cuban song "Peanut Vendor" (El Manisero).

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Comment by Don Clarke on March 12, 2015 at 12:58pm

Joey how yuh music SWEET SO. For some reason there are many who think that the Lewis family should contact the Government or the Ministry of Culture for some assistance. I have said that the family had being trying to get some assistance from these bodies but to no avail, and this is why, and with the family's permission I decided to make this sad news public. Mrs. Judy Lewis don't have the time to beg for anything.. With the help of friends and well wishers we all can make dent towards his daily needs.

Thank you.

Comment by Andre-Roger Dellevi on March 12, 2015 at 3:44am

Combo Music!!!

Comment by bob diaz on April 27, 2014 at 2:18am

I don't want to toot no horn but a major name was left out of the mix..Cyril Diaz, He was the man who brought out Sparrow with Jean and dina,also may may and the big hits of the late 50's then came Tabu, that was the first single to make it all the way to Africa.As far as reigning in Trinidad he won band of the year twice in a row with George bailey and he was the first to combine pan and regular instruments. Members of his band included,Joey Lewis,Cito Fermin,Vasso Defreitas,Clarence Curvan,Frankie Francis,Boyie Lewis,Watap the merengue King,The Durham Bros and so on,he also led the band in calypso tent in the famous days when Sparow and Melody duked it out in extempo..and so on ..Ill stop here but if you all want more I can go into Spoiler and superior and others so now you see why I had to speak up for the man who along with Byron Lee were the only musicians from the islands to be in a James Bond movie...ah stopping now for real doh provoke me...cause Ill be forced to tell you about the only band that gave Dutchies a fight for the young people was Clarence Curvan,that's when Beverly Griffith was arranging for him and Darlington was on guitar..Remember Teensville??

Comment by EDWARD TEDDY PINHEIRO on April 26, 2014 at 11:29pm

I should have added that Joey's Saga was recorded in 1960 or there about while still a very young man and did not have a band at that time of any count. Unfortunately Joey isn't too well which I was told by someone who visited him.  Probably at the first dance to be held at the Hilton Hotel, Sel Duncan was the band,but during the intermission Joey was invited to play the piano which he did with aplomb with some selections from Stanley Black's Cuban Moonlight LP

Comment by EDWARD TEDDY PINHEIRO on April 26, 2014 at 10:13pm

I have to disagree with the comment that Joey's band was a top dance band in the 50s and 60s. In fact his band was never in the class of Sel Duncan, Cito Fermin, Tex Williams, Dutchys Fitz Vaughn Bryan. As guitarist he was not in the class of Lio Richards&,Les Sargeant from whom  he got that arrangement. Les' guitar with Fitz Vaughn's band shows up Joey's own.This is not to say that he was not a great musician, but he's in the class of Joe Chet Sampson,and Freddie Harris. That recording is an update of his original which featured tinbales, maybe for the first time in a local recording of a dance band. By far the most popular band of the 50s and 60s was Sir Sel Duncan. The most popular band up the island was The Dutchys.

Teddy Pinheiro

Comment by bob diaz on April 26, 2014 at 10:07pm

Anybody disagree with the above comments will hear meh mouth again..LOL Seriously does anybody have access to "joe's saga" or "viva lapaloma" I would certainly enjoy hearing those songs again by Joey dem was meh tabanca days...thanks..

Comment by evan lobo on April 26, 2014 at 1:36pm

wonderful glenroy

 thanks for sharing

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on April 19, 2013 at 4:58pm

In the late fifties and early sixties, the Joey Lewis Orchestra was probably the most popular dance band in T&T and the Eastern Caribbean. Band leader Joey Lewis is one of the most talented and versatile musicians to emerge from T&T.
A prolific composer and arranger, he was also a master of the guitar and keyboards, and was probably the first authentic T&T "guitar hero" of the early rock and roll era.
His band was the first music band that I fell in love with as a child, from the moment I heard the first few guitar licks of his hit "Joey's Saga" playing on a jukebox.
I recently came across the issue of Billboard Magazine for the week of June 30th, 1962, and under the listing "British West Indies" , the number two hit was "The Peanut Vendor" by Joey Lewis.
Here is The Joey Lewis Orchestra , featuring Joey on guitar, and "Peanut Vendor".

As the Mighty Sparrow would say, "Oh guitar, Joey".

Comment by Alan Field on December 12, 2011 at 2:46pm

Just great !!!

Comment by Michaele on December 12, 2011 at 10:14am

WOW  Thanks so much GlenRoy ! Made me get and move.

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