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Hopeton Lewis

Hopeton Lewis' rich baritone has had a profound impact on Jamaican music, and his mixture of gospel and soul elements helped set the template for early rocksteady. Born October 3, 1947, in Kingston, Lewis' mother died when he was two, and he rotated living with various aunts, uncles, and grandparents. By the age of six he was already singing in church, and singing is where he turned when he was left on his own at the age of 15. Lewis quickly formed his first singing group, the Regals, and his career course was set. Like many Jamaican singers, Lewis got his start at Studio One, but soon moved over to Ken Khouri's Federal Studios, where he recorded what is arguably the first rocksteady side, "Take It Easy," backed by Lynn Taitt & the Jets. The song was released on Winston Blake's Merritone label in 1966 and was a huge success. In the late '60s he worked as part of a duo with Glen Brown. His solo career really took off when he won the 1970 Festival Song Competition with the song "Boom Shacka Lacka," which he recorded for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label, then moved over to Byron Lee's Dynamic Sound imprint for the album Groovin' Out on Life, which firmly established Lewis as an explosive singer and performer when it was released in 1973, followed quickly by a second album, The Dynamic Hopeton Lewis. Lewis started his own label, Bay City Music, in the late '80s and turned increasingly to gospel music, releasing This Is Gospel in 1996, followed by Reaching Out to Jesus in 2000. Since then Lewis stuck with gospel and has released a prolific series of albums, including Lay Your Hands on Me Jesus, Caribbean Gospel Jubilee, Inner Peace, Hopeton Lewis Sings Country Gospel, The Many Moods of Gospel, and The Inspirational Hopeton Lewis. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat

1. Take It Easy

2. Sounds And Pressure

3. A De Pon Dem

4. Why Must I Cry

5. Let The Little Girl Dance

6. Rock Steady

7. Cool Collie

8. Music Got Soul

9. Hard Ships Of Life

10. This Poor Boy

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Track List: Cool Collie / This Poor Boy

1. Cool Collie

2. This Poor Boy

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Track List: Rock A Shacka / I Don't Want Trouble

1. Rock A Shacka

2. I Don't Want Trouble

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Track List: Don't Cry / A De Pon Dem

1. Don't Cry

2. A De Pon Dem

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Track List: At The Corner Of The Street / Move Along With Me

1. At The Corner Of The Street

2. Move Along With Me

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Track List: Song's Of Faith

1. Praise & Worship Medley Two

2. The Great Physician

3. Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary

4. I'm So Glad Jesus Lifted Me

5. Please Release Me From My Sin

6. Little Is Much

7. Holding My Savior Hands

8. There's Not One Broken Vessel

9. Just A Rose Will Do

10. Still Kneeling At The Altar

11. Imagine

12. Worship At The Feet Of Jesus (Feat. Odayne)

13. Hallujah Hallujah

14. This Day Is For You - Wedding Song

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Track List: This Music Got Soul / Rocksteady

1. This Music Got Soul

2. Rocksteady

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Track List: This Gift Of Life

1. How Long Has It Been

2. Mercy Walked In

3. This Gift Of Life

4. Before The Day Is Over

5. Morning Has Broken

6. Till The Storm Passes By

7. Sheltered In The Arms Of God

8. When He Was On The Cross

9. Tell Me One Thing

10. One Pair Of Hands

11. Jesus Loves Even Me

12. Were You There

13. When He Calls (Feat. Los Warrior)

14. This Gift Of Life (Remix)

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Track List: Healing: 42 Years Of Music

1. Sweet Jesus

2. Thanks To Calvary

3. Blessed Assurance

4. There's Room At The Cross

5. He's My Everything

6. It's Healing Time

7. He Whisper Sweet Peace To Me

8. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

9. I'm Going Through

10. This Is What Heaven Means To Me

11. Sanctuary

12. Give Me A Heart Like Thine

13. Too Much To Gain To Lose

14. Your Grace And Mercy

15. Center Of My Joy

16. I Shall Be Released

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Track List: Worship

1. Hear My Cry O Lord (Medley)

2. We Bring Sacrifice And Praise

3. Seek Ye First

4. It Is Raining

5. You Are Worthy

6. Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord

7. As The Deer

8. Majesty

9. We Are Standing On Holy Ground

10. It Is Raining (More Rain)

11. Hear My Cry O Lord (Remix)

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Track List: This Is Gospel

1. Mansion Over The Hill Top

2. How Great Thou Art

3. I Believe

4. The Garden

5. It Is No Secret

6. Precious Lord

7. He Touched Me

8. Peace In The Valley

9. His Hands In Mine

10. Crying In The Chapel

11. Old Time Gospel (Medley)

12. Jump Revival (Medley)

13. God Loves You Little Children

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Track List: Country Gospel

1. Let's All Go Down To The River

2. My Savior First Of All

3. Saved By The Hands

4. Feel Like Traveling On

5. Glad Reunion Day

6. Lord Send Your Angels

7. Glory To His Name

8. This Is What Heaven Means To Me

9. I Will Praise Him

10. If Ever I Love Thee

11. When They Ring Those Golden Bells

12. Going Home

13. Bulah Land

14. What A Day That Will Be

15. God On The Mountain

16. Where Could I Go But To The Lord

17. Old Time Religion

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Track List: Lay Your Hands On Me Jesus

1. I'll Walk With God

2. Lay Your Hands On Me

3. Jesus In My Life

4. Just A Closer Walk

5. One Day

6. Chorus Of Praise

7. The Three In One

8. My Jesus Cares

9. The Spirit Of The Lord

10. Prayer For Healing

11. Lets Praise The Lord

12. No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus

13. His Name Is Jesus

14. Come To Jesus

15. I'll Walk With God (Reprise)

16. Jamaica National Anthem

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Track List: Celebrating 40 Years Of Music

1. Now I Have Everything

2. Through It All

3. Fill My Cup Lord

4. Someone Needs A Miracle

5. Thank Yo Lord For Your Blessing

6. Learning To Lean

7. Mercy Re Wrote My Life

8. There Is A Blessing In Store

9. Joy Come's In The Morning

10. It Is Finished

11. Walk By (Feat. Didi Kalombo)

12. The Holy City

13. Now End Of The Way

14. What Are They Doing

15. O Sat But I'm Glad

16. Until Then

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Track List: Classic Gold Collection

1. Take It Easy

2. Sound And Pressure

3. Boom Shaka Laka

4. Right Track (Feat. Phyllis Dillon)

5. Ride Mi Donkey

6. There Comes A Time (Feat. Pat Kelly)

7. A Deh Pon Dem

8. Cool Cool Collie

9. This Music Got Soul

10. Hard Ship Of Life

11. This Poor Boy

12. Grooving Out On Life

13. Drive Her Home (Feat. U Roy)

14. Tom Drunk (Feat. U Roy)

15. Judgement Day (Feat. Dennis Alcapone)

16. I Can't Stand It (Feat. Alton Ellis)

17. Story Book Children

18. Devine Woman

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Track List: Hopeton Lewis Sings Home Coming Classics

1. Jesus Comes In The Mist Of The Storm

2. The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference

3. He Still Rolls The Tone Away

4. Flying Higher

5. This Road Of Life

6. A City Called Glory

7. Tears Will Never Stain

8. Calvary's The Reason Why

9. He Understand My Tears

10. God Will Make A Way

11. Why Me Lord

12. Tell Me

13. Somewhere Around Gods Throne

14. My Tears (Acoustic Mix)

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Track List: Hymns

1. Victory In Jesus

2. Because He Lives

3. I Am Thine Oh Lord

4. God Will Take Care Of You

5. The Way Of The Cross

6. At Calvary

7. O How Much He Cares For Me

8. At The Cross

9. The Heaven Of Rest

10. Precius Memories

11. Come To The Fount

12. Alter Call (Medley The 3rd Calling)

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Track List: Inner Peace

1. Owe It All To Jesus

2. An Evening Prayer

3. You Will Never Walk Alone

4. Ge Looked Beyond My Faults

5. Friendship With Jesus

6. Bless This House

7. It Is Well

8. For Those Tears

9. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

10. Where No One Stands Alone

11. Tell It To Jesus

12. Beyond The Sunset

13. Hand In Hand With Jesus

14. Worship Medley

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Track List: Caribbean Gospel Jubilee

1. When God Dips His Pen

2. Satan Kingdom Must Come Down

3. Just A Little Talk With Jesus

4. God On The Mountain

5. What You Think About Jesus

6. You Got To Move

7. Give God The Glory

8. When They Ring Those Golden Bells

9. God Is Good

10. Let The Power Fall On Me

11. Can I Get A Witness

12. Altar Call

13. One Of Those Days

14. Someday

15. Satan Can't Catch Me Again

16. Amen

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Track List: Grooving Out On Life

1. Grooving Out On Life

2. Proud Mary

3. Love Is A Beautiful Thing

4. God Bless Whoever Sent You

5. Funky Kingston

6. Take It Easy

7. Help Me Make It Through The Night

8. Going Back To My Home Town

9. Express Yourself

10. Joy To The World / Put Your Hand In The Hand

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Track List: Run If You Are Afraid (Single)

1. Run If You Are Afraid

2. Sounds And Pressure

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Could I get more of hopeton Lewis gospel music I love to hear it
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I LOVE HOPETON LEWIS GOSPEL MUSIC
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Those was the days of good music and clean dancing

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