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Barbara Lewis

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Barbara Lewis (born 9 February 1943 in Salem, Michigan) is a American singer and songwriter whose smooth style influenced rhythm and blues.

Born in Salem (near Ann Arbor), Michigan, Lewis was writing and recording by her teens with producer Ollie McLaughlin. (McLaughlin was a black DJ at Ann Arbor radio station WHRV, now WAAM, who is also credited with discovering Del Shannon. ) Her first single release in 1962, the uptempo “My Heart Went Do Dat Da,” did not chart nationally but was a local hit in the Detroit area. She wrote all of the songs on her debut LP (including the hit “Hello Stranger”). Though her follow-ups did not have the same success, her song “Someday We’re Gonna Love Again” was covered by The Searchers for a British Invasion hit.

In the 1960s, Lewis recorded in New York City, with producers Bert Berns and Jerry Wexler, leading to commercially-successful hits like “Baby I’m Yours” which is written by Van McCoy (‘The Hustle’1975) and “Make Me Your Baby.” At the end of the decade she released a grittier-sounding album on Stax Records, and after its lack of commercial success, she began to withdraw from music.

However, over the next decade, a number of other artists had success with Lewis’ songs, most notably Yvonne Elliman, who made the U.S.

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