shirley lewisI first met Shirley Lewis in 1989, when I was judging a Battle of the Blues Bands at Harpers Ferry in Alston and was amazed to discover that Boston was home to a  singer who was every bit as dynamic as any diva on the national circuit.  She lived in Newburyport at the time but somewhere along the way she moved to Newton Corner and later Waban.   She was a regular at the United Methodist Church in Newton every Sunday.

Though never a star, this woman could sing!

Lewis died of cervical cancer May 5 at her Waban home, the Globe reported this week. She was 76.

A service will be held at 3 p.m. June 9 in American Legion Post 440 in Newton,  complete with a Dixieland band and  the Rev. Charlotte Pridgen-Randolph presiding.

This video, made back in the ’80s is one of the few I could find online.


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