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RIP, Joey Lewis

Friday, February 19, 2016
Errol Ince plays during the funeral service for Joey Lewis held at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, last Saturday night. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ

The Savannah was also the venue for Lewis’ funeral on Saturday morning, conducted by Pastor Rawlston Bodkyn of the Enterprise Open Bible Church, and assuming the format of a back-in-times dance and concert. 

The Pal Joey Lewis Orchestra played many items before, during and after the service, with mourners obliging by taking to the dance floor. The band was augmented by keyboardist Pelham Goddard, trumpeters Errol Ince and Enrique Moore, and saxophonist Malcolm Boyce. Singing Francine, who was celebrating her birthday on Saturday, rendered a medley of three songs. During the service, snacks and refreshments were served. After the service, Lewis was buried at Western Cemetery, St James.

Overseas-based show promoters, music producers and disc jockeys seized the opportunity of being still in Trinidad after the funeral of Joey Lewis to hold a reunion and lime at the Brown Court, Curepe residence of popular DJ Donald “Sugar Fingers” Brown last Wednesday.

Among the foreign-based and local showbiz folk attending were New York-based producer Rawlston “Charlie” James; promoters Hollis Kam, Clyde Henry, Pat James and Cliff Harris; and DJs Mike the Magician (Texas); and Michael “Scobie” George (New York). The DJs were unanimous in their intention of coming together for one big Carnival fete in 2017, if only to show how calypso and soca was played back in the day.