Award winning songwriter, producer and musician Jona Lewie has had an illustrious career in the industry. From his early days playing piano with blues legend Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, through early chart success in 1972 with his self-penned Zydeco hit “Sea-Side Shuffle”; to his Ivor Novello winning Christmas Perennial hit “Stop The Cavalry”. Indeed, Jona has had major chart success internationally not only with “Cavalry”, but also with tracks such as “Louise”, and “You Will Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties”, amongst many others. The majority of his hits will always be associated with his time signed to Stiff Records.
A major new BBC documentary series was shown about the label that again brought wider public attention to Jona, his music and the infamy of the label. Coincidentally, his 2nd Top Of The Pop’s performance of “You Will Always Find Him In The Kitchen At Parties” although downed many many times, has been one of the most requested clips on YouTube, achieving on one channel in 2008 more than 150,000 hits before it was taken down. More recently it continues to bob up and down on YouTube. Typically, it was downed on 2 further channels in 2011 but not before it achieved more than 500,000 hits on each channel. Since then other channels have upped it again; two of those that no longer survive achieved more than 1 million and more than 3/4 million hits respectively. Similarly ”Stop The Cavalry” appeared on two further YouTube channels, (called Roscoz and Terry Dactyl) and were both downed for breach of copyright but not before reaching more than 2,250,000 hits and 3,500,000 hits respectively.
Recently, Jona has been post producing tracks on his new CD currently planned for release in 2016. His live show features material from this new album along with his ever-familiar hits. A “best of” compilation of his Stiff Records recordings is available from Union Square Records, as is his first Stiff album “On The Other Hand There’s A Fist”, which has become something of a cult classic.