Hugh X. Lewis

Hugh X. Lewis Album

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Kapp Records signed Hugh X. Lewis as a recording artist after he scored some hits as a songwriter, such as "BJ the DJ" for Stonewall Jackson, and "Take My Ring Off Your Finger" for Carl Smith. Lewis' first Kapp single, "What I Need Most," made the Top 30 in 1965; it was a promising start, but turned out to be the biggest hit of his career. The Hugh X. Lewis Album is his first long-player, and contains "How Long Has It Been" and 11 other songs, seven of which Lewis wrote. Two other minor hits, "Out Where the Ocean Meets the Sky" and "I'd Better Call the Law on Me," account for Lewis' second and third highest chart items. It was all downhill from there, chart-wise, although he continued to cut records for at least 15 years. Lewis is a decent vocalist who sounds a little like Billy Walker, and works in a country-pop style comparable to Bill Anderson or Walker's Monument recordings. The best cuts add some humor, like the aforementioned "I'd Better Call the Law on Me" and "Talk Me Out of It." Overall, the Hugh X. Lewis Album is too ballad-heavy, and Lewis' voice isn't interesting enough to make it work.

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