John Carter (b. John Shakespeare, 20 October 1942, Small Heath, Birmingham, England) and Ken Lewis (b. Kenneth James Hawker, 3 December 1942, Small Heath, Birmingham, England). They initially found fame leading Carter-Lewis And The Southerners, a country influenced group that briefly included guitarist Jimmy Page and recorded several singles, including So Much In Love (1961), Here’s Hoping’ (1962) and ‘Sweet And Tender Romance’ and ‘Your Mama’s Out Of Town’ (both 1963). The duo’s ability to create unabashed pop had been confirmed with ‘Will I What?’, a UK number 1 hit for Mike Sarne, and having disbanded their group, Carter/Lewis compositions were adopted by scores of acts, including the Marauders, Brenda Lee, P.J. Proby and the McKinleys, the last of whom they also produced. In 1964 the songwriters resurrected the idea of a group, forming the Ivy League with Perry Ford (b. Bryan Pugh, 1940, Lincoln, England, d. 29 April 1999, England). This harmony trio enjoyed several hits, but lost momentum when first Carter, then Lewis, left the line-up in 1966. The pair resumed a backroom role with the Flowerpot Men, before scoring further success as composers and/or producers with, among others, White Plains and First Class. Carter and Lewis also pursued joint and individual projects writing for commercials and jingles. Carter continues to administer his considerable song catalogue, which is constantly in demand.
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