Tom Lewis with Phil & Don during their Australian tour in 1989
From: Martial F. Bekkers, International EBI Co-ordinator
On May 5th our friend Tasso Matheas sent me an E-mail to inform us of the sad news of the death of Tom Lewis.I have asked Tasso to write about Tom and his importance for his family and for the Everly Brothers fan club world.
He immediately obliged and a few minutes ago we received
his E-mail, written in a way I will never be able to write. Tasso has an EBI
history of his own, Tom leaves an even much bigger history, a legacy behind.
What can I add? We, EBI and I, owe such a lot to Tom as Tasso will explain. Tom
passed away on the day when the Netherlands as a nation remembered the horror
and the many people who lost their lives during World War II.It all
annually accumulates in a moment of pure silence for two minutes at 8 o'clock
PM. A really impressive tradition.
Whenever there is a moment of silence and peace in your lives, please think of Tom for a few seconds. Thanks for your wonderful words, Tasso. This is from and for all of us and for you out there:
'Dear Martial, EBI Members and all Everly Brothers fans around the World who communicate via the Internet. It's with great sadness that I report on the passing of Tom Lewis on Friday 4th May 2001.
Tom was one of Australia's biggest Everly Brother's fans and he was dedicated to promoting the "Music" and the "History" of their career! For many years Tom was involved with Everly Brothers Fan Clubs, including the UK fan club run by Sue Goodwin & Laura Williams. And of course, Tom was the Australian EBI Co-ordinator right up until his death.
Tom would never miss an opportunity to promote the
Everly boys and he was always willing to encourage "new" fans. He felt
really good when another person had been converted, either through
promotional leaflets, radio shows or meeting people face to face with his
friendly & helpful manner!
Tom was an original fan of Don & Phil, starting in
1957 and he was easily swayed by the great vocal harmony in songs such
as "Bye Bye Love", "Wake Up Little Susie" and probably one
of his favourite Everly songs, "All I Have To Do Is Dream". Tom
was present at the first Everly Brothers tour of Australia in 1959 and from
then on he never ever missed one Everly tour of the "Land Downunder".
He witnessed the Everly "magic" in 1960, 1961, 1968,1971, 1985,1988
and their most recent tour during 1998! During that time he saw the many
changes in the music and direction of Don & Phil and as expected,
Tom continued to be a "Loyal Fan". He enjoyed the sound of "Wings
Of A Nightingale" just as much as "Bird Dog"!
When Roger White, author of the book "Walk
Right Back" sent out an S.O.S for material to include in his book, Tom Lewis
immediately responded by sending an envelope full of Everly magazine articles,
newspaper clippings, photos etc; without any questions asked, that's the kind of
guy he was!
Tom had met Don & Phil on many occasions and
they, I'm sure, appreciated his many years of fan loyalty. We, his friends,
will miss the kind, big-hearted, devoted Everly Brothers fan who always made
time to share his many Everly stories.
Rest In Peace Tom, we have lost one of the true
"originals"! Our "Deepest Sympathy" goes to Tom's
children, Donna, Tommy Jr. & Wendy.
I am forever grateful for the great friendship that I
shared with Tom for over 16 years. We did many radio shows together promoting
the" fantastic" post reunion Everly material. We attended all the post
reunion concerts here in Melbourne and we had "fun" while enjoying the
music. And as Tom would have said, "It's the Everly Brothers music
that's the most important and nothing else"!
You'll Never Be Forgotten Mate,
Your Friend, Tasso Matheas (former Australian EBI Co-ordinator)'
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