Upon leaving school, young Terry Lewis started work as a shop assistant. However, he was also an enthusiastic singer and his strikingly good looks helped him make the transition in this sphere from part-time amateur to full professional. With his musical career on a proper footing Terry decided to change his name to Mark Lewis in order to lessen the confusion with American comedian Jerry Lewis. His manager suggested Wynter sounded more commercial and the complete name change was later made official by deed poll.
Mark's rendition of the teenage ballads of the era proved popular- particularly with female record buyers- and he managed to reach the UK top twenty with his first release; 'Image Of A Girl' on Decca. He followed this with the Lionel Bart penned 'Kickin' Up The Leaves' and a stream of further minor hits and misses- punctuated by a change to the Pye label during mid-1962. His first release for the new company was a cover version of the US Jimmy Clanton release 'Venus In Blue Jeans' and, in common with his other releases on Pye, benefited from its arrangement by Tony Hatch. This song is now easily his most memorable hit and was sufficiently popular to earn him a UK #4 chart spot, whereas the Clanton original went almost unnoticed in Britain.
The EP shown on the right was the first issued for Mark following his move to the Pye label during 1962. This EP was much more successful than a confusingly similarly named EP from Decca, and is now somewhat easier to find. In any event, it contains a nice selection of material not found on his singles including the song "I'm A Lucky Guy", which, as the notes on the sleeve point out, Mark wrote himself.
|The popularity of Mark Wynter's light ballad style survived the onset of the beat boom and kept him in hits up until the spring of 1964. However, by the late 1960s his record sales had waned and he inevitably drifted into the cabaret scene. This did not last long as Mark had ambitions to act, and by 1967 he had already started a parallel career in repertory. By the end of the 1960s the transition to actor was complete. In fact Mark's show business life has remarkable similarities to that of his peer, Adam Faith. However, unlike Adam, Mark takes advantage of his good singing voice in musical shows whenever the opportunity arises in his stage career which is still going strong.
|Image Of A Girl/ Glory Of Love
|Kickin' Up The Leaves/ That's What I Thought
|Dream Girl/ Two Litle Girls
|Exclusively Yours/ Warm And Willing
|Girl For Ev'ry Day/ The Best Time For Love
|Heaven's Plan/ In Your Heart
|Angel Talk/ I Love Her Still
|Venus In Blue Jeans/ Please Come Back To Me
|Go Away Little Girl/ That Kinda Talk
|Aladdin's Lamp/ It Can Happen Any Day
|Shy Girl/ Because Of You
|Running To You/ Don't Cry
|It's Almost Tomorrow/ Music To Midnight
|The Boy You're Kissin'/ I Learned A Lot From You
|Only You/ It's Love You Want
|Answer Me/ I Wish You Everything
|Love Hurts/ Can't Help Forgiving You
|Forever And A Day/ And I Love Her
|Can I Get To Know You Better/ Am I Living A Dream
|Someday You'll Want Me To Want You/ Here Comes Summer
|Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/ The Very Thought Of You
|Before Your Time/ Something About You
|We'll Sing In The Sunshine/ Pencil And Paper
|You Made Me What I Am/ Oh Girl
|Please Love Me Tender/ The Best Thing In My Life
|She's A Woman/ Bless Your Little Heart
|Dream Girl/That's What I Thought/Kickin' Up The Leaves/Glory Of Love
|"It's Mark Time"
|To Love And Be Loved/I'm A Lucky Guy/I Can't Remember Her Name/In Summer
|"Wynter Time" w. Tony Hatch & Orch
|I'm Coming Back To You/Cindy's Gonna Cry/In My Imagination/Looking For Me
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