Mark Wynter

  • Real Name: Mark Wynter (Originally Terence Lewis)
  • Birth Date: 29th January 1943
  • Birth Place: Woking, Surrey
  • 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.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Lower list for EP releases

    Decca F11263 1960 Image Of A Girl/ Glory Of Love #11
    Decca F11279 1960 Kickin' Up The Leaves/ That's What I Thought #24
    Decca F11323 1961 Dream Girl/ Two Litle Girls #27
    Decca F11354 1961 Exclusively Yours/ Warm And Willing #32
    Decca F11380 1961 Girl For Ev'ry Day/ The Best Time For Love  
    Decca F11434  1962 Heaven's Plan/ In Your Heart  
    Decca F11467 1962 Angel Talk/ I Love Her Still  
    Pye 7N15466 1962 Venus In Blue Jeans/ Please Come Back To Me #4
    Pye 7N15492 1962 Go Away Little Girl/ That Kinda Talk #6
    Pye 7N15511 1963 Aladdin's Lamp/ It Can Happen Any Day  
    Pye 7N15525 1963 Shy Girl/ Because Of You #28
    Pye 7N15554 1963 Running To You/ Don't Cry  
    Pye 7N15577  1963 It's Almost Tomorrow/ Music To Midnight #12
    Pye 7N15595 1964 The Boy You're Kissin'/ I Learned A Lot From You  
    Pye 7N15626 1964 Only You/ It's Love You Want #38
    Pye 7N15658 1964 Answer Me/ I Wish You Everything  
    Pye 7N15686  1964 Love Hurts/ Can't Help Forgiving You  
    Pye 7N15716 1964 Forever And A Day/ And I Love Her  
    Pye 7N15771 1965 Can I Get To Know You Better/ Am I Living A Dream  
    Pye 7N15861 1965 Someday You'll Want Me To Want You/ Here Comes Summer  
    Pye 7N15994 1965 Babe I'm Gonna Leave You/ The Very Thought Of You  
    Pye 7N17051 1966 Before Your Time/ Something About You  
    Pye 7N17122 1966 We'll Sing In The Sunshine/ Pencil And Paper  
    Pye 7N17214 1966 You Made Me What I Am/ Oh Girl  
    Pye 7N17438 1968 Please Love Me Tender/ The Best Thing In My Life  
    Pye 7N17651 1968 She's A Woman/ Bless Your Little Heart  

    1950s & 1960s UK EP Discography

    • See upper list for UK singles releases.
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Decca DFE6674 1960 "Mark Time"  
    Dream Girl/That's What I Thought/Kickin' Up The Leaves/Glory Of Love
    Pye NEP24176 1963 "It's Mark Time"  
    To Love And Be Loved/I'm A Lucky Guy/I Can't Remember Her Name/In Summer
    Pye NEP24185 1964 "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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