Thursday, December 04, 2008

Mia Lewis

Another forgotten Welsh pop singer from the mid-Sixties. A petite 5ft 1" tall, Mia Lewis had huge grey-green eyes. Between 1965-67 she cut five discs: Wish I Didn't Love Him (Decca); It's Goodbye Now (Decca); Nothing Lasts Forever (Parlophone); No Time For Lovin' (Parlophone); and Woman's Love (Parlophone).

Mia hailed from Abercraf, deep in the upper-Swansea valley. She came from a large family and was one of 8 siblings. Before becoming a professional singer, aged 18, she had worked as a telephonist at a local clock factory. Her wage was £6 per week. To supplement her income she sang regularly at the Embassy theatre in Swansea.

When Mia turned professional she left Wales to live in London. She lodged in South Hornsey with her uncle, Viv Morgan. She made many appearances on TV and toured the UK. She even had plans to visit the States where her debut single was getting decent reviews. Unfortunately, despite possessing dreamy looks and a strong voice, her records never made much of an impact on the charts, and her pop career sank without trace.

If you know what became of Mia, get in touch.