It was an act of ill-judged parental control that propelled Nancy Lewis towards the music business. One day, during her childhood, she sneaked round to a friend’s house without permission to watch Elvis Presley perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. When she got back home she found that her father had, by way of punishment, burnt all her Elvis pictures, magazines and records. From that day forward pop music became, for her, an achingly cool expression of rebellion.

Born in 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Carol Lewis grew up in a strict household ruled by her father, Mack, a member of the Church of the Nazarene, an evangelical Christian sect. Undeterred by his zealotry, she studied TV and radio production at Michigan State University, served as campus correspondent for Billboard and became hooked on British pop music.

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