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Michael Andre Lewis, aka Mandré, (December 7, 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska – January 31, 2012 in Shreveport, Louisiana) was an American musician known for his synthesizer recordings at Motown.[2] As Andre Lewis he also contributed to Labelle's Moon Shadow and Whitney Houston's Just Whitney. He toured or recorded with Grant Green, The Who, Labelle, Buddy Miles Band, Maxayn, Rufus, White Chocolate, Earth Wind and Fire and Frank Zappa. He was also band leader for Johnny Guitar Watson.

Mandré
Birth nameMichael Andre Lewis
Also known asAndre Lewis
The Masked Marauder[1]
BornDecember 7, 1948
OriginOmaha, Nebraska
DiedJanuary 31, 2012
Shreveport, Louisiana
GenresFunk, rock
rhythm and blues, blues
electronic music
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
Instrumentssynthesizer, keyboards, bass
Years active70's - 80's
LabelsMotown Records
Rush Hour
Associated actsJohnny Guitar Watson
Frank Zappa
Maxayn
Buddy Miles

His debut single as Mandré "Solar Flight (Opus I)", was a hit from a self-titled debut album Mandré.[3] He formerly played with his band Maxayn, named after the singer, and later his wife, Maxayn Lewis, (born Paulette Parker).[4]

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DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

  • Mandré - 1977
  • Mandré Two - 1978
  • M3000 - 1979
  • Mandré 4 - 1982

SinglesEdit

  • "Solar Flight (Opus 1)" 1977
  • "Keep Tryin'" 1977
  • Opus III
  • "Fair Game" / "Light Years" (Opus IV) 1978
  • "Spirit Groove" 1979
  • "Freakin's Fine"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mandré - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Andre Lewis - Wax Poetics". Waxpoetics.com. 26 February 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. ^ Ben Watson, W. C. Bamberger - Honesty Is Explosive!: Selected Music Journalism 2010- Page 49 "not since the albums Mandre cut for Motown in the mid-' 70s had black pop been so keyboard-based and hi-tech. This was dance music by someone who understood New Wave starkness and minimalism."
  4. ^ The Gangster of Love: Johnny Guitar Watson Vincent Bakker - 2009 Page 88 "In fact, this was an existing band, formed by Emry Thomas and Andre Lewis, called Maxayn. Watson became a member, Andre is still the leader. The band was named after Maxayn Lewis, singing member and then the wife of Andre Lewis, "