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Huey Lewis and the News is an American rock band based in San Francisco, California. They had a run of hit singles during the 1980s and early 1990s, eventually scoring a total of 19 Top Ten singles across the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary and Mainstream Rock Charts. Their greatest success was in the 1980s with the No. 1 album, Sports, coupled with a series of highly successful MTV videos. Their worldwide fame expanded when the song "The Power of Love" was featured as a key track in the film Back to the Future, and became a number-one hit. "Back in Time" was also used in the movie. The News combined a rock (and sometimes, a "blues rock") backing with soul and doo-wop-influenced harmony vocals and Lewis's voice.

History

In 1972, singer/harmonica player Huey Lewis and keyboardist Sean Hopper joined the Bay Area jazz-funk band, Clover. Clover would record several albums in the 1970s, and in the middle of the decade transplanted themselves to England to become part of the UK pub rock scene for a time. Without Lewis (but with Hopper), they eventually became the original backing band for Elvis Costello's first album My Aim Is True. The band returned to the Bay Area by the end of the 1970s.

 

Clover's main competition in the Bay Area jazz-funk scene was a band called Soundhole, whose members included drummer Bill Gibson, saxophonist/guitarist Johnny Colla, and bassist Mario Cipollina (younger brother of John Cipollina). Like Clover, Soundhole had spent time backing a famous singer, Van Morrison. After getting a singles contract from Phonogram Records in 1978, Huey Lewis united his former bandmate and three of his former rivals to form a new group, Huey Lewis & The American Express. In 1979 they recorded and released a single, "Exo-Disco" (a disco version of the theme from the film Exodus), that was largely ignored. The B-side of this record, "Kick Back" was a song that had previously been performed live by Lewis and his former band, Clover. In 1979, the band would woo guitarist Chris Hayes and move to Chrysalis Records. After the credit card organization American Express complained, in January 1980 they changed their name to Huey Lewis and the News.

Later in 1980, the band issued their first album, a self-titled LP Huey Lewis and the News. It went largely unnoticed. In 1982, the band released their second album, the self-produced Picture This. The album turned gold, fueled by the breakout success of the hit single "Do You Believe in Love," written by former Clover producer, Mutt Lange, the single being used in the "Miami Vice" episode "Prodigal Son". Largely because of the single, the album remained on the Billboard 200 album chart for 35 weeks and peaked at No. 13. The follow-up singles from Picture This, "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do" and "Workin' for a Livin'" followed with limited success, though the video for "Workin' for a Livin'" received considerable airplay on MTV and HBO's Video Jukebox.

Due to record label delays on the release of their third album Sports, Huey Lewis and the News was back to square one in late 1983, touring small clubs in a bus to promote the record. The new album initially hit No. 6 in the U.S. when first released. However, "Sports" slowly became a number-one hit in 1984 and multi-platinum success in 1985, thanks to the band's frequent touring and a series of clever, funny videos that received heavy MTV airplay. Four singles from the album would reach the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100: "Heart and Soul" (No. 8) (which was also their first No. 1 single on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart), "I Want a New Drug" (No. 6), "The Heart of Rock & Roll" (No. 6), and "If This Is It" (No. 6). The album has sold over 10 million copies to date in the U.S. alone.

Their song "The Power of Love" was a number-one U.S. hit and featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future, for which they also recorded the theme song "Back In Time," Huey Lewis has a cameo appearance in the film as a faculty member who rejects Marty McFly's band's audition for the school's "Battle of the Bands" contest. As a nice inside joke, the piece the band plays is an instrumental version of "The Power of Love" (Lewis's response: "Sorry, fellas ... I'm afraid you're just too darn loud"). "The Power of Love" was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Following the success of "The Power of Love" and Back to the Future, Huey Lewis and The News released Fore! in 1986. Fore! was the band's second number-one album on the Billboard 200. The album had widespread success, spawning two number-one singles, "Stuck with You" and "Jacob's Ladder". Fore! is also known for the Mainstream Rock number-one hit "Hip to Be Square". All told, the album had five top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified triple platinum.

The band continued to tour throughout 1987, and released Small World in 1988. After two mega-hit, multi-platinum albums, Small World was considered a commercial disappointment, stalling at No. 11 and only going platinum. The album, which was more jazz and less rock than their previous albums, had one major hit single, "Perfect World," which reached No. 3 on the pop charts.The album was voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as the worst album of 1988, though many Huey Lewis & The News fans regard Small World as their best.

At the end of the Small World tour in 1989, the band took a long-earned break from recording and heavy touring and parted ways with Chrysalis Records. In 1991 they released the Hard at Play album on their new label EMI, which went back to the R&B rock sound that listeners expected of them, and the band was able to crank out two more hit singles, "Couple Days Off" (No. 11) and "It Hit Me Like A Hammer" (No. 21). The album was certified gold and the band headlined another world tour in support of the release, which would be their last album of new material for a decade.

The band once again changed labels, this time signing with Elektra Records, releasing a cover album in 1994 called Four Chords & Several Years Ago featuring doo-wop and rock songs from the 1950s and '60s. This was the last album released with bassist Mario Cipollina, who left the band after the Four Chords & Several Years Ago world tour ended. The album charted on the Billboard 200 and had two big hits on adult contemporary radio.

Into the 21st Century

In late 2000, Huey Lewis furthered his acting career with his biggest starring role yet in the ensemble comedy "Duets." The film was a box-office flop. However, the soundtrack featured a duet between Lewis and co-star Gwyneth Paltrow on the Smokey Robinson classic, "Cruisin'," which became an unexpected hit, peaking at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart, as well as reaching the top spot on the Australian and New Zealand pop charts.

The band's first album with all new material, Plan B on Jive Records, was released in 2001, which was the last album with lead guitarist Chris Hayes as a member. The album was a collection of songs which the band enjoyed playing and gave the band some of the better reviews of their career. The album only briefly made the charts, while the lead single, "Let Her Go & Start Over", became a minor adult contemporary hit. Since 2001, no album containing new material has been released, but the band continues to tour, playing around 70 dates a year. In 2007, Garth Brooks released a duet with Huey Lewis, with a cover of "Workin' for a Living", featured as a new track on Brooks' The Ultimate Hits set. The single reached number 19 on the Billboard Country chart.

Ghostbusters

In 1984, Ray Parker Jr. was signed by the producers of Ghostbusters to develop the film's title song. Later that year, Huey Lewis and the News sued Parker, citing the similarities between the Ghostbusters theme song and their earlier hit "I Want a New Drug". According to Huey Lewis and the News, this was especially damaging to them since the Ghostbusters theme song was so popular, rising to number one on the charts for three weeks. Parker and Lewis later settled out of court. Huey Lewis has stated that his experiences with the producers of Ghostbusters may have been indirectly responsible for getting his band involved with the movie Back to the Future.

In the 2001 Behind the Music special, Huey Lewis stated: "The offensive part was not so much that Ray Parker Jr. had ripped this song off, it was kind of symbolic of an industry that wants something -- they wanted our wave, and they wanted to buy it. ... t's not for sale. ... In the end, I suppose they were right. I suppose it was for sale, because, basically, they bought it." As a result of this statement, Ray Parker Jr. has filed a suit against Huey Lewis, claiming he violated the settlement's confidentiality agreement and seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney fees. The lawsuit is ongoing.

Current

The band continues to tour to this day; however, the lineup has changed significantly since the band's heyday. Mario Cipollina left the band shortly after 1994's Four Chords and Several Years Ago album and tour. His replacement since that time has been bassist John Pierce. The Tower of Power, which served as the band's horn section from the early 80's, also ceased their work with the band in 1994. Marvin McFadden, Ron Stallings, and Rob Sudduth joined the group in their place. In early 2000, Chris Hayes left "The News" to spend more time with his family, though he performed on their 2001 album Plan B. Stef Burns replaced Hayes, although guitarists Tal Morris and James Harrah have also filled in when Burns has had to leave due to other commitments. Hayes has occasionally appeared with the band when playing in the San Francisco Bay Area and is known to play some shows with other performers and friends in the San Francisco area.

Huey Lewis and the News recorded their live album, Live at 25, in December 2004 at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, California, which celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band. In the summer of 2006, the band co-headlined a U.S. tour with Chicago. Highlights of the tour included Chicago's Bill Champlin playing with the band, and members of Huey Lewis and the News playing on Chicago's percussion-laden hit, "I'm a Man." Huey Lewis also sang the lead on Chicago's "Colour My World."

On , 2007, Lewis was interviewed on the podcast series Stuck in the 80s, during which he revealed that the band has written several new songs that they hoped to record sometime in 2008. He does state that, given how much the industry has changed since their last album, he's unsure at this point how they will sell the new material.

On , 2007, the band played a show at the California State Fair and were joined on stage by original bassist Mario Cipollina during a four-song encore, his first on-stage performance with the group in over 10 years. Huey Lewis and the News performed at the 28th annual presentation of A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C., on Friday, , 2008.

In 2008, Huey Lewis and the News recorded the theme song to the action-comedy film, Pineapple Express. The song is on the soundtrack to the film, which was released on , 2008, a day before the movie released on , 2008.

Ron Stallings died on April 13, 2009, from a hard fought battle with multiple melanoma.

Current members

  • Huey Lewis – lead vocals, harmonica (1979–present)
  • Sean Hopper – keyboards, backing vocals (1979–present)
  • Bill Gibson – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1979–present)
  • Johnny Colla – guitar, saxophone, backing vocals (1979–present)
  • John Pierce – bass (1995–present)
  • Stef Burns – lead guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
  • James Harrah – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2016–present)

The Sports Section

  • Marvin McFadden – trumpet (1994–present)
  • Rob Sudduth – tenor saxophone (1994–present)
  • Johnnie Bamont – alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, flute (2009–present)

Former members

  • Mario Cipollina – bass (1979–1995)
  • Chris Hayes – lead guitar, backing vocals (1979–2001)
  • Ron Stallings – tenor saxophone (1994–2009; died 2009)

Studio Albums

Album Details   Track Listings

Huey Lewis and the News

  • First studio album
  • Released June 25, 1980
  • Recorded December 1979;
  • American Recording, Studio City,
  • Redwing Sound, Los Angeles,
  • Studio 55, Los Angeles
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 31:20
  • Label Chrysalis
  • Producer Bill Schnee

All songs written and composed by Mario Cipollina, Johnny Colla, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper and Huey Lewis except as noted.

  1. "Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)" 3:23
  2. "Don't Make Me Do It" 2:50
  3. "Stop Trying" 3:31
  4. "Now Here's You" (Cipollina, Colla, Gibson, Hayes, Hopper, Lewis, John McFee) 4:12
  5. "I Want You" (Brian Marnell) 2:48
  6. "Don't Ever Tell Me That You Love Me" 2:53
  7. "Hearts" 2:51
  8. "Trouble In Paradise" 3:11
  9. "Who Cares?" 3:49
  10. "If You Really Love Me You'll Let Me" 1:52

Picture This

  • Second studio album
  • Release date: January 29, 1982
  • Recorded September–November 1981, The Automatt, San Francisco
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 33:54
  • Label Chrysalis
  • Producer Huey Lewis and the News
    Bob Brown
  1. "Change of Heart" Chris Hayes, Huey Lewis 3:41
  2. "Tell Me A Little Lie" Johnny Colla, H. Lewis 3:42
  3. "Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)" Phil Lynott 3:11
  4. "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do" Mike Duke 3:44
  5. "Workin' for a Livin'" C. Hayes, H. Lewis 2:36
  6. "Do You Believe in Love" Robert John "Mutt" Lange 3:30
  7. "Is It Me" C. Hayes, Sean Hopper, H. Lewis 3:01
  8. "Whatever Happened to True Love" J. Colla, H. Lewis 3:14
  9. "The Only One" J. Colla, H. Lewis, Bill Gibson 4:46
  10. "Buzz Buzz Buzz" Robert Byrd, John Gray 2:29

Sports

  • Third studio album
  • Release date: September 15, 1983
  • Recorded Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California;
    The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 37:46
  • Label Chrysalis
  • Producer Huey Lewis and the News
  1. "The Heart of Rock & Roll" Johnny Colla, Huey Lewis 5:03
  2. "Heart and Soul" Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn 4:13
  3. "Bad Is Bad" Alex Call, John Ciambotti, Sean Hopper, H. Lewis, John McFee, Michael Schriener 3:48
  4. "I Want a New Drug" Chris Hayes, H. Lewis 4:46
  5. "Walking on a Thin Line" Andre Pessis, Kevin Wells 5:11
  6. "Finally Found a Home" B. Brown, C. Hayes, H. Lewis 3:43
  7. "If This Is It" J. Colla, H. Lewis 3:54
  8. "You Crack Me Up" Mario Cipollina, H. Lewis 3:42
  9. "Honky Tonk Blues" Hank Williams 3:26

Fore!

  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: September 20, 1986
  • Recorded Studio D Recording, Sausalito, CA
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 41:40
  • Label Chrysalis
  • Producer Huey Lewis and the News
  1. "Jacob's Ladder" (Bruce Hornsby, John Hornsby) – 3:33
  2. "Stuck with You" (Hayes, Lewis) – 4:29
  3. "Whole Lotta Lovin'" (Colla, Lewis) – 3:30
  4. "Doing It All for My Baby" (Cody, Duke) – 3:39
  5. "Hip to Be Square" (Gibson, Hopper, Lewis) – 4:05
  6. "I Know What I Like" (Hayes, Lewis) – 3:59
  7. "I Never Walk Alone" (Nielsen) – 3:44
  8. "Forest for the Trees" (Fletcher, Gibson, Lewis, Loggins) – 3:28
  9. "Naturally" (Colla, Lewis) – 2:52
    "Simple as That" (Biner, Castillo, Kupka) – 4:27

The European and Japanese version had "The Power of Love" (from Back to the Future) as Track 8, then Tracks 8-10 above as Tracks 9-11.

Small World

  • Fifth studio album
  • Release date: June 1988
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 45:20
  • Label Chrysalis
  • Producer Huey Lewis and the News
  1. "Small World (Part One)" (Chris Hayes, Huey Lewis) – 3:55
  2. "Old Antone's" (Johnny Colla, Lewis) – 4:47
  3. "Perfect World" (Alex Call) – 4:07
  4. "Bobo Tempo" (John Ciambotti, Sean Hopper, Lewis) – 4:39
  5. "Small World (Part Two)" (Hayes, Lewis) – 4:06
  6. "Walking with the Kid" (Hayes, Lewis, G. Palmer) – 3:59
  7. "World to Me" (Hayes, Lewis) – 5:21
  8. "Better Be True" (Colla, Lewis) – 5:19
  9. "Give Me the Keys (And I'll Drive You Crazy)" (Bill Gibson, Lewis, S. Lewis) – 4:35
  10. "Slammin'" (Greg Adams, Hayes, Palmer) – 4:32

Hard at Play

  • Sixth studio album
  • Release date: January 1991
  • Recorded Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 46:09
  • Label EMI America
  • Producer Huey Lewis and the News , Bill Schnee , Eric Thorngren
  1. "Build Me Up" (Johnny Colla, Huey Lewis) – 4:28
  2. "It Hit Me Like a Hammer" (Robert "Mutt" Lange, H. Lewis) – 4:01
  3. "Attitude" (M. Carl) – 4:00
  4. "He Don't Know" (D. Covay, J. Tiven, S. Tiven) – 4:15
  5. "Couple Days Off" (Chris Hayes, H. Lewis, G. Palmer) – 4:56
  6. "That's Not Me" (M. Ruff) – 4:15
  7. "We Should Be Making Love" (A. Goldmark, S. Kipner, S. Lindsey) – 4:01
  8. "Best of Me" (Bonnie Hayes, K. Hayes, A. Stocking) – 3:57
  9. "Do You Love Me, Or What?" (C. Hayes, H. Lewis, Nick Lowe) – 3:46
  10. "Don't Look Back" (H. Lewis, Bill Gibson, D. Fredericks) – 3:44
  11. "Time Ain't Money" (J. Colla, H. Lewis) – 4:46

Four Chords & Several Years Ago

  • Seventh studio album
  • Release date: November 1, 1994
  • Genre Rock & Roll
  • Length 48:52
  • Label Elektra
  • Producer Stewart Levine
  1. "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (Charles E. Calhoun) – 3:07
  2. "Blue Monday" (Bartholomew, Domino) – 2:41
  3. "Searching for My Love" (R. Moore) – 2:50
  4. "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful" (John Ellison) – 3:06
  5. "But It's Alright" (J.J. Jackson, Pierre Tubbs) – 2:54
  6. "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody" (Clark) – 2:32
  7. "Mother in Law" (Allen Toussaint) – 2:43
  8. "Little Bitty Pretty One" (Byrd) – 2:04
  9. "Good Morning Little School Girl" (Sonny Boy Williamson I) (credited as "S.L. Hopkins")– 4:02
  10. "Stagger Lee" (Logan, Price) – 2:36
  11. "She Shot a Hole in My Soul" (Gayden, Neese) – 2:38
  12. "Surely I Love You" (Bracken, Oliver) – 2:51
  13. "You Left the Water Running" (Frank, Hall, Penn) – 3:06
  14. "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash" (Calhoun) – 2:57
  15. "Function at the Junction" (Holland, Shorty Long) – 3:13
  16. "Better to Have and Not Need" (Don Covay, Watts) – 3:32
  17. "Going Down Slow" (St. Louis Jimmy Oden) – 2:00

Plan B

  • Eighth studio album
  • Release date: May 1, 2001
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 48:16
  • Label Silvertone Records, distributed by Zomba/Jive
  • Producer Huey Lewis, Johnny Colla
  1. "We're Not Here for a Long Time (We're Here for a Good Time)" (Johnny Colla, Chris Hayes, Huey Lewis) – 3:53
  2. "My Other Woman" (Colla, Lewis) – 4:06
  3. "I Ain't Perfect" (Bill Gibson, Lewis) – 4:33
  4. "When I Write the Book" (Billy Bremner, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe) – 3:44
  5. "I'm Not in Love Yet" (Hayes, Lewis) – 4:28
  6. "Thank You, No. 19" (Sean Hopper, Lewis) – 4:52
  7. "Plan B" (Colla, Lewis) – 3:27
  8. "The Rhythm Ranch" (Colla, Lewis) – 4:49
  9. "Let Her Go and Start Over" (Mike Duke) – 4:47
  10. "I Never Think About You" (Hayes, Lewis, John Pierce) – 5:16
  11. "So Little Kindness" (Hayes, Lewis, Rob Sudduth) – 4:21

Soulsville

  • Ninth studio album
  • Release date: October 18, 2010
  • Recorded 2010
  • Genre Soul
  • Length 43:36
  • Label W.O.W. Records
  • Producer Jim Gaines
    Huey Lewis and the News
  1. "Don't Fight It" Steve Cropper, Wilson Pickett 2:57
  2. "Got to Get You Off My Mind" D. Burke, Solomon Burke, J. Moore 2:50
  3. "Free" Alana Davis, Ed Tuton 3:53
  4. "Respect Yourself" Luther Ingram, Mack Rice 3:41
  5. "Cry to Me" Bert Russell 2:59
  6. "Just One More Day" S. Cropper, Otis Redding, M. Robinson 3:25
  7. "Never Found a Girl" Eddie Floyd, Alvertis Isbell, B. Jones Jr. 2:53
  8. "Soulsville" Isaac Hayes 3:37
  9. "Little Sally Walker" Rufus Thomas 2:11
  10. "I Want To (Do Everything for You)" Joe Tex 3:13
  11. "Just the One (I've Been Looking For)" S. Cropper, E. Floyd, A. Isbell 2:55
  12. "Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You" J. Akines, J. Bellmon, V. Drayton, R. Turner 2:51
  13. "Never Like This Before" I. Hayes, B. Jones Jr., David Porter 2:57
  14. "Grab This Thing" S. Cropper, A. Isbell 3:14

Weather

  • Released February 14, 2020
  • Recorded 2017
  • Studio Trout Farm Studios, San Rafael, California
  • Genre Rock
  • Length 26:01
  • Label New Hulex BMG
  • Producer Huey Lewis Johnny Colla
  1. "While We're Young" 3:45
  2. "Her Love Is Killin' Me" 3:41
  3. "I Am There for You" 4:13
  4. "Hurry Back Baby" 3:55
  5. "Remind Me Why I Love You Again" 3:20
  6. "Pretty Girls Everywhere" 3:23
  7. "One of the Boys" 3:48
Total length: 26:01

Singles

Year Single Album
1979 "Exo-Disco"/"Kick Back" (as American Express) non-album single
1980 "Some of My Lies Are True (Sooner or Later)" Huey Lewis and the News
"Now Here's You"
1982 "Do You Believe in Love" Picture This
"Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do"
"Tattoo (Giving It All Up for Love)" (UK only)
"Workin' for a Livin'"
1983 "Heart and Soul" Sports
1984 "I Want a New Drug"
"The Heart of Rock & Roll"
"If This Is It"
"Finally Found a Home"
"Walking on a Thin Line"
1985 "The Power of Love" Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Back in Time"
1986 "Stuck with You" Fore!
"Hip to Be Square"
"Whole Lotta Lovin'"
1987 "Jacob's Ladder"
"I Know What I Like"
"Simple as That" (UK only)
"Doing It All for My Baby"
1988 "Perfect World" Small World
"Small World (Part One)"
1989 "Give Me the Keys (And I'll Drive You Crazy)"
"World to Me"
"Walking with the Kid"
1991 "Couple Days Off" Hard at Play
"It Hit Me Like a Hammer"
"He Don't Know"
"Build Me Up"
1993 "It's Alright" People Get Ready: A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield
1994 "(She's) Some Kind of Wonderful" Four Chords & Several Years Ago
"But It's Alright"
1995 "Little Bitty Pretty One"
1996 "100 Years from Now" Time Flies...
2001 "Let Her Go and Start Over" Plan B
"I'm Not in Love Yet" (with Wynonna Judd)
2019 "Her Love Is Killin' Me" Weather
"While We're Young"