Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the Newsis a U. S. Rock band which was based in San Francisco, California. The band was very popular in the 1980's and the 1990's. They were considered to be one of the most popular music groups of the 1980's. The group combined rock music with blues rock with simple, light hearted songs which appealed to yuppies and baby boomers. Huey Lewis (singer and harmonica player) along with Sean Hopper (keyboard player), joined the band known as Clover. Clover was a Bay area jazz funk band. They recorded several albums in the 1970's They moved to England (without Lewis) in the mid 1970's and became a part of the U. K. Rock scene there for a while. Eventually they became the backing band for Elvis Costelloís first album called, My Aim Is True. They then moved back to the Bay area in the late 1970's. Huey Lewis got a singles contract with Phonogram Records in 1978 and Huey united with his former band mate and also three of his former rivals from the group Soundhole. They called their new group Huey Lewis and The American Express. The group released the single, Exo-Disco but was not successful. In 1979 the band moved to Chrysalis Records and in 1990 they changed their bandís name to Huey Lewis and the News after the American Express credit card company complained about them using the same name. In 1980 the band released their first LP called Huey Lewis and The News. The album did not receive any recognition. The band released their second album called, Picture This. The album was a tremendous success and turned gold shortly after its release. From the album also came the big hit single, Do You Believe In Love. The album stayed on the charts for 35 weeks and peaked at number 13. There were several other singles from the album but Do You Believe In Love was a big part of the album being such a success.
The groupís third album release was delayed so while waiting for it to be released, the band again played in clubs, in 1983, to promote their new album. The album was called, Sports, and after it was released, it hit number 6 on the charts in the U. S., in the beginning, then the album slowly became number 1 hit in 1984 and went multi-platinum in 1985. There were 4 singles from the album which hit the Top 10 and they were, I Want A New Drug, The Heart of Rock & Roll, The Power of Love, and If This Is It. The Power of Love was a number 1 single hit in the U. S. And was also featured on the soundtrack of the movie, Back To the Future. The band also recorded the theme song for the same movie, Back In Time.
Huey Lewis and the News are still performing today and have released a total of 13 albums and 33 singles to date.
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