The American rock band Huey Lewis and the News was a great sensation in the 1980’s. They have been nominated for the Academy Award and have scored numbers for popular movies such as Back to the Future. Their greatest success came with the release of their third album titled Sports in 1983. This album reached the top spot on the Billboard countdown bringing the band international fame and recognition.
Their fame grew further with the song “The Power of Love” for the movie ‘Back to the Future’ becoming a huge hit. Another very popular number ‘Back in Time’ was also used in this movie. The genre of this rock band can be classified as blues rock where they combined the sounds of rock with soul and doo-wop.
Huey Lewis started off as a singer and a harmonica player in 1972 with a band called Clover. He was joined in this Bay Area jazz-funk band by Sean Hopper who played the keyboards. Soundhole was the bands main competition in the Bay Area and it was form this band that Huey Lewis and the News got its drummer, bassist and saxophonist/guitarist in Bill Gibson, Mario Cippollina and Johnny Colla. It was in 1979 when Chris Hayes joined them as the lead guitarist.
The band started their journey together as Huey Lewis and The American Express belting out the single Exo-Disco that was not largely appreciated. However, they went on to change their name in 1980 after the American Express, the credit card organization, registered a complaint against them and Huey Lewis and the News was born.
Their first release as a band was in 1980 called ‘Huey Lewis and the News’. This album went largely unnoticed in the music scene. Their second release, Picture This was the one that bought them some recognition. However it was the hit single ‘Do you believe in Love’ that shot this band to the limelight. The single releases that followed did not get the expected success and due to record label delays their third album, Sports, was released much later than expected. Huey Lewis and the News had to go back to promoting this album in small clubs.
Sports gradually climbed the Billboard charts and went on to becoming a hit in 1984 and consequently in 1985 became a platinum hit selling over ten million copies in the United States alone. What followed was the number one hit ‘The Power of Love’ from the movie ‘Back to the Future’ which also earned the band its first Academy Award nomination.
They released their second album titled ‘Fore’ in 1986. This album too went on to become a hit on the Billboard 200 countdown and scored a triple platinum with five top ten single hits. Their next album was called Small World and released in 1988. This album however, was not as successful as its preceding albums and the band took a well deserving break after the Small Wonder tour ended in 1989. Though is album was rated as the bands worst by the Rolling Stones magazine, it is considered as one of the best by Huey Lewis and the News fans.
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