Huey Lewis
Singer-songwriter, rock musician
Huey Lewis
Huey Lewis is an American musician, songwriter, and actor. Lewis sings lead and plays harmonica for his band, Huey Lewis and the News, in addition to writing or co-writing many of the band's songs. The band is perhaps best known for their third album, Sports, and their contribution to the soundtrack of the 1985 feature film Back to the Future. Lewis previously played with the band Clover from 1972 to 1979.
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Yes, Beyoncé And Gwyneth Paltrow Will Sing On Coldplay's New Album
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Her Highness Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter and Goop founder/actress Gwyneth Paltrow will both sing on Coldplay's next album. Yes, we're just as shocked as you are.  It's no secret that the two celebrities are besties, but it is a little surprising that they will both appear on a CD together from Chris Martin and company. Sure, Coldplay has worked with major pop stars, like Rihanna for "Princess of China," in the past, but this comes at sort of an awkward time. After all, Martin and Paltrow "consciously uncoupled" last year.  But, sure enough, the Wall Street Journal reports that Beyoncé will sing on Coldplay's song "Hymn for the Weekend" while Paltrow will belt it out with Martin on "Everglow." To make things even more fun interesting, Martin's current flame, English actress Annabelle Wallis, will also lend her vocals to one of the songs.  "Everyone who got asked to sing on our album has an important part in our lives," said Martin to WSJ, adding that his two children Apple ...
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Fox News Host Gets Trapped Inside A DeLorean
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Fox News host Brian Kilmeade might be wishing he could go back in time after he got trapped inside a DeLorean while 80s rocker Huey Lewis looked on during a segment on "Back to the Future" on Wednesday.  A clip posted online by Raw Story shows Kilmeade stuck in the car as Lewis tries to open the door to let him out during "Fox & Friends." "We rehearsed this," said Lewis, who recorded two songs for the original "Back to the Future" film.  When Kilmeade finally stepped out, he hit his head on the gull-wing door.  "What year is it?" he asked, rubbing his head. "Really, what year is it?" Kilmeade also wanted to know what the others thought of his Marty McFly outfit. "Do I look as sexy as I feel?" he asked Lewis. "Uhh... no," Lewis replied.  Check it out in the clip above.    Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may n ...
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Hip Today, Gone Tomorrow?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
When a pretentious lifestyle intending to proclaim originality and nonconformity becomes an overused cliché, isn't it time for its proponents to move on? In the past months I have spotted the easily recognizable members of the hipster community in L.A., Berlin, England, Spain and even beautiful Bella Italia. In the Amsterdam airport I even saw a Muslim hipster sporting a topknot and tight jeans with a veiled woman in tow. The look has little geographic variation: lumberjack beard, hair that's long on top with short sides, skinny jeans, new multicolored Nikes, plaid shirt, Smurf hat and intellectual glasses. I wonder how many really are original in their expression and how many are simply trying to look like they are original for lack of their own personal style or beliefs. Hipsters aren't a new phenomena, the term "hip" was noted as early as 1902, with the meaning "aware" or "in the know." Jack Kerouac described 1940s hipsters as "rising and roaming America, bumming and hitchhiki ...
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FTW vs. WTF: The TV Week in Review (March 15–21)
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
It's March Madness, everybody! (For you non-Americans, just pretend it's the World Cup but you can use your hands and the tournament doesn't run as long and the goals are 10 feet in the air and much smaller.) That means everyone will be talking about rankings and upsets. But even if you don't know a thing about basketball, it doesn't matter, because you can still talk about rankings and upsets from a TV point of view. You want rankings? How about the top 30 shows of the decade so far? You want an upset? Try watching The Slap! Anything that basketball can do, TV can do better. And it's on all year long! Also, here's what we liked and didn't like from the TV week that was. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't finished watching this week's new episodes (of The Walking Dead, The Flash, The Americans, etc.), we suggest that you hold off on reading this story until you do. FTW: We'll never see another show like The Jinx, even if we live to be a million years old Andrew Jarecki's six-part HBO docume ...
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U.S. and Russia: Hockey Is Our Common Friend
Huffington Post Sports - about 2 years
Last week, I had the honor of showing an old friend of mine -- Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jay Greenberg -- around Moscow. We got a good deal on Russian hats, took in a game and made some new friends afterward. A good time was had by all. One of the first Russian words I learned when I took my current position with the KHL was a commonly used expression for "friend." Transliterated from the Cyrillic alphabet the word "друг" can easily be mistaken in English for "drug." The spoken pronunciation sounds a bit more like a "droog" from A Clockwork Orange. Either, which way, hearing the word the first time or two made me furrow my brow! The mistranslation can sometimes go the other way, too. I've heard that, on a Russian radio station that played older American rock and pop songs around the post-Glasnost era, there was a 1980s-era Huey Lewis and the News song that was once mistranslated as "I Want a New Friend." Whether that's true or not, I have no idea. It doesn't even matter. The p ...
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Great Scott! A 'Back To The Future' Musical Is Happening
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Director Robert Zemeckis is literally going back into the past for his next project — a stage musical of "Back to the Future." Producers said Thursday night that a show adapted from the sci-fi comedy franchise starring Michael J. Fox will open in London's West End in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the film. A Broadway run is a possibility if the new musical flies as well as the film's specially equipped DeLorean. The new musical will have a book by Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd, and new music and lyrics by composer Alan Silvestri and songwriter and record producer Glen Ballard. Lloyd also will direct. "The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience," Lloyd said in a statement Friday. In the 1985 film, Marty McFly becomes a human guinea pig who travels back to his hometown in 1955. Once there, he gets caught up in the soap opera lives of his own te ...
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Everything Wrong With 'Back To The Future' In Eight Minutes Or Less
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The folks at CinemaSins turn their critical eyes to the '80s classic "Back To The Future" this week, and they show no mercy. Over the course of eight minutes, they do their best to totally ruin one of your favorite childhood memories. Fortunately, that simply isn't possible... not with those Huey Lewis songs on the soundtrack. Via Blame It On The Voices
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Why President Bill Clinton Is So Difficult to Photograph
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Photo Credit: Heather Hummel Photography President Bill Clinton and actor Bill Murray are two of the toughest people I've ever photographed. Why? Because they are so animated! That characteristic might seem like a plus, but remember, a photo is captured in a fraction of a second. By a fraction of a second, I mean 1/250 on average for a good shot that avoids camera shake or blurring. In that split second, an animated face can give you enough contortions to land a spot on the Vegas Strip. From funky mouths to sucked in cheeks to rolling eyes, just about any expression can come up. As such, I spend a lot of time waiting for the subject to relax their faces before pressing the shutter. Photo Credit: Heather Hummel Photography Ironically, what saved me with photographing both of these Bills were their gestures. A photo should tell a story, and in that regard, an animated subject is certain to deliver. The hand gestures in these images tell the viewer that they are engaging their ...
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Horrifying New Drugs! Does New Zealand's New Synthetic Drug Law Offer a Safer Way Forward?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Time magazine warns "The World's Most Horrifying Drug May Have Claimed Its First U.S. Victim." The horror of this "new" drug, "krokodil," is that it "eats the skin" of those who use it. Why would anyone use drugs with all their risks, let alone an untested new drug or a drug that reportedly "eats their skin?" Because the reasons that people use drugs are important to them. People use drugs to get high for various reasons (i.e. to feel good, to forget their troubles, to seek the "truth" or the "divine," for excitement or adventure, or to relieve boredom).They use drugs to ward off "dope sickness" (i.e. prevent withdrawal symptoms). They use drugs to enhance their performance of some task (such as studying, flying an airplane or driving a truck for many hours, or hitting homeruns). And people use drugs to fit in socially (to feel relaxed with strangers or to accommodate peer pressure). However, federal, state and international law recognize "medical use" as the sole legitimate reason o ...
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‘American Psycho' sequel series in the works at FX
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Sharpen up those Phil Collins and Huey Lewis references (along with your axes) — FX is taking on "American Psycho." The network is developing a sequel series to the 2000 Christian Bale-starring film, which was based on the Bet Easton Ellis novel. The series would move the action from the 1980s to present day, with yuppie serial killer Patrick Bateman in middle age but no less violent as he takes a protege under his wing to take up the blood-stained baton. Stefan Jaworski ("Those Who Kill") is writing and executive producing. ...
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Beastly fire disrupts Idaho vacation heaven; smoke casts shadow over economy
Brandon Sun - over 3 years
SUN VALLEY, Idaho - For rockers Huey Lewis and the News, smoke from the massive Sun Valley, Idaho, wildfire known as "the Beast" had band members who famously worried about the heart of rock and roll worrying about their lungs. They cancelled their show, as did the novelists, poets and
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The Ticket: Professional Bull Riding, Umphrey's McGee, Huey Lewis and the News
The Tennessean - over 3 years
The Tennessean's Dave Paulson and Jen Todd look ahead to discuss the Professional Bull Riders tour stop this weekend in Nashville, Friday's Umphrey's McGee concert, and Sunday's Huey Lewis and the News concert at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Huey Lewis
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 64
    On October 21, 2015, on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Huey Lewis reprised his role from Back to the Future in a segment where Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett L. Brown arrive in the time machine and talk to the host.
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  • 2013
    Age 62
    On April 2, 2013, Lewis appeared on the ABC television series Dancing with the Stars, where he performed "The Heart of Rock & Roll" in celebration of the 30th anniversary release of Sports and a concert tour with the News.
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  • 2011
    Age 60
    On May 29, 2011, Lewis played the annual Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois, along with Chicago-based progressive jam band Umphrey's Mcgee.
    More Details Hide Details They were billed as Huey Lewis and The Rumors. Together they played covers as well as songs from both their respective catalogs.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 57
    On July 4, 2008, the eve of his 58th birthday, Huey Lewis and the News were the opening act for the annual A Capitol Fourth celebration on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. More than a half million people attended, and was broadcast live on PBS.
    More Details Hide Details The band performed "The Heart of Rock & Roll", "The Power of Love" and "Workin' for a Livin'".
  • 2007
    Age 56
    Lewis recorded a duet version of "Workin' for a Livin'" with Garth Brooks, which was included on Brooks' 3-disc set The Ultimate Hits, in late 2007.
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    During a show at the California State Fair on August 21, 2007 Lewis was named Sacramento's Musician of the Year by the fair's general manager and presented with a gold statue of the California state bear.
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    On February 13, 2007, Lewis was interviewed on the podcast series Stuck in the 80s.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview he revealed that the band has written several new songs that they planned to record in 2008. He also stated that, given how much the industry has changed since their last album, he was unsure how they would sell the new material.
  • 2005
    Age 54
    Huey Lewis has sung with Umphrey's McGee at several shows beginning with the 2005 Jammy Awards and is featured on two tracks of their album Safety in Numbers.
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  • 2001
    Age 50
    In 2001, Parker sued Lewis, alleging that in a Behind the Music episode, Lewis had discussed the settlement in violation of their nondisclosure agreement.
    More Details Hide Details Lewis resides on a ranch near Stevensville, Montana. He considers it his permanent residence.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 34
    Lewis' big-screen debut was a cameo appearance in the 1985 film Back to the Future, which featured two Huey Lewis and the News songs in the soundtrack.
    More Details Hide Details His character is one of the teachers auditioning acts for the high school talent show early in the film. Additional and more substantial roles followed, including Vern Miller in Robert Altman's ensemble feature, Short Cuts, and Ricky Dean in Duets. He has performed in occasional television roles as well, including One Tree Hill, King of Queens and a recurring character on Hot in Cleveland.
    Lewis and his bandmates performed on USA for Africa's 1985 fund-raising single "We Are the World".
    More Details Hide Details The remainder of the 1980s and early 1990s were mostly spent touring and recording 14 Top-20 Billboard Hot 100 hits and releasing two more hit albums: Small World (1988) No. 11 and Hard at Play (1991) No. 27.
    His 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 song, "Back in Time".
    More Details Hide Details 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 an inside joke, the piece the band plays is an instrumental heavy metal version of "The Power of Love." (The committee leader's response, after glancing at an unimpressed Lewis: "Hold it, fellas... I'm afraid you're just too darn loud.") "The Power of Love" was nominated for an Academy Award. Following the success of "The Power of Love" and Back to the Future, Huey Lewis and the News released their fourth studio album, Fore! in 1986. Fore! followed the success of Sports and reached number-one on the Billboard 200. The album spawned the number-one singles, "Stuck with You" and "Jacob's Ladder" as well as the mainstream rock hit "Hip to Be Square". In all, the album had five top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified triple platinum.
    Lewis produced Nick Lowe's 1985 version of "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)", and later produced several songs (including one where he sang backup and played harmonica) on Bruce Hornsby & The Range's debut album, The Way It Is.
    More Details Hide Details Hornsby thanked him by writing the song "Jacob's Ladder", a No. 1 single from The News' next album.
  • 1983
    Age 32
    He married his manager's secretary, Sidney Conroy, in 1983 in Hawaii.
    More Details Hide Details Hugh and Sidney separated six years later. They have a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Austin, who's two years younger. Hugh has been an avid golfer, beginning his playing at age 33, and is also a lifelong fly fisherman. He has undergone heart bypass surgery. See Huey Lewis and the News discography for albums and singles by the band. Below are specific contributions by Huey Lewis as a solo artist. The following table denotes singles that Lewis has charted with solo credits.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 29
    After a failed self-titled debut in 1980 the band finally broke through to Top 40 success with the gold album Picture This (1982).
    More Details Hide Details It rose to No. 13 on the Albums chart thanks to the Mutt Lange-penned "Do You Believe in Love" (No. 7), the band's first hit. The band's third LP, Sports (1983), is one of the best-selling pop releases of all time. It became a number-one hit in 1984 and multi-platinum success in 1985. Four singles from the album reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100: "Heart and Soul" reached No. 8, while "I Want a New Drug", "The Heart of Rock & Roll", and "If This Is It" all reached No. 6.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    Under the name "Bluesy Huey Lewis", Lewis played harmonica on Thin Lizzy's 1978 landmark album Live and Dangerous.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he was playing at Uncle Charlie's, a club in Corte Madera, California, doing the "Monday Night Live" spot along with future members of the News. At this point he had adopted the "Huey Lewis" spelling, and the band was billed as Huey Lewis and the American Express. After recording the song "Exodisco" (a disco version of the theme from the film Exodus) simply as American Express, Huey landed a singles contract from Phonogram Records and Bob Brown became his manager. The band played a few gigs (including an opening for Van Morrison), before adding new guitarist Chris Hayes to the line-up. On Brown's advice they changed their name again to Huey Lewis and The News.
  • 1971
    Age 20
    In 1971 Lewis joined the Bay Area band Clover.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time he took the stage name "Hughie Louis", the spelling of which he would tinker with for some years after. Other members of the band (at various points) included John McFee and Alex Call. Lewis played harmonica and sang lead vocals on a few tunes. In 1976, after playing in the Bay Area with limited success, Clover went to Los Angeles. They had their "big break" in a club there when their act was caught by Nick Lowe who convinced Clover to travel to Great Britain with him. However, Clover arrived in Britain just as their folk-rock sound, known as pub rock in Britain, was being replaced by punk rock. The two Clover albums produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange under the British Phonogram label were not successful. By this point the spelling of Cregg's stage name had changed to "Huey Louis"; it is under this spelling that he is billed on both of Clover's albums for Phonogram, although for songwriting credits he is billed as "H. Cregg". In 1978 the band returned to California, McFee joined the Doobie Brothers, and Clover disbanded.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 18
    He signed up with a band called Slippery Elm, and in December 1969 during his junior year, he dropped out of Cornell and moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area.
    More Details Hide Details His aim was to continue playing music though along the way he also tried other fields of work including landscaping, carpentry, wedding, and event-planning, as well as delivering and selling natural foods.
  • 1967
    Age 16
    He attended and graduated from the Lawrenceville School, an all-male prep school in New Jersey, in 1967, and he achieved a perfect score of 800 on the math portion of the SAT.
    More Details Hide Details He was also an all-state baseball player. Lewis attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His mother had an extramarital affair with Beat Generation poet Lew Welch who eventually became Lewis' stepfather. In an interview with David Letterman, Lewis talked about hitchhiking across the country back to New York City and how he learned to play the harmonica while waiting for rides. He talked about hanging out at the airport for three days until he stowed away on a plane to Europe. In later interviews, Lewis would reveal other encounters he had traveling around Europe. While visiting the city of Aberdeen, Scotland, with no money and nowhere to sleep, he claimed that the locals were very hospitable by offering him somewhere to stay. In Madrid, Spain, he became an accomplished blues player as he hitchhiked and supported himself by busking with his harmonica. He gave his first concerts in Madrid, earning enough money to buy a plane ticket back to the USA.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Born
    Born on July 5, 1950.
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