Huey Lewis & The News

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Huey Lewis & The News Biography

Huey Lewis & The News emerged from the San Francisco, California USA Pop-Rock scene in the late '70s when singer+harmonica player Lewis and keyboardist Sean Hopper decided to start a new band with guitarist Chris Hayes, saxophonist+guitarist Johnny Colla, bass player Mario Cipollina and drummer Bill Gibson.

By 1980, the sextet was signed to Chrysalis Records which promptly issued their self-titled sophomore album.
The next release, "Picture This", appeared in early 1982 and entered the top 20 of the U.S. Pop Albums chart thanks to the first group's Pop Singles top 10 hit "Do You Believe In Love" which also ranked in the top 20 of The Mainstream Rock chart like "Workin' For A Livin'".
They began touring throughout the United States and in 1983 released their breakthrough album "Sports"; the following year, during the summer, the record hit #1 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, it yielded two Mainstream Rock top 10 hits including the #1 "Heart And Soul" and "I Want A New Drug", both the singles also ranked in the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100; "If This Is It" and "The Heart Of Rock & Roll" reached the #6 spots in the same chart.
"The Power Of Love", written for the movie "Back To The Future", became the first group's #1 on The Billboard Hot 100, the single also topped The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and the soundtrack-album generated another Active Rock top 3 hit: "Back In Time".
In August 1986 Huey Lewis & The News issued their fourth LP, "Fore!", which immediately shot to #1 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and generated an endless string of successful singles: "Stuck With You" and "Jacob's Ladder" hit #1 in U.S. Hot 100 chart, "Hip To Be Square" topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks and climbed into the top 3 of The Billboard Hot 100, finally, "Doing It All For My Baby" and "I Know What I Like" entered the top 10 in the same chart.
In July 1988, the band released "Small World", the record which was more Jazz Reggae oriented, reached the #11 on The Billboard 200 list and its first single, "Perfect World", peaked at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 followed by the top 30 hit "Small World, Pt. 1".
After switching from Chrysalis to EMI America, the band resurfaced three years later, with "Hard At Play" which didn't rise higher than #27 in U.S. Top 200 chart, it incuded the Active Rock top 3 hit "Couple Days Off" which also peaked at #11 on The Billboard Hot 100 and "It Hit Me Like A Hammer" reached the #21 in the same chart.
The group again changed labels and then released the covers album "Four Chords & Several Years Ago", it generated two minor hits: "But It's Alright" and "(She's) Some Kind Of Wonderful".
In the summer of 2001, Huey Lewis & The News released the much-anticipated "Plan B" album, which contains all-original songs, the first single off of the album was "Let Her Go And Start Over", it received some airplay on Adult Contemporary radio.

The collective's next outing, "Soulsville", arrived after nearly a decade, in November 2010.

 

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