Huey Lewis and The News
Eligible since: 2005 (The 2006 Induction Ceremony)
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Man, as much as I loved that Sports album back in the 80's, there's no way I can convince myself they will ever be inducted.
Posted by c.w. on Friday, 02.9.07 @ 20:51pm
they deserve to get in, but not for all of the top 10 hits, no. they deserve to get in because they're the only band in the history of "Behind the Music" whose story has no crazy tragedy at the 40 minute mark.
Posted by adam on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 21:36pm
If they got in, that would be a joke and a travesty.
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 21:28pm
Don't you know that Geddy Lee sites Huey Lewis as a major influence? Rush extensively covers Huey Lewis songs in their live shows and in fact plays "The Heart of Rock and Roll" on their newest cd "Snakes on a Plane". And as everyone knows, Rush rules the known universe.
Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 17:33pm
That would be "cites" - just couldn't help it.
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 05.8.07 @ 18:21pm
i think huey lewis and the news should get in because unlike most 80's bands, they are still together, touring, writing songs and more importantly, being a band that makes money. They are the quintessential "career musicians" and that should get them in.
Posted by john on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 15:03pm
Damn stright Huey Lewis and the News should be inducted. This was THE band of the 80s! Huey was one of the reasons I took up the harmonica! This was 80s Rock N' Roll at it's finest!
Posted by FREAKAZOID! on Monday, 10.1.07 @ 06:39am
Posted by Greg on Tuesday, 10.30.07 @ 17:19pm
Clover, Huey Lewis' pre-News band were the backup band on Elvis Costello's "My Aim Is True" album
Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 06.3.08 @ 21:02pm
Huey Lewis and The News should absoulutley get in to the hall. Huey Lewis, Johnny Colla, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sean Hopper and Mario Cippolina are true solid musicians. There are not many groups that can play solid rock and roll, then pull off accapello tunes. Huey and the News have more talent then most bands out there in the world. That's why they are still touring today.
Posted by Bob Folger Jr on Saturday, 06.14.08 @ 12:43pm
I suppose if mixing fifties melodies with eighties pop is innovative, they deserve to be in. (Right after the Stray Cats.) If being popular is a reason, they also deserve it. (Right after Phil Collins/Genesis, Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits, and too many others to mention.) If longevity counts, they deserve induction. (Right after Cheap Trick.) On the merit of their music, they...I don't know...
Posted by Joe on Thursday, 09.11.08 @ 19:44pm
Huey Lewis and the News is the top selling group of the 1980's (more records sold than Bon Jovi, New Kids on the Block, Poison, Motley Crue, etc). Every other band that is the best selling group of every decade between the 1930's-1970's is already in the Hall of Fame (per one of the recording industry publications).
Posted by PeteP. on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 18:01pm
Keep voting for Huey Lewis and the News! They are very deserving and overdue! I've seen them perform three times over the last 5 years and they are still the best band ever! Awesome performers after all these years. The News performed on the Fourth of July celebration in DC this year too.Don't forget the awesome hits from the Back to the Future movies!
Posted by Cindy on Tuesday, 10.7.08 @ 15:08pm
I would love to see these hard-working 80s Rockers get inducted. Unfortunately, I don't think they will (at least no in the next 15+ years).
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 02.17.09 @ 11:39am
Agree with Jonny. Just too clean cut to make it anytime soon. They're the 80s version of the Dave Clark Five. Which hopefully means they'll get in eventually. But I don't see it anytime soon.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 03.22.09 @ 14:46pm
Huey Blewis & The Shoes? No way ! !
Posted by Capital T on Tuesday, 06.30.09 @ 23:15pm
Huey Lewis and the News
Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.10.09 @ 20:28pm
Huey Lewis & the Boys are the best!
Posted by Josh on Wednesday, 12.9.09 @ 15:07pm
"Huey Lewis and the News is the top selling group of the 1980's (more records sold than Bon Jovi, New Kids on the Block, Poison, Motley Crue, etc)." No they're not. All of those groups (if you can call NKOTB, who didn't play any instruments or do very much songwriting, a "group") have outsold them, I'm pretty sure, and so have Queen, Def Leppard, U2, AC/DC, Van Halen. I like them (Sports at least, plus a couple of other songs here and there) but sales aren't that big a factor. You need more than sales and chart success, and they don't really fit the criteria beyond that.
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 15:37pm
"they deserve to get in because they're the only band in the history of "Behind the Music" whose story has no crazy tragedy at the 40 minute mark."
Posted by Sam on Friday, 04.2.10 @ 16:18pm
Pooey Clueless and The Booze
Posted by Wombotron on Friday, 04.9.10 @ 19:27pm
These guys flat out know how to play. They have written classics as well as know how to perform and cover classics to a tee, and that is something not to many bands can claim. The bottom line is, in an era where music was dominated by Michael Jackson ,Madonna and other pop artists who came and went, The news stayed on top and competed with everyone of em. That is why they will go to the hall.
Posted by hitsmatter on Tuesday, 10.12.10 @ 17:16pm
Yes, let's induct the Dave Clark 5 and Neil Diamond, but leave the band that ruled an entire decade out of the mix... Ridiculous. This is why the R&R HOF has ZERO credibility. Look, music is subjective. You may love or hate what I like and vice versa. That's why the only fair way to induct musicians is with a set criteria. For example, in baseball (at least, pre-steroid era), you hit 500 HRs or had 3,000 hits or won 300 games and you were getting into the HOF. Heck, even the LPGA Tour has a smart criteria -- two majors and 30 wins is an automatic induction... So given that musical tastes are subjective, why not a set criteria for the R&R HOF. For example, five #1 hits, or three #1 albums or 25 Top 10 hits and you're in. Period. Seems to me acts that have been snubbed (e.g., Huey, Journey, Chicago, Bryan Adams, Doobie Brothers, etc) even though they've sold a gazillion records and played in front of as many people over decades wouldn't have to deal with people who want to slip in inferior acts like the Beastie Boys in front of them simply because some hippie in Cleveland think they happen to be rebellious or something. Until the R&R HOF goes to a set criteria to overcome the snubs, it's not a credible Hall. Period.
Posted by Spike on Wednesday, 01.12.11 @ 16:26pm
Journey, Chicago... probably. Doobies... possibly. Huey and Bryan... not quite. Also, how can you say all of that when a) Neil Diamond is much bigger than most of the people you mentioned and b) The Beastie Boys have done more for music than most of the people you mentioned?
Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 01.12.11 @ 16:49pm
You now what, I'm gonna risk taking some flack here and stick up for Huey and the boys. Hall-worthy might be streching it, but their mix of doo-wop/Motown vocal stylings plus 80s production was totallly unique for the time. They weren't really influential, and not the biggest band of the 80s, but Phillip was right when he called them the Dave Clark Five of the 80s, a band that only gets critical respect and respect from their peers. after a long time. Also they might be good as one of those "qunitessential 80s bands" to put in, if you know what I mean. (As in bands that totally invoke a certain time period in your conciousness.)
Posted by Jim on Wednesday, 01.12.11 @ 21:20pm
"but Phillip was right when he called them the Dave Clark Five of the 80s, a band that only gets critical respect and respect from their peers."
Posted by Sam on Friday, 01.21.11 @ 12:38pm
Actually, my point was more that like the Dave Clark Five, Huey Lewis And The News was a hitmaking machine of a band of good-time, unpretentious, purely-for-pleasure, solid rock'n'roll with solid R&B roots that were evolved into something new. And that they'll probably be inducted 20 years after first becoming eligible. 2020's anyone?
Posted by Philip on Friday, 01.21.11 @ 16:56pm
Apparently Digital Dream Door is high on their chances. Either the person who wrote this is high or is a major fanboy.
Posted by Jim on Friday, 01.21.11 @ 22:30pm
Oh yeah Sam, you forgot the "after a long time" that in inexplicably made as a separate sentence, it should of read "A band that only gets critical respect from critics and their peers after a long time.
Posted by Jim on Friday, 01.21.11 @ 22:33pm
"Though today they get little respect", it said in that passage, and it's true. For example, Blender Magazine (not the last word on greatness, but still) listed "The Heart of Rock & Roll" in their 50 Worst Songs of All Time. It's true that Digital Dream Door do list Huey and co. at #43 on their 200 Greatest Rock Artists of the 80's, and of the 42 ahead of them 17 are already in the Hall. However, I have no idea whether they're critics or just music fans. You should read this list, it's quite bizarre in places:
Posted by Sam on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 08:05am
I think part of the contradiction may stem from the fact different people compile/edit different lists, at least it's a possibility. For example, the Greatest Rock Acts of the 70s says "edited by Lew," whereas the 80s one is "edited by Ashton." (I'm not sure how much power these individual editors have on influencing the rankings on the list though)
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 01.22.11 @ 08:33am
Some of those ratings are whack. No one in the "performer" category is ranked higher than a 7 except the Beastie Boys or LL Cool J, and I could name quite a few who would at least count as 8s or 9s. Deep friggin Purple, widely regarded as one of the most embarrassing snubs in the hall, is a 6! That's one number above Styx! (In other words, not true). Huey probably got a 7 for the same reason that Steve Miller Band, Bon Jovi and the Doobie Brothers got a 7, they were VERY sucessful artists in their time and are played (or in Huey and BJ's case, starting to be played) on the Classic Rock radio. All four of them were the same rating as Alice Cooper before they were inducted. I would induct all four, but isn't that overstating their importance a little bit?
Posted by Jim on Tuesday, 01.25.11 @ 20:44pm
"Huey Lewis And The News was a hitmaking machine of a band of good-time, unpretentious, purely-for-pleasure, solid rock'n'roll with solid R&B roots that were evolved into something new."
Posted by Jim on Wednesday, 01.26.11 @ 21:56pm
"Some of those ratings are whack. No one in the "performer" category is ranked higher than a 7 except the Beastie Boys or LL Cool J"
Posted by Sam on Sunday, 01.30.11 @ 11:19am
Why all the Hate?
Posted by Bill on Monday, 03.14.11 @ 12:40pm
You know, I can't see a single comment on this thread defending the Hall of Fame, and I certainly won't. One of the requirements for posting online should be the ability to read properly.
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.17.11 @ 12:32pm
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.21.11 @ 10:35am
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.21.11 @ 21:27pm
It's called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so they should either live up to their name and induct famous rock and rollers, or change their name and continue inducting "influential" musicians.
Posted by Bob Joe on Friday, 06.3.11 @ 22:10pm
Can't see it myself, but they were certainly good.
Posted by GFW on Thursday, 07.21.11 @ 17:49pm
Huey Lewis and the News are one of my favorite bands of all time, but I can't make a case for their induction into the RRHOF. They were wildly successful, but I can't think of anything new they brought to music. Like others on this site have said before, you have to be great to get into a hall of fame.*
Posted by Zach on Friday, 03.23.12 @ 19:43pm
Can somebody please explain the Lovin' Spoonful to me? "Do You Believe In Magic?" and "Summer In The City" are classics but what do they have beyond that? They were only popular for like a year and a half and aren't exactly oozing I&I.
Posted by Jim on Friday, 03.23.12 @ 23:38pm
Posted by Happy on Friday, 03.23.12 @ 23:45pm
Walking around the R&R Hall of Fame, I can't help but notice that the absence of Huey and the News makes it feel like a giant part of the 80s is missing. It's like leaving John Cusack out of a discussion about movies of the 80s.
Posted by Cindy NS on Wednesday, 04.18.12 @ 13:35pm
I'm going to see Huey Lewis and the News 10/27. I'll check in with a report on the concert after I come back.
Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 23:37pm
Huey Lewis and the News
Posted by Roy on Thursday, 11.8.12 @ 07:04am
If "Music Excellence" is the MAIN Requirement, then why are they not in???
Posted by Lynnott on Wednesday, 12.12.12 @ 12:32pm
The HLN concert I attended back in October was nothing short of a masterpiece. At 62, Huey Lewis still has the stage presence and the voice that make him one of the best rock 'n roll frontmen.
Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 12.12.12 @ 16:28pm
I'm with you there, Zach! I got hooked on Huely Lewis and The News when I first saw "Back To The Future" and heard "The Power of Love". Out of all the arena rock bands of the 80s, there are only a few that stand out as being above the rest and Huely Lewis and The News are one of those bands.
Posted by Andrew on Monday, 03.4.13 @ 22:06pm
Sorry I haven't been responding to any of your comments lately, Andrew. I've actually just started hosting my own radio show for my college's online radio station. I started the gig a month ago and would be happy to share a link so you can listen. I broadcast live every Thursday from 2:00-4:00 P.M., and then the show is repeated Saturday nights from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Tomorrow I'll be playing selections from Dizzy Gillespie, David Bowie (in honor of his return), T-Bone Walker, T-Rex, Pat Benatar, Billy Murray (one of my latest discoveries), Willie Nelson, and Mott the Hoople, to name some.
Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 03.13.13 @ 23:09pm
That is so cool that you have your own radio show, Zach! If you could send me a link to your show, I would love that.
Posted by Andrew on Thursday, 03.14.13 @ 11:16am
Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do * Workin For A Livin * Do You Believe In Love * The Heart Of Rock And Roll * Heart And Soul * I Want A New Drug * If This Is It * Bad Is Bad * The Power Of Love * Back In Time * Stuck With You * Hip To Be Square * Doing It All For My Baby * Jacobs Ladder * Perfect World * Small World * Couple Days Off * It Hit Me Like A Hammer * He Don't Know * But It's Alright * She's Some Kind Of Wonderful * Let Her Go And Start Over
Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.23.13 @ 11:14am
the group had a lot of success back in the 80s i bought and used records by huey for my wife pam, do you believe in love,doin it all for my baby,jacobs ladder. im applying for jobs next spring as a guidance counselor, im several states. the story of jacobs ladder is in the bible which i use.
Posted by john jarvis on Wednesday, 06.18.14 @ 15:08pm
I would say NO to Huey Lewis & The News for RRHOF. They had a successful 1980's string of hits Power Of Love, If This Is It, Back On Time, Heart and Soul. Very good band with longevity. I think they fall short of induction. I don't know how revolutionary their music was...Solid rock & pop songs. KING
Posted by KING on Monday, 05.11.15 @ 00:02am
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