Huey Lewis and The News

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2005 (The 2006 Induction Ceremony)

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Do You Believe in Love (1982)
I Want A New Drug (1983)
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Will Huey Lewis and The News be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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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.

It's hip to be square!

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.

they just keep playing, and making people happy. in this day and age- THAT'S innovative.

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.

They have catchy songs, good hooks, melodies, good arrangements and harmonies and a very distinct sound.

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


Abso-freakin-lutely.

7 straight years with at least one top ten
12 Hot 100 top tens overall from 1982-1988
#1 Group in the 1980s according Billboard charts
Up til the mid 90s they were still hitting the top 10 on the A/C chart and donīt forget "Cruisin" a #1 duet with Gwyneth Paltrow thatīs 3 different decades of top tenners. They were the Heart of Rock and Roll in the 80s and they are every bit as good live today as they were then. They will be in but not for a few years maybe.

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!
Huey Lewis and the News rule!!!

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

Huey Lewis
Bill Gibson
Chris Hayes
Sean Hopper
Johnny Colla
Mario Cipollina

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 10.10.09 @ 20:28pm


Huey Lewis & the Boys are the best!
I have all their albums & they are
truly one of the best bands of the 80's.
They would be a great Legend to add.

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."

Wrong again. Bon Jovi, Poison, Heart, Meat Loaf, Genesis and... that's just off the top of my head. I have a lot more to watch.

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?

"but leave the band that ruled an entire decade out of the mix"

For the last time, they were not the biggest band of the 80's. Jesus. The Beastie Boys have in fact sold more than them.

"even though they've sold a gazillion records and played in front of as many people over decades"

I take it you'll be rolling out the red carpet for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys when their time comes?

I'd advise you to make a case for these bands instead of complaining about those who are in. I don't think sales are completely irrelevant, but they shouldn't be the main criteria. Musicians make music, not fans. We can discuss a criteria if you like.

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.)

But please, don't ever mention Bryan Adams as hall worthy again. Mr. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You should be banned for his post-Robin Hood phase, plus hes not really influential (or at least in America)

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."

Acclaimed Music says otherwise about critical respect for both bands. Still, credit's due for a well-reasoned argument.

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.

"Huey Lewis & The News
Though today they get little respect Huey Lewis & The News were among the most dominant artists of the 80's, both in singles and albums, utilized the video form as well as anyone in MTV's early days, and they helped define the decade musically with their back-to-basics rock style. For too long voters have used image as a determining factor with some candidates, and Lewis, who once said it was hip to be square, may fall prey to that at first, but 12 Top Ten hits are too big to ignore forever and so they should get in eventually.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Qualifications: 7"

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:

#134 CSN&Y
I didn't know they were still around in the 80's, and their peak was in the 70's, I thought.

#102 Boston
Either I must go out and buy Third Stage or they're just fanboys. Ahead of The Clash, New Order, Slayer, Dio, Cinderella, Black Sabbath, Black Flag, Quiet Riot, Ratt, The Pretenders and The Stone Roses? I'm going to stop there, because if I list who else they're ahead of Chalkie and Casper will have heart attacks (I know them being ahead of The Clash, New Order and Black Flag will really annoy them). Okay, a hint: One of them starts with an "H" and ends with a "u".

Did they seriously put Foreigner (who I don't mind) ahead of Depeche Mode (100 million records) and the Pixies?

I've also noticed a contradiction: Huey and co were given a "7" in qualifications, yet they're ranked below Judas Priest, who got a "5". Getting the qualifications wrong is one thing, but to then flip-flop is just weak.

On the 70's list, Chicago is the highest ranked one not in the Hall... just thought you might like to know that. Finally Alice in Chains got their due with their #12 ranking on the 90's list. Apparently Alice Cooper and KISS are hair metal, but Van Halen isn't, as their Top 20 hair/glam metal bands are: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_metal-hair-art.html

Their lists are full of other contradictions. Joy Division did not make the 200 Greatest 80's Artists list, but they still rank higher on the Alternative list than U2, Pixies, Blondie, Husker Du and Red Hot Chili Peppers, all of whom did make the list. With the Blur and Oasis thing it's understandable, as the reception Think Tank (which I hated) got, combined with the decline of Oasis in the 2000's, may be the reason why Oasis is higher on the 90's list but Blur is higher on the Alternative list.

Still, point taken, and I do dig that Sports album on occasion.

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?

I'd give Huey a 6 for qualifications to be honest, but I wouldn't use 7 out of 10 as my usual ceiling for acts like they do, acts like Deep Purple, Kraftwerk and King Crimson are 10s IMO.

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."

Point taken, I say both of our comparisons were valid. To be honest, if a band like the Lovin Spoonful can make it (the Rock Hall pretty much only mentions their commercial success on their page), there isn't a reason for me to be mad about Huey Lewis and the News making it either.

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"

I'm not sure about LL, but the Beasties are an 8, yeah. In the A-C rankings they mostly got it right, though I might tweak a couple of those. Next page: In terms of I&I Dick Dale should probably be higher than a 6. How is Def Leppard a 6 and the ones you mentioned (Bon Jovi, Doobies, SMB, Huey) 7's? Surely they're on equal footing in terms of credentials. Deep Purple should at least be an 8; perhaps the "dinosaur" status and line-up changes took their ranking down a bit. Doobies are a 6, as are Dire Straits. My bad. The way they talk about The "5" Royales means they should surely be in the 8-10 range rather than 7. Again, Def Leppard and Dire Straits "6", The Go-Go's "7"? Hmmm. Who really cites the Go-Go's? Hall & Oates are a 7 as well; perhaps it's the continued airplay that bumped up their rankings. Iron Maiden a "6"? Credentials wise I'd say they're an 8. Statistics: An estimated 70-85 million records sold worldwide with no media support outside of Hard Rock and Metal critics, virtually no airplay... their I&I is undeniable. While Janet Jackson's a 7. If you ignore popularity then King Crimson should be far more than an 6, like you said. The most ridiculous bit is Judas Priest being a 5. Their credentials are undeniable, and they had that rare crossover appeal ("Breaking the Law", "Living After Midnight" and "You've Got Another Thing Coming" all get CRR airplay). Should be an 8 at least. Kraftwerk a 5 as well? No, that's the most ridiculous. If you take out popularity they should be a 10, like you said. Influenced post-punk, techno/electronica/house, hip-hop, synth music... just off the top of my head. Very few people have touched as much music as they have. Same with the MC5 and the New York Dolls... take out popularity and they're at least 7's. Same with Motorhead. The Moody Blues being a 5 is a bit strange. Other than that I'm good with their rankings mostly, though I'd make Yes a 7.

Oh and I found this kind of funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e4VQ7yN6DA&feature=related

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 01.30.11 @ 11:19am


Why all the Hate?

Based on most of the arguments here defending the hall of fame, Remember: YOUR DEFENDING THE FOLKS THAT INDUCTED ABBA!

Huey Lewis & The News saved Chrysalis Records with the Release of "Sports" and Bumped Mtv into mainstream for Adults who were sick of all the British Fodder.

One other Note, The New HLN cd "Soulsville" Pays tribute to some soul acts that are IN THE HALL and
Critics are saying HLN did them BETTER than the Originals.

Formed in 1979, HLN still tour 70 Shows a year.

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


STUDIO ALBUMS

Huey Lewis and the News * Picture This * Sports * Fore! * Small World * Hard At Play * Four Chords & Several Years Ago * Plan B * Soulsville

SINGLES

Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do * Workin For A Livin * Do You Believe In Love * The Heart Of Rock & Roll * Heart And Soul * I Want A New Drug * If This Is It * Bad Is Bad * 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 * But It's Alright * She's Some Kind Of Wonderful * Let Her Go And Start Over

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 04.21.11 @ 10:35am


STUDIO ALBUMS

Huey Lewis and the News * Picture This * Sports * Fore! * Small World * Hard At Play * Four Chords & Several Years Ago * Plan B * Soulsville

SINGLES

Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do * Workin For A Livin * Do You Believe In Love * The Heart Of Rock & Roll * Heart And Soul * I Want A New Drug * If This Is It * Bad Is Bad * The Power Of Love * 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 * But It's Alright * She's Some Kind Of Wonderful * Let Her Go And Start Over

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.

Rock and Roll Hall of Influence, anyone?

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.*

Regardless, they are still a fine band. Huey Lewis and the News made some fun, Beach Boys/blue-eyed soul inspired music and released one of the most iconic albums of the 1980s, Sports. Huey Lewis can play a mean harmonica. Just check this video out and see what I mean:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efo4vxjAdws

*I still want to know how acts like Percy Sledge and the Lovin' Spoonful got inducted. Neither of them exactly qualifies as an extraordinarily great or influential act.

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.

To be honest, if you let The Lovin' Spoonful in, you could make a case for Huey Lewis and the News.

Posted by Jim on Friday, 03.23.12 @ 23:38pm


Jim
Lovin Spoonful open the door for so many to come!

I do think Huey has a chance ....you never know?

With so much raw talent its had to pick an make everyone happy all of the time!

let's. hope they get in!

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.

Power of Love, If This is It, Doing it all for My Baby, I Want a New Drug, Workin' for a Living, Do You Believe in Love, Heart of Rock n Roll, and so many more.

Talented, influential, hard-working and quintessentially rock-n-roll -- music wouldn't be the same without them. I don't think I'll be coming back here unless the HoF listens up and makes Huey and the News some HoF good news!

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.

Cindy NS, I agree with your comments concerning HLN. Like them or not, they were a cultural phenom during the 1980s. Sports was the second best-selling album for 1984. Only Thriller sold more copies. That's pretty damn impressive, considering Huey and the boys had only released two albums prior to Sports (One which never charted and the other which made it to a solid 13 on the charts).

They also contributed two terrific songs to the soundtrack of one of most beloved movies of the '80s (Perhaps of all time), Back to the Future.

But all the sales statistics aren't what make Huey Lewis and the News a top-flight band. Their combination of various influences and styles(doo-wop, pub rock, power pop, Beach Boys, Motown, etc.), made their overall sound impossible to categorize.

Even if they never get inducted, their iconography and string of hits will ensure that their music will live on through the years.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 10.10.12 @ 23:37pm


Huey Lewis and the News

01. Huey Lewis (vocals, harmonica)
02. Johnny Colla (guitar, saxophone)
03. Chris Hayes (guitar)
04. Mario Cipollina (bass guitar)
05. Sean Hopper (keyboards)
06. Bill Gibson (drums)

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 11.8.12 @ 07:04am


If "Music Excellence" is the MAIN Requirement, then why are they not in???

96% of their Hits (Including 2 #1's) were written by the band (Mostly Huey, Johnny & Chris)and even the so called "B" sides are infectious leading to Multi Platinum records and heavy airplay on radio and Mtv since 1982.

They record, produce and play their own stuff with the Exception of the 1980 debut produced by Bill Schnee.

Donna Summer get's in but not these guys??? oh and by the way, they are STILL on tour and SELL OUT every venue they play.

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.

His horn section (comprised of Jonnie Bamont on tenor saxophone, Marvin McFadden on trumpet, and Rob Sudduth on tenor sax) totally stole the show. Huey made sure to let each member of the horn section play at least one solo. Marvin McFadden's solo was soul stirring and pretty much left the whole audience silent (in a respectful way, mind you). You should have heard the audience's reaction once Marvin finished his solo.

A cappella is always a tradition at HLN concerts. The boys did an a cappella medley with Huey, Johnny Colla, Bill Gibson (whose daughter Olivia performed a duet with Huey on Cruising), Stef Burns, and John Pierce together. I could tell they were having fun singing a cappella.

Overall, a fantastic show. There was an opening act who played a 45-minute set, then HLN came on at 9:00 and played until 11:00. They were originally supposed to play a 90-minute set, but gave a half-hour encore. I certainly earned my money's worth and would gladly attend another show.

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.

These are some of my favorite songs by Huely Lewis and The News: "Heart of Rock And Roll", "If This is It?", "Do You Believe In Love" and "Heart And Soul".

Here's a little bit of rock trivia for you: Huely sang the opening song for the 1988 Disney film "Oliver And Company".

I do miss reading your responses to my commets on people like Leadbelly and Louis Jordan.

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.

I too discovered Huey Lewis & The News through Back to the Future. I always thought Huey's cameo was amusing, especially when he chastises the Pinheads' rendition of Back in Time for being too loud. I thought it was pretty clever how Back in Time got worked into a scene in BTTF.

My favorite HLN songs are Giving It All Up For Love, Tell Me A Little Lie (both from the 1982 album Picture This), Finally Found A Home, If This Is It, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Bad Is Bad (all from Sports), Simple As That, I Know What I Like, Doing It All For My Baby, and Forest For The Trees (all from Fore!). Overall, I'd rank Huey Lewis & The News as my 4th favorite act of the 1980s and 15th overall favorite act.

I've never commented on the Leadbelly page mainly because I don't like his music (I only comment on the pages of artists I dislike if they are offensively bad). It's not awful; it just sounds too archaic for my taste, and this is coming from someone who loves early American traditional pop from the 1900s and 1910s, like Henry Burr and Billy Murray. He did write some classics, but his minimalistic versions pale in comparison to others' covers (Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard both recorded stellar covers of Goodnight, Irene). The Weavers' version is cornball personified. I try to give every genre a fair shot, but folk leaves me bored every time.

Leadbelly apparently once declared that could beat Cab Calloway singing every time. Not even close. Calloway had a vibrant on-stage presence and hired some of the best musicians for his orchestra. Not to mention that you can actually decipher what Calloway is singing. Leadbelly's singing often sounded somnambulistic and lifeless. Calloway had a lively, spirited voice and could sing straight just as well as he could sing comically.

There aren't enough superlatives for Louis Jordan. He is easily the most significant early influence on the development of rock 'n roll. Only Hank Williams, Sr., T-Bone Walker, Les Paul, Wynonie Harris, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Mills Brothers, and perhaps 1 or 2 other names give him any real competition for that title.

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.

Lastly, you can respond to my comments whenever you have the time. Just so you know, I've posted some new comments on The Supremes, The Drifters, and Bob Dylan.

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


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