The American rock-band Huey Lewis and the News was a great sensation in the 1980s. They have been nominated for the Academy Award and also have scored numbers for popular movies including Back to the Future. Their greatest success came with the release of their third album titled Sports in 1983. This album reached the highest spot on the Billboard countdown bringing the band international fame and recognition.
Their fame grew further together 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 had also been used in this movie. The genre of this rock band could be classified as blues rock where they combined the sounds of rock with soul and doo-wop.
Huey Lewis started out being 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 inside the Bay Area and it was from this band that Huey Lewis and the News took its drummer, bassist and saxophonist/guitarist in Bill Gibson, Mario Cippollina and Johnny Colla. It had been 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 which was not largely appreciated. However, they proceeded to modify 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 which bought them some recognition. Nevertheless it was the hit single Do you believe in Love that shot this band to the limelight. The single releases that followed did not receive the expected success and on account of record label delays their third album, Sports, was released much later than expected. Huey Lewis and the News were forced to go back to promoting this album in small clubs.
Sports gradually climbed the Billboard charts and proceeded to to become a hit back 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 proceeded 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 the preceding albums and the band took a rightly deserving break as soon as the Small Wonder tour ended in 1989. Though is album was rated as being the bands worst by the Rolling Stones magazine, it really is regarded as one of the best by Huey Lewis and the News fans.