Hugh Anthony Cregg III was born in New York City on July 5, 1950.
In the early 1970’s, Huey Lewis was playing harmonica and singing with the band, Clover. They recorded several albums in the San Francisco Bay area. Huey also play with the band Thin Lizzy.
In 1979, he got musicians Marc Cipollina, whose borther, John, played with Quicksiler Messenger Service, Bill Gibson and Johnny Colla and formed the band Huey Lewis & the American Express. After complaints from the credit card company of the same name, the band changed their name to Huey Lewis & the News in 1980. It was here that they brought in musician Chris Hayes.
Their first self titled album, in 1980, went unnoticed. But, their second album, “Picture This” gave them their first hit single, “Do You Believe In Love?”
On the charts, Huey Lewis & the News had 12 Top ten singles, three of them going to number one. Here are the ten biggest singles from Huey Lewis & the News, according to Billboard’s weekly Top 40 charts:
1. Stuck On You – 1986 – The band’s biggest single was the first song released from their “Fore!” album and it spent three weeks at number one.
2. The Power of Love – 1985 – Their very first number one single is from the movie “Back to the Future” and the song was nominated for an Academy Award. Huey appears in a cameo in the film. Christopher Lloyd (Dr. Emmett Brown in the film) appears in the music video.
3. Jacob’s Ladder – 1987 – The band’s only other number one single was written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother, John. Hornsby later recorded his version of this song on his 1988 album, “Scenes From the Southside.”
4. Hip to Be Square – 1986 – Singing backup vocals on this song are San Francisco Forty-niners quarterback, Joe Montana and Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. The song was featured in the film “American Psycho.” An educational version of the song was used on Sesame Street entitled, “Hip to Be a Square.”
5. Perfect World – 1988 – The band’s last top ten single was written by former Clover member Alex Call. The music video features the band playing in a garbage dump.
6. The Heart of Rock & Roll – 1984 – This single came from the album “Sports” which spawned four top ten singles.
7. I Want A New Drug – 1984 – Also from the album, “Sports,” Huey ended up suing Ray Parker Jr. when the similarities between this song and Parker’s theme song to the 1984 film “Ghostbusters” were heard. They settled out of court.
8. If This Is It – 1984 – Again, from the “Sports” album, the music video for this song was shot at the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk.
9. Doing It All For My Baby – 1987 – Going to number six on the weekly charts, this song, from the “Fore!” album, featured Huey as a Dr. Frankenstein character in the video.
10. Do You Believe In Love? – 1982 – Originally titled, “We Both Believe In Love,” this was the breakout single for the band and brought them to the top ten for the first time.
Huey Lewis & the News had two other top ten singles: “Heart and Soul” (1983) and “I Know What I Like” (1987).
“The Heart of Rock and Roll’ won them their only Grammy Award for Best Music Video; that and “The Power of Love” were both nominated for Grammy’s Record of the Year. The band also received a Grammy for their participation in the song “We Are The World” by USA For Africa in 1986.
Huey appeared and costarred with Gwyneth Paltrow in the 2000 film, “Duets.”
As of this writing (2013), Huey Lewis and the News are thrilling audiences with music by recording a new album, with all new material and going on tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their “Sports” album.