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Rock musician Huey Lewis is the face and lead singer of the band Huey Lewis and The News, one of the biggest-selling pop groups of the 1980s.
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In an era dominated by pop icons like Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis was a full-blown star. In 1985, The News clocked its first No. 1 single with "The Power of Love," from the soundtrack to the movie Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox.
"It was over the top," Lewis later said of the stardom. "You couldn't go to a shopping mall,
airports were a problem. Any place with a lot of people was a problem," he says.
Even Huey Lewis–sounding songs began popping up on the airwaves. In 1984, Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr., alleging that Parker's hit single "Ghostbusters" sounded exactly like "I Want a New Drug." The suit was settled out of court, and Lewis has never been allowed to talk about its outcome.
While the group's fourth studio album, Fore! (1986), offered up another string of singles, the band began to drop back from the center of the pop universe in the late 1980s. Critics blasted the 1988 release Small World, which strayed considerably from The News' expected formula of pop love songs.
"I felt it was time for a change: more international, more challenging, more musical," Lewis explained, just before the album hit record stores. "We needed to do something that we'd feel proud of," he said. Later records like Hard at Play (1991) proved to be commercial flops.
Even as their pop stardom has receded farther and farther into the past, Lewis and the News have continued to tour and play music. In 2013, the group released a 30th-anniversary edition of Sports. The reissue received considerable press attention, even landing Lewis and The News on an episode of Dancing with the Stars, where they performed "The Heart of Rock and Roll."
Lewis, who is divorced and lives in the Bay Area, is the father of two grown children: a son, Austin, and a daughter, Kelly.
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