Huey Lewis & the News

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Huey Lewis & the News are a popular rock band from the 1980s, part of the classic rock era. Their song "The Power of Love" was a #1 U.S. hit and featured in the 1985 film Back to the Future, with which they also recorded the theme song "Back In Time". The band's lead singer is Huey Lewis, who has a cameo appearance in the film as the teacher who rejects Marty McFly's band's audition for the school's 'Battle of the Bands' contest—ironically, the piece the band plays is an instrumental version of "The Power of Love". "The Power of Love" was nominated for an Academy Award. Their former bass player, Mario Cipollina, is the younger brother of John Cipollina.

With the 1984 release of Ghostbusters, Huey Lewis & the News sued the author of the film title song, Ray Parker Jr.. The suit cited similarities between his theme song and their earlier hit "I Want a New Drug". According to Huey Lewis and the News, this was especially damaging to them since the Ghostbusters theme song was so popular, rising to #1 on the charts for three weeks. The band won the case and Parker Jr. was ordered to pay damages. Though the band was earlier approached to write the theme song for the movie, but turned it down, is interesting, but probably unrelated.

Hit songs

  • "I Want a New Drug"
  • "The Heart of Rock 'n Roll"
  • "The Power of Love"
  • "If This Is It"
  • "Hip To Be Square"
  • "Heart and Soul"
  • "Stuck with You"

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