Huey Lewis may never have lacked confidence – “He’s always been successful at that,” declares Alex Call, a singer who shared a house with him for three years – but now it’s entirely warranted. After struggling for more than ten years, this ruggedly handsome thirty-three-year-old has gotten hold of the brass ring. Three of the singles from his latest LP, Sports, have been hits – “I Want a New Drug,” “Heart and Soul,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” – and a fourth, “If This Is It,” is currently applying for Top Ten residency as well. Videos of Huey Lewis and the News – drummer Gibson, keyboardist Sean Hopper, guitarist Chris Hayes, saxman-axeman Johnny Colla and bassist Mario Cipollina – have become a welcome oasis of normality in the broken-glass and leather-bikini world of MTV. Their live shows – ninety minutes of uptempo rock, plus a superb doo-wop interlude – have sold out ever since Huey and the News started headlining last April. And Sports – a likable, unadventurous fusion of white-rocker oomph and blue-eyed R&B – hit Number One for a week and is still selling at a brisk pace.
Happy 63rd birthday Huey Lewis! Take a look at our 1984 cover story on the hard-working Lewis.