Huey Lewis Biography

(Songwriter, Actor & Lead Singer for the Band 'Huey Lewis and the News')

Birthday: July 5, 1950 (Cancer)

Born In: New York, New York, United States

Huey Lewis, born Hugh Anthony Cregg, is an American musician, singer, lyricist, and actor. He is the lead singer for the band ‘Huey Lewis and the News’ and plays harmonica for it as well. He was born in New York City and brought up in California. He started singing and playing harmonica at a young age. He was one of the band members of ‘Clover’, a band that became more famous in the UK but got disbanded after the failure of its first two albums. After that, Lewis joined the band ‘Huey Lewis and the American Express’ which later on changed its name to ‘Huey Lewis and the News’. The band released many hit albums like ‘Sports’, ‘Picture This’, etc. Apart from singing, Lewis has done a cameo in many movies and starred opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in ‘Crusin’. He also sang a hit duet for the movie with Paltrow. He was married for six years to Sidney Conroy and has two children with her. Recently, he appeared on the ABC television series ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

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Quick Facts

Also Known As: Hugh Anthony Cregg III

Age: 74 Years, 74 Year Old Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Sidney Conroy

father: Hugh Anthony Cregg II

mother: Magda

children: Austin Lewis, Kelly Lewis

Born Country: United States

Rock Singers American Men

Ancestry: Polish American, Irish American

U.S. State: New Yorkers

More Facts

education: Cornell University

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    What is Huey Lewis known for?

    Huey Lewis is known for being the lead singer of the band Huey Lewis and the News, which achieved great success in the 1980s with hits like "The Power of Love" and "Hip to Be Square."

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    What genre of music does Huey Lewis perform?

    Huey Lewis performs rock music, specifically in the sub-genres of pop rock and blue-eyed soul.

  • 3

    Has Huey Lewis ever acted in movies?

    Yes, Huey Lewis has made appearances in several movies, including "Back to the Future" where his band had a cameo and he had a small acting role.

  • 4

    Does Huey Lewis still perform live?

    Yes, Huey Lewis still performs live with his band, Huey Lewis and the News, at various concerts and events.

  • 5

    Is Huey Lewis active on social media?

    Huey Lewis does not have an official social media presence, but updates about his music and performances can be found on the band's official website and through various music news outlets.

Childhood & Early Life

Huey Lewis was born in New York City to Hugh Anthony Cregg, Jr. and Magda Lewis. His father was a doctor of Irish American heritage and his mother was a Polish immigrant. His parents got divorced when he was only 13.

Lewis was brought up in Marin County, California. He went to the Strawberry Point Elementary School and then did his junior high in Edna Maguire, Mill Valley. He graduated from New Jersey’s Lawrenceville School.

He was really good in his studies and was accepted by Cornell University, New York. He did not take the offer immediately and went on a tour across the USA and learned to play harmonica. He toured across Europe as well.

Lewis took up an admission in the engineering program at Cornell University upon his return. He made musician friends there like Lance and Larry. His interest in studies was lost and he joined a band called ‘Slippery Elm’.

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Career

In 1971, Lewis became a member of a band called ‘Clover’. Other members of the band were Alex Call, John McFree, John Ciambotti, Mitch Howie, Sean Hopper, Marcus David, and Mickey Shine. He used to sing and play harmonica for the band.

In 1976, ‘Clover’ decided to get out of the Bay Area and take their talent to Los Angeles. The band started playing at noticeable clubs there and they were offered by Nick Lowe to go on a tour with him to the UK.

Around this time, ‘Clover’s’ music started gaining popularity in the UK and their genre started getting famous by the name of ‘pub rock’. Two of their albums were produced by Robert John ‘Mutt’ Lange, but they were not very successful.

In 1978, the ‘Clover’ returned from the UK to California and it disbanded. Lewis played music as ‘Huey Harp’ in Thin Lizzy’s successful album ‘Live and Dangerous’. He played at a club in California and bagged a contract with Phonogram Records.

In 1979, Lewis formed a band called ‘Huey Lewis and the American Express’. The band played a few gigs and then changed its name to ‘Huey Lewis and the News’.

The band released its self-titled debut album in 1980, which failed badly.

The band’s second album ‘Picture This’ was released in 1982 and it was a great success. The album was certified gold and its single ‘Do You Believe in Love’ became a great hit.

In 1983, the band’s third album ‘Sports’ was released and it soon became one of the best-selling pop albums, selling around 10 million copies of the album.

In 1986, the band came out with its next album ‘Fore!’ and it too was a big hit.

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Around the same time, Lewis produced Nick Lowe’s ‘I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock and Roll)’ and did the music for Bruce Hornsby & The Range’s ‘The Way It Is’. Hornsby returned Lewis's favor by writing a song for his next album.

During the early 90s, Lewis and his band performed for the ‘USA for Africa’ fundraiser by singing the song ‘We Are the World’. Two of their new albums were released during this time, namely, ‘Small Wonder’ and ‘Hard at Play’.

In 1994, the band released the album ‘Four Chords & Several Years Ago’. It was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of their music career. Their new recording label Elektra’s lack of promotion led to the band’s commercial downfall.

During the late 90s, the band recorded a hit single for the movie ‘The Power of Love’. Lewis started making appearances in the movies like ‘Short Cuts’ in which he had a substantial role and ‘Sphere’ in which he only did a cameo.

In 2000, Lewis appeared in another motion picture called ‘Duets’ in which he had a big and chunky role. He starred with Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie and sang a hit single for the movie, ‘Cruisin’, with Paltrow which became a huge hit.

In 2007, Lewis did an interview for the podcast series called ‘Stuck in the 80s’ in which he declared that the band was in the process of writing songs for their upcoming album. He was also named the Sacromento’s ‘Musician of the Year’.

In 2008, ‘Huey Lewis and the News’ did an opening act for ‘A Capitol Fourth’ in Washington. It was attended by half a million people and was also broadcast on PBS.

In 2011, Lewis played in the Summer Camp Music Festival, in Illinois along with the Chicago-based jam band ‘Umphrey's McGee’.

In 2013, he appeared on the television series 'Dancing with the Stars', where he performed 'The Heart of Rock and Roll' in celebration of the 30th-anniversary release of the band's third album 'Sports', which was released in 1983.

In 2014, he was featured in the album ‘Southbound’ by The Doobie Brothers. He also appeared as a featured performer in Frankie Miller’s eleventh studio album ‘Frankie Miller's Double Take.’

In 2017, he joined the voice cast of the animated television series ‘Puppy Dog Pals.’ In 2020, Huey Lewis and the News released their tenth studio album ‘Weather.’ This was their first album after ‘Soulsville’ which came out in 2009. The following year, he starred in the episode: "The Wellstone Agency" of the crime thriller series ‘Blacklist.’

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1983, Lewis got married to Sidney Conroy in Hawaii and they have two children. The couple got separated after six years but they are still cordial together.

In 2018, Lewis revealed that he had been diagnosed with Ménière's disease. This resulted in the cancelation of his remaining shows for that year’s tour.

Facts About Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis is a talented harmonica player and often incorporates his harmonica skills into his music, adding a unique touch to his songs.

In addition to his music career, Huey Lewis also has a passion for acting and has made appearances in several movies and TV shows, showcasing his versatility as an artist.

Huey Lewis is known for his love of golf and has participated in numerous celebrity golf tournaments, demonstrating his skill and dedication to the sport.

Despite his success in the music industry, Huey Lewis remains humble and down-to-earth, often engaging with fans and showing appreciation for their support throughout his career.

Awards

Golden Globe Awards
1994 Short Cuts (1993) Winner
Grammy Awards
1986 Best Music Video, Long Form Winner

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