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|Huey Lewis in 2009|
|Full name||Hugh Anthony Cregg III|
|Also known as||Hughie Louis (1972–76), Huey Louis (1977–78)|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1950-07-05) July 5, 1950
New York City
|Origin||Marin County, California|
Huey Lewis , (Born as Hugh Anthony Cregg III , July 5, 1950 in New York) is a musician and singer. He is the lead singer and also plays the harmonica in Huey Lewis & amp; The News, a rock band from San Francisco, California that was popular during the eighties. He was also with the Clover band from 1972 to 1979.
Huey grew up in Marin County, California. In 1967, he trained at the Lawrenceville School, Huey applied for a position and was accepted by Cornell University in Ithaca (New York), but on the advice of his father postponed his entry and went to Europe. He traveled around the continent hitchhiking and in the middle of it he learned to play the harmonica.
Upon his return to the United States, Huey entered the University in the engineering program. He made friends there with Lance and Larry Hoppen, who would later play with Orleans and King Harvest. Huey soon lost interest in studying and joined a group called Slippery Elm, and in December 1969 he left university and returned to San Francisco.
In 1971, Huey joined Clover. Around this time the name was changed to Huey Lewis. The Lewis is for a boyfriend of his mother Magda Cregg, the poet of the generation Beat Lew (is) Welch, whom he considered his stepfather. Sean Hopper joined the group in 1972 – other members of the band were John McFee, Alex Call, John Ciambotti, Mitch Howie, Mickey Shine and Marcus David. Huey played the harmonica in the band and only sang in a few songs. The rival band of Clover (a friendly rivalry) was Soundhole (Johnny Colla, Mario Cipollina and Bill Gibson were some of its members).
By the year of 1976, after being playing in the San Francisco area with limited success, Clover traveled to Los Angeles – There they had their peak moment when in a presentation at a club they were seen by Nick Lowe who convinced them to travel to Britain with him. But Clover was not successful in British territory as they arrived just as their folk-rock sound gave way to punk rock. They recorded two albums for the Phonogram label produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and the two failed.
While Huey was taking a vacation, the rest of Clover played a support band for Elvis Costello on his debut album My Aim is True. The group returned to California, McFee joined the Doobie Brothers and Clover is over.
When the year 1978 arrived Huey played in a club called Uncle Charlie’s, in Corte Madera, California with future members of the News. After recording ‘Exo-Disco’ (a disco version of the Exodus movie theme), Huey got a contract from Phonogram Records and Bob Brown became his manager. Huey Lewis and American Express were formed in 1979, with the same line-up as the News – they played sometimes even opening for Van Morrison), but on Brown’s advice they changed Huey Lewis and the News.
After a failed début named like the group in 1980, they reached the Top 40 with the album Picture This (1982) reaching number 13 on the album charts thanks to the song produced by Mutt Lange called “Do You Believe” In Love “that reached number 7, becoming his first success.
The third album called Sports (1983), reached number 1 on the album charts and became one of the best-selling albums in history with more than 10 million copies in the United States alone according to the special the band presented in VH1. This was followed by another multi platinum super sales called Fore! (1986).
The group spent the rest of the eighties and the beginning of the nineties accumulating an impressive string of 14 hits in the Top 20 of Billboard and releasing two albums Small World (1988) put 11 in lists and Hard At Play (1991) 27 on lists.
By the time the group released an abum of versions of old songs, it was acclaimed by critics called Four Chords & amp; Several Years Ago (1994) put 55 on the charts, the low profile they decided to adopt as well as the limited promotion of the Elektra label led them to lose all their appeal in the Top 40 lists, maintaining themselves as a great live show and with occasional successes in Contemporary Adult lists. In addition to his activity with the group, Huey also writes or co-writes many of his songs. Outside of the musical range his interests include golf, baseball, fishing and racing cars.
Huey has appeared in several movies. The first time was a cameo in Back to the Future (1985), for which the group made two songs, including the hit “The Power Of Love.” The second appearance of Huey in the cinema was in Short Cuts (1993). He also appears in the first minutes of Sphere (1998) as a helicopter pilot. She had a longer role in Shadow of a Doubt (1998) of the cable show Showtime and an uncredited role in Dead Husbands (1998) as the dead husband during the opening credits.
Duets (2000) has been his biggest performance in a high profile film. In this one, it interpreted to the father of Gwyneth Paltrow, Ricky Dean, a looks for lives of the Karaoke. The soundtrack included the song “Cruisin ‘” (a classic by Smokey Robinson) a duet with Paltrow. By not publishing as a single the song only reached the top of the Contemporary Adult lists. He then appeared in a production called “.com for Murder,” starring Nastassja Kinski.
Huey is married and lives in Ross, California, he has two children – Kelly born in 1983 and Austin in 1985. And he is very happy with his vocal career.
Huey Lewis Net Worth – $20 Million
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