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Best known for his album ‘Sports’, Huey Lewis is the lead singer, musician and lyricist for the band ‘Huey Lewis and the News’

InformationDetail
BirthdayJuly 5, 1950
NationalityAmerican
FamousCornell University, Musicians, Singers
SpousesSidney Conroy
Known asHuey Lewis, Hugh Anthony Cregg III
Childrens Austin Lewis, Kelly Lewis
Universities
  • Cornell University
  • The Lawrenceville School
  • Cornell University
Notable Alumnis
  • Cornell University
Birth PlaceNew York City
Height182cm
GenderMale
FatherHugh Anthony Cregg II
MotherMagda
Net Worth$20 Million as of Oct 3,2016
Sun SignCancer
Born inNew York City

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Who is Huey Lewis?

Huey Lewis, born as 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 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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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 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 from Edna Maguire, Mill Valley. He graduated from New Jersey’s Lawrenceville School.

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

Lewis took up an admission in the engineering program in 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’.

Career

In 1971, Lewis became the 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 getting 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 back 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, 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.

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

During early 90s, Lewis and his band performed for ‘USA for Africa’ fundraise 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 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 broadcasted on PBS.

In 2011, Lewis played in the Summer Camp Music Festival, 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

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 years but they are still cordial together.

Trivia

When Lewis was young he did many types of jobs like landscaping, carpentry, wedding planner, etc.

He is now debuting in the Broadway musical Chicago, playing the role of Billy Flynn.

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Huey Lewis awards

YearNameAward

Golden Globe Awards

1994Short Cuts (1993)Winner

Grammy Awards

1986Best Music Video, Long FormWinner

Huey Lewis biography timelines

  • // 5th Jul 1950
    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 mother was a polish immigrant. His parents got divorced when he was only 13.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, Lewis became the 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.
  • // 1976
    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.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, the ‘Clover’ returned back 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.
  • // 1979
    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’.
  • // 1980
    The band released its self-titled debut album in 1980, which failed badly.
  • // 1982
    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.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, 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.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, Lewis got married to Sidney Conroy in Hawaii and they have two children. The couple got separated after six years years but they are still cordial together.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, the band came out with its next album ‘Fore!’ and it too was a big hit.
  • // 1994
    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 band’s commercial downfall.
  • // 2000
    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.
  • // 2007
    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’.
  • // 2008
    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 broadcasted on PBS.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, Lewis played in the Summer Camp Music Festival, Illinois along with the Chicago based jam band ‘Umphrey's McGee’.
  • // 2013
    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

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Huey Lewis's FAQ

  • What is Huey Lewis birthday?

    Huey Lewis was born at 1950-07-05

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    Huey Lewis was born in New York City

  • What is Huey Lewis nationalities?

    Huey Lewis's nationalities is American

  • Who is Huey Lewis spouses?

    Huey Lewis's spouses is Sidney Conroy

  • Who is Huey Lewis childrens?

    Huey Lewis's childrens is Austin Lewis, Kelly Lewis

  • What was Huey Lewis universities?

    Huey Lewis studied at Cornell University, The Lawrenceville School, Cornell University

  • What was Huey Lewis notable alumnis?

    Huey Lewis's notable alumnis is Cornell University

  • How tall is Huey Lewis?

    Huey Lewis's height is 182

  • Who is Huey Lewis's father?

    Huey Lewis's father is Hugh Anthony Cregg II

  • Who is Huey Lewis's mother?

    Huey Lewis's mother is Magda

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    Huey Lewis is Cancer