Huey Lewis & The News -1979

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Huey Lewis & The News -1979

Mensagem  PapaNJam em Ter Jul 01, 2008 4:33 pm

Huey Lewis & The News is a Grammy-winning and Academy Award-nominated American rock band based in San Francisco, California. Their greatest success was in the 1980s, when they were one of the most popular music acts of the decade. The band is known for writing simple, light-hearted songs from a working-class perspective and typically appealed to yuppies and baby boomers. Combining a rock (and sometimes, a "blues rock") backing with soul and doowop-influenced harmony vocals and Lewis's voice, they reached enormous success and had numerous hit songs during the 1980s and early 1990s.
Ghostbusters
In 1984, Huey Lewis & the News were contacted by the producers of Ghostbusters in regards to developing the theme song for the film. The band decided not to, and Ray Parker Jr. was instead signed to develop the theme. Later that year, the band sued Parker, citing the similarities between the Ghostbusters 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. Parker and Lewis later settled out of court.[2] Huey Lewis has stated that his experiences with the producers of Ghostbusters may have been indirectly responsible for getting his band involved with the movie Back to the Future.

On his 2001 Behind the Music special, Huey Lewis stated: "The offensive part was not so much that Ray Parker Jr. had ripped this song off, it was kind of symbolic of an industry that wants something — they wanted our wave, and they wanted to buy it. ... [I]t's not for sale. ... In the end, I suppose they were right. I suppose it was for sale, because, basically, they bought it."[3] As a result of this statement, Ray Parker Jr. has filed a suit against Huey Lewis, claiming he violated the settlement's confidentiality agreement and seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney fees. The lawsuit is ongoing.




Original News
Huey Lewis - (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III on July 5, 1950 Marin County, California) lead vocals, harmonica (1979 - present day)
Sean Hopper - (born Sean Thomas Hopper, March 31, 1953, in San Francisco, California) - keyboards, backing vocals (1979 - present day)
Bill Gibson - (born William Scott Gibson, November 13, 1951, in Sacramento, California) - drums, percussion, backing vocals (1979 - present day)
Johnny Colla - (born John Victor Colla, July 2, 1952, in Sacramento, California) - saxophone, guitar, backing vocals (1979 - present day)
Mario Cipollina - (born November 10, 1954, in San Rafael, California) - bass guitar (1979 - 1995)
Chris Hayes - (born Christopher John Hayes, November 24, 1957, in Sacramento, California) - guitar, backing vocals (1980 - 2001)

Newer News
John Pierce - bass guitar (1996- )
Stef Burns - guitar, backing vocals (2001- )
Tal Morris - guitar, backing vocals (occasional fill-in)
Marvin McFadden - trumpet, percussion, backing vocals (1994- )
Ron Stallings - saxophone (1994- )
Rob Sudduth - saxophone, backing vocals (1994- )

Discography

Huey Lewis and the News (1980)
Picture This (1982)
Sports (1983) #
Fore! (1986)
Small World (1988)
Hard at Play (1991)
Four Chords & Several Years Ago (1994)

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