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Johnny and the Niners

Johnny ran one in the end zone this past Sunday, performing our National Anthem in front of 65,000-plus San Francisco 49ers fans. Word has it he wore his original ‘News’ jacket, and crammed his feet into his HLN ‘beatle boots’ for the first time in over four years!!!!!

Remembering Jimmy Mathews

Huey: “Our long-time substitute sound mixer, Jimmy Mathews, died Wednesday.
He worked with us when our regular beloved sound mixer, and first ever hire, Jim Bugsy Moran, couldn’t make the gig. Jimmy was a pro, and mixed sound for many other great artists. He was proficient, pleasant, extremely capable, deferent, and a great mixer. He will be remembered. Heaven just got more kick drum.”

Johnny Colla and the Sports Section Horns Play the National Anthem at Giant’s Will Clark Number Retirement Ceremony

HLN’s own “Johnny Colla and The Sports Section Horns” had the  honor of performing our National Anthem at Oracle Park in SF this past Saturday, retiring Will ‘The Thrill’ Clark’s # 22. Huey was also in attendance to announce The Giants starting line-up, and who knows? Maybe next time around he’ll conduct the section! watch video

Johnny Colla Weighs In On His Hometown And Some Interesting Grateful Dead History

Former Suisun City resident Johnny Colla and the rest of Huey Lewis and the News jammed with the Grateful Dead on March 12, 1988, at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium. The occasion was the Bay Area Music Awards, also known as the Bammies.

The Grateful Dead’s 1987 album “In The Dark” cleaned up at the Bammies that year. The awards they collected included Best Album, Best Bassist (Phil Lesh), Best Drummer (Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann), and Best Guitarist (Jerry Garcia). Garcia also took home the Musician of the Year award.

The all-star jam session included two tunes the Dead had covered on studio/live albums, Sonny Boy Williamson’s “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Turn on Your Love Light.” The two bands were also joined by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival for the encore, rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.” It featured Colla adding a wailing sax solo.

Johnny Colla: I remember having mixed feelings about jamming with the Grateful Dead. On the one hand, at the time their cult status was increasing exponentially, so I figured this meeting would most likely end up being one for the history books. On the other, I wasn’t really a Dead fan myself. I think what convinced me to do it was how important it was for Huey’s mom, who was an original Deadhead, plus the fact that we were going to play “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” stepping way back in time when Pigpen was still an integral part of the band (and when I actually was a fan of the band!). Huey absolutely knocked that tune out of the park, channeling both Pigpen and Sonny Boy Williamson! read full article

Huey Lewis Visits Pittsburgh to Promote Bird Conservation Film, “Wings Over Water”

The film is called “Wings Over Water,” and it carries a conservation message about the importance of prairie wetlands in conserving bird populations. It will debut Friday at the Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lewis thought so much of the film that he came to Pittsburgh to promote it. He explained to the Tribune-Review on Thursday that he is a conservationist at heart. That’s what led to his involvement with “Wings Over Water” and his decision to let the producers use “The Power of Love” in the documentary. read more

Back To The Future Musical in London wins Olivier Award for ‘Best New Musical’

On Sunday in London, Back To The Future Musical won ‘Best New Musical’ at the Olivier Awards. That’s great news since both HLN songs are included in the show, “Power of Love” and “Back In Time.” The Laurence Olivier Awards, or simply the Olivier Awards, are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to recognize excellence in professional theatre in London at an annual ceremony in the capital. See the trailer here.

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