Remembering Jimmy Buffet

Huey: Shocked by the news of Jimmy Buffett’s passing. Some of the last shows I was able to do before I lost my hearing were with him, and I got to know him a little. He was a wonderful songwriter, and author, and a major influence for country music. He pretty much created the style employed by Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, and others (Gulf and Western). He was very generous to me, sending support when I lost my hearing, and I’m deeply saddened by this news. Sail on brother…

Huey Lewis and the News to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of ‘Sports’ with Vinyl Re-Issue

Huey Lewis & The News’ classic album Sports is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, Lewis is reissuing the album on vinyl.

The vinyl release will drop September 15, which is exactly 40 years to the day of the initial album’s release. It will come in two different colors: classic black and olive green.

A cultural touchstone upon its release, Sports not only made a star out of its frontman vocalist Huey Lewis but also thrust the band into the global spotlight. Combining the unlikely concoction of power-pop, blue-eyed soul, doo-wop, and rhythm & blues, the album found itself posited in the Top 40 in numerous counties across the globe, including Norway, Canada, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, the U.K. and, of course, their native U.S.

Sports was Huey Lewis & the News’ first number-one album and featured four Top 10 hits: “Heart and Soul,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “I Want A New Drug” and “If This Is It,” with the fifth single, “Walking on a Thin Line,” hitting the Top 20. Launching itself from the get-go with the first single “Heart and Soul” which peaked at #8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles, Sports was a frequent visitor in the charts. “I Want a New Drug” found the band reaching #6 as did the third and fourth singles “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “If This Is It” respectively. A fifth single “Walking on a Thin Line” broke the Top 20 at #16 on the Top Rock chart. The album charted in the Top 200 for 160 consecutive weeks, earning the album the remarkable designation of being the second biggest-selling album on Billboard’s end-of-year sales chart, beat only by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

“In the early 80’s, there was no internet, no alternative scene, and really only one avenue to success; a hit single on CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio). We produced the Sports album ourselves because we wanted to make commercial choices we could live with while we aimed most of the tunes directly at CHR radio. Sports was a collection of singles. We needed a hit single … didn’t know we’d have five of them.” – Huey Lewis

A monumental breakthrough, Sports garnered Huey Lewis & The News two GRAMMYS® – in 1984 for “Best Rock Vocal by a Group” for “Heart and Soul” and in 1985 for “Record of the Year” for “The Heart of Rock and Roll.”

The Sports vinyl is available for preorder now.

Favorite Books

SAY NOTHING (about the Irish “troubles”)

I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES (became the Irishman movie about Jimmie Hoffa and the Mob)

PLENTY COUPS (book about the last Crow Indian Chief, battle of the Big Horn etc.)

WORKIN’ FOR A LIVIN’’ (my pal Dick Bright’s new book about the music business … biased)

Johnny Takes Some Lead Vocal Duties!

Johnny was thrilled to participate (as lead vocalist no less!) on Alex Call’s ‘Peace and Happiness Project’. If you’re not familiar with him, Alex was not just lead vocalist for his and Huey’s band, Clover, back in the seventies, but also responsible for penning many hits in the eighties we know and love, including “Livin’ In A Perfect World” for Huey and The News! Alex did a wonderful remake for all the right reasons, and the hope is it goes all the way to Playing for Change, another extraordinarily worthwhile cause! Watch video.

Huey Lewis among Guest Judges for Napa’s Hall Cabernet Cookoff

The HALL Cabernet Cookoff returns on Saturday, April 22, 2023!

Known as Napa’s most competitive and exciting food and wine pairing competition, the Cabernet Cookoff invites chef teams from all over the country to create a dish that pairs with a HALL Cabernet Sauvignon to benefit a charity of their choice. Each year, a panel of celebrity judges and hundreds of food and wine lovers vote for the best pairing. 100% of event proceeds benefit non-profit 501c3 organizations that the winning chef teams compete for. With two ticket options offered, VIP Ticket & Main Event Ticket, guests are invited to indulge, imbibe and enjoy a diverse menu of culinary delights with many surprises in store. Purchase tickets.

Back to the Future The Musical Comes To Broadway June 30th!

It’s time to change musical theatre history as Back to the Future the Musical arrives at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway!

Welcome to Hill Valley! When Marty McFly finds himself transported back to 1955 in a time machine built by the eccentric scientist Doc Brown, he accidentally changes the course of history. Now he’s in a race against time to fix the present, escape the past and send himself… back to the future.

Back to the Future the Musical won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, four WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Musical, and the Broadway World Award for Best New Musical. The productions in London and Manchester have so far been seen by half a million people and the musical has broken box office records at the Adelphi Theatre.

Based on the Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment film, Back to the Future the Musical has a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Alan Silvestri and six-time Grammy Award-winning Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including “The Power of Love” and “Johnny B. Goode”.

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 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