Huey Lewis and the News

Because there is so much sadness that is hanging over me lately (nurse at the hospital has died beside the Virginia Tech shooting), I will be posting more music video this week. Music has always had the ability to pick me up.

Huey Lewis and the News were about as big as a group can get in 1985. In 1983, the band’s 3rd album, Sports, sold 10 million copies in the US. On the heels of Sports, Huey Lewis is asked to act (very minor role) in Back to the Future. He and his band write 2 songs for the movie. Each of the songs does very well. The movie’s success didn’t hurt the song at all.

The Power of Love is a classic Huey Lewis and the News tune. The song is driven by an infectious bass line. The News manages to sing a 50’s style do-wop line in the background. Huey’s vocals, which always borders on gravelly, stands right in the middle of the arrangement – picture perfect. The guitar solo is light and it has to be. If the guitar was too heavy the whole song would be pushed out of the soulful pop genre into the hard rock. All of these sounds blend perfectly together to give you classic Huey Lewis and the News.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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