Huey Lewis Dedicates Song To John Belushi

huey-lewis-and-the-news-do-you-beleive-in-love-chrysalisLong before Huey Lewis And The News “jumped the shark” and found it Hip To Be Square, they were one most of the exciting up and coming Bay Area club bands.  Their horn section, Huey’s charm and harmonica skills, and the band’s love of classic rhythm and blues earned The News a contract with Chrysalis Records.  Their second album, Picture This, was self-produced and featured the big pop hit “Do You Believe In Love” written by master producer Mutt Lange (Def Leppard, AC/DC).     Picture This is such an underrated 80’s album, in many ways even more memorable than their 10x Platinum album, Sports, which came out a year later.

“DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE”

Huey Lewis Picture ThisDuring this period (1982), one of the most influential comedians of the time, John Belushi, died of a drug overdose in March.   Huey Lewis & The News had a song called “The Only One” on their album describing that high school hero who everyone looked up to, but just a few short years later, his life took a dramatic turn for the worse.    This story of a meteoric rise and fall captured the “could have been” life of Belushi and Huey dedicated the song to him posthumously at a MTV concert. It’s an emotional rollercoaster with an incredible guitar solo at the end of the song that remains one of the band’s best.

“THE ONLY ONE”

 

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