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Rock Rewind: Huey Lewis and the News “Power of Love”

By the mid-1980s, pop-rock act Huey Lewis and the News were already well on their way, riding a growing wave of popularity with their third album Sports (1983). But when they were tapped to record “Power of Love” for the soundtrack of the 1985 film Back To the Future, they took a quantum leap into international fame. The film, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, was a blockbuster success, and with its blend of 80s synths and straight-driving rock, “Power of Love” became the band’s first No. 1 hit, even garnering an Oscar nomination.

As a testament to the growing amount of influence film placements were having on song popularity, “Power Of Love” is still one of the most recognizable hits by Huey Lewis and the News, despite never having appeared on one of the band’s album track lists in the U.S. (The song appeared in the European and Japanese versions of their album Fore!, but not in America.)

A bit of trivia: Huey Lewis himself made a cameo appearance in Back to the Future. Can anyone recall where?


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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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