The Heart of Rock & Roll

"The Heart of Rock & Roll" is a song performed by Huey Lewis and the News, released as the third single from their 1983 album Sports in 1984. The single peaked at number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

"The Heart of Rock & Roll"
The Heart of Rock & Roll Single.jpg
Artwork for U.S. and continental European releases
Single by Huey Lewis and the News
from the album Sports
B-side"Workin' for a Livin'" (Live)[1]
ReleasedApril 10, 1984
Recorded1983
GenreRock
Length5:01 (album version)
3:58 (single version)
LabelChrysalis
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News singles chronology
"I Want a New Drug"
(1984)
"The Heart of Rock & Roll"
(1984)
"If This Is It"
(1984)

HistoryEdit

The B-side to the single is a live version of "Workin' for a Livin'".[1] The music video was recorded in March 1984 featuring skits with the band as well as footage of concerts filmed in New York City and Los Angeles.[2]

CompositionEdit

The lengthy solo before this song ends features beats from hand claps.

ReceptionEdit

Christopher Connelly of Rolling Stone said "a fancy-pants sax solo and some moronic lyrics sabotage the spirited 'Heart of Rock & Roll' (it's still kicking, says Huey), which should have ended a minute and a half earlier."[3]

At the first annual MTV Video Music Awards, which aired on September 14, 1984, the song was nominated for "Best Group Video", losing to ZZ Top's "Legs".[2] The song was also nominated for Record of the Year at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards, losing to Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do with It".[2] The group performed the song at the ceremony.[2]

In April 2009, Blender magazine listed it sixth on its list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever".[4]

PersonnelEdit

  • Huey Lewis - lead vocals, harmonica
  • Mario Cipollina - bass
  • Johnny Colla - rhythm guitar, saxophone, backing vocals
  • Bill Gibson - drums
  • Chris Hayes - lead guitar
  • Sean Hopper - keyboards

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1984-1986) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[citation needed] 58
Canadian RPM 50 Singles[5][6] 8
German Singles Chart[7] 71
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 21
UK Singles Chart[9] 78
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 6
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks[11] 5
Chart (1986) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[12] 49
Year-end chart (1984) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[13] 44

Music videoEdit

The music video was a complicated video to produce, according to director Edd Griles. "The complications occurred when we filmed in New York for 13 hours straight on the Brooklyn Bridge and then later in Times Square. In Brooklyn, we had the camera in the helicopter, but the 'copter couldn't get in close enough and the bridge was windy, so the shot took a long time. In Times Square, it was only 21 degrees out and the band was dressed in either short sleeves or light jackets. As you know, filming takes time, lots of it, so Huey and the band were out there freezing their toes off in between takes," the director recalled.[14] Also, Lewis' wife was expecting a baby, which caused delays and problems.[14]

Clips from several 1950s rock 'n roll greats (in chronological order): Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, Roy Orbison, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry (and his famous "duckwalk").

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Huey Lewis And The News - The Heart Of Rock & Roll". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  2. ^ a b c d Huey Lewis and the News: World Tour 1986 tour book
  3. ^ "Huey Lewis and the News: Sports : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  4. ^ "Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever!". blender.com. Alpha Media Group Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-12-31. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  5. ^ "RPM Top Singles - Volume 40, No. 18, July 07 1984". Library and Archives Canada. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  6. ^ "RPM Top Singles - Volume 40, No. 19, July 15, 1984". Library and Archives Canada. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Huey Lewis And The News, The Heart Of Rock & Roll". charts.de. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  8. ^ "charts.nz - Huey Lewis And The News - The Heart Of Rock & Roll". charts.nz. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  9. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Huey Lewis And The News - The Heart Of Rock 'N' Roll". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Huey Lewis & the News Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Huey Lewis & the News Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Huey Lewis And The News - The Heart Of Rock And Roll". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Talent Almanac 1985: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 51. December 22, 1984. p. TA-19.
  14. ^ a b "The Official Huey Lewis and the News Newsletter: Newsline". hln.org. Retrieved 2009-03-20.

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