Hugh Anthony Cregg III (born July 5, 1950), better known by his stage name Huey Lewis, is an American singer, songwriter, and actor.Lewis sings lead and plays harmonica for his band, Huey Lewis and the News, in addition to writing or co-writing many of the band’s songs. The band is known for their third, and best-selling, album Sports, and their contribution to the soundtrack of the 1985 feature film Back to the Future. Lewis previously played with the band Clover from 1972 to 1979.
Huey Lewis was born in New York City. His father, Hugh Anthony Cregg, Jr., was an Irish American from Boston, Massachusetts, and his mother, Maria Magdalena Barcinski, was Polish, from Warsaw.
Lewis was raised in Marin County, California, living in Tam Valley and Strawberry,and attending Strawberry Point Elementary School (where he skipped second grade)and Edna Maguire Junior High School in Mill Valley. When he was 13, his parents divorced. He attended and graduated from the Lawrenceville School, an all-male prep school in New Jersey,in 1967, and he achieved a perfect score of 800 on the math portion of the SAT.He was also an all-state baseball player.Lewis attended Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His mother had an extramarital affair with Beat Generation poet Lew Welch who eventually became Lewis’ stepfather.