After a two-week break, 80’s Mania Mondays have returned for the new year. For inspiration for this week’s song, I went back to my playlist of songs that were released my senior year of high school. I wrote about that list and the work involved in creating it in this post. I didn’t have to go very far; in fact, today’s song is the very first one on the playlist. It also happens to be the first single release from one of the biggest albums of the 1980s.
Today’s song is “Heart And Soul” by Huey Lewis And The News.
One of the more notable facts about this song is that the hit version by Huey Lewis And The News is the third recorded version of the tune. It was first done by Exile (“Kiss You All Over”) in a version that didn’t even make the Hot 100, aka Billboard’s pop chart. A second version was done by the Bus Boys (“The Boys Are Back In Town” from the movie 48 Hrs.) in 1982, but never released as a single. By the time Huey Lewis And The News got to the song, it was their debut single from their mega-platinum successful album, Sports. The song got the ball rolling for the album, becoming the first of four top ten singles from the set, with a fifth single making the pop top 20.
I was more familiar with this version of the song over the other two; though I became aware of the Bus Boys version in college. I had never heard Exile’s original version until I started writing this post. As far as that senior year of high school, the band would have three singles featured on that playlist: this one, “I Want A New Drug,” and “The Heart Of Rock And Roll.” But the one that started it off and began the band’s climb into the stratosphere was this one. The band is still together and touring a few dates each year, though a few of the original members have departed the group. For a time from 1983 through the end of the decade, the band was one of the hottest acts in pop music.
I hope you enjoy “Heart And Soul,” the first 80’s Mania Monday song of the new year. As always, thanks for listening and reading.