Huey Lewis and the News is the debut album by American rock band Huey Lewis and the News, released in 1980. In 1979, the band's name was Huey Lewis and the American Express. Under this name they released a single and secured their recording contract with Chrysalis Records at the end of the year. The album was recorded within three weeks and the producer was Bill Schnee, who had produced for Boz Scaggs and Pablo Cruise. Chrysalis did not like the addition 'American Express' to the band's name, fearing that the credit card company of the same name could sue them. In January 1980, just prior to the release of their debut album, the band changed their name to 'Huey Lewis and the News'. On June 25, 1980, the band released their first album, the self-titled LP Huey Lewis and the News. The album got some very good reviews in Europe and in the United States, and it helped to enlarge the band's local following in the San Francisco Bay Area.