Back in February Quincy Jones brought together a bunch of young celebrities to remake “We Are the World.” He extended no invitations to any of the dozens original performers. Huey Lewis, one of these performers, took the news hard. Never one to bask in self-pity though, Lewis re-recorded his own version of “We Are the World” for Haiti. Given that it’s only him, he has to change it to “I Am the World.” Recorded for Jimmy Kimmel Live (that show is on a roll!), the video finds Lewis dressing up as “We Are the World” vets like Willie Nelson as he tries in vain to recreate the magic. Somehow, “I come together as one” just doesn’t work as well.
The real reason Lewis was on Kimmel was to perform two tracks off his new Stax Records covers album Soulsville. Watch Huey Lewis and the News strut through “Never Like This Before” and “Respect Yourself” below.