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Huey Lewis has spoken about his close friendship with fellow rocker Phil Lynott - and how he still misses the Thin Lizzy frontman who was his mentor. 

In a new interview about his favourite songs, Lewis said Lynott’s song The Boys Are Back in Town was the song most likely to bring him to tears.

“The reason I say that is because I miss my pal Phil Lynott, and that’s what makes me cry. Phil was important to me. He helped me in many different ways.

“He taught me what popularity was going to be like, how to be a band leader, how to deal with press, fans, record companies, the whole bit.

“He was a mentor to me and I think about him still. He was one of the greats.”

Lewis has long credited Lynott with helping him navigate the music business at a crucial stage in his career.

They struck up a friendship after the young Lewis’s band Clover supported Thin Lizzy on a UK tour, as Lewis tried to make a name for himself in the music industry.

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He would go on to enjoy a hugely successful music career with hits like The Power of Love and The Heart of Rock & Roll, but at that time Lewis was struggling to break through.

“It was awful,” Lewis recalled in an interview. “Phil was standing there (when they came off stage), and he said, ‘Let me help you.’ He critiqued the music. ‘You gotta go after them.’

“He became my mentor. “We would go down to the King’s Road (in London). He was an amazing guy. He was the best hard-rock performer of his time.”

Last year Lewis contributed to a new documentary about Philo, Songs For While I’m Away, by Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds.

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