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    80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    I am doing research for a special I plan on doing for my 80's show. Here is a list of actors and actresses who took their hand at singing. Can anyone tell me more. The songs have to be from the 80's:

    Scott Baio
    Mr T
    Nia Peeples
    Rick Springfield
    Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd
    Rodney Dangerfield
    Kylie Minogue
    Michael Damian
    Alfonso Ribero
    Don Johnson
    Phillip Michael Thomas
    Bruce Willis
    Gloria Loring
    Billy Crystal
    John Schneider
    Tom Wopat
    Clint Eastwood
    Burt Reynolds
    David Hasselhoff
    Patrick Swayze
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    Bernadette Peters
    Bob and Doug McKenzie
    Shaun Cassidy
    Samantha Fox
    Leif Garrett
    Janet Jackson
    Martika
    Eddie Murphy
    Frank Stallone
    Jack Wagner
    Lisa Whelchel
    George Burns
    Victoria Principle
    Christopher Atkins
    Cheech and Chong
    Gregory Hines
    Michael J Fox
    Blues Brothers
    Jason Donovan
    Nick Berry
    Anita Dobson
    Alyssa Milano
    Lisa Hartman
    Tracey Ullman

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    I presume by the list Daffy this is a purely US thing? Unless you count the Canadians lol (sorry Caligula!). I notice Kylie Minogue and Tracy Ullman but I think the rest are Americans/Canadians on a cursory read.

    But if you are expanding that geographically, then Toyah Wilcox would be an obvious inclusion -acted in Quadrophenia and Jubilee then many, many 80s hits (7 top 40 albums and 13 top 40 singles in the UK).

    If Janet Jackson is included, who started singing on stage with The Jacksons before "acting" on The Jacksons, then I guess David Bowie counts?

    The boys from Spandau Ballet? Iggy Pop? So many to choose from.

    Does acting mean only movies? If not, Tom Waits did a hugely successful stage run with Frank's Wild Years and also in film in Down By Law.

    Anyway, not meant to be annoying, just helping frame the discussion

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    Jason Donovan, Nick Berry and Anita Dobson were all British

    I thought Janet was an actress before singer.

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    Nick Berry was great in Heartbeat with Niamh Cusack if I recall correctly. Did nicely on the title track.

    Jimmy Nail is another one of these types of English TV stars turned musicians.

    And collectively, The Young Ones had a hit with Cliff Richard doing Living Doll. Which leads to Alexei Sayle who had the hit with Didn't Ya Kill My Brother. Almost positive he was comedian/actor before doing songs.

    Haven't had time to research yet but might be worth checking on Kevin Bacon and Kevin Costner.

    Cheers Daffy and good luck. Will pop back in if I think of anything else.
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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    OMGoodness! How could I forget the Young Ones!!! Don't forget Neil's "Hole in my shoe" also. Also Alexei Sayle, "Pop up toasters" being my personal favorite.

    I also came across John Stamos singing "Alone" a couple years before Heart topped the charts with the song.

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    John Stamos also sang "Forever" should be right up your alley! It is a sappy song
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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    Grace Jones, was she acting before singing? Off to Wiki to find out

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    First film was in 1973 in "Gordon's war", first album was 1977. I guess she counts!

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyL4n...eature=related
    John Stamos "Forever"

    Uncle Jesse sang this song to Becky at their wedding on "Full House"
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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    Wouldn't that be in the 90's then?

    Here are some more:

    Daryl Hannah
    David Cassidy
    Devine
    Lee Majors
    Mel Brooks
    Alan Thicke

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    Probably so, but Full House went from 87- to mid 90's. I think he did sing it in 90's lol dangit!
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    You made me click on the awful clip for nothing???

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    Have pity on her for the mere mention of John Stamos singing.

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    I'm just about done working on the special. Now thw question is, do I just randomly play the special or do I wait until the New Year when I usually do some kind of special or both?

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    I didn't see Kim Fields listed anywhere. I actually have two songs of hers on my iPod!

    Anyone remember the track "Dear Michael"? It was an open love letter to the King Of Pop. She also performed a track called "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" that actually isn't half bad.

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    Thought of one more. How about Susan Anton? She performed a duet with Fred Knoblock in 1981 called "Killing Time."

    She was mainly a model and a pretty face during the late 70's and early 80's, but she did do some TV guest spot work on shows like "Love Boat" and "Mike Hammer" and was also in the movie "Cannonball Run II". I guess that qualifies as acting!

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    The special is already done. I wish I would have known about the Kim Fields songs!!! DOH!!!!

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    Re: 80's actors and actresses that tried to sing

    Jason Donovan is actually Australian, not British. And I'm a HUGE Nick Berry fan. He was Simon "Wicksy" Wicks on EastEnders. Also Anita Dobson was on EastEnders, plus she is the wife of Brian May of Queen.
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