Sunday, January 29, 2006

Reasons To Be Glad the ‘80s Are Over: Movie Stars No Longer Make Pop Records

Remember the late '80s when there was a brief spate of movie starts coming out with music recordings? Eddie Murphy, Bruce Willis and (the one that made me think of this when I –gag- heard his hit She’s like the Wind recently) Patrick Swayze all had hit singles about 20 years ago. But I don’t think I’m aware of any similar ventures into music by screen actors since then. While lots of recording stars have made successful transitions into film in the last 60 or so years, going the other direction doesn’t seemed to have worked out –the above not really being exceptions.

Am I wrong about this? Have there been other actors putting out actual hits before or after the ‘80s? And have I left anyone out of the actors-gone-pop club of that era?

Update: Yes, I'm sort of wrong. See Russ' (who else) comment. It still looks like the trend peaked in the '80s though. And I can't believe I forgot Don Johnson!


Russ said...

Before the 80's - David Soul (Don't Give Up on Us Baby)

During the 80's - You forgot the worst: Don Johnson (Heartbeat)

After the 80's - Jennifer Love Hewitt (How do I Deal)

I think I wrote a trivia night category about this a few years ago. :)

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? Jamie fox has the Number 1 album on the billboard album chart.

Randy said...

What about the pop record producers who play in movies, e.g.Jennifer Lopez...