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All I Need – Jack Wagner

All I Need – Jack Wagner

Soap operas have been launching pads for many singers, actors and actresses. Jack Wagner was no fool and recognized opportunity when it presented itself back in 1985. General Hospital was the biggest soap opera on the air. So big, in fact, that in 1981, the Afternoon Delights hit #33 on the Billboard Top 40 with their novelty song, “General Hospi-tale.” Get it? They switched “tal” with “tale” because they are telling the epic saga of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

It’s easy to forget that big-screen icon Bruce Willis once fancied himself a rhythm and blues singer. But he did. And under the moniker “Bruno” he delivered a debut album cleverly titled The Return of Bruno (see how he did that? Made buyers think they missed Introducing Bruno). We’ll add Willis to our growing list of actors-turned-singers-turned-actors. Or maybe it should be singers-turned-actors-turned-singers-turned-one-hit wonders. Let’s not argue semantics here. Celebrity crossover worked for David Soul … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

It’s Now or Never – John Schneider

It’s Now or Never – John Schneider

TV shows are often a great launching pad into musical stardom (or vice versa). David Soul parlayed his success as Hutch from Starsky and Hutch into a massive number one hit with “Don’t Give Up on Us” in 1977. John Schneider followed Soul’s lead and turned an Elvis Presley cover of “It’s Now or Never” into a #14 hit on the Billboard Top 40 in 1981. What do Soul and Schneider have in common? Let’s explore… Blonde … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul

Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul

Some of the greatest (or silliest) pop songs ever written or recorded were by TV stars who crossed over to the Billboard charts. Here’s a short list for you: Rick Springfield from General Hospital (not a one-hit wonder but he gave the world “Jessie’s Girl” and for that we’ll always be grateful) Leif Garrett from Family in 1976 singing “I Was Made for Dancing” (not a one-hit wonder either and now known more for … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop