Unexpected Musicians - Celebs, Actors, Sports, etc

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So after considering my direction in music, I'd like to add more theatrical and acting based pieces interwined between my songs and music etc so I googled a phrase which actually turned up something else, which has unexpectedly sent me down a rabbit hole.

Please share me of what you know!!

I'm now hooked on music made by people you'd not expect it from!

In the past I've discovered some and the huge majority I'm very pleased! William Shatner, Paris Hilton, and a few others....

So I've found out Jackie Chan has done loads of music, not a bad singer! Also, Robert Downey Jr has some awesome music and I'm genuinely interested in it and want to hear more! Nick Knowles from DIY SOS (UK) has also done an album, how mad!

Anyone know of any I may not know even if I don't recognize the names or aware of due to cultural, regional, planetary ( Wink ), etc? I'm in this rabbit hole for the night Biggrin

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@Fuzzy Biggrin something pretty similar instantly popped into my memory


the spoof is much better though Smile


and most actors, especially if they come from a stage background will inherently be pretty good singers, already having good voice/breathing control, etc. , but that also comes with a lot of them being ego maniacs that think they can do no wrong.......there's been a ton of failed attempts, even if they come with a fan base already willing to drool over anything they've done...... Johnny Depp/Vin Diesel/etc/etc/etc come to mind.

If you've found Shatner's music, you'll already know that Leonard Nimoy's musical output utterly surpasses it!

Keifer Sutherland does a pretty decent line in Americana and his band tours the UK every now and again.

If you're a Twin Peaks fan, we saw Christa Bell's band a while back and they were terrific too.

On a slightly different note British culture has a rich history of celebrities releasing "novelty" singles. There was a time when any edition of Top of The Pops was almost guaranteed to feature some actor, TV personality or footballer. It's a really interesting feature of the 70s and 80s especially and there are way too many to link to. But this sort of thing was typical.

Matt Berry (What we do in the shadows, The IT Crowd) has an extensive musical CV and is a *total* synth nerd.

@headfirstonly Oh my god yes, Matt Berry. His TV themes album is especially great, but he's a good songwriter too.

Bruce Willis (although I can't find the song that I actually like....)

I know a lot of people don't like Ricky Gervais, but he's a surprisingly good songwriter. He was actually signed to a major distributed label with his new wave band Seona Dancing *before* his acting/comedy career: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkpdZ7B81J8

And he writes all of the David Brent songs music and lyrics, like for the 2016 movie Life on the Road, most with no cowriters. The lyrics are mostly really stupid, silly, sometimes offensive BUT I find them musically extremely catchy. The title track is my favorite (and not offensive, just a bit silly): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tgl-CwnK2g

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Nic Cage joined us in fawm this Feb. hahahahahahah Biggrin had almost forgotten about that barrel of laughs.......ahhh the world was a different place, back when 2020 didn't look so dire Wink


Steve Martin plays a really mean banjo, and does some pretty great bluegrass stuff.


@Fuzzy Macho Man Randy Savage did a whole album ripping DMX. It’s probably what you’d expect.

@ayeahmur https://youtu.be/r9fD0UvsjnE

@JūS Can't believe I mentioned Bell but not Lynch!

I once saw Professor Brian Cox guest on keyboards with New Order. At Hammersmith Odeon.

Evan Rachel Wood (of Westwood Fame) regularly performs as a duo of Evan and Zane


Of course, Michael McKean (of Laverne & Shirley, Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind...)


Also from a Mighty Wind - And Schitts Creek - Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy

Jeff Bridges as Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. He actually toured for awhile performing these songs! (I do a decent cover of this one...maybe back for Rocktober!)


Here are some I thought of:

Stephen King (plays with other authors in a covers rock band)
David Duchovny (from the TV show The X-Files)
Johnny Depp (I read an interview about how he plays guitar)
Bill Clinton (42nd US president, if I remember correctly he played saxophone)

Also additional celebs (to the above listed, I can think of more but that goes into the way back machine prolly not on youtube) who released album(s) but IDK if they play(ed) an instrument and to be fair, their celebrity was probably the main reason for album releases:
Terry Bradshaw (NFL quarterback)
John Travolta (Welcome Back Kotter, Saturday Night Fever, etc.)
John Belushi & Dan Ackroyd (Saturday Night Live, they were also know as The Blues Brothers, first time I saw them perform on when they were regulars I thought it was a comedy skit)

John Quincy Adams (president from 1825-1829) played the flute,

Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885) played the banjo,

John Tyler (1841-1845) and Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) both played the violin,

Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) and Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) both played the harmonica

Barack Obama had so much early success with his music (winning first chair in the Arkansas state band saxophone section) that he considered a career in it. (Hmmm, how history would have been changed, indeed. -- Interesting!)

*Anyway, they all formed a band for a while, 'till things "fell apart" Wink temporary resurrections and all that:
Oh, there's sooooo many, so many.

The current President, actually sings:

Wink Smile