Who’s Singing, Isn’t That (fill in the blank) ?

While researching a fun post about one hit wonders of the 70’s, I noticed songs from several actors on the list.  It made me curious.  Which came first, the acting fame or the singing??  I set out to find some intel on these people.

Easy Come, Easy Go by Bobby Sherman

I’m starting with one of my teen crushes, Bobby Sherman.  Bobby was a singer long before he was an actor.  It wasn’t unti his role as shy, stammering Jeremy on Here Come The Brides that he was rocketed to superstardom.   Eventually, after guest-starring on an episode of Emergency, he left the acting spotlight and became an EMT.  Here he is, with that killer smile, singing Easy Come, Easy Go.

 

The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia by Vicki Lawrence

My friends and I were just talking about this song a couple of weeks ago.  We decided it was the ultimate in cheesy 70’s music.  Vicki was an established comedienne and actress long before she made musical history with her one and only hit song.  Fun fact: the musicians playing in the song are the popular studio musicians knows as The Wrecking Crew.   I found a great video of Vicki and Reba McIntyre singing the hit, which Reba covered in the 90’s.

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So Long, Farewell

Saying goodbye is often hard, especially when it is a television series that you have been binge watching for weeks or months.  Fans usually rave about the writing or actors in their favorite shows, but I am sure it’s no surprise that I focus on the music.  Here is a list of my 10 favorite songs in series finales:

1.  Breaking Bad     Baby Blue by Badfinger

I started watching this show specifically because I wanted to see the series finale  (entitled “Felina”) and the final song, Baby Blue. My musician friend John started to work it out on his guitar, so of course I wanted to learn all about the song.  I was hooked by the show almost immediately and was mesmerized by the fantastic writing, binging on multiple episodes every day for two weeks.  I may have been a little dark and morally ambiguous by the last couple of days.  Incidentally, this song led me to my new favorite Pandora radio station, the Badfinger station.

2.  Freaks and Geeks       Ripple by The Grateful Dead

I found Freaks and Geeks on Netflix and savored every episode of their one season.  I thought the finale told such a compelling story of how these characters had grown and expanded their horizons throughout the series.  “Discos and Dragons”  had the cool kid role playing with the geeks, the frustrated rock drummer branching out into disco dancing, and the good girl taking a walk on the wild side.  The Grateful Dead seemed so appropriate for Lindsey’s next chapter.  I found a great version of this song that is part of the Playing For Change movement, which takes musicians from all over the world and puts them together playing popular songs,

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