HOLLYWOOD—It is never too late if you’re a celebrity, wanting to be a singer. Jeff Goldblum is recording an album at the age of 65. The Hollywood actor is an accomplished jazz pianist and has a band called The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. The actor whose films include, “Jurassic Park,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “The Fly,” has now signed with Decca Records. He was spotted by record execs after playing alongside jazz-singer songwriter Gregory Porter on the Graham Norton Show last year. His album is due out later this year.
Jeff is not alone, other actors have added recording star to their resume. Kevin Bacon, known for his roles in such films as “Footloose” and “Apollo 13,” has also released seven albums with his brother Michael that span, rock, folk, soul and country- a fusion they have dubbed “Forosoco.” Bacon admitted once, that his celebrity status was definitely useful in his recording career. The latest single is “Broken Glass.”
Actor Ryan Gosling, can definitely hold a tune. If you saw “La La Land,” you know. If you need further proof, look no further than “Dead Man’s Bones” – a concept album he recorded with his friend Zach Shields in 2009. It was originally intended as the soundtrack to a play about a monster who falls in love with a ghost, the score eventually appeared in the form of a suitably refreshing-sounding record. “Werewolf Heart,” “My Body’s a Zombie for You” and “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” were just some of the cheery tracks the duo subsequently performed on a Halloween tour. Ryan Gosling performs in The Room Where You Sleep with The Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir.
Actress Scarlett Johansson didn’t take the easy route for her 2008 debut album, producing instead an album of moody Tom Waits covers. “The Avengers” actress went on to work with songwriter Pete Yorn on “Break Up,” an album of duets inspired by the ones that Serge Gainsbourg recorded with Brigitte Bardot. Yet, her later attempts to form a girl group called The Singles hit the buffers when another band with that name took her to court. Scarlett’s video for Tom Waits cover of “Falling Down” is amazing.
Leave it to Naomi Campbell to release an album. She released an album back in 1994. “Babywoman,” hardly set the world on fire and went on to be ranked sixth in Q magazine’s 2006 list of the 50 worst albums. With that said, Naomi can lay claim to a top 40 single was thanks to the one week her song Love and Tears in the top 40…. in 40th place.
Martial arts legend Jackie Chan is also an accomplished singer who has released more than 20 albums in five different languages. He started off singing over the closing titles of his films and went on to release a string of albums, the first of which-1984’s “Love Me” -featured a song called, “Jackie’s Legend.” In 2008, he made an official tie-album for the Beijing Olympics. Seven years later, he recorded a song in aid of Beijing’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. He’s also sung on screen, notably in 2002’s “The Tuxedo” when he did more than passable imitation of James Brown.
Actress Toni Collette, between starring in hit films such as “Muriel’s Wedding,” “The Sixth Sense” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” also found time to make an album. The result was Beautiful Awkward Pictures, released in 2006 under the name Toni Collette and The Finish- a band in which her husband, Dave Galafassi, played drums. Just like Colette, Robert Downey Jr. has released just one album to date- a 2004 release called “The Futurist” that featured eight self-penned compositions. The results of the album drew qualified praise from many. One of the singles is “Man Like Me,” the album’s opening track.
Legendary actor, Clint Eastwood ties to music extend from him singing on screen in 1969’s “Paint Your Wagon” to composing the scores for such films as “Mystic River” and “Million Dollar Baby.” Many people don’t know that he released an album in 1963 entitled “Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites.” “Rowdy,” was released on Cameo Records.
Oscar-winning star Joe Pesci star of “GoodFellas” and “Home Alone” was a childhod friend of Frankie Valli and played a small yet pivotal role in the formation of The Four Seasons. He released his first record in 1968, an album of covers called “Little Joe Sure Can Sing!” that included his version of “Got To Get You Into My Life” by the Beatles. Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just For You, Pesci’s belated second album, was a different beast altogether that saw him sing as the character he payed in 1992’s “My Cousin Vinny.”
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