Every time I write about music here at The Ugly Bug Ball, I feel insecure. I’ll confess to anyone who will listen that music is practically a foreign language to me. You’ve been warned before, but here we go again!
I collect music performed by television actors. I don’t do it on purpose. It just sort of happens, but there’s no disputing the evidence. It’s sitting right there on my shelf, a testament to either blind faith or questionable taste. I have been happily surprised by some of albums I’ve purchased, disappointed by others. Here’s a sample.
I’ve shared my affection for The Partridge Family in an earlier post. This was the first album in my collection. I usually start with a greatest hits compilation, and if I like it, I will then seek out other albums. I got this CD in 1990, and now it’s on my mp3 player. I have most of The Partridge Family LP records, and I like to play them when I’m doing housework. There’s nothing like a little bubblegum pop to make the work more fun.
I got this CD a few years back when Leif Garrett was in the news for his various problems with drugs. I didn’t listen to his music in the 70s, unless he was performing a song as a guest star on a television series I happened to be watching. My interest as a fan came earlier in his career, when he starred in a very short-lived 1975 series called Three For The Road. It also starred Vincent Van Patten and Alex Rocco. I was devastated when it was cancelled. Some of the songs on this album aren’t awful, but there’s too much disco for me to listen regularly.
When Daniel Boone was finally released on DVD, Ed Ames quickly emerged as my favorite actor on the series. I was curious about his recording career, so I bought this collection. It’s now one of my favorites. What a voice!
I’ve watched every episode of Starsky & Hutch on DVD, and I still tune in on RetroTV when there is only reality TV on the other channels. David Soul’s Don’t Give Up On Us (Baby) was impossible to avoid in the 70s. I hadn’t heard most of the other songs on this collection. Some of them I like, some of them I don’t. With mp3s, you can pick and choose when you add them to your computer and mp3 player. That’s what I’ve done with this album.
I’ve been a fan of Sal Mineo since I was in junior high. He is better known for his movie roles, but he did make many television appearances. I didn’t know until recently that he had some recordings as a singer. I have to confess, this is the least played album in my collection. I don’t know if it’s me or the recordings, but I can’t recommend Sal the Singer.
We’re finally into the 21st century! Last year, I started watching General Hospital to see Jonathan Jackson as Lucky Spencer. I also started listening to his indie band, Enation. World in Flight is still my favorite album by these guys. It seems that every album they release is very different from the one before, making it hard to describe them with any accuracy. I can recommend this one, and my favorite songs are still Everything is Possible and Permission to Dream.
And now we’re back to the early sixties. There’s no hiding my current obsession! Since getting into The Rifleman, I’ve been exploring the recordings of Johnny Crawford. It took me a couple of listens to get used to the style from this era. Now I’m hooked. My favorite song is probably The Girl Next Door.
To stay current with Johnny Crawford, I have to go back to an even earlier era. These days, the Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra is based in Los Angeles, playing mostly at private functions and Hollywood events. The music is vintage arrangements from the 20s and 30s. This album (the only orchestra one so far) is available through Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes. I wasn’t sure I would like this as much as his teen recordings from the sixties, but I’m really enjoying these tunes, especially the title track.
So, that’s a little glimpse at my music collection. Tell me about yours! Got any television actors that I missed?