This week's OSF is Actors Who Sing and when I saw that I immediately thought of David Soul singing Don't Give Up On Us Baby. David Soul was one of the stars of Starsky and Hutch in the 1970s. When I was a kid and teenybopper many of my favorite tv stars made attempts at being pop stars as well and I've posted just a few of the more famous (or infamous) examples here for a little fun musical nostalgia:

You may also remember Shelley Fabares (of The Donna Reed Show) and her one hit, Johnny Angel:

And how about Johnny Crawford (The Rifleman) singing Cindy's Birthday:

And Remember Paul Peterson (also of The Donna Reed Show) and She Can't Find Her Keys:

And Richard Chamberlain was quite a decent singer, starring in several musicals later in his career. Here's a couple of his earliest, including him singing the theme from Dr. Kildaire Three Stars Will Shine Tonight and Hi Lili Hi Lo:

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  1. Wow, you definitely threw me for a loop, but I am loving it. I didn't know that the tv actor/attempted pop star deal was that big of a movement. One more note to add to my pop culture historian notes. TV Land should do a special on this.

  2. Wow...David Soul! I haven't heard that in years!

    Nice collection!

  3. Kim, I checked out your post for this OSF and you showed me a trick or two also! Had to laugh at your Joey Lawrence section and found out you are also an Eli Stone fan.

    MsMarvalus - Don't ask me why but the minute I saw your subject for this OSF I thought of David Soul singing this, lol - then went on from there.

  4. Great choices! I forgot all about David Soul!

  5. Regina - though I loved Starsky and Hutch - Starsky was my favorite and, frankly, I thought this song sucked even back in the 70s, lol - so forgetting about it is forgivable!

  6. Leave it to you! Only you could come up with some ultimate old school stuff from my childhood. Of course I watched the Donna Reed Show, so I remember "Johnny Angel". I love these trips down memory lane girlfriend!

  7. Thank you Pjazzy! I have to thank you for your posting of Gregory Hines on this weeks TT - one of my all time favorites that I miss terribly.

  8. Dear Ms. Pop Art--

    You constantly amaze me! How do you find these wonderful retro moments? I hadn't heard the last one by Dr. Kildare and it was wonderful hearing him sing while looking at the photo retrospective. Thanks!

  9. Eileen - I have a google alert for all types of retro pop culture and find great stuff that way!

  10. Thanks Pop Art Diva, Actually Gregory and I had a mutual friend when I was living in the Los Angeles area. He shared with her that he was dying, but vowed her to secrecy because he did not want the press to get a hold of it. I do remember him on Will & Grace, funny stuff :-)

    I spent last week watching "The Thornbirds". Richard Chamberlain was too fine! I never knew he sang until you posted this retrospect. You are awesome at collecting memories.


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