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Subject: Former TV/Commercial Stars and their Musical Background
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Television
Asked by: tvwarmup-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 18 Apr 2005 14:13 PDT
Expires: 18 May 2005 14:13 PDT
Question ID: 510987
Now....we are looking for names of ?Where Are They Now?
television/commercial  actors/D-list celebrity types who also have
musical skills such as playing piano, drums or other musical
instrument or are singers (i.e.Tina Yothers  Family Ties sings)

We need the names, character?s name/show they were on and specific
musical skill they possess.

now be in their 60?s or older.

They must be recognizable from tv shows or commercials, but not from
not movies, Broadway or the music industry.

Please provide a min of 15 names. Over 25 will be recognized.

Below is list of people we already have:

George Segal, Banjo  
Dave Coulier, Full House, plays drums.  
The Smothers Brothers 
Dustin Diamond, played Screetch on Saved by the Bell, is lead guitar in band.
Mario Lopez, Saved by the Bell, plays drums.
Billy Mumy, played Will Robinson on Lost in Space, plays Guitar.
Girl who played Friend on Blossom is a country western singer.
Richard Keith, Keith Thibodeaux, played Little Ricky on I love Lucy. 
Partridge Family members
Shawn Cassidy (Hardy Boys)
Ronnie Rift, played Cousin Oliver on Brady Bunch, plays guitar.
Butch Patrick, The Munsters, plays guitar
Brandon Cruz, Courtship of Eddie?s Father, plays guitar.
Jill Wheelan, Love Boat, sings, plays piano.
Danielle Brisebois, Stephanie on All in the Family, sings
Laura Jill Miller.. Samantha on Gimme a Break, sings. 
Tatyana Ali, Ashley Banks, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. 
Sherrie Krenn, Pippa McKenna, The Facts of Life. Country-music singer
Olivia Barash Little House on the Prairie, Out of the Blue. 
Cubby O'Brien Mouseketeer, The Mickey Mouse Club. Now Drummer
Johnny Crawford, played Mark McCain, The Rifleman heads Johnny
Crawford Dance Orchestra.
Jenna von Oy played Mayim?s friend on Blossom.  Country singer
Corky Pigeon played geek Freddy Lippencottleman, Silver Spoons now drummer.
Barry Williams, Greg Brady,  now Singer
Brian Bonsall, played Andrew Keaton on Family Ties. Aspiring rocker. 
Corey Feldman The Goonies, Stand by Me, The Lost Boys.  Rocker
robbie rist ("the brady bunch")
Tatyana Ali, Fresh Prince
David Hollander, what's happening
Maureen McCormick, Marsha,  The Brady Bunch, now singer 
Pat Morita,  Various Characters (Happy Days) Sings
Jon Bowman, Sha Na Na
Jennifer McGill, Mickey Mouse Club, now singer

Clarification of Question by tvwarmup-ga on 18 Apr 2005 15:01 PDT

Where are they now tv stars can be from the 80's & 90's.  We prefer
younger, not older, but will take them all.

McKenzie Phillips... One Day At A Time, singer for example.

Sitcoms such as AMEN, etc..  

So, again,  I wrote "THEY CAN BE FORMER TEEN/ADULT STARS who could
now be in their 60?s or older.."  We prefer younger, like in their
50's or  younger now.

If you don't understand, please feel free to email me here or directly at :  Thank you.

Request for Question Clarification by voila-ga on 20 Apr 2005 07:39 PDT
See if any of these names fit your purposes.  If so, I can get you
their character names and substantiating links.  Most of these folks
are 'singers' but a few play one or two instruments exclusively.  A
few are more well known in the music/Broadway industry but have been
figured prominently in TV series as well.

David Hasselhoff ? Knight Rider/Bay Watch
John Schneider ? Dukes of Hazard
Tom Wopat ? Dukes of Hazard
David Soul  - Starsky & Hutch
Jeff Conaway - Taxi
John Stamos ? Full House
Katey Sagal ? Married w/Children
Rick Springfield ? General Hospital/Battlestar Galactica
Jack Wagner ? General Hospital/Melrose Place
Greg Evigan ? BJ & the Bear/My Two Dads
Kristy McNichol - Family
Jackee Harry ? 227
Anson Williams ? Happy Days
Lisa Whelchel ? Facts of Life
Alfonso Ribeiro ? Fresh Prince
Brian Austin Green ? 90210
Betty Buckley ? Eight is Enough/Oz
Patti LuPone ? Life Goes On
David Naughton ? My Sister Sam
Cybill Shepherd ? Moonlighting, Cybill


p.s.  I won't be around to work on your question further till this
weekend, so if you need it beforehand, kindly post a clarification and
another researcher -- preferably pinkfreud or markj -- can pursue
these leads.

Clarification of Question by tvwarmup-ga on 20 Apr 2005 09:22 PDT
Hi V,
Thank you SO much.  The info is great.  We would love the links to all
except the names below and if you know what instrument they play, that
would be fine.

Katey Segal (presently on a sitcom)
Lisa Buckley (coincidence.... her daughter went to my college, has
awesome Bev Hills home!)
David Naughton

Let me know if you come up with other names except for John Tesh. 

Your efforts are awesome.... 

Clarification of Question by tvwarmup-ga on 20 Apr 2005 11:31 PDT
pinkfreud or markj 

network presentation.


Request for Question Clarification by voila-ga on 20 Apr 2005 12:07 PDT
Glad to help out and I'm sure one or the other folks will be around
directly.  A few more and some additional notes:

John Stamos ? Full House/ drummer / I think he?s in a current sitcom though
Lisa Whelchel ? Facts of Life/classical guitar and piano
Alfonso Ribeiro ? Fresh Prince/piano

Drew Carey:  Trumpet/accordian
Played Drew Carey on the "Drew Carey Show" 1995-2004

"Well, I played when I was a little kid, from kindergarten to third
grade. And then I didn't play at all. I played trumpet all through
school. And then just lately, I had this bug up my butt to learn
accordion again. So if anyone plays accordion out there, I'm in the
middle of book three of the Palmer Course Accordion Book. That's not a
beginner anymore."

Richard Grieco on "21 Jump Street" played Officer Dennis Booker (1988-1989)

Michael Paloma's new CD 'Michael Paloma and his New York Blues' has
been released yesterday. The CD includes two music videos directed by
Richard Grieco. You will see cameo's of him at the end of the videos.
Richard also sings with Michael Paloma in the song "Nothing Personal".

Brent Spiner - "Star Trek -- Next Generation" played Lt. Commander Data


Jonathan Frakes 
Commander William T. Riker
1987- 1994/trombone

Best of luck to ya!

Clarification of Question by tvwarmup-ga on 20 Apr 2005 13:48 PDT
Thanks for the info.  Look forward to getting the links to the list
you gave me this morning...
Great job. 
Subject: Re: Former TV/Commercial Stars and their Musical Background
Answered By: voila-ga on 21 Apr 2005 08:55 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Steve,

Worked on this till 4 a.m. so you could have this for your program. 
Hope all my links stay in place.


David Hasselhoff (singer)
?Knight Rider" 
Michael Knight 

Lt. Mitch Buchannon
?Knight Rider? (2005) (in production)  Why?

John Schneider (singer/songwriter, guitar, piano)
"Dukes of Hazzard"  
Bo Duke

Tom Wopat (singer/songwriter, trombone)
"Dukes of Hazzard?
Luke Duke 

David Soul (singer)
?Starsky & Hutch?
Det. Ken "Hutch" Hutchinson 
(age is 60+)

Jeff Conaway (singer, guitar)
Robert ''Bobby' Wheeler 

?Babylon 5?
Earthforce Security Chief Zack Allen

John Stamos (singer/songwriter, drums, guitar)
"Full House"
Hermes 'Jesse' Katsopolis

Rick Springfield (singer/songwriter, guitar)
?General Hospital?
Dr. Noah Drake

?Battlestar Galactica?
Lt. Zac

Jack Wagner (singer/songwriter, guitar)
?General Hospital?
Andrew "Frisco" Jones 
1983-1988, 1989-1991, 1994-1995

?Melrose Place?
Dr. Peter Burns 

Greg Evigan (singer/songwriter, piano, drums, saxophone)
?BJ & the Bear?
B.J. (Billie Joe) McKay 

?My Two Dads?
Joey Harris

He plays the piano, drums, and saxophone, and writes in a variety of
different styles of music. He is now mixing a new CD, with more
original pieces, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at
Abbey Road Studios in London. The Modern Classical album features
Evigan at the piano.

Kristy McNichol (singer)
Letitia 'Buddy' Lawrence

?Empty Nest?
Officer Barbara Weston

RCA Records releases the Kristy & Jimmy McNichol album. The Kristy
solo single, He's So Fine will make Cash Box's top 100 singles
(highest position is 70). RCA throws a party for Kristy and her
brother at New York's famous club, Studio 54. Later the single, Page
By Page is released.

Jackee Harry (singer)
Sandra Clark

?Sister, Sister?
Lisa Landry

Anson Williams (singer and can probably do a mean knick-knack patty
whack on your sternum since he?s the nephew of Dr. Henry Heimlich)
?Happy Days?
Warren ?Potsie? Weber

Lisa Whelchel (singer/songwriter, classical guitar)
?Facts of Life?
Blair Warner

Lisa?s vocal and music-writing talents have also earned critical
acclaim. Her debut recording, "All Because of You," earned a Grammy
nomination for Best Inspirational Album.

Alfonso Ribeiro (singer)
?Fresh Prince?
Carlton Banks

At the age of 10 Ribeiro dabbled as a musician, releasing singles such
as "Dance Baby," "Not Too Young (To Fall In Love)," "Sneak Away With
Me," and "Time Bomb."

Brian Austin Green (singer/rapper, guitar) 
David Silver

Patti LuPone (singer)
?Life Goes On?
Elizabeth ?Libby? Thatcher

Cybill Shepherd (singer)
Madelyn ?Maddie? Hayes

Cybill Sheridan

Christine Baranski (singer)
Maryann Thorpe

Alicia Witt (piano)
Zoey Woodbine

Don Most (singer)
?Happy Days?
Ralph Malph 

Stephanie Kramer (singer/lyricist-composer)
Det. Dee Dee McCall

Billy Bob Thornton (singer/drums)
?Hearts Afire?
Billy Bob Davis

Drew Carey (trumpet/accordion)
"Drew Carey Show" 
Drew Carey

Richard Grieco (singer)
?21 Jump Street" 
Officer Dennis Booker 

Brent Spiner (singer)
"Star Trek -- Next Generation" 
Lt. Commander Data

Jonathan Frakes (singer, trombone)
"Star Trek -- Next Generation"
Commander William T. Riker
1987- 1994

Andrea Marcovicci
?Trapper John, MD?
Fran Brennan Gates (1985-1986)

Mandy Patinkin (singer)
?Chicago Hope?
Dr. Jeffrey Geiger
1994-1995, 1999-2000
(now commercial pitchman for Crestor®)
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Subject: Re: Former TV/Commercial Stars and their Musical Background
From: pinkfreud-ga on 20 Apr 2005 13:57 PDT
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on the original "Star Trek," is a
talented singer.
Subject: Re: Former TV/Commercial Stars and their Musical Background
From: markj-ga on 20 Apr 2005 14:31 PDT
It says here that Darius McCrary of "Family Matters" plays the drums
and piano and sings:
Subject: Re: Former TV/Commercial Stars and their Musical Background
From: markj-ga on 20 Apr 2005 15:12 PDT
According to the All Music Guide, Brian Austin Green of "Beverly Hills
90210" plays keyboards.  Green produced and performed on a rap CD in
1996 called "One Stop Carnival," which the online satire site "The
Onion" called "one of the least essential albums of the 1990s":

If that link doesn't work,  go to the site's homepage and enter "Brian
Austin Green" in the search box:
Subject: Re: Former TV/Commercial Stars and their Musical Background
From: markj-ga on 20 Apr 2005 15:18 PDT
Betty Buckley is a singer, of course, but apparently she also took
piano lessons as a child:
Subject: Re: Former TV/Commercial Stars and their Musical Background
From: markj-ga on 20 Apr 2005 15:32 PDT
Kristy McNichol is a singer:

All Music Guide: Kristy McNichol

As is Patti Lupone, of course:

All Music Guide: Patti Lupone

(If these links don't work for you, use the same method I suggested in
my comment about Brian Austin Green above,)
Subject: Re: Former TV/Commercial Stars and their Musical Background
From: voila-ga on 22 Apr 2005 08:06 PDT
Here?s an alternate link (last few graphs) about Conaway/music in case 
the domain isn?t renewed and some additional info that
didn?t transfer:

Greg Evigan

Mandy Patinkin

Jennifer Love Hewitt (singer/songwriter)
?Party of Five?
Sarah Reeves (1995-1999)

Thanks for the tip and sorry I couldn?t furnish you with a longer
list, but maybe this is an ongoing project and I can work on it again
when I have more time.

The Listmaker,
 ¿ V ?

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