Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Celebrity Rock: For The Sake of The Children (1975)

After leaving Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, poet-comedian Henry Gibson reinvented himself as a quality character actor, which landed him prominent roles in movies such as "The Blues Brothers", and guest appearances on shows like The Dukes of Hazzard.

Where it all seemed to begin was in Robert Altman's 1975 film, "Nashville". Gibson was cast as a country singer, and even co-wrote at least one song on the soundtrack. This wasn't it, though.

I remember lying in bed one night as a teenager, trying to get to sleep, and I could hear the television running in the living room. "Nashville" was airing on some channel---I think it might've been on ABC---, and I heard this next song, "For The Sake of The Children", which is about a father making a difficult decision as his marriage falls apart. Gibson sounded so natural here.

Mind the Spanish subtitles, as the person who posted this video to YouTube is of Latin origin.


magicdog said...

I didn't know Gibson could sing!

I remembered seeing him on Laugh In reruns(when they turned up on Nick) and had seen him all over the dial in the decades since.

The last time I'd seen him before his passing was on an episode of "Charmed" - he played The Sandman!

His nephew, Matt Malloy is also a character actor - and coincidentally, he appeared on "Charmed" as well. He credits his uncle for getting him into the biz.

hobbyfan said...

He was quite a talent. Too bad he wasn't nominated for an Oscar.....