Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Celebrity Rock: Ain't That a Kick in the Head (1990)

In the 2nd half of the 80's, it seemed as though there were more than a few actors who thought they could moonlight as singers. Bruce Willis & Eddie Murphy topped the charts. Don Johnson didn't quite get there, even with Dweezil Zappa as a sideman, but his Miami Vice partner, Philip Michael Thomas, got next to no airplay for his lone CD.

Sneaking in under the radar was Sherman Hemsley, who at the time of this clip, was starring on Amen. Hemsley appeared on Soul Train to perform "Ain't That a Kick in the Head". Like, who knew?

Nearly a year later, on Amen, Deacon Ernest Frye (Hemsley) would get his old vocal group back together in an episode that featured guest appearances by Chubby Checker & Casey Kasem. We'll have "Ernie & the Sublimes", or at least a portion of it, down the line.

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