Thursday, March 10, 2011

What were they thinking?: Telly Savalas--If (1975)

     Many of us spend life wishing we could change what we do for a living. We forget that even those who are very successful in life also have those wishes. We live in an age where singers want to be actors, actors want to be singers and sports jocks want to do both. Sometimes that actually works out. The Billboard charts are littered with actors and others who record and do it with various degrees.

      For some reason, the 70's were a fertile time for these kind of acts. David Soul, David Cassidy, John Travolta and others had strong hits during that decade. Although you can argue about how well you actually liked the music, they could all SING (i.e. keep a tune...and don't forget there was no auto tune). Then there was the artists who you have to ask, "What WERE they thinking?"

      In the footsteps of artists such as Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Sebastian Cabot (at least he had the wisdom to call his albums, 'Dramatic Readings'), Telly Savalas chose to throw his lollipop into the arena. Now, before we go on, let's put to bed the idea that this is "singing". It is reading the lyrics to a song accompanied by music. As a reader, it's not half bad, his deep baritone resonates well. However part of the issues with all of these attempts is that poetry is one thing, music lyrics can be quite another and it's the mock seriousness of the proceedings that makes it truly enjoyable.

Before we get to the main event, let's look at some of this man's truly great work.....Who loves ya baby??

Now that we have secured Telly's claim to fame as a 70's TV icon....let's check out his softer side.


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