Thursday, May 30, 2013

Leif Garrett--I Was Made For Dancing (1979)

      Leif Garrett (real name: Leif Per Nervik) began his career as an actor with his first role in a major picture being, "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) at the age of 8. He then began a series of bit roles on television in the mid-70s on shows like Family and The Odd Couple. Garrett also was in all three "Walking Tall" movies.
     The whole teen idol thing began with a role on the CBS show, "Three for the Road" in 1975. The show didn't make it to Thanksgiving but there was a great interest among teenaged girls in the now 14 year old. At this point, teen magazines began to make him a regular in their publications. This led to an interest in music, and a little less than a year later was offered a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
     His first album, "Leif Garrett" contained four singles, all covers of previous hits. After signing a deal in mid-1978 with Scotti Brothers, his second album, "Feel The Need" contained more original material. The best of these was, "I Was Made For Dancing" which reached #10 on the charts in the U.S., and #4 in the U.K. His star didn't shine for long as subsequent singles didn't crack the top forty.
     Although he has been best known lately for his troubles with drugs and the law, Garrett continued acting throughout most of the 1980's and 90's, most notably The Outsiders.


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