Famous musicians' secondary careers

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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

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Perry Como was a barber.
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Postby robert e » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:11 pm

Chris Isaak was a boxer and actor before he got his music career off the ground. His nose is still broken, and he still acts, with a long list of movie and TV credits, including starring in his own sitcom for a few years. He's a fine guitarist, too, but rarely gets to show that off because James Wilsey is so good.

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Postby robert e » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:15 pm

And of course, there's the ad hoc band of mostly writers, the Rock Bottom Remainders. From wikipedia:

The band's members have included Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Cynthia Heimel, Sam Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Joel Selvin, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, Tad Bartimus, Greg Iles, Aron Ralston and honorary member Maya Angelou among others, as well as professional musicians like multi-instrumentalist (and author) Al Kooper, drummer Josh Kelly, guitarist Roger McGuinn and saxophonist Erasmo Paulo. Founder Kathi Kamen Goldmark died on May 24, 2012.

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Postby lucy » Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:52 pm

robert e wrote:Chris Isaak was a boxer and actor before he got his music career off the ground. His nose is still broken.....

I'd always wondered why he has a broken nose!
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Postby WilliamSchart » Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:04 pm

Condo Rice studied piano for a while at college before moving on to other things. And to be non-partisan, can we forget Bill Clinton and the sax?

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Postby pogmoor » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:44 pm

Prior to his retirement the jazz saxophonist Art Themen was an orthopaedic surgeon.
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Postby RichardUno » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:58 pm

Woody Allen, the jazz clarinetist, makes movies on the side.

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Postby lucy » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:09 pm

robert e wrote:Before Sting became Sting, he was Gordon Sumner the bus conductor, then construction worker, then tax officer, then schoolteacher who played jazz in the evenings.

And now he plays classical guitar too. I once heard him say on a chat show, that he particularly liked Bach. There's actually a video online of him playing the Prelude from the 1st Cello Suite.
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Postby lucy » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:12 pm

WilliamSchart wrote:Condo Rice studied piano for a while at college before moving on to other things. And to be non-partisan, can we forget Bill Clinton and the sax?

Dare I mention, apparently Tony Blair was quite good on the electric guitar.
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Postby lucy » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:23 pm

Patrick Moore, astronomy author and presenter of BBC TV's incredibly long-running programme The Sky at Night was an accomplished xylophone player. Once, he even did a duet with Evelyn Glennie. He also composed and wrote two operettas.
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Postby Lovemyguitar » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:28 pm

Gene Simmons of KISS fame has an Education degree and was a Grade 6 teacher for brief period of time prior to his becoming a rock star.

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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Postby beanctr » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:11 pm

lucy wrote:
robert e wrote:Before Sting became Sting, he was Gordon Sumner the bus conductor, then construction worker, then tax officer, then schoolteacher who played jazz in the evenings.

And now he plays classical guitar too. I once heard him say on a chat show, that he particularly liked Bach. There's actually a video online of him playing the Prelude from the 1st Cello Suite.


He also released a lute album in 2006 featuring Dowland music. R
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Postby pogmoor » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:34 pm

beanctr wrote:He also released a lute album in 2006 featuring Dowland music. R

Did Sting actually play the lute on that - I thought all the instrumental work was by Edin Karamazov?
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Re: Famous musicians' secondary careers

Postby robert e » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:15 am

OK, so which one of you is actually Sting?

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Postby robert e » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:17 am

lucy wrote:
robert e wrote:Chris Isaak was a boxer and actor before he got his music career off the ground. His nose is still broken.....

I'd always wondered why he has a broken nose!

Broken seven times, apparently!


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