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Actors who could really play their instruments.


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Actually Groucho Marx is mentioned the the Led Zeppelin Biography Hammer Of The Gods. He was dragged to a party by his widow Ginger. Some of the Members of Led Zeppelin were there. He sang a song to Maggie Bell, an artist who was on Zeppelins Swan Song Label.

 

 

 

 

 

I don't know any of Maggie Bell songs. If you listen to your average Classic Rock station you won't hear her. But that's another story.

 

 

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If you look at Dick Powell when he sings for Ned Sparks in the girl's apartment at the beginning of the movie, you will see quite clearly he is not playing the piano. He makes only the merest effort to ape playing, his hands fluttering over the keys, not even keeping time with the music. It's very distracting.

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According to his biography, Benny COULD play violin rather well. Discovering he had a flair for comedy, he found a way to play it towards that end.

 

 

In the movie *Starting Over* , CANDICE BERGEN played up the notion that her character couldn't carry a tune in a bushel basket, but for real, has a very good singing voice.

 

 

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> {quote:title=slaytonf wrote:}{quote}A little off-topic, but Miss Bergen did sing in Starting Over. I don't remeber how well she did.

Sepiatone DID address that exact same thing two replies below yours...Did you miss it?

 

"In the movie *Starting Over* , CANDICE BERGEN played up the notion that her character couldn't carry a tune in a bushel basket, but for real, has a very good singing voice.

 

Sepiatone"

 

 

Which means: Candice can sing for real, but her CHARACTER isn't supposed to be a good singer in the movie...pretty bad, in fact. Candice herself garnered a Supporting Actress nomination for the film.

 

 

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> {quote:title=TopBilled wrote:}{quote}Fred MacMurray was a vocalist on Broadway and played several instruments. He was skilled at violin, piano, guitar and saxophone. According to the IMDB, he is a musical performer on the soundtrack of 13 films he made. He played the sax on occasional episodes of My Three Sons.

Fred even sang on a few records with a band (Gus Arnheim's?) in the early '30s.

 

Ironically, MacMurray's playing was dubbed on "Swing High, Swing Low" (the only Carole Lombard film in which her singing wasn't dubbed) because his character was a trumpeter.

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Strange. HIs playing feels like an act. You would have thought with his experience with wind instruments, he would have pulled off a better impression. Looks like Charles Butterworth is only aping on the piano, as well.

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