Ask Billboard: Celine Dion Celebrates Chart Anniversary
Ask Billboard: Celine Dion Celebrates Chart Anniversary


Hi Gary,

That was a very interesting question that Jesper Tan asked about actors and actresses that have charted in Billboard.

Thanks for providing a list of such stars, and although that sampling is likely fairly endless, here are a few more to include:

Walter Brennan: the three-time Oscar-winning character actor notched a No. 5 Hot 100 hit in 1962 with "Old Rivers."

Keith Carradine: this member of the famous acting family reached No. 17 in 1976 with "I'm Easy," from the film "Nashville," for which he won a Best Original Song Oscar.

Richard Chamberlain: the actor who played "Dr. Kildare" sewed up a No. 10 hit in 1962 with the show's theme song, "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight."

Minnie Driver: the Oscar-nominated co-star of "Good Will Hunting" placed two albums on the Heatseekers Albums chart: "Everything I've Got in My Pocket" (No. 43, 2004) and "Seastories" (No. 25, 2007).

Patty Duke: the actress who won an Oscar playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker" (1962) enjoyed a No. 8 Hot 100 hit in 1965 with "Don't Just Stand There."

Shelley Fabares
: the long-time television actress ("The Donna Reed Show," "One Day at a Time," "Coach") flew to No. 1 in 1962 with "Johnny Angel."

Sally Field: the two-time Oscar-winner reached No. 94 on the Hot 100 in 1967 with "Felicidad."

Eddie Hodges: this child actor from the '50s/'60s ("A Hole in the Head," "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn") earned two top 20 hits: "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door (No. 12, 1961) and "(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made to Love" (No. 14, 1962).

Cheryl Ladd: this fourth "Charlie's Angel" ("Kris Monroe") reached No. 34 in 1978 with "Think It Over.

Hayley Mills: the British thespian ("Pollyanna," "The Parent Trap," "Miss Bliss" in the TV series "Good Morning, Miss Bliss," which evolved into "Saved By the Bell") reached No. 8 in 1961 with "Let's Get Together."

William Shatner: the Canadian actor best known as "Captain James T. Kirk" released the album "Has Been" (produced by Ben Folds!) in 2004. It reached No. 22 on Heatseekers Albums.

David Soul: "Ken Hutchinson" from TV's "Starsky & Hutch" reached No. 1 in 1977 with "Don't Give Up On Us."

Sissy Spacek: the multi-talented star won an Oscar playing country queen Loretta Lynn in 1980's "Coal Miner's Daughter." She provided vocals in the film and was nominated for a Grammy Award. She then recorded her own album, "Hangin' Up My Heart," which reached No. 17 on the Country Albums chart. Spacek has also placed four singles on Country Songs.

Jack Wagner: this star of "General Hospital", "Melrose Place" and "The Bold and the Beautiful" reached No. 2 in 1984 with "All I Need."

Thanks again for a great column!

Blair Buchta
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hi Blair,

Thanks for such an in-depth list of additional actors-turned-singers.

The star that prompted the feature - Gwyneth Paltrow, who guested as "Holly Holliday" on "Glee" and reached Nos. 11 and 18 with the cast on "Forget You" and "Singing in the Rain / Umbrella," respectively - may have spurred her husband to reaffirm his own musical merits.

Coldplay, led by Chris Martin's vocals, enters the Hot 100 this week at No. 25 with "Christmas Lights."