Telly Savalas always seemed like an unlikely pop star. And yet, as Wikipedia notes, his version of "If" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in March 1975, and retains the record for being "the shortest title of any song to reach number one in the UK."

The parody version:
     Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 09, 2014
     Category: Music | World Records | 1970s

This dick came over her decades ago and said, on TV, that he was more Greek than American. Since then I don't do Savalas.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 11/09/14 at 09:37 AM
The spoken word thing was big in the early 70's remember William Shatner's version of Rocket man?
Telly Savalas was big on Kojak, "Who loves Ya, Baby?! :lol: :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 11/09/14 at 10:09 AM
There is a whole series of these from Rykodisk, IIRC, titled "Golden Throats." These are collected recordings of entertainers doing things WAY outside their comfort zones. Many of them are sincere efforts but there are a few where one thinks, "Why?"
Posted by KDP on 11/10/14 at 10:05 AM
I would say this was was out of his comfort zone, but it turns out Anthony Hopkins (Star of 'Psycho') actually started out as a singer! (Who knew?) http://www.wfmu.org/365/2003/069.shtml

There's tons of unusual music on the site, some of it won't even make your ears bleed!
Posted by Captain DaFt on 11/10/14 at 08:01 PM
Thanks very much for the parody version. I once taped this (on 8-track, no less) from the Dr. Demento Show. That tape is long gone. Haven't heard it in 30 years!
Posted by Dave Plechaty on 11/14/14 at 06:52 PM
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