6 Musicians Famous for Everything But Their Music

When I say Dolly Parton, chances are two things come to mind. Yes, those two.

But while she is famous for a great all-natural, awe inspiring, there-must-be-a-God rack, it’s not ALL she is known for. She has also put out some award winning music.

While Dolly can pull it off (stop it), other entertainers…well, can’t. Here are six ‘musicians’ famous for everything but their music.

Steve Martin

Steve Martin made it big as the “wild and crazy guy” doing legendary stand-up before thousands of people with an arrow through his head. He increased his fame on Saturday Night Live and in over 50 movies.

The movie “The Jerk” should be on every guy’s must-see list.

While he did display glimpses of musical ability during stand-up routines, Martin has become a skilled banjo player. Granted, your vision of a banjo player may be a guy sitting on a busted porch, wearing overalls with one shoulder unfastened, with a backup of guys playing the saw, the comb, and the jug.

But it takes skill to play bluegrass. Steve has performed with well-known musicians like Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Pete Wernick and many others.

Check out this video from the The Late Show with David Letterman:


He has been in the studio recording his own bluegrass album featuring songs he composed himself. Industry insiders even say some cuts on the album are so good they will be picked up by other bluegrass players.

Still, most people will picture Steve Martin with bunny ears.

David Hasselhoff

David Hasselhoff was ultra-cool in the television series Knight Rider, and his co-stars were ultra-hot on Baywatch. It ends there.

The fact that The Hoff was a huge singer in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the mid-90s is a common punchline whenever his name is mentioned.

Of course, Hasselhoff’s main competition in those countries was…nope, I can’t think of anyone else worth listening to from those countries during the 90s.

The Hoffster was set for a huge push as a singer in the USA with an Atlantic City concert broadcast on national television channels in 1994.

Unfortunately, that day the coverage of his concert was preempted by the coverage of a low-speed police chase of a white bronco, as O.J. Simpson ran from the police on the streets of Los Angeles.

In 2006, Hasselhoff hit the road to tour Australia with his band to extend into new territory. It’s nice to know someone listens to his music.

See “Jump in My Car” featuring KITT and the Hoff dancing (I think that’s what he’d call it) in front of the over-used green screen.


Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton is mostly famous for being a rich celebutante willing to do anything to promote herself in the public eye.

Paris has been the co-star of a television show, the Simple Life, showing just how out of touch with reality this rich girl really is. Fortunately for her, she has the good looks that made her a well-known model.

Of course, her most well-known “work” may be her private modeling and on-camera sexcapades caught on tape in 2003.

Note to self: if the red light is on, the video camera is recording, even in the dark.

Note to self #2: if a video camera is involved, plan on betting the under on how long it will take for that footage to make its way online. If you have seen the footage, you know it’s a good thing she didn’t try to make it as a porn star.

In August 2006, Paris released a self-titled record to prove she is more than a pretty face. Believe it or not, the record is half-way decent for a first album.

Impress a date (or not) by knowing the names of a few of Paris’ songs: “Stars Are Blind,” “Turn It Up,” “Nothing in This World,” and, of course the aptly named, “Screwed.”

See Paris crawl around with a 12 year old boy in the video to “Nothing in This World”


Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is best known for blocking people out of the paint, making baskets from inside of three feet, and breaking backboards.

This is much easier when you are over 7 feet tall and tip the scales a 320 pounds (on a good day, bro).

Shaq is famous for winning four NBA Championships and occasionally hitting free throws when they really matter (and better known for bricking them when they matter).

He has appeared in more than half-a-dozen movies, provided guest appearances on television shows, is considered one of the 50 best basketball players of all time, and been immortalized in a long list of basketball video games.

In the 1990s, O’neal released several rap albums with a smooth hip-hop feel.


He worked with people like Busta Rhymes, Quincy Jones, Warren G, Ray J, Coolio, Chaka Khan, Method Man and Redman and many other famous musicians… even Michael Jackson.

While Shaq won’t be well-known for skills with the mic, if you run into him at a club tell him you like his albums. He’s simply too big to be on his bad side. And you don’t want to incur the rap “tell me how my ass tastes.”

Senator Orrin Hatch

No, seriously. That Orrin Hatch. The man who has served the United States as a senator from Utah for over 30 years. He has worked on many important committees over the years, like Taxation and IRS Oversight, Committee on the Judiciary and Select Committee on Intelligence.

But less known is that Orrin Hatch, the musician, is more than competent on the piano, violin and organ.

He has written over 300 songs and has 9 albums currently available. Senator Hatch has written songs with Billy Hinsche of the Beach Boys and worked with Bono of U2. Don’t know if he’s planning a world tour.

Listen to some of Senator Hatch’s music.

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are best known for their work on the Star Trek television series in the 1960s and a series of Star Trek movies.

Shatner went on to star in the tv show T.J. Hooker, become the spokesman for Priceline.com, and work on the show Boston Legal.

Nimoy has done a number of movies, television shows and appeared on stage. Nimoy directed a music video for the Bangles in 1985 for the song “Going Down to Liverpool.”

Shatner is widely known for his musical stylings that feature the same halting cadence of speech as his acting. If you haven’t heard his Mr. Tambourine Man, or better yet his Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, then you haven’t lived. When you hear it you won’t believe your ears could endure such a slaughter.

Shatner and Nimoy are both featured on the “Spaced Out” album released in 1997 featuring 24 songs from the late ’60s. Between the two of them, over 15 albums have been released over the years. No kidding. 15.

See Shatner rap (yes, I said RAP) here:


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