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Was listening to a local radio station the other day which had a phone in about which pop stars had appeared in movies which got me thinking.

What soul artists have appeared in movies?

Struggled to come up with many Diana Ross - Lady sings the blues , Ray Charles & Aretha Franklin - Blues Brothers , James Brown -Rocky.

Tina Turner - Mad Max3 :thumbsup:

Any more suggestions the more obscure the better.

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Barbara McNair appeared in a couple of movies, I think one was with Bill Cosby, but I cant remember and titles.

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Barbara McNair appeared in a couple of movies, I think one was with Bill Cosby, but I cant remember and titles.

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She was in one with Elvis.

Ray Pollard is supposed to have been in Ghostbusters

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Toussaint McCall in "Hairspray'. (playing himself) What a buzz that was sitting in the theatre and hearing that unmistakeable organ intro! BTW Ruth Brown has a part in the same movie.

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Ray Pollard was definately in Ghostbusters, that was from the horses mouth, i had the good fortune to meet him on a trip to New York with Adey Pierce nearly 20 years ago now.

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Ketty Lester was the school teacher in Little House on the Prairie

Shane

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Ray Pollard was definately in Ghostbusters, that was from the horses mouth, i had the good fortune to meet him on a trip to New York with Adey Pierce nearly 20 years ago now.

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What did Ray do in Ghostbusters?

Who ya gonna call? :thumbsup:

Shane

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Barbara McNair appeared in a couple of movies, I think one was with Bill Cosby, but I cant remember and titles.

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Think she was in ' They Call me Mr Tibbs' the follow-up to 'In the heat of the Night with Sydney Poitier

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Isn't Morris Chestnut an actor? I think he was in Platoon. Surely there can't be two Morris Chestnuts.

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Thats what I thought but the one you are on about is a fairly young guy, he's been in loads of things recently

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Tony Clarke was also in They Call Me Mr Tibbs. Ketty Lester appeared in many TV shows in the 70s like Streets of San Francisco. Hattie Winston appears in Ted Danson's current show Becker. What about Al Green's various appearances in Allie McBeal?

Agree with Billy Freemantle regarding Toussaint McCall in Hairspray: a scene which still sends shivers down the spine. BTW, Ruth Brown also starred in this movie.

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Saw Len Jewell in Kojak once. And Delores Hall is in some daytime detective tosh that plays now and again. :thumbsup:

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Saw Len Jewell in Kojak once. And Delores Hall is in some daytime detective tosh that plays now and again. :thumbsup:

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Helen Shapiro used to be in Albion Market......... :thumbsup: somebody told me..

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wasnt Ketty Lester in Blackula??

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Roosevelt Grier was in 'The man with 2 heads' if memory serves right - one of the worst mvies of all time. Darlene Love has been in all the Lethal Weapon movies

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Isn't Morris Chestnut an actor? I think he was in Platoon. Surely there can't be two Morris Chestnuts.

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I've seen his name too.

Lonnette Mckee appeared in some 70's films I think.

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Isn't Morris Chestnut an actor? I think he was in Platoon. Surely there can't be two Morris Chestnuts.

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You'd think there wouldn't be two; but there are. It's a different guy I'm sure.

How about Leslie Uggams? She's a US TV star and has been in at least 4 movies. Quite how soulful her music is, I don't know. But her best known song was a massive tune wasn't it?

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Agree with Billy Freemantle regarding Toussaint McCall in Hairspray: a scene which still sends shivers down the spine. BTW, Ruth Brown also starred in this movie.

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What I remember from that scene - apart from TMcC's performance - were the cuts to the drunk drowning his sorrows and the rats running over the shoes of the necking 'checkerboard' couple in the alley. Only John Waters could do that!

Was Toussaint McCall able to build on this exposure at all?

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Levi Stubbs was the voice inside the plant in a film, Little Shop of Horrors (?) when it shout out "feed me feed me now" it just like he's shouting Bernardette.

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You'd think there wouldn't be two; but there are.  It's a different guy I'm sure.

How about Leslie Uggams?  She's a US TV star and has been in at least 4 movies.  Quite how soulful her music is, I don't know.  But her best known song was a massive tune wasn't it?

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Don't you even care / Love is a good foundation.

She was in 'Roots'

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Don't you even care / Love is a good foundation.

She was in 'Roots'

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That's right - I'd forgotten about that.

Someone else just came to mind: Cuba Gooding Jr. As you probably know his father was lead singer with the Main Ingredient, and he did a credible version of "Happiness is just around the bend".

Ok, not rare soul, but I'm struggling now!

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Does Bill Cosby count?

"Uptight (Littlle ole man)" was a Wheel favourite...

Still struggling!

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Isaac Hayes has been in quite a few....

Definately in "Truck Turner", "Tough Guys" and "Escape from New York"

As well as being Chef in "South Park the Movie"

WOOF!

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Laura Lee appears in "Detroit 9000", she mostly sings her way through the first part of the movie. Worth watching. :thumbsup:

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Isaac Hayes has been in quite a few....

Definately in "Truck Turner", "Tough Guys"  and "Escape from New York"

As well as being Chef in "South Park the Movie"

WOOF!

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Did you get permission from Mick Smith to use his mug shot as an avatar??

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Once saw Roosevelt Grier take a lead part in an episode of Kojak

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MABEL KING WAS IN A STEVE MARTIN FILM BUT CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH ONE

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Tony Clarke was also in They Call Me Mr Tibbs. Ketty Lester appeared in many TV shows in the 70s like Streets of San Francisco. Hattie Winston appears in Ted Danson's current show Becker. What about Al Green's various appearances in Allie McBeal?

Agree with Billy Freemantle regarding Toussaint McCall in Hairspray: a scene which still sends shivers down the spine. BTW, Ruth Brown also starred in this movie.

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Barry White also in Ally McBeal

and Whitney Houston...Bodyguard

Isn't Ray Charles in something..Blues brothers maybe, head a little fuzzy at the moment, but sure I've seen him in something

Winnie:-)

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Ray Charles was in some early 60's b/w uk film about a blind boy, saw it some years back.

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LENNY H has replied:-

wasnt joey heatherton an actress as well, was it "hair spray" or some

crappy high school flik, quite tidy an all in her younger days.

[Mod notice: Lenny - you hit the 'report' button instead of 'reply', which is why your original post didn'y show biggrin.gif ]

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