Getting Davy Jones
Davy Jones' solo career never measured up to the Monkeemania that preceded it, but it did have one memorable high point—the time he played himself on a 1971 episode of "The Brady Bunch." Click through for more on that and other musical guest appearances on classic TV shows.
Davy Jones on ‘The Brady Bunch’
A soundman gives Marcia Brady the brush-off when she pops up at a recording studio hoping Davy Jones will perform at her prom. But Davy's still a daydream believer: He drops by the Brady home later to personally accept Marcia's invitation.
Stevie Wonder on ‘The Cosby Show’
Hey, don't blame Stevie Wonder—this was 30 years ago. Denise (Lisa Bonet) and Stevie meet when she has a fender-bender with the Motown legend's limo. He later gives the Huxtables (not including Dad) some lessons in sampling.
The Ramones on ‘The Simpsons’
The band performs a punked-out rendition of "Happy Birthday to Burnsy," but Homer's boss isn't a fan. "Have the Rolling Stones killed," he commands his lackey Smithers, who tries to explain: "Sir, those aren't—" Mr. Burns doesn't want to hear about it: "Do as I say!"
Chad & Jeremy on ‘The Patty Duke Show’
In February 1965, just a week after doing a Beatlemania send-up on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," British folk rockers Chad Stewart and Jeremy Clyde played Nigel & Patrick, an obscure duo that Patty sets out to promote. Of course, Cathy prefers a minuet.
Barry White on ‘Ally McBeal’
One of the best moments of the entire series: Everybody hits the dance floor as Barry White sings "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" for attorney John Cage's 35th birthday.
Roy Orbison on ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’
Bo and Luke stumble on a bag containing $1 million. But the important thing here is "celebrity speed trap guest" Roy Orbison performing "Oh, Pretty Woman." Mercy.
Alice Cooper on ‘The Snoop Sisters’
Born Vincent Furnier, Alice was typecast as a demonic rock star called Prince (!) in a 1974 episode of this NBC comedy-mystery. Two decades later, Alice showed his range as an actor, guest-starring as a guardian angel on the CBS sitcom "Pearl."
Bob Dylan on ‘Dharma and Greg’
Dharma's on drums, auditioning for Bob Dylan and "T Bone" Burnett in this 1999 episode, with Dylan on guitar. What induced the elusive legend to make a rare TV appearance on this ABC sitcom? Naturally, Dylan never explained, but he was reportedly friendly with one of the show's writers.
David Bowie on ‘Extras’
Comedian Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) gets to meet his hero in a 2006 installment of this BBC sitcom. But the thrill fades when Bowie, inspired by Andy, turns to the piano and composes a new song that starts with "Chubby little loser." Developing the lyrics, Bowie sings: "Pathetic little fat man / No one's bloody laughing …"
Leslie Gore on ‘The Donna Reed Show’
In the series' 1966 finale, the last of 275 episodes, Jeff and Smitty try to persuade Leslie Gore to record their song. It wasn't Gore's last TV role, however. She played Catwoman's sidekick Pussycat on "Batman" in 1967 and herself in a 1998 episode of "Murphy Brown."
Buffalo Springfield on ‘Mannix’
There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear, but the year is 1967 and Mannix heads to "hippieland" in search of a runaway. He wanders into a club where Stephen Stills is singing "Bluebird," backed up by Neil Young.
Chris Isaak on ‘Friends’
He plays Rob, a guy Phoebe is dating, in this star-studded episode, which aired after the 1996 Super Bowl. Before it's over, they perform a duet of "Smelly Cat," with Isaac breaking into his trademark falsetto at the end. Phoebe's advice: "I think you might want to, like, pick a more masculine note."
Boy George on ‘The A-Team’
Because of a booking snafu, Boy George shows up to perform at a redneck bar. At first reluctant to play the venue ("a certified toilet"), the Culture Club frontman wins over a surly crowd, helps the A-Team foil a robbery and even kicks down a door before "Karma Chameleon" plays over the credits.
Boyce and Hart (and Phil Spector) on ‘I Dream of Jeannie’
Even if the names Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart don't ring a bell, you know their work. Boyce and Hart wrote songs for the Monkees, including "Last Train to Clarksville." The duo also appeared on "The Flying Nun" and "Bewitched" as well as this 1967 episode of "I Dream of Jeannie," which includes a cameo by legendary producer Phil Spector four decades before he was convicted of murder.
The Beau Brummels on ‘The Flintstones’
Or make that the "Beau Brummelstones," performing the 1965 hit "Laugh, Laugh" on the "Shindig"-inspired dance show "Shinrock-a-Go-Go." Meanwhile, Fred injures his foot and sits on a pin, which sparks not one but two new dance crazes, "the Frantic" and "the Flintstone Flop."
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