Fun Fact

14 05 2010

All but two one teen dramas have main characters who are also musicians/singers.

On Beverly Hills 90210, we got our first real taste of David’s musical inclinations in season 3 when he started recording his own music and later performing at the Beverly Hills Beach Club. The storyline continued for a decent part of the season with David nearly having a record deal. At the end of season 4, David got a taste of the music life again when he toured with real-life musician Babyface. In season 8, David joined the band Jasper’s Law for a short time, which introduced us to “Keep It Together”–which I absolutely loved and still do. In an episode in the tenth season, Janet reunited with college friends and played the bass at the After Dark.

On Dawson’s Creek, Joey’s vocal talents were first revealed in season one when she performs a moving rendition of “Own My Own” for a beauty pageant. In the fifth season, Joey played with a band featuring Chad Michael Murray’s Charlie. After a few gigs, he asked her to come on tour but she declined. In the next season, Audrey fronts an all-female rock band but as her drinking spirals out of control, she has no choice but to give it up. Near the end of the series, we get one more performance from her: a beautiful, understated and haunting performance of Zakk Wylde’s “Way Beyond Empty.”

One Tree Hill has had the most musical characters by far, showcasing the talents of recurring character Jake and, more notably, Haley in the first season. Haley’s music career was a big storyline in season 2, where she performed–among other things–a duet, “When The Stars Go Blue,” with Chris Keller and later toured with him and real-life band The Wreckers. Haley gave up music for a while, though we saw her perform with another real-life band, Enation, in season 6. There’s a bigger focus on Haley’s music in the first half of season 7, where Haley has released an album and toured again, performing songs that were actually created by Bethany Joy Galeotti’s band Everly. Season 5 and season 7 introduced two more musically-inclined characters, Mia and Grubbs, but they weren’t main characters.

90210 also featured musical performances very early on with Annie and Adrianna being in the school production of Spring Awakening. Earlier this season, Adrianna serenaded Navid and has since started taking music quite seriously, writing and recording songs and performing with pop sensation, Javier, who is played by real-life musician Diego Boneta. Their duet, as far as I know, doesn’t have known title, but is called “One More Time” and I absolutely love it, and Jessica Lowndes most recently performed two of her own songs.

The O.C. and Gossip Girl have both featured real-life musical artists and the GG cast even has some who are building a music career, but neither show The O.C. hasn’t had actual main characters who were performers.

As noted below by Misty and Alyssa, there are two I left out: Beverly Hills 90210’s Ray and Gossip Girl’s Rufus.

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10 responses

14 05 2010
James

According to TV fanatic, the duet sang by J. Lowndes and Diego Boneta is titled “One More Time”

14 05 2010
teendramawhore

Actually, I see that now on The CW’s site.

14 05 2010
Misty

I also thought about Jamie Walters for BH 90210 while reading this.

14 05 2010
teendramawhore

True that, Misty! MAJOR oversight!

14 05 2010
Alyssa

Isn’t Rufus on GG considered a main character? We know he was apart of a 90’s band Lincoln Hawk. Did we get to hear him perform when he went away at the end of the first season? I think he went with his band.

14 05 2010
teendramawhore

Wow. Major FAIL on my part. The funny thing is that I went over it over and over to make sure I wasn’t missing anyone and my mistake was only thinking about the young main cast members (though that definitely doesn’t excuse my Jamie Walters error) and not the adult ones. Me = disaster on this one.

14 05 2010
Rinth de Shadley

You mean that Rufus on GG really WAS in a band? I thought they just made that up for the story. I haven’t heard of his band (Lincoln Hawk?), but I wasn’t really paying much attention to that kind of thing in the 1990s.

15 05 2010
Laura

I don’t think it would be counted as him being a musician, but Sandy from The OC did sing in the show. In season three he sang to Kirsten at the baitshop (I think it was their wedding anniversary but i’m not 100%) and it was mentioned in earlier seasons that he once sang in a remake of Grease at college.

15 05 2010
teendramawhore

Good memory, Laura! I left out karaoke-like performances (such as the girls performing at Hello Day on BH90210) and tried to focus on people who were actual singer/musicians and, at one point or another, were pursuing it. I guess my inclusion of Janet makes that iffy but I do believe she rejoined the band and then later quit…all in the same episode, lol.

17 05 2010
teendramawhore

Rinth, I’m sorry I’m just seeing your comment. It was stuck in spam catcher–weird! Lincoln Hawk is not a real band in real life. The writers created it.

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