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11 Rock Star Cameos in TV Shows

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From Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch to (Cow)Boy George on The A-Team, here are some of the more memorable musician TV cameos.

1. Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch

Marcia's all-out campaign to get the Monkees singer to perform at her prom yields a kiss on the cheek, a date, and a specially dedicated song. "Thank you girl, for making the morning brighter..."

2. Phil Collins on Miami Vice

In an episode called "Phil the Shill," the Genesis singer appears as the slippery host of a game show called The Rat Race. (He even sings the theme.) Crockett and Tubbs take an interest when they learn he has ties to a cocaine dealer. How '80s can you get?

3. Tom Waits on Fernwood 2 Night

When Wait's van breaks down in the fictional Ohio town, he ends up as a guest on the low-budget talk show. After befuddling the audience and host Barth Gimble with his gravel-voiced song, Waits cracks wise in an interview. Q: "Tom, where do you hail from?" A: "I come from Bedlam and Squalor."

4. Stevie Wonder on The Cosby Show

After Denise and Theo get into a fender bender with Stevie Wonder's limo, the singer invites the whole Huxtable family to visit him in the recording studio. Stevie ends up sampling the kids' voices for a new song, then sings a duet of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" with Clair. One of the best cameos ever.

5. Michael Stipe on The Adventures of Pete & Pete

The REM singer did a quick turn on the Nickelodeon kids' show as an eccentric ice cream vendor called Captain Scrummy. He pushed an item with the unappetizing name of "sludgecicle."

6. Roy Orbison on The Dukes of Hazzard

Boss Hog's Celebrity Speed Trap snared country stars like Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, and Mel Tillis. But its biggest catch was Roy Orbison, who worked off his citation by singing "Oh Pretty Woman" at the Boar's Nest.

7. Bob Dylan on Dharma and Greg

In an episode called "Play Lady Play," Dharma auditions as a drummer for a band, not knowing who they are. The singer turns out to be Bob Dylan. After demonstrating her shaky chops, Dharma asks, "Do you want me to play some more?" Dylan replies, "Noooo."

8. Snoop Dogg on Just Shoot Me

After Finch (David Spade) is fired for canoodling with Jack's wife, he takes a job as an assistant to rapper Snoop Dogg. Eventually, Jack rehires him, prompting a misty-eyed Snoop to say, "I'm gonna miss that little blond fool."

9. Boy George on The A-Team

Faceman books country act Cowboy George into the Floor 'Em honky tonk. But a mix-up brings Boy George and Culture Club instead. Not exactly a match made in redneck heaven. But the fey singer catches the team's manly spirit and, in one memorable scene, kicks down a door.

10. Barry White on Ally McBeal

Nelle gets John the ultimate birthday present – a private performance from his favorite soul crooner, Barry White. "We got it together, didn't we, baby?" White says, as he shakes hands with the awestruck John.

11. David Bowie on Extras

The best rock star cameo ever. Andy (Ricky Gervais) has an awkward exchange with David Bowie in a bar, confessing that he has sold out to be in a sitcom. Bowie goes to the piano and writes a song with a verse that goes: "Pathetic little fat man / No one's bloody laughing / The clown that no one laughs at / They all just wish he'd die." Soon the entire bar is singing along.
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5 Killer Pieces of Rock History Up for Auction Now (Including Prince’s Guitar)
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If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of rock history, now is the time. A whole host of cool music memorabilia from the 20th century is going up for sale through Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles as part of its “Icons and Idols” sale. If you’ve got the dough, you can nab everything from leather chairs from Graceland to a shirt worn by Jimi Hendrix to never-before-available prints that Joni Mitchell signed and gave to her friends. Here are five highlights from the auction:

1. ELVIS’S NUNCHUCKS

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Elvis’s karate skills sometimes get a bad rap, but the King earned his first black belt in 1960, and went on to become a seventh-degree black belt before opening his own studio in 1974. You can cherish a piece of his martial arts legacy in the form of his nunchaku. One was broken during his training, but the other is still in ready-to-use shape. (But please don’t use it.) It seems Elvis wasn’t super convinced of his own karate skills, though, because he also supposedly carried a police baton (which you can also buy) for his personal protection.

2. PRINCE’S GUITAR

A blue guitar used by Prince
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Prince’s blue Cloud guitar, estimated to be worth between $60,000 and $80,000, appeared on stage with him in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The custom guitar was made just for Prince by Cloud’s luthier (as in, guitar maker) Andy Beech. The artist first sold it at a 1994 auction to benefit relief efforts for the L.A. area’s devastating Northridge earthquake.

3. KURT COBAIN’S CHEERLEADER OUTFIT

Kurt Cobain wearing a cheerleader outfit in the pages of Rolling Stone
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The Nirvana frontman wore the bright-yellow cheerleader’s uniform from his alma mater, J.M. Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen, Washington, during a photo shoot for a January 1994 issue of Rolling Stone, released just a few months before his death.

4. MICHAEL JACKSON’S WHITE GLOVE

A white glove covered in rhinestones
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A young Michael Jackson wore this bejeweled right-hand glove on his 1981 Triumph Tour, one of the first of many single gloves he would don over the course of his career. Unlike later incarnations, this one isn’t a custom-made glove with hand-sewn crystals, but a regular glove topped with a layer of rhinestones cut into the shape of the glove and sewn on top.

The auction house is also selling a pair of jeans the star wore to his 2003 birthday party, as well as other clothes he wore for music videos and performances.

5. WOOD FROM ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS

A piece of wood in a frame under a picture of The Beatles
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You can’t walk the halls of Abbey Road Studios, but you can pretend. First sold in 1986, the piece of wood in this frame reportedly came from Studio Two, a recording space that hosted not only The Beatles (pictured), but Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and others.

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How Jimmy Buffett Turned 'Margaritaville' Into a Way of Life
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Few songs have proven as lucrative as “Margaritaville,” a modest 1977 hit by singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett that became an anthem for an entire life philosophy. The track was the springboard for Buffett’s business empire—restaurants, apparel, kitchen appliances, and more—marketing the taking-it-easy message of its tropical print lyrics.

After just a few years of expanding that notion into other ventures, the “Parrot Heads” of Buffett’s fandom began to account for $40 million in annual revenue—and that was before the vacation resorts began popping up.

Jimmy Buffett performs for a crowd
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“Margaritaville,” which turned 40 this year, was never intended to inspire this kind of devotion. It was written after Buffett, as an aspiring musician toiling in Nashville, found himself in Key West, Florida, following a cancelled booking in Miami and marveling at the sea of tourists clogging the beaches.

Like the other songs on his album, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, it didn’t receive a lot of radio play. Instead, Buffett began to develop his following by opening up for The Eagles. Even at 30, Buffett was something less than hip—a flip-flopped performer with a genial stage presence that seemed to invite an easygoing vibe among crowds. “Margaritaville,” an anthem to that kind of breezy attitude, peaked at number eight on the Billboard charts in 1977. While that’s impressive for any single, its legacy would quickly evolve beyond the music industry's method for gauging success.

What Buffett realized as he continued to perform and tour throughout the early 1980s is that “Margaritaville” had the ability to sedate audiences. Like a hypnotist, the singer could immediately conjure a specific time and place that listeners wanted to revisit. The lyrics painted a scene of serenity that became a kind of existential vacation for Buffett's fans:

Nibblin' on sponge cake,
Watchin' the sun bake;
All of those tourists covered with oil.
Strummin' my six string on my front porch swing.
Smell those shrimp —
They're beginnin' to boil.

By 1985, Buffett was ready to capitalize on that goodwill. In Key West, he opened a Margaritaville store, which sold hats, shirts, and other ephemera to residents and tourists looking to broadcast their allegiance to his sand-in-toes fantasy. (A portion of the proceeds went to Save the Manatees, a nonprofit organization devoted to animal conservation.) The store also sold the Coconut Telegraph, a kind of propaganda newsletter about all things Buffett and his chill perspective.

When Buffett realized patrons were coming in expecting a bar or food—the song was named after a mixed drink, after all—he opened a cafe adjacent to the store in late 1987. The configuration was ideal, and through the 1990s, Buffett and business partner John Cohlan began erecting Margaritaville locations in Florida, New Orleans, and eventually Las Vegas and New York. All told, more than 21 million people visit a Buffett-inspired hospitality destination every year.

A parrot at Margaritaville welcomes guests
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Margaritaville-branded tequila followed. So, too, did a line of retail foods like hummus, a book of short stories, massive resorts, a Sirius radio channel, and drink blenders. Buffett even wrote a 242-page script for a Margaritaville movie that he had hoped to film in the 1980s. It’s one of the very few Margaritaville projects that has yet to have come to fruition, but it might be hard for Buffett to complain much. In 2015, his entire empire took in $1.5 billion in sales.

As of late, Buffett has signed off on an Orlando resort due to open in 2018, offering “casual luxury” near the boundaries of Walt Disney World. (One in Hollywood, Florida, is already a hit, boasting a 93 percent occupancy rate.) Even for guests that aren’t particularly familiar with his music, “Jimmy Buffett” has become synonymous with comfort and relaxation just as surely as Walt Disney has with family entertainment. The association bodes well for a business that will eventually have to move beyond Buffett’s concert-going loyalists.

Not that he's looking to leave them behind. The 70-year-old Buffett is planning on a series of Margaritaville-themed retirement communities, with the first due to open in Daytona Beach in 2018. More than 10,000 Parrot Heads have already registered, eager to watch the sun set while idling in a frame of mind that Buffett has slowly but surely turned into a reality.

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