In the 1986 John Hughes classic Pretty in Pink, she was an adorably scrappy alt-girl who worked at a New Wave record store and twirled to the Psychedelic Furs in thrift-shop couture. In real life, though, actress Molly Ringwald has a bona fide classic-jazz background: her father is blind jazz pianist Bob Ringwald, and at age 6, the budding actress even released a Dixieland-style album, I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings, with her dad and the Fulton Street Jazz Band.
Now, the 41-year-old star of ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager is pulling out her pipes again for pianist/composer Peter Smith, singing on several tracks from his new collection of traditional-style mid-century jazz compositions, Here It Comes, and playing occasional gigs with him around L.A., where the show tapes.
On cdbaby.com, you can stream a few clips, and listen in on Molly’s guest vocals – very sort of sultry, MIchelle Pfeiffer-on-a-piano vibes. But you tell me, Music Mixers: is this the Molly you remember? Would you buy the CD, with or without her name attached?
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