Emmy Award nominee, Golden Globe Award winner, British actor extraordinaire who has conquered American and international television. What else can House
's Hugh Laurie
do? Sing and play the keys, apparently. Yes, the man who gives live every week to the ornery and often right Dr. Gregory House, can make beautiful music.
Laurie and a couple of other regulars on different popular television series now have a hit on iTunes and have put together an act worthy of an Emmy after-party.
Laurie has formed a band with actors Greg Grunberg
and James Denton
. Grunberg is best known for portraying CIA operative Eric Weiss on Alias
and currently, as the gifted officer Matt Parkman on Heroes
. Denton, on the other hand, is famous for his role as the hunky Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives
Calling themselves the Band From TV, the three actors, together with Cashmere Mafia
's Bonnie Sommerville and The Bachelor
's Bob Guiney have performed various gigs in Hollywood, many of them for charitable causes. They have also recorded their own version of the Cab Calloway jazz classic, “Minnie The Moocher,” which has emerged as a surprise favorite among downloads on iTunes.
"There's about 50 versions of “Minnie The Moocher” on iTunes and I'm afraid to say ours is the most popular... It was a real thrill... It's a funky version of it," Laurie enthused.
Aside from the hit download however, Laurie is more excited with the amount of money his Band From TV has managed to raise during their performances.
"In about a dozen shows we have played we have raised just a gargantuan sum of money for charity,” House's lead star revealed. “The first one we played... we went after Yes and before Fleetwood Mac... The top of the bill was Macy Gray."
Hugh Laurie is the band's resident keyboardist while Greg Grunberg plays drums and James Denton does the guitar. Sommerville and Guiney provide the group's lead vocals.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Digital Spy, The Independent
(Image Courtesy of Band From TV's MySpace)