Bored with being a famous TV star? Make a record!

"People know that singing is not my bag," says Telly Savalas on the liner notes to this 1974 release, "but if I say, 'Hey, this is how Telly feels about this or that song,' I can't mistakes. I can only make mistakes by pretending to be a great singer".

A classic example of the "famous actor makes a record" genre, Telly uses his ill-begotten allotment of vinyl to thrill us with mediocre versions of "Something", "You and me against the world", "Rubber bands and bits of string", and many (far too many) others. Unfortunately, Telly's classic New York drawl gets drowned out by the music on all but a few of the tracks, making this album practically worthless even to die-hard Kojak fans.

What is an actor doing making a record, you ask? Telly answers this question by modestly saying, "I was asked to make a record". One has to wonder exactly who did the asking, though.

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Al ( says:
Telly Savalas rocks

Al (07-12-2004)

reese ( says:
hey hi! actually i' not giving a comment im gonna ask.. is it you who really recited the desiderata? anybody.. answer me please! answers at my add.. tnx! (07-12-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Telly iss cool, but him stoopid too....

Put da arms INSIDE DA SLEEVES, TELLY! He prolly all tired from doin' dat song "IF" and tinkin' it wuz "SPLIFF"....he still kinda cool but he wuz a great many acodamie awardz he win? 7??? 5??? ZERO???

I tell ya a secret from dat cover....wid his odder hand he holdin' his dik....JAMMY OSMUNDT told me dis.....dat why he lookin' at da camera wid his "I DON GIVE A F#@" look.....

smokes and liqour for telly, but he dead.....bye. (06-23-2004)

Paul ( says:
I still love the TV series. I emulate him! "Crocker!!!, Sapperstein!!!, The rest of yas...GET IN HERE!!!!...Find that kid now get outta here!!!!!"
To the toughest copper of em' all... WHO LOVES YA BABY!!!!!!!! If anyone knows whereI can buy the whole series of "Kojak" (complete) , Please let me know! (06-14-2004)

who luvs ya baby says:
what a bald prick. the motherfucker could act like john kerry could run a country(properly). it could not and cannot happen. i do have to say his most magnificent role was maggot in the dirty dozen. (06-01-2004)

darkskys ( says:
until several weeks ago, i didnt know that T.S. did anything but act. i found one of his songs and used it for back ground music in my Incredimail stationary.
now im going to try to find all his songs. for my own enjoyment.
that he wasnt the best singer of all time,Hey! nether is Bob Dylan, and he is still somewhere nere the top. 60+ and still going.
his songs take me back to better times.
a safer world.
be safe. d.s. (05-31-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Well, Demitros...ya never heard of JAMMY OSMINDT, didja???

At least Jimmy got hair....dis Telly Svalas is bald AN is NOT da bomb like Jimmy....

BUT..Telly is a cool dude fer sur...I bet if he and JAMMY and you an me get together for some liqour an smokes anna soovlaky it would be "opa" time, huh??
You know what dey say bout dem Greeks and wid all the odder Mommy is calling me....bye... (05-17-2004)

Demetri ( says:
He sings from the heart. Timing was excellent. Ok, his voice is questionable on some tracks, but, he draws you into what he is singing. How many "singers" of today can boast that! (05-17-2004)

Philip Conway says:
"They should be thrown away, but not today". I came across the record a few nights ago in my brothers record collection and I'm glad he didnt throw it away. I hadnt heard it in nearly 30 years but Ive played it a couple times since. Not a great record but somehow brings back some good memories of my teen years. (04-17-2004)

Phil Greenaway says:
BAD .... this is BAD! Awful, he should have stuck to acting!! (04-10-2004)

Greg2 says:
I have a different TS album, called "Who Loves Ya Baby." The cover features TS on a stool in front of a microphone, tux shirt unbuttoned and he's got a butt going, as if to say "I'm on stage at some smoky jazz Club." Delivers every song in the same nasal monotony, yet strangely fascinating! I got it at House of Guitars in Rochester back in the 80s. (03-23-2004)

Sander Mulder ( says:
Hello dear Telly Fans,

My name is Sander and i am fromthe Netherlands.

I am looking for a long time for one of Telly's recordings (Coffee black). Original or MP3 or what ever.....

Can anyone help me?

Sander (03-13-2004)

Kevin Corcoran says:
Telly Savalas....not only an outstanding actor; but a vocalist for our time--for all time!! (03-02-2004)

kong ( says:
If anyone knows which label this record was released on, or even better, If you know where I can pick up a copy on vinyl, Let me know please. (02-14-2004)

Bill ( says:
Anyone have that photo of telly shaving his head? (01-22-2004)

Doris Bennett ( says:
I'll never forget Telly. Who Loves Ya, Baby?

God gave me a miracle when he let my son and I see Telly in person and get his autograph at the Salt Lake Airport in 1978. He was so gracious to take the time to be kind to us.

I am brought to tears every time I see his picture and know he is not here in person but in spirit.

Doris Bennett
A Fan Forever (01-13-2004)

Kris ( says:
My Dad remembers a movie where Telly Savalas plays a man who goes back to his Greek homeland to see his relatives. Can anyone tell me the name of the movie or how I could get a copy! (01-07-2004)

Paul (BarkingHare@Excite.Com) says:
Command performance for the Queen? The queen of Hoboken? I loved him as Kojak and I could see why women were crazy for him but this record? He will always be remembered as being one of TV's top characters but that's where I'll leave it. (01-03-2004)

Mehmed ( says:
I am an albanian born,I'm telling you guys,during the communism area,we coldn't watch any american movie,but we used to sneack to RAI,italian TV.watching KOJAK.
Also we all like Telly for other movies.We use to call him in albanian (tullaci),baldie.
Please some one send him me regards,I was only 8 years old watching his movies,so I always,even now support him.His movies are the greatset.He is a brilliant actor. (12-28-2003)

Stabros says:
I thought I remembered Telly Savalas with a song on the radio in the mid 70's, but when I started listening to Barry White 6 years ago I assumed it was him and laughed at my childhood ignorance. I guess I was correct after all. (12-28-2003)

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