1980s, actor, Album, Booker T. Jones, Bruce Willis, debut, HBO special, If It Don't Kill You It Just Makes You Stronger, Motown, Pointer Sisters, pop, R&B, Respect Yourself, The Return of Bruno, The Temptations, Under the Boardwalk, Young Blood
The Return of Bruno (Motown, 1987)
Did you know that in the late 1980s actor Bruce Willis had a recording contract with, of all companies, Motown? Well he did. In 1987, Willis released his debut album, an eclectic mix of R&B (??) and pop songs and had backing vocals by Booker T. Jones, the Pointer Sisters and the Temptations. I know. The album was a companion piece for an HBO special of the same name which aired shortly after the January 20, 1987 release date. The Return of Bruno peaked at #14 on Billboard’s album chart. Respect Yourself was a duet with June Pointer and had backing vocals from her Sisters that peaked at #5 in the U.S. and #7 in the UK. Follow up singles Young Blood and Under the Boardwalk didn’t chart that well in the U.S. (#68 and #59), but the cover of Under the Boardwalk peaked at #2 in the UK and became the UK’s 12th best-selling single of 1987. Willis had a second album in 1989, If It Don’t Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger.