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The mega-talented Sam Harris turns 60 today – let’s celebrate with some of his brilliant singing!

Long before American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and The Voice there was the 1980s talent competition Star Search and its show-stopping singing champ Sam Harris.

He had this amazing, soaring voice and his version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was one for the ages.

I remember him winning week after week after week after week and you knew there was never going to be anyone who would be able to beat him.

Broadway shows (Grease, The Life, The Producers) and a Tony nomination, a recording contract with Motown, and many stage and TV roles followed including my very favorite of Perry Pearl in the late,. great sitcom The Class which also starred Jason Ritter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Sara Gilbert, among others. Best of all, Sam continues to thrill us in concert. His positively brilliant one-man show Ham: A Musical Memoir has also been made into a concert movie.

Let’s enjoy the gifts of the great Sam Harris!

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4 Remarks

  1. June 4th, 2021 at 2:41 pm
    Richard V says:

    OMG, I actually know this guy, or at least I was able to talk with him for a time. Yes, I might have embarrassed myself by talking too much. He’s really a great guy. Happy Birthday Sam

  2. June 4th, 2021 at 4:14 pm
    Tommy Marx says:

    He was Adam Lambert before Adam Lambert, and damn was he/is he pretty. I remember watching him on Star Search and just being in awe of his talent. What an amazing talent!!

  3. Ok, let me get this out of the way. I am old. I am pushing 62.

    I know of this Sam Harris from Star Search. I watched Star Search.

    I have been to about 2-3 concerts. What a voice. Also, I watched the sitcom. And don’t forget he is a damn good television/book writer.

    I wish him a Happy Birthday.

    Now he is a true vocalist. Let me point out that singing high to the rafters is not what it is all about. What is your range? Loud does not necessarily make it better. I would love to hear a collaboration with him and Adam L. Now that would be a show.

    Continued success to Sam.

  4. PS-He is witty as hell. His stories. His observations.

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