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Why Did Sam Harris Fail So Miserably

He could sing, he was cute enough, he had a top 40 hit.

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by Anonymousreply 60November 26, 2021 9:31 PM


by Anonymousreply 1November 25, 2021 3:53 PM

Noted homosexual

by Anonymousreply 2November 25, 2021 3:57 PM

Because he was an on-site basic Queen to anyone with eyes. His clothes and hairstyle look like they were from flashy boutiques at the local gay strip. The music seemed like it was made for club DJs with mustaches, and the videos seemed designed to be played in popular gay bars. He wasn’t just GAY, he was boring, basic gay. Sure, he could sing. But…

by Anonymousreply 3November 25, 2021 3:58 PM

He did fine.

by Anonymousreply 4November 25, 2021 3:58 PM

He was actually quite successful in his own way.

by Anonymousreply 5November 25, 2021 4:00 PM

I love Scham

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by Anonymousreply 6November 25, 2021 4:01 PM

I’ve never heard of him before but watching his entrance twirling into the nightclub in the music video, I can see how he may have been too gay to be mainstream.

by Anonymousreply 7November 25, 2021 4:01 PM

If Liza sang with him, that should earn him a free pass from the queens.

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by Anonymousreply 8November 25, 2021 4:03 PM

And he seems too Broadway trying to be edgy.

by Anonymousreply 9November 25, 2021 4:03 PM

He ushered in the era of singers being judged by how loudly they can sing.

Any lack of success is pure and simple karma for his crimes

by Anonymousreply 10November 25, 2021 4:04 PM

I love that Sam Harris was serving a song about lesbian cunnilingus to the middle American masses. "Going Down Makes Me Shiver" was written by Nona Hendryx and recorded by the group Labelle. Sam is basically imitating and emulating Patti Labelle.

Sang, Gurl!!!!

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by Anonymousreply 11November 25, 2021 4:14 PM

All I remember about him is his ridiculous version of Patti LaBelle's version of "Over the Rainbow." It had enough freak appeal to wow judges on Star Search, but the real world audience for that kind of thing is fringe at best.

by Anonymousreply 12November 25, 2021 4:15 PM

Because she was an obvious queen who, because he rose to fame as middle America's darling on "Star Search", couldn't lean into his queeniness, unlike, say, Sylvester or Boy George. He was stuck trying pass his flaming ass off as straight, as in the above-linked video. You can see how well he pulled that off.

Also because he made the brilliant move of signing to a dying label for black artists, Motown.

Also because his debut single was unlistenable garbage, which he sung poorly, and which barely squeaked into the top 40. Nobody needed or wanted to hear anything from him after he unleashed that piece of shit onto the public.

Also because in the early/mid 80's, a syndicated TV show such as "Star Search", as popular as it was (and give Sam Harris credit for a lot of that initial popularity, his appearances were very exciting to watch) was still seen as a bit 2nd-rate. It was still a "3 Major Networks" world, and anything else on TV automatically had a bit of a low-rent stink on it.

by Anonymousreply 13November 25, 2021 4:16 PM

I didn’t see the “Sam” part of your post and yet it still made sense.

by Anonymousreply 14November 25, 2021 4:18 PM

He was in Grease on Bway. He could have had a brighter Bway career but it didn’t go anywhere

by Anonymousreply 15November 25, 2021 4:19 PM

He did have the hit: Sugar don’t bite

by Anonymousreply 16November 25, 2021 4:19 PM

He could have won American Idol . Great voice

by Anonymousreply 17November 25, 2021 4:21 PM

[quote] He was in Grease on Bway

Did he play Sandy, Frenchie, Rizzo or Principal McGee?

by Anonymousreply 18November 25, 2021 4:22 PM

Sam talking about the Minnelli/Gest nuptials.

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by Anonymousreply 19November 25, 2021 4:24 PM

I think the unlistenable garbage is just a tweak or two away from being Madonna’s number one hit Papa Don’t Preach.

by Anonymousreply 20November 25, 2021 4:27 PM

But you listened to the whole thing, didn’t you now?

by Anonymousreply 21November 25, 2021 4:31 PM

The question should be "Who is Sam Harris?" instead.


by Anonymousreply 22November 25, 2021 4:32 PM

He was also a Tony nominee for "The Life."

by Anonymousreply 23November 25, 2021 4:35 PM

His book Ham: Slices of Life was published several years back. It was an enjoyable, witty collection of stories.

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by Anonymousreply 24November 25, 2021 4:36 PM

Publisched by Schimon and Schushtersh.

by Anonymousreply 25November 25, 2021 4:38 PM

maybe it was the atheism

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by Anonymousreply 26November 25, 2021 4:43 PM

Yeah, pretty obvious queen.

by Anonymousreply 27November 25, 2021 4:48 PM

[quote]which he sung poorly

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 28November 25, 2021 4:49 PM

I have an autographed CD cover of his. I can't be bothered to dig it out and find out which one.

As to why he failed, I leave you with "Sugar Don't Bite."

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by Anonymousreply 29November 25, 2021 4:49 PM

I've seen him live three times in smaller venues. He puts on one hell of a show. Tastes differ, but he is a sensational showman and sings a wide variety of songs in different genres, and does them all wonderfully.

Can't wait to see him again. I think he's tremendous.

by Anonymousreply 30November 25, 2021 4:52 PM

Because Motown had him recording material that was off brand for him. It was vaguely new-wavish/R&B-ish pop instead of R&B and big showy ballads.

It's funny looking back. As a HS kid I could not get enough of Sam Harris' uvulating. Never missed an episode of Star Search when he was on. Saw him live on tour where my friend and I slipped into his limo after the show and managed to say "Hi" before getting run off by security. Most of my theater friends and I eagerly anticipated and bought his album. I recall most of us were kind of disappointed in the material. It wasn't in line with the type of material he presented on Star Search week after week. Nonetheless, a group of us did an interpretive pantomime to "I Will Not Wait for You" in Theatre Arts. JFC.

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by Anonymousreply 31November 25, 2021 4:53 PM

I was prepared to be impressed that a Broadway singing star found the time to become a neuroscientist and the guts to be open about atheism. Then I realized it wasn’t the same person. You fooled me r26.

by Anonymousreply 32November 25, 2021 5:04 PM

Sam in " Grease."

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by Anonymousreply 33November 25, 2021 5:07 PM

Always liked him, the voice and the persona. He was way too gay for his time though. It’s a shame, he had talent.

by Anonymousreply 34November 25, 2021 5:17 PM

The “other” Sam Harris is also the son of Susan Harris, creator, writer producer of Soap and Golden Girls.

by Anonymousreply 35November 25, 2021 5:23 PM

Saw him get naked in "Hair." Unfortunately, Marissa Jaret Winokur also got naked, and I've been blind ever since.

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by Anonymousreply 36November 25, 2021 5:24 PM

Sam in jail for buggery.

No actually Sam in Joseph and the Technicolor Crapcoat

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by Anonymousreply 37November 25, 2021 6:10 PM

Short gay Jewish guy who sang like a black woman

Also a bit of a prick at the beginning. (Got nicer)

by Anonymousreply 38November 25, 2021 7:05 PM

[quote]Did he play Sandy, Frenchie, Rizzo or Principal McGee?

Well he wasn't butch enough to play Rizzo

by Anonymousreply 39November 25, 2021 7:05 PM


No poster, don't hold back, please tell us what you really think?

by Anonymousreply 40November 25, 2021 7:06 PM

I don't see Harris as anymore "queeny" than George Michael in the "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" video. Seriously did anyone watch that and then say 'Of course he's straight.'

by Anonymousreply 41November 25, 2021 8:08 PM

I thought he was cute as a button,but his wailing got on my nerves very quickly. That being said,I have thought of him over the years .He was one of the first really blazing queens (though in the closet everyone knew) that I remember seeing on network tv. Liberace doesnt count.

by Anonymousreply 42November 25, 2021 8:18 PM

R37 I saw him in that production. I also saw him at The Rainbow Room.

Jeremy Jordan (Smash, Newsies) was obviously influenced by Sam

by Anonymousreply 43November 25, 2021 8:19 PM

He was an early VLOGGER from way back. It really was a new thing back then.

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by Anonymousreply 44November 25, 2021 8:27 PM

r38 Where did you get the idea he was Jewish? He's from OKLAHOMA, for God's sake.

by Anonymousreply 45November 25, 2021 8:39 PM

He never learned how to roll with the punches and in this business they come left right and below the belt.

by Anonymousreply 46November 25, 2021 8:50 PM

Because he sings with a HELIUM Voice!

by Anonymousreply 47November 25, 2021 10:29 PM

Great jawline

by Anonymousreply 48November 25, 2021 10:45 PM

Wow, very over-the-top. Great voice obviously but that song makes my ear bleed. And people complain about Patti, Whitney, Christina and Mariah being overwrought.

by Anonymousreply 49November 26, 2021 3:28 AM

[quote] Because Motown had him recording material that was off brand for him. It was vaguely new-wavish/R&B-ish pop instead of R&B and big showy ballads.

Motown was a shadow of itself in the 1980s. They severely mishandled Teena Marie's career and also the career of Vanity.

by Anonymousreply 50November 26, 2021 3:32 AM

[quote]Because he sings with a HELIUM Voice

Hey what's up with that?

by Anonymousreply 51November 26, 2021 2:57 PM

Madonna probably did listen to this and used the melody for Papa Don't Preach. It sounds suspiciously similar. It's not like Madge ever had artistic integrity. Or maybe Brian Eliot composed them both? So many 80s and 90s pop songs sound identical that I'm surprised there weren't more plagiarism lawsuits.

by Anonymousreply 52November 26, 2021 5:28 PM

[quote] He could sing

Like Ethel Merman, perhaps.

by Anonymousreply 53November 26, 2021 5:32 PM

She's tremendous!

by Anonymousreply 54November 26, 2021 5:33 PM

Great voice, but his personality was probably too queeny for that time to ever have any major mainstream success. The even sadder part is that he'd probably not be queeny or weird enough to make it these days.

by Anonymousreply 55November 26, 2021 5:44 PM

His voice is good. The issue is the songs he was given on his solo career. Just terrible 80s shlock. He probably would have fared better in the 90s, doing those lite FM and adult contemporary ballads that Celine and Michael Bolton were doing.

by Anonymousreply 56November 26, 2021 5:51 PM

He was the Billy Porter of his time. In fact, they were both in that 90's revival of Grease together. They both seem like bossy bottoms so I doubt they hooked up.

by Anonymousreply 57November 26, 2021 5:53 PM

He played another queen-who-is-actually-straight in the short-lived CBS sitcom, "The Class", which starred John Bernthal, Jason Ritter, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. 2006/2007.

by Anonymousreply 58November 26, 2021 6:01 PM

Maybe if he’d dolled up in outrageous gender-bending fashions and wore make-up he might have fared better as an obvious gay in the public’s eyes, a la Boy George, Pete Burns, Marilyn, etc. But that didn’t always work for every pop star.

by Anonymousreply 59November 26, 2021 6:48 PM

Releasing pop music in the mid-80s also put him in competition for radio-video play against at their prime Michael Jackson, Madonna, etc.

by Anonymousreply 60November 26, 2021 9:31 PM
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