We all love Joe Pesci. He blew our minds with his dramatic performances in Raging Bull, Goodfellas and Casino. Also, his comedic roles in the Lethal Weapon and the Home Alone series still manage to get a laugh. Hell, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is one of my all-time favourite Christmas movies; I watch it every year.
Many don’t know this, but in the mid-60s, Pesci, like many actors, attempted a music career, releasing a record under the stage name of ‘Joe Ritchie’, titled ‘Little Joe Sure Can Sing’, and was also playing guitar with several bands, including Joey Dee and The Starliters. He was also partly responsible for the creation of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; as a friend of the group's Tommy DeVito, he was present during the group's formation as a young man. As a result, Pesci is a character in the musical, Jersey Boys, and he is credited for introducing DeVito and Valli to the singer/songwriter who would become a seminal Seasons' member, Bob Gaudio.
In 1998, Joe Pesci returned to his musical roots, releasing the album Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You. The single from the album ‘Wise Guy’ sampled the 1980 hit ‘Rapture’ by Blondie, and Pesci raps to it. Yeah, you read that correctly. Joe Pesci released a rap song!
In my opinion, this is one of the worst (and most saddening) attempts at an actor attempting a music career. Watch at your own risk!