Terry Lawrence ~ International Recording Artist Special Guest On 9/28/2023
As a little guy, I always asked my Dad if I could be on T.V. so he picked me up and put me on top of the television set. After I got mad at him, he decided to let me have my way and got me an agent and signed me up for Actor's Screen Guild. I had my first roll as an actor in Hollywood in the T.V. series The "Millionaire" as an orphan. Maybe he was trying to give me away, Ha Ha. After that, I appeared in a film with Abbott and Costello called "Dance With Me Henry" in 1956 and one with Barbara Stanwyck and Joel Mac Rae in 1957 called "Trooper Hook" which still appears on The Western Channel (Stars), Encore, Turner Classics and AMC. It has been on 5 times this month already and has played many times for the last few years. You have to look for it! (I guess I was crazy but I didn't tell too many people in school about my acting because I was kind of modest at the time). Now in these days who in the hell cares.
My television appearances included shows ranging from The Lone Ranger and "The Millionaire", to The Lawrence Welk Show (sang with the Lennon Sisters in 1957),The Eddie Fisher Show, Art Linkletter commercials for Pillsbury and Franco American Spagetti, the first Jiff Peanut Butter commercial in "1960" and a Cracker Jack commercial with Johnny Crawford of "The Riffleman" and Jay North of "Dennis The Menace". I also played a 10 year old Elvis Presley with side burns on the "Tennesse Ernie Ford Show". My brother Robert Lawrence was on the Donna Reed Show in the 1963 Christmas episode as Mike with Buster Keaton as Santa Claus.
What exciting times and what an opportunity!
Then at age 11 at that time, there weren't very many parts for kids my age until they reached the age of about 17, so the last thing I appeared in was a 1961 Ford commericial with Veronica Cartwright, who later became a famous actress after appearing in the 1980 movie "Aliens". By the way, her younger sister was Angela Cartwright who was Linda in Danny Thomas' "Make Room for Daddy" TV series. Later She was in the series "Lost In Space". I probably should have gone back into the movies by the age of 17 like Veronica did, but an interest in music took me into a different direction in my career.
As a Soloist/Entertainer/Lead Vocalist/keyboardist, and Guitarist, I've worked and have shared the stage with many musicians and stars over the years including, Comedian Rich Little, Frank Gorshin at Harrahs Reno, Skiles and Henderson, Judy Lynn, Player, The Supremes, War, The Coasters, Drifters, Bo Diddley, Trini Lopez, Jose Feliciano, The Fearsome Foursome with Rosie Greer, Redbone, The Grass Roots, Bill Medley, Trini Lopez, Dick & Di Di, Ike and Tina Turner, Darleen Love of the Blossoms, The O' Jays, The Temptations, Little Richard, Donny Brooks, and The Great Louie Prima.
At this time I've release two solo albums, "All My Lovin", my latetest, and "I Can't Get Enough Of You" under Terry Lawrence, now both available on iTunes and other digital Stores. I'm currently working on my third album which should also be out in a few months.I will keep you updated on upcoming concerts and appearances. Right now I'm performing at some casinos and other venues with some Jazz Duos, Pop and R&B Trios, along with my own group at corporate/private parties receptions, and concerts in the Los Angeles, Inland Empire, and Orange County areas.