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Tube stars who laid down tracks

From left, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, John Travolta and Gabe

From left, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, John Travolta and Gabe Kaplam in the "Sweatside Story" episode of "Welcome Back, Kotter." Credit: ABC

Paul Reiser isn't the only sitcom star who felt the need to be musical as well as amuse-ical. Here are seven others who released albums, some of which brought a smile and some of which were just laughable.

SHELLEY FABARES, "Shelley!" and "The Things We Did Last Summer" (both 1962) - Fabares had no training as a singer, but that didn't stop producers of "The Donna Reed Show" from trying to turn her into the next Annette Funicello. Her single "Johnny Angel" was a No. 1 smash.

PATTY DUKE, "Don't Just Stand There" (1965) - Our Patty loves to rock and roll, which she did - sort of - on this album released during the run of her eponymous sitcom. The title track - with its gentle girl-group groove - hit No. 8.

BARBARA EDEN, "Miss Barbara Eden" (1967) - The songs ("Rebel," "Pledge of Love") may not be memorable, but everyone's favorite genie proved she was more than just a pretty pair of harem pants. After "I Dream of Jeannie," she brought her magic to nightclubs and musical theater.

TED KNIGHT, "Hi, Guys!" (1975) - Anchorman overboard! "The Mary Tyler Moore Show's" Ted Baxter played it for laughs with covers of "Chickaboom" and "Blueberry Hill" (imitating James Cagney, no less!) and "originals" like "I'm in Love With Barbara Walters." The verdict: As a recording star, Knight just might not make it after all.

JOHN TRAVOLTA, "John Travolta" (1976) - Travolta was a Sweathog on "Welcome Back, Kotter" when this disc came out. Syrup, not "Grease," was the word, especially on the sappy "Let Her In," which cracked Billboard's Top 10.

KATEY SAGAL, "Well . . . " (1994) and "Room" (2004) - Long before she was Peg Bundy, Sagal was a backup singer for several artists, including Gene Simmons and Bob Dylan, was one of Bette Midler's Harlettes and sang with The Group With No Name in the '70s. She took center stage on these two solo albums as both a singer and a songwriter.

MAUREEN MCCORMICK, "When You Get a Little Lonely" (1995) - Marcia! Marcia! Marcia! McCormick twanged it up on this country disc, and it's doubtful she caused Reba McEntire to have any sleepless nights. But then, Reba probably wouldn't be singing lines like "don't bury me on the love prairie."

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