Edward Regan "Eddie" Murphy was probably best known for his stand up comedy and acting career, but he did have a short lived music career, which is why we include him here. Eddie Murphy was from Brooklyn. He started out as a comedian, and his first comedic release was self-titled in 1982 (there were some songs on his comedic albums, such as "Boogie in Your Butt"). Also in the early 1980's, Eddie landed a gig on Saturday Night Live, where he played some memorable characters, such as Gumby, Buckwheat, and his parody of Mr. Rogers.
Eddie Murphy then turned his eye to the silver screen, and he starred in some of the more memorable movies of the 80's, including 48 Hours, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, and Coming to America. Films that Murphy turned down due to scheduling conflicts included Ghostbusters and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Although Murphy had dabbled in music prior to the mid 1980's, it was in 1985 that he released his first music album, How Could It Be. Many of you will remember the hit song "Party all the Time" from that album, which charted at no. 2 on the Billboard Chart. His 1989 release, So Happy, also featured a no. 2 R&B hit song, "Put Your Mouth on Me". His final album release was Love's Alright, in 1993, which did not chart in the top 40. Of course Murphy has continued a successful acting career post 1980's, but he has never been able to reproduce the success of his heyday. The Eddie Murphy Discography, not including his comedy releases, is as follows:
- 1985: How Could It Be
- 1989: So Happy
- 1993: Love's Alright