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24th Aug '16 3:17:43 AM AgProv
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* EltonJohn's "Pinball Wizard" and Tina Turner's "Acid Queen" from ''{{Tommy}}''.

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* EltonJohn's "Pinball Wizard" Music/EltonJohn's ''Pinball Wizard'', Music/EricClapton's ''Eyesight To The Blind'', and Tina Turner's "Acid Queen" ''Acid Queen'' from ''{{Tommy}}''.
6th Aug '16 1:07:45 PM Sapphirea2
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* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' gives these to two characters who disappear in the film's second half.
** The opening number "The Candy Man" may be about Willy Wonka but is sung by Bill, the candy shop owner who later sells the Wonka Bar with the last Golden Ticket to Charlie. Director Mel Stuart had to convince songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse '''not''' to use StuntCasting for the minor role by way of showing off the song because he knew it would be too distracting for audiences.
** Mrs. Bucket, who mostly serves as [[RedOniBlueOni the blue oni to Grandpa Joe's red oni]], has the touching ParentalLoveSong "Cheer Up, Charlie", which Stuart regarded as unnecessary and tried to have cut from the film altogether. He got his wish in early EditedForSyndication TV cuts of the film. (The Bucket parents seem blessed by this trope; see Theatre below for another adaptation.)



* ''Theatre/LilAbner'' assigns Marryin' Sam singing duties out of proportion to his part in the plot, including the incredibly catchy "Jubilation T. Cornpone." (With both this and the previous example, when the play was adapted into a film, Stubby Kaye got this as his moment to shine, and seized it with both hands.)

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* ''Theatre/LilAbner'' assigns Marryin' Sam singing duties out of proportion to his part in the plot, including the incredibly catchy "Jubilation T. Cornpone." Cornpone". (With both this and the previous example, when the play was adapted into a film, Stubby Kaye got this as his moment to shine, and seized it with both hands.)


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* Mr. and Mrs. Bucket in ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' have "If Your Mother Were Here", a quiet ParentalLoveSong that bridges the four brats finding their Golden Tickets and Charlie (who is in the midst of a HeroicBSOD) finding his. Elsewhere they have minor singing parts in two huge production numbers, being stuck in the shadow of Charlie's wacky grandparents in Act One and absent for most of Act Two. Nevertheless, "If Your Mother Were Here" is a fan favorite that's received praise even from people who don't like the show.
27th Jun '16 9:01:24 AM NotThisThing
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* In the 2016 stage production of ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', Count Ipolitov, a royal count who recognizes Anya as Anastasia at the train station, leads the departing passengers in singing "Stay, I Pray You," a farewell to Russia. He doesn't appear again [[spoiler:as he is dragged off the train and shot for having the wrong papers]].



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17th Jun '16 1:30:03 PM margdean56
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** Also the Courier, who exists mainly to walk in with a dispatch from Washington and leave. Near the middle of the play he sings "Momma, Look Sharp," an absolutely gutwrenching song about the death of his friend at Lexington and Concord.

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** Also the Courier, who exists mainly to walk tromp in with a dispatch from Washington and leave. Near the middle of the play he sings "Momma, Look Sharp," an absolutely gutwrenching song about the death of his friend at Lexington and Concord.
9th Jun '16 4:43:09 PM nombretomado
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* Eddie the (Ex-)Delivery Boy from ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. He shows up, sings one of the most memorable songs in the movie, and is promptly murdered with a pickaxe. He has one later song (titled "Eddie", in fact), but this verse is a voiceover intended to represent other characters reading a letter he wrote.

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* Eddie the (Ex-)Delivery Boy from ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. He shows up, sings one of the most memorable songs in the movie, and is promptly murdered with a pickaxe. He has one later song (titled "Eddie", in fact), but this verse is a voiceover intended to represent other characters reading a letter he wrote.
6th Jun '16 2:30:00 PM Morgenthaler
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6th Jun '16 5:35:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* PhantomOfTheParadise: The Juicy Fruits/ Beach Bums/ Undeads are rarely on screen, and only one of them has a speaking part, but they sing three of the major songs, "Goodbye, Eddie. Goodbye", "Upholstery" and "Somebody Super Like You", which was released as a single.
* The guy in ''SinginInTheRain'' who sings "Beautiful Girls" isn't even credited. (His name is Jimmy Thompson.)

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* PhantomOfTheParadise: ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'': The Juicy Fruits/ Beach Bums/ Undeads are rarely on screen, and only one of them has a speaking part, but they sing three of the major songs, "Goodbye, Eddie. Goodbye", "Upholstery" and "Somebody Super Like You", which was released as a single.
* The guy in ''SinginInTheRain'' ''Film/SinginInTheRain'' who sings "Beautiful Girls" isn't even credited. (His name is Jimmy Thompson.)
5th May '16 4:23:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners'' has two cases of this, owing to the stature of the performers playing the roles. Vendice is just one of several antagonists in on an evil scheme, but since he's played by DavidBowie he gets the Bowie-penned song "That's Motivation" ''and'' a DisneyAcidSequence to go with it. Between that, writing/singing the TitleThemeTune for the film's credits, and simply being the biggest name in the cast, Bowie was billed ''third''! (As a bonus, while his character only sings a snatch of the old standard "Volare" in one scene, the soundtrack album includes a full performance of it.) Another minor character, Arthur (the hero's dad), gets the big number "Quiet Life" -- he's played by Ray Davies of The Kinks.

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* ''Film/AbsoluteBeginners'' has two cases of this, owing to the stature of the performers playing the roles. Vendice is just one of several antagonists in on an evil scheme, but since he's played by DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie he gets the Bowie-penned song "That's Motivation" ''and'' a DisneyAcidSequence to go with it. Between that, writing/singing the TitleThemeTune for the film's credits, and simply being the biggest name in the cast, Bowie was billed ''third''! (As a bonus, while his character only sings a snatch of the old standard "Volare" in one scene, the soundtrack album includes a full performance of it.) Another minor character, Arthur (the hero's dad), gets the big number "Quiet Life" -- he's played by Ray Davies of The Kinks.
3rd May '16 9:47:23 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** Moses' mother only appears in the beginning, where she [[MosesInTheBullrushes puts him in the river]] while singing a lullaby (as part of the longer song "Deliver Us"). Despite the small part, they hired famed Israeli singer Ofra Haza to make sure it came out just right.

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** Moses' mother only appears in the beginning, where she [[MosesInTheBullrushes [[MosesInTheBulrushes puts him in the river]] while singing a lullaby (as part of the longer song "Deliver Us"). Despite the small part, they hired famed Israeli singer Ofra Haza to make sure it came out just right.
9th Apr '16 10:28:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* Julie Brown in ''EarthGirlsAreEasy'' with "Cause I'm a Blonde".

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* Julie Brown in ''EarthGirlsAreEasy'' ''Film/EarthGirlsAreEasy'' with "Cause I'm a Blonde".
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