Remember Sixteen Candles? What if instead of being so passive about her thing for hunky Jake Ryan, Molly Ringwald’s Samantha Baker serenaded him with “Don’t You Forget About Me” until he succumbed to her wiles?
You can hear that song and more when Ringwald performs at the GRAMMY Museum for The Drop, sponsored by Amoeba Music, on May 20 at 8:00 p.m. The singer and actress recently released her debut record, Except…Sometimes, a collection of standards and well as covers done in a jazz style, with song selection ranging from standards like "The Very Thought of You" to Madonna's "Sooner or Later" (written by Stephen Sondheim) to Simple Minds’ classic song.
Though she’s primarily known for her run of ’80s flicks directed by John Hughes and as a member of the Brat Pack, Ringwald has been singing since childhood, releasing her first album at the age of 6 called I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings. Her father also was a Dixieland musician in The Fulton Street Jazz Band, inviting Ringwald to sing onstage at the age of 3. She also has continued acting, starring over the past few years in the TV show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”