John Stamos and Brian Wilson

Stamos' best
musical moments

When John Stamos portrayed Uncle Jesse on Full House, he wasn't lying about his love of music. The Broadway and rock 'n' roll-obsessed actor has had a multifaceted career on stage, TV, film and tour, but he is best known for his occasional stint as The Beach Boys' touring drummer. Though it's enough to make a girl swoon, there's no denying his talent.

"Forever" by The Beach Boys

It might have been a little cheesy, but we all remember when Uncle Jesse sang The Beach Boys' "Forever" to Becky on Full House. And admit it — it totally won you over. His grizzled voice combined with the everlasting sentiment of the song has been the subject of many a first dance at weddings. Watching the video makes it even better. (He's shirtless in a bed, so… you know.)

"Put On a Happy Face" from Bye Bye Birdie

Who doesn't need to be reminded to smile every once in awhile? And when it's John Stamos doing the reminding, it makes it a little easier. This sweet little playful ditty "spreads sunshine" every time the lyrics crossed Stamos' lips during the 2009 revival of the classic musical.

"Money Makes the World Go 'Round" from Cabaret

It's Stamos like you've never seen him. Painted up in heavy gothic-inspired stage makeup, this Broadway musical shows that Stamos not only has acting chops, but singing ability too. It's so theatrical that it's hard to believe that soft-touch Uncle Jesse is hidden somewhere in there!

"Kokomo/Good Vibrations" by The Beach Boys

OK, so it technically isn't a cover because he was performing with the actual band, but Stamos rocks behind a drum kit! And when you see it in video, you can tell he's having the time of his life. He completely keeps up with any professionally commissioned drummer and successfully stands in for original Beach Boys beat keeper Dennis Wilson. Sure, the late Wilson can't be replaced, but if someone has to do it… why not Stamos!?

The Elvis medley from Full House

We all know about Uncle Jesse's Elvis Presley obsession, so it was no surprise when he pulled out all the stops in a medley of Elvis songs on the episode "Mad Money" from the first season. It included bits from "Suspicious Minds," "An American Trilogy," "Heartbreak Hotel" and more.

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Comments on "Beach Boys & Broadway: Best Stamos covers"

Stacy June 07, 2013 | 9:41 PM


Stacy June 07, 2013 | 9:38 PM

I just love John Stamos! AS well as watching John on the Full House re-run's! I love the episodes with The Beach Boys ON!

Michael June 04, 2013 | 4:56 PM

I'm proud of John Stamos and he has helped The Beach Boys grow their fanbase so much. Especially in the 90s! His cover of Forever is great and he always pays great respects to Dennis Wilson in a positive way instead of a drug user/alcoholic/womanizer etc.... The fans love him at Mike's shows too! Great ambassador of the Beach Boys brand.

Mark June 04, 2013 | 11:50 AM

If it wasn't for his looks, nobody would pay much attention to Stamos as a musician. His little rock 'n roll fantasy camps with some former Beach Boys are embarrassing to fans of the music, and his cover of Forever is cheeseball at its worst. Listen to Dennis Wilson sing Forever on the Beach Boys 'Sunflower' album and you'll see there is no substitute.

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