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Film/TV/stage actor and author Molly Ringwald has been singing live since age three, when she first sat in with her pianist father Bob Ringwald’s traditional jazz band. That experience on the bandstand shines through on her Concord Records debut, Except Sometimes. “Sooner or Later,” a Stephen Sondheim number written for the 1990 feature film adaptation of Dick Tracy, opens with Ringwald conveying time-earned sophistication and a simpatico rapport with pianist/musical director Peter Smith. She’s assured on the Frank Loesser uptempo standard “I Believe in You,” with trumpeter Winston Byrd firing off an inspired solo. “Exactly Like You” has an “outro giggle” by her son, Roman Ringwald Gianopoulos, which potentially recontextualizes the meaning of this sweet chestnut. A simmering take on Simple Minds' “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from 1985's The Breakfast Club (the film in which she’s immortalized as popular girl Claire Standish) quietly transforms that pop hit.

Customer Reviews

Unexpected and wonderful!

Quite simply a compilation of wonderful jazz standards performed with a bright and powerful voice that surprises! The recording comes off with the clarity of a live session. Well arranged. Just good music for late night listening or a lazy Sunday afternoon.

I love Molly's sounds. So glad the hard times are far away and the soul is intact. Sing!

Great club voice. Sing Molly sing

We really Need a warm friendly voice in the world

Liked it

It is a nice refreshing collection & a good start for her. Yes, these songs have been recorded many times over & from some of the greats. She's no Billie, Nat or Ella, but she's found a nice little place & will only get better. It's nice to hear other singers different take.


Genre: Drama

A teen screen icon of the '80s, Molly Ringwald transitioned to singing in the 2010s, releasing her debut album Except...Sometimes in 2013. This seemed to be a sudden transition for the actress, but as the daughter of pianist Bob Ringwald, she grew up in a musical household and had been singing since she was a child, appearing on I Wanna Be Loved by You, a 1974 album by her father's group the Fulton Street Jazz Band. Molly was six at the time, and it was the beginning of her professional career. Soon...
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