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Some country listeners have been bewildered by the presence of Kid Rock on their radios lately. But the flashy, foul-mouthed Detroit rap-rocker is not the first unlikely candidate to try for country stardom. Here are some even stranger examples:

  • Actor Robert Mitchum had two country hits: the Top 10 "Little Old Wine Drinker Me" in 1967, and "You Deserve Each Other" later that same year.

  • "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" singer Tiny Tim hit the charts in 1988 with "Leave Me Satisfied." It stalled at No. 70.

  • U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen reached No. 58 with "Gallant Men" in 1967.

  • Oscar winner and Real McCoys star Walter Brennan went all the way to No. 3 with "Old Rivers" in 1962.

  • Bonanza patriarch Lorne Greene scaled the chart twice, with 1964's "Ringo" (No. 21) and 1966's "Waco" (No. 50).

  • Game show host Wink Martindale reached No. 11 with 1959's "Deck of Cards."

  • Actor Michael Parks of Then Came Bronson fame hit No. 41 with in 1970 with "Long Lonesome Highway."