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Chris Isaak
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Isaak at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 2006
Background information
Birth name Christopher Joseph Isaak
Born June 26, 1956 (1956-06-26) (age 64)
Stockton, California, U.S.
Genres Rock and roll, rockabilly, roots rock, surf rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, actor, talk show host
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active 1984–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records

Christopher Joseph Isaak (born June 26, 1956) is an American rock musician and occasional actor. He is best known for his hit "Wicked Game," as well as the popular hit songs "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" and "Somebody's Crying." He is renowned for his signature 1950s rock & roll style and crooner sound, as well as his soaring falsetto and reverb-laden music.

Chris Isaak onstage in Berkeley, California – 1986

He is closely associated with film director David Lynch, who has used his music in numerous films and gave him a large role in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. His songs generally focus on the themes of love, loss and heartbreak. With a career spanning four decades, he has amassed a total of twelve studio albums, and has accumulated numerous award nominations and tours. He has been called the Roy Orbison of the 1990s, and is often also compared to Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and Duane Eddy.

Isaak was born in Stockton, California.


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Isaak at a USO show in Washington, D.C.

Isaak revealed in a 2002 interview with Acoustic Guitar that he uses a one-of-a-kind Gibson:

For my electric, I've got a one-off Gibson version of a Gretsch 6120, a sort of Chet Atkins thing. They made one of these things and gave it to me to see if I liked it, and I liked it so much I've been playing it ever since. People told me they thought it was a White Falcon, but it's not. It's just a white Gibson. I don't think they ever manufactured any of the things. They strung up this one prototype, scratched their heads, and said, 'Huh. Give it to Isaak.'

Isaak also plays a Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar, which he uses for songwriting.


  • Silvertone (1985)
  • Chris Isaak (1986)
  • Heart Shaped World (1989)
  • San Francisco Days (1993)
  • Forever Blue (1995)
  • Baja Sessions (1996)
  • Speak of the Devil (1998)
  • Always Got Tonight (2002)
  • Christmas (2004)
  • Mr. Lucky (2009)
  • Beyond the Sun (2011)
  • First Comes the Night (2015)


  • Married to the Mob - The Clown (1988)
  • The Silence of the Lambs - SWAT Commander (1991)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me - Special Agent Chester Desmond (1992)
  • Little Buddha - Dean Conrad (1993)
  • Grace of My Heart - Matthew Lewis (1996)
  • That Thing You Do! - Uncle Bob (1996)
  • Blue Ridge Fall - Emerson Cotswold (1999)
  • A Dirty Shame - Vaughn Stickles (2004)
  • The Informers - Les Price (2009)


  • Wiseguy...Berated lounge singer (Season ?, Episode ?, 1987)
  • Friends...Rob Donnen (Season 2, Episode 12, 1996) – "The One After the Superbowl"
  • From the Earth to the Moon...Astronaut Edward White II (1998)
  • Melrose Place...Himself/Musical Guest (Season 7: Ep. 28 Ryan's Choice 1998)
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn...Himself (Season 3, Episode 40, June 29, 2001)
  • The Greatest...Himself (50 Sexiest Video Moments, 2003)
  • Ed...Jamie Decker (Season 3, Episode 20, 2003) – "Second Chances"
  • The Greatest...Himself/Host (100 Greatest Videos, 2003)
  • The Chris Isaak Show...Himself (2001–2004)
  • American Dreams...Roy Orbison (Season 2, Episode 14, 2004) – "Old Enough to Fight"
  • The Footy Show...Himself (Grand Final, 2004)
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson...Michael Caine in Space (Season 2, Episode 177, 2006)
  • Great Performances Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing Live...Himself (2007)
  • The Bill Engvall Show...Himself (Season 1, Episode 6, 2007)
  • Australian Idol...Himself (Season 6, November 9–10, 2008)
  • The Chris Isaak Hour...Himself/Host (2009–Present)
  • George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight ...Himself (Season 2, Episode 23 | October 21, 2011)
  • Conan ...Himself (Episode 192, January 4, 2012)
  • Loose Women ...Himself (September 28, 2012)
  • The Tonight Show...Himself (January 13, 2014)
  • Hot in Cleveland...Chase Jackson (one episode, 2014)
  • Over the Garden Wall...Enoch (one episode, 2014)
  • Adventure Time...7718 (one episode, 2015)
  • The X Factor Australia ...Himself -Judge/Mentor (2015-)
  • Sheriff Callie's Wild West ...Johnny Strum (voice) (Season 2, 2016)
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