‘Gilligan’s Island’: Listen to Ginger Actor Tina Louise’s Album from Brief Music Career

by Josh Lanier

Before she was a movie star on Gilligan’s Island, Tina Louise tried her hand at being a singer.

In fact, she only made one album. It’s called Time for Tina, and the label released it in 1957. Tracking down some of her songs is a bit daunting, but they’re out there.

The 12-track album features several standards such as “I’m in the mood for love” and “Tonight is the night.” Saxophone legend Coleman Hawkins even performed on a few songs, according to MeTV. It’s not clear why she stopped singing. But shortly after she did, her acting career picked up.

She landed the role of Ginger Grant on Gilligan’s Island in 1964, but she was already a star by then. In fact, her character in the show wasn’t that far off from her actual life.

Her album had a little resurgence in 2012 when it was re-released in the UK. Though, how well it sold wasn’t disclosed. The fact that there was never a follow-up could be a hint. However, she definitely has the voice talent to have made it as a singer. But Louise found a long and prolific career as an actor. She starred alongside Stephen Baldwin in Tapestry in 2019.

Louise is Last Surviving ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Castaway

Dawn Wells, who played Mary Anne on the show, died in December because of complications of COVID-19. That left Louise as the only Gilligan’s Island inhabitant still alive.

“I’m very sad,” Tina Louise, 86, told the New York Post when she learned about Wells’ death.

“Dawn was a very wonderful person. I want people to remember her as someone who always had a smile on her face,” Louise said. “Nothing is more important than family and she was family. She will always be remembered.”

“Nobody wants to get that kind of news — especially that way, with this horrible disease,” she continued. “I’m doing my exercise and having a vegetarian lunch today. Everything’s complicated now.”

Louise Refused to Do Any of the Many Revivals

Gilligan’s Island was only on the air for three seasons, but it exploded in syndication. Executives hoped to capture the new fans with TV movies and specials. Louise was the only holdout of the cast, and she never appeared in any of them.

She said it wasn’t diva behavior, she had just moved on from that role. Fans labeled her a spoilsport and said she didn’t appreciate the role on Gilligan’s Island that made her famous.

“Never true — I loved doing my part, especially after they really started writing for my character, originally billed as a ‘Marilyn Monroe’ type of character,” Louise told The Post. “A different director took over and really started to write for my character,” she added, admitting she originally thought about quitting. “I really loved my character.”