Tone-Loc Covers “Dream Weaver” For TV Series

Rapper-turned-actor Tone-Loc has recorded a cover version of Gary Wright’s classic ’70s tune, “Dream Weaver,” for use as the theme song of a new TV series that Loc also plans to star in.

The series, entitled “Dreamweavers,” appropriately enough, will be shopped around at next week’s meeting of National Association of Program Executives in New Orleans. Loc (real name Anthony T. Smith) will perform the theme song at the city’s Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 26 at 2 p.m. (CT)

Los Angeles-based Living Element Pictures is producing the series, which will also star Ashley Hamilton, Robert Carradine, Susan Rattan, and Frank Gorshin, the actor best remembered for his work as The Riddler on the ’60s “Batman” TV show.

The “Dream Weaver” song reached number two on the singles chart back in 1976 and was revived for a new generation when the track was featured in the 1992 film, “Wayne’s World.”

As for Loc, “Dreamweavers” will mark his first TV project
since the 1996 animated film “C Bear and Jamal,” in which Loc provided the voice of C Bear, a stuffed animal that helps his ten-year-old owner cope with the beginning stages of adolescence. More recently, Loc co-starred with Michael Dudikoff in the 1998 action flick, “Freedom Strike.”

Tone-Loc had a successful, though brief, rap career in the late-’80s and early-’90s, and enjoyed a pair of top five hits in “Wild Thing,” and “Funky Cold Medina.” His 1989 debut “Loc-ed After Dark” was the first rap record by a black artist to go to number one on the “Billboard” pop album chart.