STARSKY AND HUTCH star David Soul is recording a new music album - almost 30 years since he last topped the charts.

The 62-year-old actor, who has garnered critical acclaim for his performance in stage musicals in London's West End, promises to stay true to his roots.

He says, "I'll be doing new songs I've written and some folk and jazz, maybe even some blues. I won't be trying to compete with today's genre-based artists."

Soul was an accomplished folk singer/songwriter in the late 1960s, opening for the likes of The Byrds and Frank Zappa , before finding stardom as an actor.