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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Arresting Ads From the Archives of Billboard, Cash Box, Record World & Beat Instrumental

[April 2023 update = streaming audio now included] From browsing back issues of the major music industry trade publications, I’ve discovered that Record World is refreshingly focused on just the music, and not, say, coin-operated amusements (i.e., Cash Box) or circuses, fairs, and the entertainment industry (Billboard). Beat Instrumental from

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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Dusty Springfield Sings Grain’s Praises

Dusty Springfield once served as a musical “pitchman” for Mother’s Pride bread in this adorable ad, where she travels door-to-door each morning as a “happy knocker-upper” delivering “a cuppa” and “tasty Mother’s Pride” fluffy white bread to the townsfolk: This Yank would likely have never encountered this ad had it

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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Rolling Stones — 1964 Cereal Advert

According to Video Beat, Brian Jones wrote this Rolling Stones Rice Krispies jingle (shown only in the UK) with the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, who created this 30-second spoof of pop music TV show, Juke Box Jury: Billboard reported in its April 2, 2012 edition: On Sunday’s Mad Men,

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"Philadelphia - Greatest Little City in the USA"
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Philadelphia’s Rebirth Begins Here

WCAU, one of Philadelphia‘s earliest radio stations (first broadcast:  May 22, 1922), could not sit idly by and allow Philadelphia’s less-than-stellar reputation go unchallenged — so it went on the offensive.  The result:  Just a Philadelphia Minute. WCAU — “a CBS-owned station, represented nationally by CBS Radio Spot Sales” —

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60s/70s rock +/- pop
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Music Goes Better with Coca-Cola

A number of notable names in pop music have recorded jingles for Coca-Cola, and — incredible as it might seem — a few of them came out surprisingly well. Sydney, Australia’s Easybeats pull off the nice hat trick of writing an unabashed ode to a soft drink that is –

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Advertising +/- marketing in popular music
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Muddy Waters: He’s a Pepper, Too

From reading Robert Gordon‘s excellent biography of Muddy Waters – Can’t Be Satisfied –  I learned that the former McKinley Morganfield once made a little pocket change recording a radio spot for Dr. Pepper: Is it really true – as the YouTube video clip contributor asserts – that Randy Newman

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