Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll

Advertisers have licensed countless hit songs so that they could repurpose them for television commercials. But when it comes to hit songs that were inspired or originated by these ads first – well, not so many. We’ll feature 31 of them – plus nine more such 45s that didn’t chart – 40 tunes in all from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

These include hit songs from ads selling coffee, beer, hamburgers, hair tonic, chewing gum, headache and indigestion remedies, soft drinks, cigarettes, and toothpaste. Plus, there were some promoting automobiles, gasoline, crackers, bread, wedding supplies, photographic film, toilet paper, dogfood, and even a bank. 

Our resident “Rare & Scratchy Rock ‘N Roll” Rockologist, Ken Deutsch, was once the creator of commercial jingles that aired across the U.S. and around the world. In addition to his usual fun factoids, Ken will relate some of the trade secrets that go in to commercial jingle creation. And Radio Dave will have more of the greatest rock and roll stories on record.