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The Keane Brothers (Commercial, 1977)

Here's a commercial for the eponymous debut album by the "Hanson" of their day - The Keane Brothers. (Tom and John) On 20th Century Records and Tapes. Produced by the legendary David Foster.

The second song in this isn't half bad - has a real mellow 70s vibe to it. Tom wrote their own songs from what I've googled. Oh - wow, I guess that song was written for and about Amy Carter. It's called Amy (Show The World You're There).

Available at Record Market Stores in Livonia, Wayne, Rochester, Belleville, and Southfield, Michigan.

"They'll put a smile on your face..."

This aired on local Detroit TV on Thursday, March 31st 1977. (not Chicago TV, but still cool!)

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One sibling plays the piano, the other plays the drums: It's the Carpenters! Oh, wait...
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Sunday, March 21st 2010 at 7:01am.

The Keane Brothers had a summer variety series on CBS in 1977.
Comment posted by Phantom on Sunday, March 21st 2010 at 7:10am.

They also had a decent song on that album called "Sherry".
Comment posted by smctopia on Sunday, March 21st 2010 at 10:11am.

Was Record Market stores a Detroit chain to compete with Musicland?
Comment posted by dth1971 on Sunday, March 21st 2010 at 9:19pm.

I am lost. I pride myself on knowing every band, no matter how obscure, yet I've never heard of these guys.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Sunday, March 21st 2010 at 10:03pm.

LaPrincess, that is surprising. My sister had several copies of Tiger Beat and similar magazines that had them on the cover. I think they were over-hyped, no-hit wonders that the suits really wanted to push, but people just weren't buying.
Comment posted by Larkin Royal on Sunday, March 21st 2010 at 10:35pm.

I didn't remember them either - but now this damn commercial has been stuck in my head all day. :-\
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, March 21st 2010 at 11:26pm.

Did anyone notice, on the still shown, how one of the kids, with the glasses and cap, almost resembles Elton John from that period?
Comment posted by W.B. on Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 12:14pm.

I am with LaPrincess. While I was probably too young to really "remember" them (although I would have been 5-10 at their 'peak') at the time, I like to think I am pretty good on "pop culture" from the past, and these guys totally escaped me.

Although, it does make me hopeful that such things as the "Cheetah Girls" and the like of now will be forgotten by people 25 years from now as well.

Comment posted by afdave on Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 4:56pm.

afdave-we can only hope and pray that 90% of the music from the last 15 years is forgotten about over the next 25 years. If anyone disagrees, I have two words for you to prove my point-JUSTIN BIEBER.
Comment posted by Pete on Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 5:13pm.

The breathy woman really adds to the nausea factor. And those "nostalgic" photos at 0:10... when it comes to 12-year-olds, a picture from when they were 6 isn't stretching very far into the misty depths of yesteryear.

Also, I wonder if penning a song about Amy Carter merited a cursory Secret Service investigation of Tom Keane and co-writer Bonnie Jean Cook. I actually wouldn't be surprised if it did!

Comment posted by T.K. on Monday, March 22nd 2010 at 9:14pm.

Unlike a lot of teen-idol pop singers, these guys seem to be serious musicians. One of them went on to compose the theme for CSI and other TV shows. The other went on to write and produce hit songs for Chaka Khan, Chicago, and others.
Comment posted by kba on Tuesday, March 23rd 2010 at 7:17pm.

I agree. At least they wrote their own songs.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, March 23rd 2010 at 8:11pm.

And of course, producer David Foster went on to the proverbial "bigger and better things."
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, March 24th 2010 at 9:07am.

I'm right there with you LaPrincess, I am an incredible 70's music and TV show geek and I can only vaguely recall these guys and/or their TV show. I did find a some great YouTube Clips of their show featuring some skits and music. After hearing a few of their songs on You Tube, I'm kind of sorry I neglected or missed them first time around. Their music is exactly what a 1977 bubble gum band should be. They stuck to the pop formula with catchy hooks and it had the right sound for the time. Based on their show clips they also had the usual 1970's icons guest starring on the show: Betty White, Burt Reynolds, etc. Fun stuff!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sas6XOCU3NY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aykOm32a4hk&feature=related

Comment posted by Stevie TV on Thursday, March 25th 2010 at 10:01am.

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Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by LaPrincess on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 9:20pm CT

My great grandma had this record. Strangely Boxcar Willie looks like he could be related to my guy friend.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by pvx on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 12:49am CT

In reply to Szake's, T.K.'s, and Fuzzy's comments regarding the letters flashing in the corners of the screen at the beginning--I have seen this as well in other national TV commercials on film from this era.

I have a really good hunch as to what this is--going from my experience working master control in local commercial television and handling the physical airing of commercial spots (albeit much later in the early 2000s on videotape and satellite-delivered video files for on-air playout, as opposed to the film print this commercial is most likely from), this is more than likely an ISCI (Industry Standard Commercial Identifier) code, an unique 4 letter & 4 number identification code assigned to national commercial spots that receive national network and/or local affiliate airing. Each ISCI code is unique to the spot for identification for advertisers, ad agencies, post-production staff, and the station's/network's traffic/logging, ad sales, and and master control personnel. A typical ISCI code is usually in the format of ABCD1234.

I'd hazard to guess that it must of been the industry standard in the 70s to have the ISCI code digits show up on the corners of the first few film frames of the spot, to ease identification for the master control/projectionist/editor at a station to know what spot it was while splicing it together with other commercial films to make a spot reel (or when threading the spot by itself up in a film-chain projector) for airing in a local commercial break.

When the transition to delivering commercials to stations/networks on videotape became more common practice, usually the ISCI code was displayed during the slate & countdown before the spot on the beginning of the tape (obviously not aired, unless the MCO screwed up and switched it up too early ;) )).

I wonder of the ISCI code of this spot is something like xMxHx0x3 (the "x"s being whatever letters/numbers displayed at the left side of the screen, which is mostly cut off in this video), say, something like IMGH1023?


Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by Phantom on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 5:10pm CT

This album came from Suffolk Marketing which also sold records of Slim Whitman, Jim Nabors, Jim Reeves & Cristy Lane.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by T.K. on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 4:04pm CT

I was able to stop on two frames... the first with M in the upper-right corner and H in the lower-right and the second frame with O in the upper-right and 3 in the lower-right. So... MO, H3? If it was flashing M-O-M, I'd think maybe it was a subliminal message to ask your mother to buy a ticket.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:39pm CT

Seriously though, it seems like the letters change in each corner very quickly, like it is cycling through something. I also see an 'O' in the upper-right hand corner. Can't we get the conspiracy nuts to break this down for us? This is probably bigger than the "subliminal" station sign-off message. ;-)


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 1:36pm CT

I still see the X. ;-)


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When Lurie said, "Toronto certainly is a great city and I know the commissioner wants to get a team in Washington," he's referring to the Seattle Mariners, the other American League expansion team that had been announced in January 1976.

The A.L. had been embroiled in a lawsuit with the state of Washington, which accused the league of breach of contract for not allowing a local nonprofit group to purchase the bankrupt Seattle Pilots prior to the 1970 season. (The other owners believed their clubs would be devalued as a result of such an arrangement. Instead, the team was sold to Bud Selig and moved to Milwaukee between the end of spring training and Opening Day 1970.) Granting another expansion franchise to Seattle was the league's way of settling the case and avoid paying $32 million in damages.


Comment posted in Boxcar Willie - King Of The Road - 20 Great Tracks (Record Offer, 1981) by Duck 182 on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 3:40am CT

I think I remember my Grandma and Aunt having this on 8 track.


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by ER3017 on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:19pm CT

I see it too


Comment posted in Marriott's Great America (Commercial, 1979) by Szake on Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 9:14pm CT

You can see a M in the upper right hand corner, an H in the lower right hand corner and an I in the upper left hand corner one second into the video.


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