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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!



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

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