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Amtrak - "America's Getting Into Training" (Commercial, 1980)

Here's a commercial for Amtrak.

"There's something about a train that's magic..." (Jingle sung by Jake Holmes)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, April 18th 1980.

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Cool commercial I was too young to remember.
Comment posted by Pete on Sunday, April 25th 2010 at 12:41am.

Of course, they don't show any scenes where the train falls off the tracks. As I recall, there were several such incidents around this time. This ad campaign was to try and get people to take the train again.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Sunday, April 25th 2010 at 10:27am.

The singer of the Amtrak jingle is Jake Holmes, who sang many 1970's/1980's/1990's TV commercial jingles and even had a minor chart hit in late 1970 with the song "So Close".
Comment posted by dth1971 on Sunday, April 25th 2010 at 9:52pm.

I've found some info on him!!!!!!! On Wikipedia!!!! He's done jingles for the US Army, Burger King, Lego.....................
Comment posted by michiganfan on Wednesday, April 28th 2010 at 12:58pm.

Did he also sing the "Zack the Lego Maniac" jingle? Sounds like the same guy. (I didn't look it up on Wikipedia yet incase it's listed there)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Wednesday, April 28th 2010 at 1:00pm.

Oh yeah!!!!!! Zack the Lego Maniac and JACK the Lego Maniac!!!! "Come See The Softer Side of Sears", "Gillette, The Best A Man Can Get" (love that jingle). I grew up with that voice but could NEVER have placed the name until now!!!!
Comment posted by michiganfan on Wednesday, April 28th 2010 at 1:06pm.

Jingle vocal info added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, April 14th 2011 at 6:41pm.

Oh, and Mr. Holmes was also the original writer of "Dazed and Confused" - for which Led Zeppelin stole credit. ;-(
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, April 14th 2011 at 6:42pm.

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