TV Ads – 1976 – Vitallis Pump Hair Spray + Excedrin PM Pain Reliever + Public Service Message For MD

Touted as a greaseless alternative to other hair grooming products….Vitalis Hair Tonic was the go-to hair product for up-scale gents who wanted shiny hair without looking like some greasy punk kid….cuz back in the day….Vitalis and its users often referred to products like Brylcreem as “greasy kids’ stuff” ….as  Vitalis is able to provide the shine…

TV Ads – 1979 – Candlelite Music Presents – Bright Lights And Country Music – A Collection Of Honky Tonk Favorites

Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s there were all kinds of tv commercials for products like Time Life Music collection….Ronco Vegematics Chopping Systems…..Wham-O Products…..and Candlelite Music’s Bright Lights and Country Music Collection…..that were simply not sold in retail stores….but rather ONLY through tv offers and 1-800 phone numbers….as evidenced by this video herewith….where Candlelite Music offers to…

Music – 1980 – The NBC Classical Chorus – A Ship Set To Sea In The Month Of May

Whenever a Monthy Python comedian….like Eric Idle….appeared on Saturday Night Live….the viewing audience was guaranteed to have a very serious skit….that was just funny as all heck….as evidenced by the NBC Classical Chorus skit where Eric Idle (Python) joins Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin and Bill Murray in singing the British round….“A Ship Set To Sea In The…

TV Ads – 1978 – Actor Bill Murray For Swill Mineral Water – Bottled From Lake Erie

There is no question that Bill Murray is a comedic genius….who can jump from left field to right field without the slightest appearance of change….whether it be a comedy scene….or a dramatic scene….he always looks the same….and yet you never really know what will come out of his mouth….evidenced by him being the pitch-man for…

TV Ads – 1979 – Command Performance Hair Salons Austin + NFL On NBC Promo + Conans Pizza Of Austin

Conan’s Pizza of Austin has been an “Austin Icon”…..much like Dirty Martin’s Hamburger Joint….which just happens to be right down the street from Conan’s original location….and since the roots of ImaSportsphile is none other than Austin, Texas….we thought we would tell you the story of Conan’s Pizza as told by the restaurant itself as follows: It…

TV Ads – 1977 – Listermint Mouth Wash + Shirley Jones For Sunbeam Coney Island Steamer + Midas Shock Absorbers

Somewhere between 1977 and 2019, Listermint Mouth Wash became Listerine Mouth Wash….television star actress Shirley Jones pitched the Sunbeam Coney Island Hot Dog Steamer, which is still an available product today in 2019….and Midas Mufflers & Shocks is now Midas Auto Parts & Service stores….so, all three of these products in these 1977 television commercials…..are…

Music – 1980 – Kennedy Center Presents A Salute To Duke – With Sarah Vaughn + Ella Fitzgerald Et Al

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and leader of a jazz orchestra….which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than fifty years.  Although Duke was born in Washington, D.C….he lived in New York City from the mid-1920’s until his death….while gaining a national profile through…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Just Because You Are Near – Sung Live At Constitution Hall

Ray Charles had so many successful and popular recordings throughout his long and distinguished singing career which spanned the better part of 60 years from 1947 to 2004…..with dozens and dozens of hits along the way…..after having recorded literally 100’s and 100’s of songs that charted from 1956 to 1996….as Brother Ray possessed one of the most…

Music – 1980 – Sarah Vaughan – I Let A Song Grow Out Of My Heart – Sung At Salute To Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1965….but no prize was ultimately awarded that year…..and being then 66 years old, he joked….”Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn’t want me to be famous too young.”….and in 1999 he was posthumously awarded a special Pulitzer Prize “commemorating the centennial year of his birth, in recognition of…