During last night’s episode of Mad Men, I had to scoff at the suggestion that the Rolling Stones would be willing to do an ad for Heinz Baked Beans. Then, Harry Crane made reference to a very real commercial that the band did in 1963 for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies – a revelation that was as shocking to me as Betty Draper’s dramatic weight gain (seriously, I did not see that coming).
Turns out that selling out was not unheard of in the era of 1960’s rock n’ roll. Here are four other rock acts who may have been willing to “shill the beans” for Don Draper.
Frank Zappa for Luden's cough drops (1967)
Zappa provides the backing music for this Clio-award winning lozenge commercial. The musician also recorded a commercial for the Remington electric razor, featuring Linda Ronstadt.
Jefferson Airplane for Levi's (1967)
The year that the Airplane broke, they were commissioned to record two radio ads for Levi Strauss & Co. In one of those ads, Grace Slick sings praises of ‘White Levis,’ calling to mind the Jefferson Airplane hit, ‘White Rabbit.’”
The Who's Keith Moon for Great Shakes (1967)
They mocking plugged Heinz Baked Beans with their album The Who Sell Out, but in the mid-sixties, Keith Moon genuinely sold out for Great Shakes. GREAT SHAKES!
Pink Floyd for Dole Bananas (1974)
They would have been performing as ‘The Pink Floyd’ in 1966, but Pink Floyd may have been willing to sell beans. That is, if this 1974 Dole commercial featuring ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’ is any indication.”
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