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Starting in 1979, late night TV viewers had their ears assaulted by hard-sell ads for musicians they had never heard of (or didn't know sang), such as Roger Whittaker
), Jim Nabors
, Boxcar Willie (bio
), Zamfir (master of the pan flute - bio
), and yodeller Slim Whitman (bio
), whose voice literally causes heads to explode
. The ads made astonishing claims -- "sold more albums in Britain than the Beatles and Elvis combined!" And a lot of viewers -- some perhaps stoned -- called now. (Roger Whitaker -- 4 million albums. Slim Whitman - 4 million albums. Boxcar Willie - 3 million. Zamfir - 1.1 million). Others just watched
Heads go boom at 6:45 in this video clip.
The ad clips are from a large collection of 70s/80s TV ads, promos, and demos
posted on YouTube by "eyeh8cbs".
The albums: "All My Best",
by Roger Whittaker (1976 TeeVee Records TA-1056). "King of the Road"
, by Boxcar Willie (1980 Suffolk Marketing 1-24-G/Warwick WW5084). "The Heart Touching Magic of Jim Nabors."
(1980 CBS/Suffolk Marketing CSP P 15274). "The Magic of Zamfir"
(1984 Heartland 1017). "All My Best"
by Slim Whitman (1979 Suffolk Marketing, Inc. SL-8128).