Music For Monday: Elvis, ‘Polk Salad Annie’ (Live ’70)

Elvis and a little tune about pokeweed. (1970)

Elvis and a little tune about pokeweed. (1970)

We’re rolling into a new week and it’s time for a little Music for Monday. Here’s Elvis Presley live onstage in 1970 singing Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie.”

The clip originally appeared in the 1970 documentary Elvis: That’s the Way It Is. Enough talk – it’s time for The King.

Elvis: ‘Polk Salad Annie,’ Live, 1970

Previously on Music for Monday: Bee Gees, ‘How Can You Mend A Broken Heart’ (1971)

More Elvis Presley at Bionic Disco: Elvis ‘On Stage’ & ‘In Person’ (1970)

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Sunday 70s Spots: John Newcombe & Tuborg Gold Beer (1978)

Australian tennis champ, John Newcombe for the Canon AE-1, 1978.

Australian tennis champ, John Newcombe for the Canon AE-1, 1978.

“So advanced – it’s simple.”

Rounding off our 1978 weekend; we have two commercials produced in 1977, airing in January ’78.

Firstly, tennis player, John Newcombe for Canon cameras. This spot ran often and I remember it well. Newcombe won seven Grand Slam titles and was the President of the Association of Tennis Professionals in ’78.

After that, another spot for Tuborg Gold beer touting their Danish Kings heritage. Drink ’em down.

John Newcombe For Canon Cameras, 1978

Tuborg Gold Beer Commercial, 1978

Previously on 70s Spots: Dallas Times & DEP Shampoo (1978)

More Tuborg Gold at Bionic Disco: Tuborg Gold & Schlitz Beer (1978)

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Saturday 70s Spots: Dallas Times & DEP Shampoo (1978)

Not 'Schoolhouse Rock,' but an incredible simulation. (Dallas Times Herald commercial, 1978)

Not ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ but an incredible simulation. (Dallas Times Herald commercial, 1978)

“We are the pages – that people are turning to.”

The weekend hath arrived! Time to wheel out the old timey commercials. We’ll continue with a 1978 theme and enjoy two spots from that year. First, a Dallas Times Herald commercial featuring animation in a very similar style to Schoolhouse Rock. I can’t say for certain, but it may be the same team. The spot aired in October ’78.

After that, an enjoyable farce for DEP Amino Shampoo with an actress and her hairdresser. This one aired in July of ’78.

Animated Dallas Times Herald Commercial, 1978

DEP Amino Shampoo Commercial, 1978

Previously on 70s Spots: Datsun & ‘Match Game PM’ (1978)

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Rad Ads: Kodak ‘Voter’s Choice’ Watch (1972)

Kodak 'Voter's Choice' Watch ('LIFE' magazine, September 01, 1972)

Kodak ‘Voter’s Choice’ Watch (‘LIFE’ magazine, September 01, 1972)

“$4.95 and both end panels from three boxes of any Kodak color film get you the Kodak ‘Voter’s Choice’ calendar watch of your choice.”

Boxes of film! I think I may still have some in my freezer. Kodak ‘Voter’s Choice’ Watch originally appeared in the September 01, 1972 issue of LIFE magazine.

(Source: LIFE)

Previously on Rad Ads: Lee Riders Jeans (1976)

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70s Stories In The News: ‘Sesame Street,’ Janis Joplin & The Eagles

'Sesame Street' cast, 1970s. (Photo: Sesame Workshop)

‘Sesame Street’ cast, 1970s. (Photo: Sesame Workshop)

Here’s a trio of recent 1970s-related stories you may find of interest. I certainly did.

Sonia Manzano, aka Maria from Sesame Street, recently announced her retirement from the famed children’s show. She spoke with NPR about growing up in the South Bronx, her career and new memoir, Becoming Maria.

“There was a moment when Stevie Wonder came on to Sesame Street and he did ‘Very Superstitious.’ … The whole studio rocked out and it was great because, white people, black people, young people, old people — everybody was on the same page for that two minutes that he sang and that really stands out.”

You can read it here.

In a story at Rolling Stone magazine, “Cameron Crowe Looks Back on His 1975 Eagles Cover Story.” The title of the article tells you what to expect.

“They posed for a photo by the amps, arms around each other, and we exchanged phone numbers. I stayed in touch with them. (Little did I know, that fuzzy group shot would be one of the only known photos of all four original members hugging each other. Looking at it today, it has the same slightly surreal quality of one of those photos of the Loch Ness Monster.)”

You can read it here.

Janis Joplin By Peter Warrack 1970Lastly, again via Rolling Stone, lost, intense photos of Janis Joplin’s last concert appearance at Harvard Stadium in August 1970 have turned up. The shots are by Peter Warrack and you can check out a gallery display to relive the experience.

Previously on 70s Stories: Peter Brady’s ‘Brady Bunch’ Outfits For Sale

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Sunday 70s Spots: Datsun & ‘Match Game PM’ (1978)

1970s slogan No.101: 'Datsun. We are driven.' (B-210 GX commercial, 1978)

1970s slogan No.101: ‘Datsun. We are driven.’ (B-210 GX commercial, 1978)

“Nobody demands more from a Datsun…than Datsun!”

On this fine, lazy Sunday, we step back in time to 1978 and view two commercials you may have caught that year.

First up, one for the Datsun B-210 GX that aired in early January ’78 (produced in 1977). After that, a fun promo for the game show, Match Game PM. In the episode in question, host Gene Rayburn gets help filling in the blanks from; Charles Nelson Reilly, Gary Burghoff, Brett Somers, Loni Anderson, McLean Stevenson and Marcia Wallace.

Datsun B-210 GX Commercial, 1978

‘Match Game PM’ Promo, 1978

Previously on 70s Spots: Bernie Kopell & Bob Hope (1976)

More Datsun at Bionic Disco: Rad Ads: Trans-Am Champion Datsun (1972)

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