70s Spots: Yankees Franks & Colonial Bacon (Billy Martin, 1978)

Firing up the grill with Billy Martin

“The taste that takes you out to the ball game…at home.”

Here’s a pair of commercials for our newly-arrived summer. New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin for Yankees Franks and Martin and Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox for Colonial Bacon. Both spots aired in early September of 1978.

Yankees Franks Commercial (Billy Martin, 1978)

Colonial Bacon Commercial (Billy Martin, Jim Rice,1978)

Previously on 70s Spots: Tyco ‘Stick-Shift Racing’ & Eveready (1973)

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70s Spots: Tyco ‘Stick-Shift Racing’ & Eveready (1973)

Stick-shift demons!

“The race depends on how you shift!”

All righty! Let’s get to racing. Here’s a spot from November 1973 for Tyco’s Championship Stick-Shift Pro Racing model cars set. Looks like we have some early joystick technology arriving in this one.

After that, keep your tech powered-up with Eveready batteries. This commercial aired in December of ’73.

Tyco ‘Stick-Shift Racing’ Commercial (1973)

Eveready Battery Commercial (1973)

Previously on 70s Spots: Pabst ‘First Flight’ (1972) & Budweiser ‘Basketball’ (1973)

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70s Spots: Pabst ‘First Flight’ (1972) & Budweiser ‘Basketball’ (1973)

Remember, kids – post-flight, not pre-flight

“First of the great Milwaukee Brewers.”

Rolling out a pair of beer spots now. First up, a commercial for Pabst Blue Ribbon with a turn-of-the-century, first flight theme. This one aired in November of 1972.

Second, a Budweiser backyard basketball rivalry from November of ’73. Drink in the nostalgia.

Pabst Beer ‘First Flight’ Commercial (1972)

Budweiser ‘Basketball’ Commercial (1973)

Previously on 70s Spots: Hamburger Helper & Morton Lite Salt (1974)

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70s Spots: Hamburger Helper & Morton Lite Salt (1974)

Mad skillets

“You can get tired of hamburger – but you’ll never get tired of Hamburger Helper.”

Here’s a pair of commercials that aired in February 1974 and may have been produced a bit earlier in ’73.

First, a spot for Hamburger Helper with a recognizable actor playing a butcher. Please help me out with a name. It’s not coming to me.

Next, a Morton Lite Salt commercial with gameshow host, Jim Perry sporting a head of salt-and-pepper hair. I see what they did there.

Hamburger Helper Commercial (1974)

Morton Lite Salt Commercial (Jim Perry, 1974)

Previously on 70s Spots: ABC Promos – ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ Vegas,’ ‘Soap’ (1978)

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70s Spots: ABC Promos – ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ Vegas,’ ‘Soap’ (1978)

A ‘Soap’ promo featuring actual soap bubbles!

“Late night tonight!”

Two ABC promos today. The first features Soap and Police Story and aired in August of 1978. I’m not sure how these shows ended up together as Soap was an ABC program and Police Story ran on NBC. This was after Police Story‘s original run, so maybe ABC bought some episodes to air late nights.

The second promo features Charlie’s Angels and Vegas (aka Vega$) and ran in November ’78. Keep an eye open for an appearance by Cesar Romero.

‘Soap’/’Police Story’ Promo (1978)

‘Charlie’s Angels’/’Vegas’ Promo (1978)

Previously on 70s Spots: Incredible Edible Egg & Minute Rice (1978)

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70s Spots: Incredible Edible Egg & Minute Rice (1978)

James Hampton is back in his third commercial appearance at the ‘Disco

“The incredible edible egg!”

You’ll remember this happy jingle from the American Egg Board. The spot stars actor James Hampton (The Longest Yard) and was produced in 1977, aired in January of 1978.

After that, a commercial for Minute Rice from July of 1978. Eggs and rice – that’s nice! (Hey, I made a stylish new jingle!)

‘Incredible Edible Egg’ Commercial (1978)

Minute Rice Commercial (1978)

Previously on 70s Spots: Bayer & Anacin Pain Relievers (Richard Dysart, 1974)

More James Hampton at Bionic Disco: 70s Spots: Mr. Tax & H&R Block (1978)

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