Madison Avenue


Madison Avenue
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Advertising History, Music & Marketing, Celebrity Ads,
Advertising & Politics, Advertising & Culture, etc.

 

Music & Advertising

“Microsoft & Too Close”

2012

A Microsoft TV ad for its
Explorer browser used a
dubstep tune to get notice.

Sports Star Advertising

“Vuitton’s Soccer Stars”

June 201o

Soccer legends Pelé, Zidane
& Maradona do advert
for a luxury bag maker.

The Tobacco Celebs

“Wayne For Camels”

1950s

Hollywood film star
John Wayne appears in
Camel cigarette ads.

The Tobacco Celebs

“Al Jolson & Luckies”

1928-1940s

First “talking pictures”
star ushers in era of
Hollywood-tobacco deals.

Advertising & Celebrity

“JFK, Pitchman?”

2009

A popular ex-President is
used in print & TV ads to
help sell Omega watches.

Music & Marketing

“Sting & Jaguar”

1999-2001

Rock star Sting uses
a Jaguar TV ad to raise
the visibility of his music.

Technology & Culture

“Google & Gaga”

2011

Google & Lady Gaga make
energetic & effective TV ad
for Chrome web browser.

Advertising & Culture

“The iPod Silhouettes”

2000-2011

Apple’s iPod dancers change
culture; sales send company
into Big Biz pantheon.

Music & Advertising

“Selling Janis Joplin”

1995

How Mercedes-Benz
used a Janis Joplin tune to
hook baby boomers.

Advertising & Celebrity

“Dennis Does Ameriprise”

2006-2008

Actor Dennis Hopper
pitches Baby Boomers:
“Dreams Don’t Retire.”

Music & TV Ad

“Levi’s Be My Baby”

1989

A Levi’s jeans ad uses a
1960s’ tune to tell a
“good Samaritan” story.

Music & Marketing

“Start Me Up”

1995

Bill Gates uses a
Rolling Stones’ song to
sell computer software.

Sports Team Advertising

“21 of 23 Giants”

…Smoke Camels

Tobacco company uses
entire World Series team in
1933 ad to hawk cigarettes.

Celebrity Sponsor

“The Yogi Chronicles”

1940s-2012

Yogi Berra of NY Yankees
also became famous in
commercial advertising.

Corporate Advertising

“G.E.’s Hot Coal Ad”

2005

General Electric’s ‘hot’ TV
ad gives coal mining a look
that’s not exactly real.

Historic Political Ad

“LBJ’s Atomic Ad”

1964

“Daisy Girl” TV ad of
1964 began practice of
negative campaign ads.

The Tobacco Celebs

“Gifford for Luckies”

1961-1962

NY Giants football star
Frank Gifford gives his
pitch for Lucky Strikes.

Sports & Marketing

“Wheaties & Sport”

1930s

A cereal maker becomes
an advertising icon
using sports celebrities.

Video: TV Ad Clip

Nike’s “Revolution” Ad

1987-1988

Nike TV advertisement
uses classic Beatles song
to sell athletic shoes.

Music & Marketing

“Nike & The Beatles”

1987-1989

Nike finds ideal song
to promote athletic shoes,
but Beatles file a lawsuit.

Music & Madison Avenue

“Big Chill Marketing”

1980s & 1990s

How 1983’s The Big Chill,
sparked the use of
rock ‘n roll music in TV ads.

Movie Trailer

“Big Chill Promo”

1983 & 1998

Trailer for 1983’s The Big Chill provides overview of story, music & characters.

Timex Watch Advertising

“…Keeps on Ticking”

1950s-1990s

Timex ‘torture test’ ads
w/ celebrities & sports
stars becomes iconic.

Music & Advertising

“Pepsi’s Madonna Ad”

1989

A Madonna television ad
stirs controversy when
it’s linked to music video.

TV, Music & Marketing

“American Bandstand”

1956-2007

How Dick Clark & TV
helped make rock ‘n roll
a major business.

Celebrity Commerce

“The Most Beautiful Girl”

1993-2007

Supermodel Gisele is star in business & advertising;
earns $33 million in 2006.

TV Ad Clip

“Buy Me A Mercedes-Benz”

1990s

Clip of a European TV ad
for Mercedes-Benz using
famous Janis Joplin lyrics.

TV Ad Clip

G.E.’s “Coal Miners”

TV Ad – 2005

General Electric’s ‘hot’ TV
ad gives coal mining a look
that’s not exactly real.