Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue

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


Advertising & Celebrity

“JFK, Pitchman?”


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

Music & Marketing

“Sting & Jaguar”


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

Pesticide Advertising

“…A Richer Harvest”

Union Carbide Ads

“Giant hand” pesticide
ads, “science for India,”
& the Bhopal disaster.

Topics Page

“Athletes Advertising”


More than a dozen stories
of famous sports stars
pitching various products.

Google Advertising

“Google & Gaga”


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

Advertising & Culture

“The iPod Silhouettes”


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

The Tobacco Celebs

“Wayne For Camels”


Hollywood film star
John Wayne appears in
Camel cigarette ads.

The Tobacco Celebs

“Al Jolson & Luckies”


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

Music & Advertising

“Selling Janis Joplin”


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

Advertising & Celebrity

“Dennis Does Ameriprise”


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

Music & TV Ad

“Levi’s Be My Baby”


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

Music & Marketing

“Start Me Up”


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”


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

Music & Advertising

“Microsoft & Too Close”


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.

Corporate Advertising

“G.E.’s Hot Coal Ad”


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

Historic Political Ad

“LBJ’s Atomic Ad”


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

The Tobacco Celebs

“Gifford for Luckies”


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

Sports & Marketing

“Wheaties & Sport”


A cereal maker becomes
an advertising icon
using sports celebrities.

Video: TV Ad Clip

Nike’s “Revolution” Ad


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

Music & Marketing

“Nike & The Beatles”


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”


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

Music & Advertising

“Pepsi’s Madonna Ad”


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

TV, Music & Marketing

“American Bandstand”


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

Celebrity Commerce

“The Most Beautiful Girl”


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

TV Ad Clip

“Buy Me A Mercedes-Benz”


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.

Last Update: 5 July 2022
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