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Mr. Bill On A Dr. Pepper Commercial , 1975

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May 27, 2020 - 4:47:29 PM
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Fascinating,,,and not the easiest song to sing. Bob Black on banjo.


May 27, 2020 - 5:24 PM
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291 posts since 4/15/2003

Very cool. Thanks for sharing this with us.

May 27, 2020 - 7:53:06 PM
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2771 posts since 10/23/2004

You had me going. I though t you were referencing the clay figure Mr. Bill. Ha.


May 28, 2020 - 6:17:29 AM
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5836 posts since 8/3/2012

^^^^ Me, too.

May 28, 2020 - 11:45:56 AM
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1049 posts since 12/12/2005

I talked to Bob last night and he told me about it. He had no idea someone taped it.

May 28, 2020 - 12:22:33 PM

12988 posts since 10/30/2008

I remember the public "fuss" in the bluegrass world when this happened. I believe it got written up in some bluegrass journals. The little video made its way around "somehow" -- I can't remember how, but it did (maybe much later). I think this predates The Nashville Network and even home video recording.

I remember when I first saw it thinking, what a miserable piece of music for a bluegrass band. Everything about it just felt "wrong" with the possible exception of Bob Black's banjo roll. Monroe's singing sounded weird, Kenny Baker looked like he was in front of a firing squad. That half step modulation in the middle was as anti-bluegrass as can be. I seem to remember, the Monroe jingle commercial was never broadcast as a commercial. I really don't know what Dr. Pepper thought they were accomplishing with this effort.

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