My record collection when I was younger was riddled with K-Tel Records. My Mom was a big fan of “Greatest Hits” albums and back in the day, no one did it better than K-Tel. While I have many great memories of whiling away weekends playing video games and listening to vinyl from K-Tel, what I remember most of about them were their ads.
It was sort of jarring to hear popular songs played during commercials, even if it was just a snippet of it. Combine that with some interesting visuals, like the use of Robby the Robot in this ad for their “Music Machine” collection, and you have some potent advertising
I still see the K-tel Music Machine for sale at Garage Sales and Flea Markets, sometimes for as low as 99 cents. So if you are a Robby the Robot fan and like the following songs, you might want to pick up a copy.
I Just Want to Be Your Everything – Andy Gibb
Keep It Comin’ Love – KC & the Sunshine Band
Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul
Do You Wanna Make Love- Peter McCann
Hot Line – The Sylvers
Got to Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
You Don’t Have to be A Star – Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) – Bill Conti
Dancing Queen – ABBA
Beth – Kiss
Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Car Wash – Rose Royce
Lucille – Kenny Rogers (What’s THIS doing here?)
I Like Dreamin’ – Kenny Nolan
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
You and Me – Alice Cooper
Feels Like the First Time – Foreigner