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Old 09-18-2018, 08:22 AM
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The oldest jingle you have in your memory

Feed the cat this morning, his wet Meow Mix looked and smelled just like Beefaroni, so I sang to him (shut up! You'd sing to him to if you saw him):

We're having Beefaroni
Beef with macaroni
Beefaroni, what a treat!
Beefaroni, made with meat!
Beefaroni, smell my feet!
Hurray! for Beefaroni.

So I looked up the commercial because I was sure the real words weren't "smell my feet" but that was always the way I sang it. Turns out all those declarative statements are wrong. I still like my version better. Anyway, I found out that this commercial is from 1966. It must have played for a few years because I was a toddler in '66. This jingle is older than the Peak Freans, Baby That-Away and My Buddy jingles still rattling around in my head by almost a decade.

What is the oldest jingle buried in your brain? Post lyrics off the top of your head-- no Google cheating!
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:43 AM
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Does it have to be from advertising?

¡Vamos a la cama
que hay que descansar,
para que mañana
podamos estudiar!


Let's go to bed
for we must rest
so that tomorrow
we can go to school

was the jingle played on TVE1 at 9pm, right before the nightly news. According to Google, it's officially called la familia Telerín (the Telerin family), the characters had actual names and it started being broadcast in 1964, which puts my age at the time at -4 years.



If it's got to be from ads then it's two Christmas-related ones:
las muñecas de Famosa
se dirigen al Portal
para hacer llegar al Niño
su cariño y su amistad
y Jesús en el pesebre
sonríe porque está alegre
Navidad jubilosa
I don't know what goes here
es el mensaje de amor
de las muñecas Famosa



Translation from the actual lyrics (turns out I'd shuffled the Christmas verse one ahead):
Famosa's dolls
head to Bethlehem
to give to the Child
their friendship and love
and Jesus in the manger
smiles because He's happy
Good-night (=Christmas' Eve) of love,
Christmas of joy,
is the loving message
from the Famosa dolls.

According to Google it's from the early 1970s.

Vuelve, a casa vuelve,
vuelve a tu hogar,
que hoy es Nochebuena
y mañana Dios dirá,
vuelve, a casa vuelve
por Navidad.


Return, go back home,
come back to where you're from,
for today it's Good-night (=Christmas' Eve)
and tomorrow God will tell (=que sera sera)
return, come back home,
in time for Christmas.

Again early 1970s, from ads for a brand of nougat, El Almendro; the ads change but the jingle remains. I can't find links for it now, but I remember hearing something about having considered changing it and getting such a bad reaction from test groups that the notion got shelved. The lyrics have changed slightly through the years as well. This link has both videos and a bit of story.
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:46 AM
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From 1957, Bucky Beaver:

Brusha brusha brusha,
Here's the new Ipana.
With the brand new flavor,
It's [something] for your teeth.


I also remember, from the 50s:

You'll wonder where the yellow went
When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.


I have no idea why there were so many toothpaste commercials back then.
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Pepsi-Cola hits the spot.
12 ounce bottles, that's a lot.
Twice as much for a nickel, too.
Pepsi-Cola is the drink for you.

Before my time, of course, but I remember it well.

I'm aware of the Interwoven Socks jingle (usually credited as the oldest), but I don't know the words or tune.
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I'm going to off on a tangent because this crossed my mind and it wasn't worth it's own thread:

I realized recently that there is a bunch of classical music that immediately makes me think of commercial jingles from the 1960's.

Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody was used in a campaign for long-defunct Western Airlines, which gave you a $1 drink voucher if you weren't happy: "Western pays, a buck a flub...."
Verdi, Triumphal March from Aida: "Just look, 29 elephants loaded with Golden Grain"
Leoncavallo, Vesti la Giubba: "No more Rice Krispies....we've run out of Rice Krispies"
Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture: "This is the cereal that's shot from guns..."
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The cows, and the sheep,
and the birds, and the horses,
were mooing, and baaing,
and whistling, and neighing,
having lunch in the sun.

While Hugo and I
were having none,
in the back seat,
we sat getting thinner.
The rumblings cried
"Give us Kentucky Fried,
Time for dinner!"

So Dad stopped the car.

And Hugo said "You go."
And I said "No, you go."
And soon he was back
with the pack
and then Dad hit the track
so we ate in the back
feeling better inside!

A drive isn't funny
with an empty tummy.
Thank goodness for Kentucky Fried.
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From 1957, Bucky Beaver:

Brusha brusha brusha,
Here's the new Ipana.
With the brand new flavor,
It's [something] for your teeth.


I also remember, from the 50s:

You'll wonder where the yellow went
When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.


I have no idea why there were so many toothpaste commercials back then.
Also from the 50s:

Brylcreem, a little dab'll do ya,
Brylcreem, you'll look so debonair,
Brlycreem, the girls will all pursue ya,
They'll love to get their fingers in your hair!


Mmmm, greasy fingers!

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Old 09-18-2018, 09:09 AM
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Oh, the big red letters stand for the Jello family!
Oh, the big red letters stand for the Jello family!
That's Jello! (Yum, yum, yum)
Jello pudding! (Yum, yum, yum!)
Jello tapioca pudding yes-sir-eee!

Or that last line could be "just for me". I'm not sure.

This was from 1949--way before my time; my mother was still in grade school. But Jello was the sponsor for Lucille Ball's pre-ILL radio show "My Favorite Husband" and I've heard that jingle enough times listening to the old episodes on the ILL DVD's that I not only sing along, but may sing it whenever the subject of Jello comes up.
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:10 AM
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Oh drats. I copied a link to my entry before I read the whole OP. Mine is not a jingle or commercial song. It's the earliest music I have memory of. It's Pachabel canon in D It honestly is one of the fondest memories I have; lying in bed with my mother as a small child, smelling the lotion she had applied after bathing. Feeling her smooth arms as she held me, quietly we listened. I even remember the pajamas she always wore back then: billowy white shorts with lightish blue polka dots and a matching flowing top with short-sleeves that were so baggy and big on her tiny body they virtually covered her all the way to her wrists. All I have to do is listen to that song, heck, the first minute of that song, and the emotions and memories come flooding back so intensely I can't believe it was more than 30 years ago.
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The first thing I thought of was for Alka Selzter :

"Plop, plop fizz fizz
Oh what a relief it is"

But apparently that's from 1976 and I know I can do better than that.

Oscar Myer's "Oh I wish I were an Oscar Myer Weiner" jingle goes back to 1968 but I certainly don't remember the original commercial.

I can remember tons of jingles but as I look them up, they all seem to be from around early to mid '70s.

How about the Levis commercial from 1970 . . .

"Good morning world
I'm ready for you (hoo hoo hooo)
Cuz I'm wearin' my Levis
Lee hee hee he he vies HAW HAW"
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:38 AM
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Once upon a time there was an engineer
Choo Choo Charlie was his name, we hear.
He had an engine and he sure had fun
He used Good & Plenty candy to make his train run.
Charlie says “Love my Good & Plenty!”
Charlie says “Really rings my bell!”
Charlie says “Love my Good & Plenty!”
Don’t know any other candy that I love so well!

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Every once in a while, this pops into my head:

Goldwater, Goldwater, he's our man
Johnson belongs in the garbage can

One of my earliest memories, singsonging this in the front yard with the neighbor kids.

That would be 1964.

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I remember too many of them secondhand, through my parents. However, I can be sure I'm not "cheating" with "Two all-beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun". 1975, apparently.
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Say the magic word, say Mission Pack
And it's on its merry way
No gift so bright, so gay, so right
Send a Mission Pack magic way


Seriously, back in the day, you would send a box of oranges and stuff to your relatives outside CA & FL, like say in the midwest or eastern sea coast- and they were appreciated too.

You couldn't routinely get such fresh fruit year around in the normal stores of the time.
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This one. Still know it by heart.
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:45 AM
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You'll wonder where the yellow went, when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent!

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Milwaukee radio circa 1950s early 1960s

I'm from Milwaukee and I ought to know:
It's draft brewed Blatz beer, wherever you go.
Smoother and fresher, less filling that's clear,
Blatz is Milwaukee's finest beer.
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Three jingles that are bouncing around my head from when I was a kid, but I'm not sure which could be the "earliest:"

Tum, tum, tum, tum, TUMMMMS! (looking further into it, this came out in '81; I was 6)

Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is (came out in '76, when I was 1, but I'm not sure when I first heard it)

By Mennen. (couldn't find out when this came into being exactly, other than "80s.")
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I'm Chiquita Banana, and I've come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way
When they are flecked with brown and have a golden hue
Bananas taste the best and they're the best for you


The song first aired in 1944, but I remember it from the early 1970's when it was still going strong ( or perhaps was back).
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:54 AM
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By Mennen. (couldn't find out when this came into being exactly, other than "80s.")
That's gotta be the '60's equivalent to Hot Pocket!
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I initially thought of the Meow Mix jingle, but Wikipedia says that premiered in 1974.

The oldest I personally remember hearing is

From the Land of Sky Blue water (waters)...
which Wiki says Hamms started using in 1953, but it was still in regular rotation when I was a kid in the 70s.

I also remember older kids singing
Ay yi yi yi, I am the Frito Bandito
but Wiki says Frito's stopped using that one due to racism complaints by the time I was 4, so those must be second-hand memories.
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Tref-LAN!
From E-lan-CO!
Dadadadada! Dadadadada!


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Double your pleasure, double your fun,
with Doublemint, Doublemint, Doublemint gum!
*

*Alternative version:
Double your pleasure, double your fun,
take two girls on a picnic instead of just one!
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Apparently a surprising number of other South Jersey natives also remember the Starn's ShopRite jingle going back at least as far as the 1960's:


... Starn's has
Sandwich bags and cornflakes,
Icing for your cupcakes,
Hot dogs and hamburgers too!
And big red apples for you!
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I also remember older kids singing
Ay yi yi yi, I am the Frito Bandito
but Wiki says Frito's stopped using that one due to racism complaints by the time I was 4, so those must be second-hand memories.
But the kids may still have been singing it, it was catching.
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Local to Portland, Grandma's Cookies (unaffiliated with any Grandma's Cookies in any other location, at least until the 70's). I remember this from the mid to late 50s.

Try Grandma's Cookies,
You'll like them right away.
Buy Grandma's Cookies,
You'll eat them every day.

Yum yum yum yum
Yum yum yum yum
They're so tasty
Better be hasty
Buy Grandma's at your grocer's
Today!

The other one I remember was probably national, also from the 50's, for Kraft Cottage Cheese. Set against the background of a countdown clock is some kind of bird:

[Spoken] I've got six seconds to sing!
[Sung] Buy Kraft cottage cheese, you'll love it love it.
Buy Kraft [screeching sound while bird pushes second hand back] cottage cheese!
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According to YouTube, the Chiquita Banana song was introduced in the 1940's.
I'm a Chiquita Banana and I'm here to say...
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Every once in a while, this pops into my head:

Goldwater, Goldwater, he's our man
Johnson belongs in the garbage can

One of my earliest memories, singsonging this in the front yard with the neighbor kids.

That would be 1964.
‘Hot water, cold water
Boo for Goldwater”
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I've tried to locate online proof that my memory is close to correct on this one, but so far with no luck. Maybe others who remember the 1950s TV will recall (in the days of Bardahl and such) an additive or "top oil" called B4 (may have been B-4). The jingle is the earliest I can be sure I remember:

You'll be for B-4 before
You drive six city blocks

This was before my driving days so it was just the catchiness of the jingle and the accompanying tune that has it burned into my memory.

Any other geezers remember such a thing?

As for "the earliest" jingle in my memory, I can't be sure it wasn't for a cereal, beer, cigarette, toothpaste or car. There were hundreds that have left some traces in my memory, but I can't be clear on dates/decades/whatever.

If the question were more about products than jingles, I could name at least 100 from radio alone! We didn't even have TV until mid-50s or so. And the earliest of those things would be absolute guesswork.

A fun offshoot of this issue would be to name hair products for men and/or women!

Does anybody else remember something called Artra Skin-tone Cream?
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I've tried to locate online proof that my memory is close to correct on this one, but so far with no luck. Maybe others who remember the 1950s TV will recall (in the days of Bardahl and such) an additive or "top oil" called B4 (may have been B-4). The jingle is the earliest I can be sure I remember:

You'll be for B-4 before
You drive six city blocks

This was before my driving days so it was just the catchiness of the jingle and the accompanying tune that has it burned into my memory.

Any other geezers remember such a thing?
I sure remember the Bardahl Detective commercials, which creeped me out when I was three or four (1958 or '59).

I think they were on at the same time as the Treflan commercials (with the big drum of chemicals slamming down).

I remember a lot of the ones already mentioned---Pepsodent, Brylcreem, Chiquita....

Anyone remember the commercial for chili con carne that had the mariachi band? I know there was a jingle, but I can't remember how it went (this would have been around 1960).
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There were way too many to remember the oldest one. Brylcreem was mentioned, but there were tons of beer and cigarette commercials like "Calllll forrr Philip Morrrrressss" and the mentioned Hamm's commercial in the 50s. The Philip Morris call goes back to the 1930s, but I would have heard it in the 50s, called out by the same guy, Johnny Roventini.
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Not sure its the earliest but one that for some reason stuck in my head a few months ago

"Here comes Wrangler, and he's one tough customer and he knows what he wants when he see's it. Wrangler! "

Also of course,

My bologna has a first name, ...

and

I wish I were an Oscar Meier Wiener ...
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Garfield 1, 2-3, 2-3. It must have started in the 50s. I remember it as a small kid in the mid-late 60s.
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I sure remember the Bardahl Detective commercials, which creeped me out when I was three or four (1958 or '59).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh0Jp7QvPeE
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I know a lot of jingles from before I was born, but that may be the oldest one I remember that I actually heard on TV and radio.
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The theme song for Gillette's Friday Night Fights. (Apparently officially Gillette Cavalcade of Sports.)

Lyrics seem hard to come by. From the video ~"You look sharp, and you'll feel sharp, too."
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Ai yi yi yiiiiii
I am the Frito Bandito
Geev me Frito's corncheeps and I be your friend
The Frito Bandito you must not offend
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‘Hot water, cold water
Boo for Goldwater”
"Tippecanoe and Tyler too!"
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A local spot that ran virtually forever:

Stay on the right track to Nine Mile and Mack,
Roy O'Brien trucks and cars something your money back

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I'd like to buy the world a Coke, and keep it company.
That's the real thing."

I'd thought that commercial dated back to the '60's, but according to Wikipedia it debuted in 1971. Some interesting trivia:

- It cost $250,000 to make, the most expensive TV commercial ever made at that time.

- A studio group The Hillside Singers, named to identify with the commercial, immediately recorded a version with Coke references removed. It reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.

- The group The New Seekers recorded their version that same year, selling 96,000 copies in one day, and eventually 12 million total. It reached #7 in the US and #1 in the UK.

- The Coca-Cola Company waived royalties to the song and instead donated $80,000 in payments to UNICEF.

"It's the real thing." was a marketing slogan that goes back to 1969, so I guess this jingle doesn't beat a lot of the contributions here.
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Non-jingle from school, 1965 or 66:
Roger Ramjet. When I learned it was actually Yankee Doodle somewhere in that period, I learned something important about music.

Probable oldest jingle: The Oscar Meyer Weiner song.
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