Music makes strange bedfellows, as did the advertising agency for Ampex cassette tapes. This 1980 ad for recording cassettes tout among their assets, that they're the "tape that launched a thousand hits." Ampex counts Blondie and the Bee Gees among the ranks of their professional devotees, and they're hoping their respective fans will follow suit. I'm surprised they didn't diversify even further and recruit Kenny Rogers and Lawrence Welk into the mix in order to reach every possible music lover. Perhaps the company that bills itself as "The Tape of the Stars" was only "The Tape of Two Stars?"
It takes more than talent to have a long career in Hollywood, and our beloved stars of past and present have turned to many a lucrative endorsement deal to pump up their incomes and their images. Selling everything from fur coats to furniture to face cream, many of these ads have shaped our popular culture and influenced trends for decades.
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