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Seventies Sonny Rollins TV Commercial for Pioneer

1970s, Music, Retro Advertising, Television • 9037 Views • Comments Off on Seventies Sonny Rollins TV Commercial for Pioneer

If you’re a Jazz fan, you’re probably aware of the work of American saxophonist Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins. Maybe you own his soundtrack album to the film Alfie or one of his many recordings for Prestige records. 

If you haven’t heard of him you may be interested to know that the character Bleeding Gums Murphy from The Simpsons was loosely based on Sonny. In one episode Murphy plays saxophone on a bridge, this is a reference to Rollins playing on the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn. In this 1977 television advert for Pioneer he’s back at the bridge blowing his sax while the narrator tells Sonny’s story.

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