Murray Saul’s World Series of Rock TV spot
It’s the weekend and the right time to pull out this solid gold rock and roll WMMS TV spot from 1975. This was our first WMMS TV commercial that actually made it on the air. A prior one featuring Suzi Quatro, which we produced for free and had Suzi donate her time to do it, was taped but never aired since we didn’t have the budget to buy television. Come to think of it – we didn’t have the budget to buy anything in those days!
This spot was filmed at a World Series of Rock concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1975 in front of a small crowd of 88,000. That’s Shelly Stile introducing Murray on stage.
The original version of the spot was rejected by the local TV stations until we edited the word “Dammit.” Those were different times – and we were already catching flack for Murray’s Friday night “Get Downs” from those who didn’t appreciate a man in his mid 40’s – and around the same age as some of our listeners’ parents – preaching the gospel of sex and drugs and rock and roll.
The closing voice on the spot is Charlie Kendall, who was doing morning drive on WMMS at that time.
So far, I have not been able to find the paperwork and identity of its producer. The company shot at least twenty minutes of footage, including the complete live Get Down. The whereabouts of the raw, unedited footage from that commercial remain unknown.
Free plug: Murray Saul’s The Get Downs, Vol. 1 (TaurusGold) is available from Amazon.com and select retail outlets. Distributed by Traditions Alive, Lakewood, OH 216.226.6200