The Art of the Sell — Sammy Davis Jr. for Suntory Whisky

These posts celebrate the movie trailers, movie posters, commercials, print ads, and other promotional material that stand as their own works of art.

If an advertisement is measured by how much it makes a person crave the product peddled, I will testify that this Suntory Whisky commercial is a resounding success. After watching it, I want nothing more than to scat my way through the preparation of a satisfying tumbler of whisky. In fact, I think I’ll do exactly that.

Among the many pleasures of this 1974 Japanese commercial is the associated knowledge that citizens of the island nation who particularly enjoyed it could get a 45 rpm single with the song Sammy Davis Jr. performs in it, titled “Chi-Ki Chi-Ki Sammy,” as well as three of his other hits. The nineteen-seventies were a glorious cultural age.

These posts celebrate the movie trailers, movie posters, commercials, print ads, and other promotional material that stand as their own works of art.

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