Friday, October 28, 2016

Show Notes: Episode 6, "Lowenbrau"

*Arthur Prysock, the singer of the "Let It Be Lowenbrau" jingle, was a jazz singer who lived from 1929 to 1997. All-Music Guide says: Arthur Prysock was perfectly at home singing jazz, blues, or R&B, but his smooth-as-silk baritone made him a superbly effective (and underappreciated) pop crooner in the manner of his chief influence, Billy Eckstine.

*The great Robert Pine's most famous role was as Sgt. Gertraer in the NBC show CHiPs, but he has had a long and varied career. He's still around at age 75 and is the father of actor Chris Pine. I have a feeling this won't be the last we see of Pine on the podcast...

*Spuds Mackenzie was a Bud Light-loving terrier who rose to fame in the 1980s. He (actually a she, but who's counting) was always surrounded by babes who, of course, also loved Bud Light.

*The 1976-1977 Knicks were only 40-42, but in the 1977-1978 season, they finished second in the division and won a playoff series before losing to Philly in the Eastern Conference finals. Hopefully Dolan and his boys saw a good game that night.

*Munich-based Lowenbrau ("Lion's brew") beer was brewed by Miller at the time of this commercial, but now it is part of the massive Anheuser-Busch InBev empire.

*The Tv Guide game begins at 30:30.

*At Ease, created by John Hughes, was an "homage" to The Phil Silvers Show but unlike that classic, this one only lasted several months.

*Renegades was a short-lived series after airing as a TV movie on August 11, 1982. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV  Shows mentions the Mod Squad similarity and adds, "Their undercover operations often included finking on their own generation...although there was usually a crooked adult behind it all."

*Tales of the Gold Monkey debuted in Fall 1982 airing at 8:00 Wednesdays, then moved to 10:00 Fridays for two months before finishing its lone season at 9:00-10:00 back on Wednesdays. Shout! Factory released the series on DVD.

*James Shigeta had a long and distinguished career and was in seemingly every TV show of the 1970s.

*Check out our YouTube channel for this episode's playlist, featuring plenty more Lowenbrau ads...and more!


  1. Who is the actor in said commercial who calls Robert Pine a genius and also looks a lot like Ray Romano?