Sunday, December 18, 2011

Look Sharp! Feel Sharp! Be Sharp! When Rock N' Roll and Parrots Collide: Gillette's Singing Parrot Sharpie

We vaguely remember growing up with television during the 1950s and 1960s. We have very fuzzy memories of commercials on the television of that era. Doctors hawking cigarettes. Brylcreem. Maxwell House Coffee. The one brand we distinctly remember is Burma Shave, probably because of the Burma Shave signs along the long lonely Nevada highways of our youth. What we do not remember is Gillette's singing parrot Sharpie, featured on television from 1952 to 1960: Sharpie debuted in 1952 during the very first ever World Series broadcast!

Being the 1950s, Sharpie was a Rock N' Roll pioneer:

Gillette's singing parrot Sharpie was a fixture of boxing and sporting broadcasts until 1960.

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