Record Cover of the Week

February 1, 2009

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Run For The Money (7″ 33 1/3 rpm in cardboard sleeve)

An industrial musical soundtrack hosted by Wayne and Shuster for Gulf Oil Canada’s 1969 Dealer Show. “Industrials” were stage musicals, often with lavish production values, produced by companies to motivate their employees.  This one was used to get gas station owners enthused about Gulf’s “We hurry” ad campaign. Featuring members of the Billy Van Singers, The Mutual Understanding, and The Laurie Bower Singers. Some of it really swings in a groovy, 1960s sunshine pop way.

Wayne & Shuster were pioneers of Canadian TV comedy and appeared on the Ed Sullivan show 67 times – more than any other guest. They appeared in a series of TV commercials for Gulf and apparently caught some flack at the time for promoting an American owned oil company.

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