Sunday, February 13, 2011


Meet Sammy Davis, Jr... Pitchman extraordinaire.

Whiskey production in Japan began around 1870, but the first commercial production was in 1924 upon the opening of the country's first distillery, Yamazaki. Broadly speaking, the style of Japanese whisky is more akin to that of Scotch than Irish whiskey. and thus the spelling typically follows the Scottish convention (omitting the letter "e").

There are several companies producing the stuff in Japan with the most well known being Suntory and Nikka. Both produce blended as well as single malt whiskies.

Enjoy this fab spot of Sammy doing his thing for the Suntory hooch.

Also enjoy these other cool Sammy Davis, Jr. commercials:


  1. Looks like Sammy is ready for that drink...fresh ice cubes, cigarette is still smoking, hell, I'm ready for a drink!! Simplicity at it's finest...another Basement blast from the past, thanks!!!

  2. That was back in the day when big time celebrities appeared on Variety Shows and did commercials and it wasn't all about how much $$ could they get. It was a different time for sure. Good post.

  3. My favourite was the whiskey commercial, hands down. I think he was stooping at little with the alka seltzer spots but they are funny in a corny way!

  4. In his day, he was the epitome of cool...


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