Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Jake Holmes - 1970 - So Close, So Very Far To Go

Jake Holmes
So Close, So Very Far To Go

01. So Close 3:31
02. A Little Comfort 3:26
03. I Sure Like Her Song 2:00
04. We're All We've Got 2:32
05. Her Song 3:38
06. So Very Far to Go 2:52
07. The Paris Song 2:45
08. I Remember Sunshine 1:56
09. Django & Friend 3:37
10. Population 2:42

For far longer than I care to remember, singer/songwriter Jake Holmes has never gotten his due. For those of you who know of him, I'm sure that you'll agree wholeheartedly with that sentiment. For those of you who don't know him, or have never heard of him, I would have to say: You really DO know him. You listen to his voice or music dozen of times each day!
And, even though he has never been a "household name" to the general public, his voice and his jingle-writing talents went "household" back in the early 1970's. In fact, the presitigious Songwriter's Hall of Fame inducted Jake Holmes into their ranks for his music for commercials. He is the only advertising writer to achieve that distinct honor.

Some of his more famous and memorable jingle campaigns include:

"Be All That You Can Be"
(US Army)

"I'm A Pepper"
(Dr. Pepper)

"Come See The Softer Side Of Sears"
(Sears, Roebuck & Co.)

"With Charmin Ultra, Less Is More" (Cha-cha-cha!!!)
(Charmin, P&G)

"The Best A Man Can Get"

"Raise Your Hand If You're Sure!"
(Sure, P&G)

You get the point! This list could go on forever with just some of the better-known jingle campaigns he wrote and sang for. Some of us have long compared him to lots of the well-known jingle legacy talent in Los Angeles like Tom Bahler, John Bahler, Ron Hicklin and Jackie Ward-Smith. But, to be fair, he is more like that whiz-bang 1960's ad agency genius Hugh Heller PLUS all the best LA jingle writers and singers ... all rolled into ONE person. A genuine one-man band and one-stop shopping for the advertising clients who employ him and his fellow talents at Park Avenue's legendary Three Tree Productions.