Friday, July 24, 2015

Joe Dowell's 1970s radio jingle, "Jim Mittan the Carpet Man"




In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Joe Dowell—the former teen idol who scored a #1 hit in 1961 with his cover of Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart"—was recording commercial jingles for restaurants, banks, the Boy Scouts of America, charities, and any other paying customers he could find. (Music Weird previously posted a complete discography of Dowell's recordings as well as a three-part interview.)


1968 Carpet Line ad
His most popular commercial jingle in the 1970s was probably "Jim Mittan the Carpet Man," which Dowell wrote and recorded for Jim Mittan's carpet business, the Carpet Line, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This jingle is fondly remembered by all who remember it, but no audio exists of it online, so I'm putting it here for everyone to enjoy.

Jim (James) Mittan's obituary said that he died at the age of 76 on July 27, 2004, at Mercy Hallmar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after a brief illness. One person wrote in his memorial guestbook, "Everyone remembers Jim Mittan, the Carpet Man. I do, not only as a customer, but as a friend."


In 1966, the Carpet Line appeared in Life magazine
in a list of Iowa flooring businesses



More info at:http://s.comfibook.com/n/Jim+Mittan


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