Diary: Adland ready to rock in memory of Ken Dampier

Music and advertising go together like Shake 'n' Vac, everybody knows that.

Be it the seminal anthem of the Secret Lemonade Drinkers or the timeless Birds Eye Potato Waffles song, the annals of advertising are positively cluttered with beautiful melodies, thought-provoking lyrics and simply breathtaking vocal performances.

With all this obvious musical talent sloshing about, it's little wonder that ad agencies produce such fine bands. Those of you who doubt this can judge for yourselves, as a handful of them will be getting together and blowing their collective trumpets this Friday.

The gig on 23 September at the Kent House Dance Hall in Rutland Grove, Hammersmith, W6, is a tribute to the late ex-Ogilvy & Mather creative director Ken Dampier, who, in his time, did more than his bit to encourage agencies to develop their musical talents.

Agency bands on the bill include the renowned Tennis Shoes, the esteemed Corvettes and the seminal Steve Cook Soul Band, which features ad luminaries such as Damian O'Malley and Gerry Moira.

And if you're very lucky, the Shake 'n' Vac woman might pop by.

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