Post by at40petebattistini on Dec 9, 2020 20:00:51 GMT -5
Casey sounds extremely vibrant in this 1971 Rock Flowers TV commercial, for Mattel’s trio of hip dolls (Heather, Rosemary and Lilac) who were into fashion and music. The ad is a great testament to Casey’s “toy” voice. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht9YTSPjp6E
But in 1971, there was another hip trio of female singers – and real people – also called Rock Flowers. Numerous efforts to promote and build name recognition for this new group (with ads, photos, LP and single reviews, etc.) were found in Billboard, CashBox and Record World. Unfortunately, there was no Casey Kasem and AT40 introduction for them. Released on Wheel Records, the best Billboard chart appearance for a single from this group was "Number Wonderful," which peaked at #95 in February 1972.
Were the two entities (fake and real) connected? It's interesting to note that the trio of women in the real Rock Flowers (Ardie Tillman, Rindy Dunn and Debby Clinger) did not share the same names as the dolls. Yet both were seeking mass appeal acceptance in 1971. Was there an intended affiliation, or was it just a coincidence that there were two unique sets of Rock Flowers?
By the way, it appears that an original, unopened Mattel set of Rock Flowers that Casey hyped (posted on an Internet sales site) can be yours today for $500.