It was on this date in 2004 the family of Johnny Cash was forced to sue the makers of a hemorrhoid-relief product to prevent the use of "Ring of Fire" as their theme song.

One song writer said OK, but June Carter-Cash co-wrote the song and said, "Awwwww, hell nawwww".  I believe those were her actual words.

It got me thinking about all the great advertising opportunities being missed by the writers of some of country music's all-time greatest songs.  This is a gold mine, if only someone could match up the right product with the right song.  I... am... that... man.

 

 

Three to See - Three Country Music Songs I'd Like to Hear in Commercials

  • 1

    "He Stopped Loving Her Today" - George Jones

    One of the most iconic songs in the history of country music history by one of, if not the, greatest of all time.  Why has no one at the ad agency for Cialis or Viagra jumped on this (so to speak)?

    I can see it now... The commercial starts with a woman staring across the table at her husband, who is clearly more involved with his pork chop (so to speak) on his plate than with his beautiful wife.  Cue up "He Stopped Loving Her Today" as Mr. Voiceover grosses us all out with the typical erection talk.

  • 2

    "Always on My Mind" - Willie Nelson

    Willie has gone from the red-headed stranger to America's sweetheart in his stoned, old age.  Why not build your business with the help of one of his most beloved songs, "Always on My Mind"?

    I could really see this song being a big hit on a commercial for frequent urination.  As we see a middle-aged woman toting around a CGI bladder from building to building looking for a restroom, they share a moment of eye contact over Willie's classic tune.  What do you think?

  • 3

    "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - Hank Williams

    When Williams recorded this song, the internet wasn't even a sci-fi fantasy yet.  Farmers were abundant, however.  Both those facts have since done a 180-degree turn.  That's why FarmersOnly.com could use this iconic tune to promote their site.

    A farmer's life once consisted of birth, work, marriage, work, birth of a child, work, death.  Whether that death was the Mr. or the Mrs., the remaining widow or widower was fully expected to finish out their remaining days in misery... alone.

    Now, thanks to machines that handle a lot of the work and access to the internet, farmers are looking to get their swerve-on, and a classic from Hank would help.