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Who is the Guitar Player on TV?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by moonbaby, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Good morning!
    There is a commercial on TV (in the States) that started running New Years' Eve on the Dick Clark Special. I've also seen it on the morning shows all last week.
    The ad is for Ameriprise Investing, and it has this guy playing "Happy Birthday", Hendrix-style, "live" on a Strat through a Marshall half-stack.He's very good at it: feeeding back, wailing, double-stops that "dive-bomb"...really cool. The guy looks very familiar, but I can't place him. It's driving me C-R-A-Z-Y!!! He's got to be American, 'cause he smiles at the end and his teeth are too good to be a Brit, but he does look a little like David Gilmour. Anybody see this ad? Who is that player?
  2. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I saw that ad and thought the exact same thing. We're probably going to be ashamed that we did not recognize him.
  3. GavinMajesty

    GavinMajesty Guest

    His name is Snuffy Walden.

    " MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- On Jan. 1 the first of 77 million
    baby boomers will turn 60 and to celebrate this milestone Ameriprise Financial
    will launch a television ad with a familiar tune. Legendary musician, Snuffy
    Walden, will perform a unique rendition of "Happy Birthday" in a new broadcast
    advertisement for Ameriprise Financial that captures the passion and
    creativity that the baby boomer generation is expected to bring to its
    approaching retirement"
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I've read several interviews with him, loved his work, don't think I had ever seen him. Awesome player!
  5. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member


    Never heard of him either until now, but what a great player . Check the credits and awards- an amazing career!

  6. GavinMajesty

    GavinMajesty Guest

    Perfect proof people, Google is yours, my and everyone's friend :lol:
  7. chrispick

    chrispick Guest

    Oh yeah, he's considered one of the go-to guys for scoring tv shows.
  8. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Yeah, he did the acoustic guitar on "The Wonder Years" and I'd see him credited, and thought "That guy is pretty good for an old man..." What did I know? Then I'd seen an interview in MIX a couple of years ago, and he talked about "The West Wing", and how he'd worked with Clapton, etc.
    I guess the name "Snuffy" threw me. I closed my eyes during 1 of those ads and I could swear it was Jimi.... :)
  9. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member


    moonbaby, may your words follow the road in front of you. :lol:

  10. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Many mant years ago he toured all over the MidWest and Western states with his band 'Aphrodite'...I saw him play several times. He had that same Marshall thats in the ad....Guitar was a LesPaul then.
  11. bluesdudeo

    bluesdudeo Active Member

    whos's the band ?

    As you were talking tv .... who is the band playing the music to an add set in San Francisco .... all those coloured balls rolling down the hill .. may be a sony add can't remember .. sorry to go off subject but I love that moody sound.

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