In the four years that SafeAuto been running a “Do the Jingle!” contest, one man has towered above the rest. One man laid the ground for all the work that was to follow. And that man was Tony Alfano, who entered the contest with his band ‘Traffic Jam.’
Who? Well, Tony can say it better than we can:
Tony was the first vocalist hired to sing the SafeAuto jingle back in the days of teenagers wearing flannel, back when four bucks a gallon for gas was unheard of, back when Starbucks wasn’t everywhere…you know, the fourteenth century.
OK, OK, it was really 1994, but that was still nearly 20 years ago, and you can’t blame us for feeling a little old.
How has doing the jingle changed Tony’s life? It has pretty much made his voice instantly recognizable: Tony has found himself identified repeatedly on the road as “the SafeAuto guy” once people who show up for his concerts hear his dulcet tones.
But what has Tony been doing between then and now? Well, in 1993 he joined the band Phil Dirt and the Dozers, a successful touring act, and has been hitting the road regularly ever since, playing shows across the country. In fact, they’re widely considered one of the best rock n’ roll oldies bands in the country, playing a range of music from the rock and roll classics of the ’50s to the edgier hits of the ’70s.
They’re in such demand that they have a touring schedule of 250 gigs a year that takes them across the country and even across international borders, playing their music in Canada and the Caribbean, and at events such as the Rosemary Clooney Music Festival. They’ve even gotten fan letters from the acts they open for, such as the Beach Boys and Jan and Dean. So, it’s nice of Tony to take a little time and try to sing our praises on the radio yet again.
But that’s only a small part of a long career. Tony, a New York native, is a passionate classic rock fan and has been on stage with his idols, singing with the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Temptations, and other beloved acts. In addition to his vocal pipes, which he started honing as part of the United States Army Band, he’s also a talented guitar player, making him a key part of the Dozers.
We’re happy to welcome him back to the Jingle contest, and hope Traffic Jam enjoys some stiff competition.
Remember: voting for Do The Jingle opens January 2nd, 2012, and runs through February 29th, 2012. Acts from across the country have submitted their videos for your consideration, so take a moment and look through to see who you think should Do the Jingle!
*THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED*