The California Raisins
Dried fruit has never looked so cool or sounded so good. The California Raisins were an R&B group made up of claymation raisins that sang cover songs like Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” and Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” What they lacked in original music content they made up for in marketability. The California Raisins were originally formed for a California Raisin Advisory Board commercial to promote dried grapes. The fictional raisin band was wildly successful and their popularity resulted in four studio albums, a spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and a variety of merchandise like lunchboxes, posters, clothing and bed sheets .