You got the right one, baby, uh-huh

In the early 1990s, Diet Pepsi ran a series of successful ads that featured Ray Charles and the slogan, "You got the right one, baby, uh-huh."

But not everyone liked the ads. Arthur Takeall claimed that Pepsi stole the slogan from him, saying he had used it in his ventriloquism act for years. He would choose an attractive woman in the audience and say, "You've Got The Right One" and his puppet would then say "Uh-huh."

Takeall sued Pepsi for $130 million, but his case was dismissed by the judge. However, in 1997 the Patent and Trademark Office ruled in his favor, deciding that he was entitled to the rights to the slogan, "You got the right one, baby, uh-huh." But as far as I know, it was a bit of a hollow victory since Pepsi never paid him any money.

Arthur Takeall and his puppet, Scooter

More about Takeall in the Baltimore Afro-American - May 3, 1997.
Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 15, 2014
Category: Lawsuits, 1990s

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Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/15/14 at 10:37 AM
Expat, I'd say it. But I don't want to infringe Mr. Takeall's copyright! LOL cool smile
BTW I've seen Mr.Takeall and Scooter perform numerous times and they are a good team! Very talented!
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/15/14 at 11:25 AM
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/15/14 at 11:27 AM
Expat, Thank you, I love chicken! As long as it's Finger Lickin' good!
OOOPS! LOL cool smile
Posted by Tyrusguy on 08/15/14 at 11:36 AM
Arthur Takeall and Scooter undoubtedly got more than a little 'inspiration' from Willie Tyler and Lester:
Posted by tadchem on 08/15/14 at 01:42 PM
I agree with you, tadchem, because Tyler & Lester was the first thought that came to mind when I saw the picture of Takeall. As for the claim of Takeall: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 08/15/14 at 04:26 PM
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