Let’s try to stop smoking!!!!!!

Capitol Records released this album in 1964, on the heels of the Surgeon General's report detailing the harmful effects of smoking. Apparently that report inspired a fad for anti-smoking records. (See our earlier post about the 1964 album Music To Help You Stop Smoking).

The Capitol Records release claimed to help listeners kick the smoking habit by hypnotizing them. The hypnotist was said to be a doctor, but for reasons of professional ethics he didn't reveal his identity, instead using the pseudonym Scott Gordon.

Discogs.com notes, "The title has one exclamation point on the back of the jacket and spine, no exclamation point on the label, and 6 on the front of the jacket."

Although I couldn't find any audio clips from the record online, I did come across this video posted by a British dance company in which they perform to a brief excerpt of Scott Gordon hypnotizing listeners.

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Mar 31, 2020
     Category: Smoking and Tobacco | 1960s

This performance has the two things guaranteed to put me to sleep: dancing and a droning narrator. I think I'll take up drinking instead.
Posted by KDP on 03/31/20 at 02:51 PM
“Funny — the record didn’t help me quit smoking... but now, every time someone snaps their fingers, I have the uncontrollable urge to perform interpretative dance!”
Posted by Brian on 04/01/20 at 08:27 PM
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