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about harry

about harry

The Tools of Ignorance by Harry Spero and his Fabulous FriendsHarry Spero is an advertising executive, songwriter, musician, and band leader based in Manhattan. His career cuts across an eclectic mix of high profile positions in the media, advertising and music industries. Early in his career, Spero was a songwriter for the publishing company of rock impresario Don Kirshner. Later, he was a vice president at Midland International Records, developing the recording careers of John Travolta, Melanie, Silver Convention, Carol Douglas and other artists. In 1981, under the pseudo name “Chatsworth and Burt,” Spero and his then-song writing partner (and hip-hop pioneer) John Robie wrote, “Preppie Rap,” where they were among the first white rappers. As vice president of advertising for the retailer Crazy Eddie, Spero wrote and produced thousands of TV and radio commercials that “drove people INSANE!,” as Crazy Eddie became one of the best known brand names in the world. As head of marketing for WFAN-AM in New York, Spero helped develop the first all-sports radio station in the United States–and helped to make “The FAN” the number one billing radio station in America. For the last 16 years, Spero has led Spero Media, an advertising agency with clients such as the New York Mets, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, WWE, Major League Soccer, the U.S. (Tennis) Open, The Discover Orange Bowl, Broadway musicals such as “A Chorus Line” and “The Color Purple,” the NBA and many others. In conjunction with his songwriting, Harry has also written numerous jingles and sports themes during the past 2 decades.