What I remember most about these fun little raisins is that they would sing the famous song, ‘I Heard It Through The Grape Vine’ and they simply captured our hearts. They first did this for a commercial to promote California Raisins and later for Post Raisin Bran cereal and even had some animated specials. Since their humble beginnings, they have managed to become a sensation that everyone remembers. They were talented, cute and this made us love raisins even more. What started off as an advertising joke turned into an absolute sensation! If you can remember loving these sweet raisins, then you may be interested to know some fun facts know about them that you never knew before.
1. I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
This was the song that they sang and it was an interpretation of Marvin Gaye’s song by Buddy Miles.
2. Animated Morning Show.
Their commercial was such a success that they were also given a Saturday morning show in the late 80s. It was called, “The California Raisins Show”.
3. Emmy Win.
They even earned an Emmy Award for “A Claymation Christmas Celebration”.
4. They Can Really Sing.
Besides the song that we know so well, they did four studio albums between 1987 to 1988.
5. They All Had Names.
Ben Indasun, Justin X. Grape and Tiny Goodbite were the names of three of these raisins.
6. Michael Jackson’s California Raisin.
One of these raisins sang and danced a lot like the famous Michael Jackson.
7. Collaborated With Ray Charles.
Even Ray Charles was in on the act. They all harmonized together perfectly!
8. Hardee’s Endorsement.
These figurines were offered at Hardee’s when you purchased any dessert or morning biscuit.
9. Post Raisin Bran.
They were popular enough to become the mascot for the Post Raisin Bran Cereals.
The original California Dancing Raisins retired in 1994 after entertaining us for years.