Three Promos: Barbie, McDonald’s, and Life Cereal

A bit of a departure from the norm (such as it is): three promotional discs from the 1980s. The Barbie record is on floppy blue plastic, the McDonald’s and Life Cereal contest entry records are pressed onto cardboard. All three were found tucked into a box of children’s story records from my girlfriend’s childhood.

California Dream Barbie

Living Doll (2:00) by The Beach Boys
Written by Wilson, Morgan, Landy 4439-0300

Producer: Brian Wilson
Executive Producer: Dr. Eugene E. Landy

Mfd. in U.S.A. by

(P)1987 Brother Records, Inc.
©1987 Beachead Music (ASCAP)
©1987 Beach Bum Music (BMI)

You could WIN $1,000,000 INSTANTLY! Play this record now!

$1,000,000 MENU SONG (2:02)

See Official Rules posted at participating McDonald’s.

  • No purchase necessary to play or receive prize. 16 years or older to play.
  • Game ends 3/11/89. Potential winning record subject to verification.
  • $1,000,000 prize payable in installments to the individual person who received the winning record.
  • The odds of winning: 1 in 80,000,000

Note: Place coin near record center if record slips.

©1988 McDonald’s Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Life Cereal Rock Music Mystery 1
One in a series of three great music mystery games.

Rock Music Mystery #1 (2:30)

Play at 33 RPM on any turntable. If record sticks to spindle, enlarge hole slightly or place a coin over the center of the record.


  1. One of three different records in Life Cereal’s Rock Music Mystery Game is in each specially marked box of Life Cereal.
  2. Play the record; listen to the music and the clues, then guess the titles to the four (4) Rock’n Roll hit songs.
  3. Identify the correct song titles by checking the selection boxes from the choices found on the side-panel of the Life Cereal box. Then mail in your entry for a chance to win!
  4. Collect all three records, and enter as often as you like.

Best played on a manual turntable.

©1986 The Quaker Oats Company


  1. Bryan
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Interesting. What, though, is a “manual turntable”? Or, what is its opposite?

  2. Posted July 31, 2010 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    A “manual turntable” is simply one in which the user moves the tonearm and drops it onto the record by hand. As opposed to an “automatic turntable,” in which the simple press of a button swings the tonearm over the platter and lowers it onto the record. Since these little promo records are of nonstandard sizes, an automatic turntable would end up just dropping the tonearm directly onto the rotating platter, potentially damaging the needle.

  3. betty
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    i have four of these records,,are they worth anything? i thought about putting them into frames and going to mcdonalds and trying to sell

  4. Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi Betty,

    I have no real idea if the records are worth anything. I have to admit, my guess would be probably not, unless one happens to be the real record. However, if you have a set of matching records, there might be a better shot. Good luck finding out!

  5. betty
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    thanks for your help michael!!!!!!!!!

  6. Posted November 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Dr. Landy! Man, read up on that weirdo!

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