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Kenny G Claims He Invented the Frappuccino

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What CAN’T this guy do, am I right?

Yes, the lord of the saxophone is apparently also a pretty hefty investor and stock market player. I guess when you trick 75 some odd million people into thinking they like smooth jazz, you’ve gotta do something with that money.

But one of the major companies with which he was an early investor? Starbucks. Yep, as a Seattle native, he got i non the ground floor. But beyond that, he’s saying he was partially responsible for one of the most successful parts of that company’s business:

At the beginning, Starbucks didn’t have anything but coffee. And there was another company, Coffee Bean, that had something called “blended” that was a sweet drink, and people were lined up around the block. And I would always call Howard and say, “Howard, there’s this thing that they do there that’s like a milkshake or whatever.” And so I think that part of the reason that they did Frappuccino was people like me giving them that kind of feedback. So I’d like to think that I was partially responsible for that.

 

Never thought I’d say this, but: Thank you, Kenny G.

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