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Kenny G Says He Helped Invent Starbucks' Frappuccino

Jazz musician. Coffee muse?

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Breaking: America's number one smooth jazz musician Kenny G claims to have invented the Starbucks FrappuccinoAccording to a new interview on Bloomberg, Kenny G (aka Kenneth Bruce Gorelick) — who also enjoys Blue Moon beer and listening to his own Christmas albums — had a hand in creating the Starbucks Frappuccino.

According to several sources, Kenny G's uncle was the first investor in Starbucks. Kenny's uncle encouraged him to be among the company's first investors after introducing him to CEO Howard Schultz way back in the early 1990s. Kenny on Bloomberg:

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.

According to Wikipedia, the Frappuccino "was developed, named, trademarked and sold by George Howell's Eastern Massachusetts coffee shop chain, The Coffee Connection. When Starbucks purchased The Coffee Connection in 1994, they also gained the rights to use, make, market, and sell the Frappuccino beverage."

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