Kenny G Says He’s Partially to Thank for the Frappuccino


Kenny G makes not only smooth jazz, but smooth blended coffee drinks that have made him very rich. 

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Kenny G — yes, the smooth jazz musician and saxophonist who knows the way to your parents’ adult contemporary-loving hearts — discusses how his decision to invest in Starbucks really paid off, and how he helped invent one of the now mega-corporation’s most successful drinks, the Frappuccino.

“At the beginning, Starbucks didn't have anything but coffee,” Kenny G told Bloomberg.

“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 [Schultz, Starbucks CEO] 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.”


Watch the full interview on Bloomberg and the next time you enjoy a Starbucks Frappuccino, remember that Kenny G helped bring it to you.