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Hello Children  

Here are the children's record pages for adults. My intention in these pages is to look back to the 1950s and 1960s, and where appropriate to even earlier, to examine the records that were played to children.

Whereas today, children are largely faced with having to listen to adult pop music, some care was taken in earlier radio broadcast to play children's music to children.

At the bottom of this page, I provide a check list of the types of records that were played to children on Junior Choice. The pages that follow this one provide further examples.

Please read this page. Then please go forward to Children's Records Page 2

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Hello Children Everywhere

This traditional collection of children's classics follows the hugely successful "Hello Children Everywhere" released some years ago. Many of these tracks are timeless and are widely recognised for their use on radio shows aired throughout the 60s.

1._ Nellie the elephant - Miller, Mandy
2.
_ Runaway train - Delhart, Vernon
3.
_ Middle of the house - Cogan, Alma
4.
_ Grandfather's clock - Radio Revellers
5.
_Owl and the pussycat - Hayes, Elton
6.
_Puffin' Billy - Melody Light Orchestra
7.
_All things bright and beautiful - Uncle Mac
8.
_Robin Hood - James, Dick
9.
_How much is that doggie - Pinky & Perky
10. I've lost my mummy - Harris, Rolf
11. Laughing policeman - Penrose, Charles
12. My boomerang won't come back - Drake, Charlie
13. You're a pink toothbrush - Bygraves, Max
14. I taut I taw a puddy cat - Blanc, Mel
15. Teddy bear's picnic - Hall, Henry
16. Ballad of Davy Crockett - Ford, 'Tennessee' Ernie
17. Hippopotamus song - Flanders & Swann
18. Jake the peg - Harris, Rolf
19. Gilly gilly ossenfeffer katzen... - Bygraves, Max
20. Woody woodpecker - Blanc, Mel
21. Who's afraid of the big bad wolf - Pinky & Perky
22. Ugly duckling - Cribbins, Bernard
23. I know an old lady - Pertwee, Jon
24. Bee song - Askey, Arthur
25. When I see an elepahnt fly - Peterson, Clive

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Sparky's Magic Piano and Other Stories

Here's a particularly striking image. Can you recite large chunks of Sparky's Magic Piano?

"It is I, Your piano, I'm going to show you what it is like when you can play the piano well, Sparky."

1. Sparky's Magic Piano Intro: "Le Secret"
2. Sparky's Magic Echo
3. Sparky and the Talking Train
4. Sparky's Magic Baton

Sparky CD Available from Amazon UK

Derek McCulloch
"Uncle Mac"

Uncle Mac

See also Radio Days - source of photograph above

A Day in the Life of Uncle Mac

For generations of children Saturday morning was one of the great highlights of the week. Although the weekday "Children's Hour" provided rich entertainment for those between the ages of potty and puberty , Uncle Mac's selection of record requests was something very special: you might even hear your name being read out! Sheer bliss!!!

Larry the Lamb and Norman and Henry Bones the Boy Detectives were all very well in their way, but to have your spine chilled by the evil Troll in The Tree Billy Goats Gruff or listen to The Runaway Train blowing its erratic way down the track - now that was a different thing entirely.

Why, you could even bear sitting through those ghastly, relentlessly cheerful Austrian children fal-da-reeing their way through The Happy Wanderer [when I hear them I can only think of the Hitler Youth]. Or "dear" little Christopher Robin kneeling down at the foot of his bed in order to say his prayers for the keenly anticipated pleasures of The Tree little Fishes and Arthur Askey's Bee Song.

Derek McCulloch (Uncle Mac) was the presenter of choice. One of the old school BBC men, he was rather like a favourite elderly relation, firm but friendly; and a certain decorum was expected.

As spotty adolescents caused hormones to run riot and began to turn a young man's fancy to pursuits rather more visceral than logarithm tables or the county cricket averages, the tenor of the programme changed as well. While Nellie the Elephant continued to trundle back to the jungle, new presenters had taken over and faint stirrings of the embryonic "teenage revolution" could be detected as ultra-modernists like The Beetles and Gerry and the Pacemakers began to invade the territory previously occupied by Sir Hamilton Harty and the Manchester Children's Choir. Requests for Terry Scott singing My Brother or any other old favourites were usually from conservative parents who disapproved of the cacophonous, electric-guitar-based sound that their easily deluded offspring liked to refer to as music.

In 1967 Radio One was launched in an attempt to fill the gap left by the demise of pirate ship wireless. Many of the older programmes and presenters were jettisoned to make way for the thrusting young teen idols like Jimmy (Man from Laramie) Young and (Sir) Jimmy Saville. One of the few survivors was, in fact, the second programme on the station - the re-christened "Junior Choice".

Following the initial difficulties in finding the right presenter, the show settled down under the aegis of the former Radio London DJ Ed "Stewpot" Stewart. The atmosphere was far more informal than in the old days with the ultra-professional Stewart proving an inspired choice. Musically there was greater emphasis on chart singles than ever before, although many of the tried and tested favourites still got an airing.

With "Stewpot" becoming as big a hero amongst the youngsters as "Uncle Mac" had been with the parents, the show enjoyed a renaissance, attracting listening figures that compared favourably with any of the other programmes on "Wonderful Radio One". But for anyone growing up in the 'fifties or early 'sixties many of our "favourites" will carry their own resonances, while older listeners will also know and love the songs.

Young at Heart

"Young at Heart" available from Amazon UK

Christopher Robin
Animal crackers
Little man you've had a busy day
Horsey horsey
Mickey Mouse's birthday party
Little drummer boy
On the good ship Lollipop
Mommy I don't want to go to bed
Wedding of Jack and Jill
Runaway train
Trains
Bee song
Teddy bears' picnic
It's my mother's birthday today
Three little fishes
When the circus comes to town
Hush hush hush here comes the bogeyman
Laughing policeman
Lion and Albert
Buckingham Palace

Young at Heart List 1

Young at Heart List 2

"You must rememnber this, Classic Children's Favourites"
Puffin' Billy
Teddy bear's picnic
Swinging on a star
I've got no strings
Grandfather's clock
One little raindrop
Policeman's holiday
Dicky bird hop
Laughing policeman
One two button your shoe
Buckingham Palace
Rhythm in the alphabet
Little boy bubbles
Animal crackers in my soup
Parade of the tin soldiers
Runaway train
Pied piper of Hamelin
Owl and the pussy cat
I'm Popeye the sailor man
Three little fishes
Wedding of the painted doll
Ragtime cowboy Joe
Portrait of a toy soldier
Balloons
Little man you've had a busy day
Everything stops for tea
Goodnight children eveywhere

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Classic Children's List

Updating at present - more pages coming soon. 08/05/02

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a personal interest page. I'm not personally selling these records.

CDs come and go very frequently, so the CDs shown on this main page may not always be available. A list of vintage children's CDs that are presently available from Amazon in the United Kingdon is provided at children's record selection.

"Hello Children Everywhere" - playlist from the 7 CDSet (note - this record set does not seem to be available anywhere for purchase, but it is a useful catalogue of children's records - please go to Vintage Children's Record Sources to check availability of individual songs). I have also found records at Amazon related to each record below indicated by X which you may click on (some of the links refer out to Real Audio clips):

ALMA COGAN - In the middle of the house.
ALMA COGAN - Never do a tango with an eskimo
ALMA COGAN - Sugartime
ALMA COGAN - Twenty tiny fingers
ALMA COGAN - Where will the dimple be.
ALMA COGAN - Willie can.
X

ANDY STEWART - Donald where's your trooosers.
ANDY STEWART -
Scottish soldier.
X

ANN STEPHENS - Buckinham palace.
ANN STEPHENS - Vespers (Christopher robin).
X [some sound clips]

ANTHONY NEWLEY - Pop goes the weasel.
ANTHONY NEWLEY - Strawberry fair.
ANTHONY NEWLEY - That noise.
X

ARTHUR ASKEY - The bee song.
X

BAND OF THE ROYAL MARINES & K ALFORD - Post horn gallop.
X

BENNY HILL - Ernie.
X

BERNARD BRESLAW - You need feet.
No records found

BERNARD CRIBBINS - Hole in the ground.
BERNARD CRIBBINS - Right said fred.
X or X

BILL HAYES - Ballad of Davy crockett.
X

BILLY WILLIAMS - When father papered the parlour.
X

BRIAN HYLAND - Itsy bitsy Yellow Polka dot bikini.
X

BRYAN JOHNSON - Looking high high high.
No records available

BURL IVES - Big rock candy mountain.
BURL IVES - I Know an old lady.
BURL IVES - The little engine that could.
BURL IVES - The lollipop tree.
X or X

CAROL DEENE - Norman.
X

CHARLES PENROSE - The laughing policeman.
X or X

CHARLIE DRAKE - Hello my darlings.
CHARLIE DRAKE - My boomerang won't come back.
X [sound clips]

CLIVE DUNN - Grandad.
X

CLYDE VALLEY STOMPERS - Peter and the wolf.
X

CYRIL STAPLETON - Nick nack paddywack.
X

DANNY KAYE - Little white duck.
DANNY KAYE - The kings new clothes.
DANNY KAYE - The ugly duckling.
DANNY KAYE - Thunbelina.
DANNY KAYE - Tubby the Tuba.
DANNY KAYE - Wonderful copenhagen.
X

DIANA DEKKER - Kitty in the basket.
No records available

DICK JAMES - Robin Hood.
X

DON LANG - Six five special.
X

DORIS DAY - The black hills of dakota.
DORIS DAY - The deadwood stage.
DORISS DAY - Que sera, sera.
X or X

EDMUNDO ROS - I saw esau.
EDMUNDO ROS - Mister cuckoo.
No records available

ELISABETH SCHUMANN - Wiegenlid.
No records available

ELTON HAYES - The owl and the pussycat.
ELTON HAYES - Whistle my love.
X

EVE BOSWELL - Pickin a Chicken.
X

FLANAGAN & ALLEN - Run rabbit run.
X

FLANDERS AND SWANN - The hippopotamaus song.
X

FRANK LUTHER - The three builly goats gruff.
X

FRANK WEIR ETC - Nev, never land.
No records found

FRANKIE LAINE - Champion the wonderhorse.
FRANKIE LAINE - Rawhide.
X

GENE AUTRY - Home on the range.
No records found

GUY MITCHELL - Pretty little black - eyed susie.
GUY MITCHELL - She wears red feathers.
X

HARRY ROY - Hey little hen.
X

HENRY HALL & ORCHESTRA - Hush, hush, hush - Here comes the bogeyman.
HENRY HALL & ORCHESTRA - Who's afraid of the
big bad wolf.
HENRY HALL - Teddy bears' picnic.
X or X?

HERMAN'S HERMITS - I'm henery the eigth.
X [with sound clip]

IAN WALLACE - I can't do my bally bottom button up.
No records found

JACK HYLTON & ORCHESTRA - The grasshoppers dance.

JEAN SABLON - The Cab (le fiacre).
X

JIMMIE RODGERS - English country garden.
JIMMIE RODGERS - Soldier won't you marry me.
JIMMIE RODGERS - The fox and the goose.
No records found

JIMMY DEAN - Big bad john.
X [with sound clip]

JIMMY SHAND AND HIS BAND - Bluebell polka.
X

JIMMY YOUNG - The man from laramie.
X

JOANNE & THE STREAMLINERS - Frankfurter sandwiches.
X

JOE LOSS & ORCHESTRA - March of the mods.
X

JOHNNY DENNIS - Mairzy doats and dozy doats.
X

JOHNNY DUNCAN - Last train to san fernando.
X

JOSH McRAE - Messing about on the river.
No record found

JOY NICHOLAS - JIMMY EDWARDS - DICK
No record found

BENTLEY - Little Red Monkey.
X (Rosemary Clooney version)

KEN DODD - Where's me shirt.
No record found

KENNETH McKELLAR - Song of the clyde.
X

KENNETH WILLIAMS & LANCE PERCIVAL
- Hand up your sticks.
X (Hands-up not available, but a couple of other Kenneth Willimas songs are here).

KINSTON TRIO - Where have all the flowers gone.
X [with sound clip]

LEROY ANDERSON & ORCHESTRA - The Typewriter.
LEROY ANDERSON - Sandpaper Ballet.
X

LITA ROZA - How much is that doggy in the window.
X

LONNIE DONEGAN - Does your chewing gum etc.
LONNIE DONEGAN - My old man's a dustman.
X

LOU BUSH & HIS ORCHESTRA - Zambesi.
X

MANCHESTER CHILDRENS CHOIR - Nymphs & Shephers.
MANCHESTER SCHOOLS CHOIR - Dance duet.
No records found - thank goodness!

MANDY MILLER - Nellie the elephant.
X

MANTOVANI & ORCHESTRA - Swedish Rhapsody.
X

MAX BYGRAVES - Gilly gilly ossenfeffer katzellen
bogen by the sea.
MAX BYGRAVES - Little sir echo.
MAX BYGRAVES - Tulips from amsterdam.
MAX BYGRAVES - When you come to the end of a lollipop.
MAX BYGRAVES - You need hands.
MAX BYGRAVES - You're a pink toothbrush.
X or X

MEL BLANC - I taut I saw a putty cat.
MEL BLANC - Woody woodpecker.
X or X

MELODI LIGHT ORCHESTRA - Puffin Billy.
X or X or X

MICHAEL FLANDERS & DONALD SWANN - The gnu song.
X

MICHAEL HOLLIDAY - Hot diggerty.
MICHAEL HOLLIDAY - The runaway train.
MICHAEL HOLLIDAY - The story of my life.
X or X

MISTER MURRAY - Down came the rain.
No record found

MORECOMBE & WISE - Boom - oo - yattata.
No record found

MORGAN JAMES DUO - Sweet Pussycat.
No record found

MONTE RAY & GERALDO'S ORCHESTRA - Lady of spain.
X

NEW SYMPHONY LIGHT ORCHESTRA
- Parade of the tin soldiers.
X or X [with sound clips]

OBERNKIRCHEN CHILDRENS CHOIR - The happy wanderer.
X Can't find exact match, but a German version of the tune can be found here

PADDY ROBERTS - The ballad of bethnal green.
No record found

PETER SELLERS & SOPHIA LOREN - Bangers and mash.
PETER SELLERS & SOPHIA LOREN - Goodness gracious me.
PETER SELLERS - Any old iron.
X

PETER, PAUL AND MARY - Puff the Magic Dragon.

X [with sound clip]

PETULA CLARK - Poppa picolino.
No record found

RALF BENDIX & ELIZABETH - Babysittin' boogie.
No record found

RAY MARTIN & HIS CONCERT ORCHESTRA - Marching strings.
X

REGINALD GARDINER - Trains pt2.
REGINALD GARDINER - Trains pt1.
X [with sound clip]

ROBIN HALL & JIMMY McGREGOR - Football crazy.
No record found

ROLF HARRIS - I've lost my mummy.
ROLF HARRIS - Tie me kangaroo down sport.
ROLF HARRIS - Two little boys.
X or X

RON GOODWIN & ORCHESTRA - 633 squadron.
RON GOODWIN - Elizabethan serenade.
X or X [with sound clip]

RONNIE HILTON - A windmill in Amsterdam.
X

RONNIE ROLANDE - In a monastery garden .
No record found

ROSEMARY CLOONEY - Me and my teddy bear.
X [with sound clip]

RUSS CONWAY - Side saddle.
X

SCAFFOLD - Lily the pink.
X

SHIRLEY ABICAIR - Little boy fishing.
X

SINEY TORCH & HIS ORCHESTRA - Coronation Scot.
X

STAN FREBERG - Little red riding hood.
STAN FREBURG - Yellow rose of texas.
X

SUZI MILLER - Bimbo.
No record found

TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD - Sixteen Tons.
X [with sound clip]

TERRY SCOTT - My brother.
X Can't find "My brother, but here's another Scott possibility

TEX RITTER - Carbon the copycat.
No record found

THE AVONS - Seven little girls sitting in the backseat.
X

THE BEVERLEY SISTERS - Sisters.
X

THE CENTRAL BAND OF THE R.A.F. - The Dambusters march.
X

THE CHIPMUNKS - Ragtime cowboy joe.
X

THE GOLLYWOGS - Parade of the jelly babies.
No record found

THE HIGHWAYMEN - Michael row the boat ashore.
THE HIGHWAYMEN - The gypsy rover.
X or X [with sound clips]

THE KING BROTHERS - Standing on the corner.
No record found

THE KINGSTON TRIO - Tom Dooley.
X [with sound clip]

THE MICHAEL TWINS & FRANK WEIR & HIS BAND - The little shoemaker.
No record found

THE PLAYMATES - Beep Beep.
X or X [with sound clips]

THE RADIO REVELLERS - Grandfather's clock.
No record found

THE SCAFFOLD - Thank U very much.
X

THE SOUTHLANDERS - Mole in a hole.
No record found

THE STARGAZERS - Close the door etc.
No record found

THE WAYFARERS - Whistle down the wind.
No record found

TOMMY STEELE - A handful of songs.
TOMMY STEELE - Flash bang wallop.
TOMMY STEELE - Little white bull.
X

UNCLE MAC ETC - All things bright and beautiful.
UNCLE MAC ETC - There's a friend for little children.
No record found

VERNON DALHART - The runaway train.
X or X [with sound clips]

WINIFRED ATWELL - The poor people of paris
X

Index of SterlingTimes Children's Record Pages

Children's Records Page 2 - Featuring - The sun has got his hat on, Fuzzy Wuzzy wuz a bear, Rosemary Clooney records, Three wheels on my wagon, Champion the wonder horse, application of Napster (MP3, Real Audio, Midi), The wedding of the painted doll.

Children's Records Page 3 - Teddy Bears' Picnic

Children's Records Page 4 - Mole in a Hole - The Southlanders

Children's Records Page 5 - Mairzy Doats

Children's Records Page 6 - The Man from Laramie, Horsey Horsey Don't You Stop with Big Bill Campbell, White Horses, The Unicorn, Animal Crackers in my Soup, Daddy's taking me to the zoo tomorrow

Children's Records Page 7 - The Magic Toy Shop - La Boutique FantasqueThe Magic Toy Shop - La Boutique Fantasque, Postman Pat, Pinky and Perky

Children's Records Page 8 - Disney Records * Records: Dreams Come True * The Walt Disney Story 1 * Records: Disney Favourites * The Walt Disney Story 2 * Records: Walt Disney Classics * The Walt Disney Story 3 * Records:Aventureland * The Walt Disney Story 4 * Records:Disneyland Characters * The Walt Disney Story 5 * Records: Mickey Mouse & Friends * The Walt Disney Story 6

Children's Records Page 9 - Junior Choice, Ed Stewart (Stewpot), Morningtown Ride, Crackerjack, Milly Molly Mandy and Glyn Pool

Children's Records Page 10 - Professor Branestawm

Children's Records Page 11 - Puff the Magic Dragon

Children's Records Page 12 - Uncle Mac Part 1

Children's Records Page 13 - Uncle Mac Part 2

Children's Records Page 14 - Uncle Mac Part 3

Children's Records Page 15 - Listen With Mother

Vintage Children's Record Sources - Classic Children's Records