"David Bonner's fascinating look at the nostalgic world of Young People's Records takes the reader far beyond memory lane and into the political and philosophical worlds of those who planned them, wrote them, and performed on them. The complicated history of a host of record labels that sprung from those children's discs, which Mr. Bonner recounts, adds to the tremendous value of his book. Anyone who grew up with these priceless records must read what's on these pages."—Peter Bay, Conductor, Austin Symphony Orchestra

"I grew up with Young People's Records. 'The Funniest Song In The World' featuring Groucho Marx and 'By Rocket To The Moon' with Raymond Scott helped mold the mind of the boy who became Dr. Demento. Here's the whole story of how those and hundreds of other YPR favorites were created by some of the most progressive thinkers and artists of their times, how they became a target for those in the McCarthy era and later those who sought to repress and confine the minds of young Americans, and how their spirit of joy in knowledge perseveres."—Dr Demento, Syndicated Radio Personality


Thursday, March 11, 2010


A group of nonsense songs by Betty Sanders. Her version of "Risseldy Rosseldy" is my favorite.


Anonymous said...

My dad sang this to me when i was little. He had the Young Peoples Record Collection from when he was a child. I would love to own this. It was given away accidentally with the old record player. Her version is the best. I love how she says " pa's old boot". When I was just a kid I had a hard time understanding some of the words...I wondered what a "pazzled boot" was :)

Rainier96 said...

Hahaha... me too. I thought for years there was an adjective "pozzled," applicable to boots, whose meaning I didn't know.