"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


Monday, December 15, 2008

Margaret Sanger

I recently learned that Margaret Sanger, the famous advocate of birth control and founder of what became the Planned Parenthood organization, subscribed her grandchildren to the Young People's Record Club. Two letters from Sanger to the Club are contained in Sanger's archived papers.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Canada Lee's other YPR connection

In addition to narrating "Jazz Band" for Young People's Records, Canada Lee also sublet office space from YPR at 40 W. 46th St., where the company was headquartered from 1946 to 1949.

Canada is most often remembered as a casualty of blacklisting during the Red Scare. His being blacklisted had nothing to do with his connection to Young People's Records, but there was a Young People's Records connection to his being blacklisted.

During the sensational 1950 espionage trial of Judith Coplon and Valentin Gubitchev, some secret FBI documents were made public, and one of them accused various celebrities of being Communists or "fellow travelers." Canada was one of those so accused.

The attorney who defended Gubitchev during that trial was the owner of Young People's Records, Abraham Pomerantz.

Not that there's any significance to that...

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Just an artifact from the archive...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pfeffer / Anderson

David Pfeffer and David Anderson were child actors in the 1950s, and performed on many CRG titles. If anyone has contact info for either of them, please email me at