tracing publication history of children's record

Elizabeth Evans er.evans at
Wed Feb 18 21:03:31 EST 2004

We had this when I was a child. Susan Hampshire took the part of Little
Black Sambo, but I don't know anything further about it, I'm sorry.
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  A friend of mine has sent me the following query, which I'd be grateful
for help with:

  I SUSPECT that the following recording (vinyl record) has a UK original

  Cover Title No: 336955
  Country of Origin: Australia
  Medium: Recorded Sound
  Class: Music, Popular
  Sub-Class: Children's
  ***Contents note****: Side 1: Black Sambo, Black Sambo; I'm the grandest
  tiger in the jungle; I like pancakes. Side 2: Everything I need I got; I
  shall tickle you silly; I like pancakes (reprise)

  PUT OUT BY EMI Music Australia and Children's Record Guild of Australia CG
  -33  (Company No. 92). A Fiona Bentley Production.

  AND also

  EMI NZ's World Record Club - Children's Record Guild of NZ - on a special
  Children's Guild Label.A Fiona Bentley Production.
  DATE: ABOUT 1961

  Apparently Fiona Bentley in the 1960s, was credited for some scripts for
  some EMI sound recordings of Shakespeare plays.
  It seems odd to me that the second recording doesn't include credits for
  lyrics or music (could just be the cataloging).  I can't help but wonder
  it's a release of a UK EMI recording--it might be worth seeing if there's
  anything on
  line in British databases. The National Screen and Sound Archive said that
  the "Children's Record Guild" label was subsequently acquired by EMI,
  fits with the Fiona Bentley connection.  They have sent me a photocopy of
  the covers and the actual disc sides and neither of those include credits
  for the lyric or music either, which could be the cataloguing too.

  Thus this "Sambo" is very possibly a reissue of a British original, but I
  don't know how to trace it.  Can you help?
  Helen Schinske
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