OT: tracing publication history of children's record

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 19 00:35:19 EST 2004

I suspect I may have heard this recording, I know
Little Black Sambo was played to us in school in the
early 1960s. Were my father alive he could have
probably recalled the details as he was a teacher at
the time.
--- HSchinske at aol.com wrote:
> 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
> Summary
> ***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 the
> lyrics or music (could just be the cataloging).  I
> can't help but wonder if
> 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, which
> 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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