Connie Francis and The Kids Next Door
|Connie Francis and The Kids Next Door|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||May 17–18, 1966|
June 1, 1966
|Label||scheduled for release on|
E-4412 (mono)/SE-4412 (stereo)
eventually released on
King Leo Records
|Connie Francis chronology|
Whilst the material of her album Connie Francis sings Fun Songs For Children (1959) clearly had aimed at toddlers and smaller children of pre-school age, Connie Francis and The Kids Next Door contained material suitable for older children and youths in their early teens by combining classic songs such as Do-Re-Mi from the musical The Sound of Music with modern novelty songs like a rendition of Brian Hyland's 1960 hit Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.
The orchestral backing track and the vocal contributions of an unidentified children choir were recorded on May 17 and 18, 1966. Francis overdubbed her vocals to all songs on June 1, 1966.
The album was originally scheduled for release on Francis' label MGM Records with the catalogue numbers E-4412 (mono pressings) and SE-4412 (stereo pressings) but was eventually reassigned to MGM's subsidiary label King Leo Records and released in stereo only under the catalogue number LES-903.
Of the thirteen recorded songs, Batman remains unreleased to this day. Along with her 1960 UK-Single Robot Man and her 1968 rendition of the Burt Bacharach classic Promises, Promises, Francis herself calls Batman "the dumbest song I've ever recorded".
|1.||"Do-Re-Mi"||Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II||2.39|
|2.||"I'm Henry VIII. I Am"||Fred Murray, R. P. Weston||2.16|
|3.||"Puff, the Magic Dragon"||Leonard Lipton, Peter Yarrow||3.18|
|4.||"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"||Paul Vance, Lee Pockriss||2.35|
|5.||"Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"||Rolf Harris||2.17|
|6.||"This Land Is Your Land"||Woody Guthrie||2.55|
|1.||"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"||Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman||2.10|
|2.||"England Swings"||Roger Miller||1.47|
|3.||"The Children's Marching Song"||traditional||1.56|
|4.||"Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"||Allan Sherman||2.12|
|5.||"A Spoonful of Sugar"||Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman||2.13|
|6.||Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter"||Trevor Peacock||2.10|
Not included songs from the sessions
|1.||"Batman"||Neal Hefti||1.56||unreleased to this day|
- Ron Roberts: Connie Francis Discography 1955 – 1975
- Connie Francis: Souvenirs, Booklet of 4-CD-Box, Polydor 1996, Cat.-No. 314 533 382-2