The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs was originally released back in 1969. I can’t think of a better way to help get you in the spirit of the Season than listening to this offering.
This particular LP is a bit different than others that Walt Disney produced and released. For one thing it doesn’t feature Bing Crosby’s narration or singing from the 1949 animated short film. This record is narrated by Billy Bletcher and contains two songs. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, the latter sounds like it is sung by Thurl Ravenscroft.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow story for this record is an abbreviated version used in the 1949 theatrical short. While I do wish it ran a little longer, I am glad it manages to hit all of the beats of the animated offering. Also while sadly not included on the video below – the LP came with a booklet featuring 11 pages of story and art. For kids to follow along with the record of course.
On the second side of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs was another Washington Irving story. Rip Van Winkle. This too was narrated by Billy Bletcher and featured two songs but sadly I’ve not been able to find it online.
So join us on Retro Records as we gather around to hear The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Story and Songs!
Now that you’ve enjoyed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow how about we give a listen to Rip Van Winkle?
I already told you that I wasn’t able to locate the second side of the 1969 album. But since we are in the mood for more Washington Irving stories, why not enjoy this Mercury Records version instead?
[Via] Kiddie Records Weekly
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