A Family Christmas - Kid Stuff Records

A Family Christmas – (KS-1003)

A Family Christmas: Wonderama’s Bob McAllister is the third album to have been released on the Kid Stuff Records label and quite frankly this is all but an absolute mystery. Designated with a catalog number of KS-1003 we obviously know that it yet again featured music performed by Bob McAllister and was likely co-written by Artie Kaplan – beyond the songs upon the Holiday album itself though – nothing else is known – including when it was released although I am going to assume that it was the December of 1975. At the very least we do know that song listing thanks to a rather expensive LP offering on Amazon:

  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Jingle Bells
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • The First Noel
  • Joy to The World
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • Silent Night
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

When Bob McAllister took over the hosting duties for the popular Wonderama he was the ninth to fill the role – to be fair, two of that number held the role of co-host. McAllister’s acceptance of the job most definitely helped to push the popularity of the TV series into even greater heights – in the videos online you can tell he has an easy going personality as well as a natural rapport with the kids on the show. Which goes to explain why even before the Kid Stuff Records label he was recording songs for albums such as the 1969 LP Bob McAllister of Wonderama – released by Buddah Records.

That 1969 album release included the following songs:


  • Aardvark
  • Fingleheimer
  • Scrambled Eggs & Jelly Beans
  • Zip Code A Go-Go
  • Rock Song
  • Workin’ On The Farm
  • Marshmellows Are Funny
  • Mike Fury Is A Goody
  • You’re A Kinkajou

McAllister’s hosting duties on Wonderama lasted for ten years – by far the longest of any of the hosts for the show. ABC offered McAllister a new show a mere year after the series found itself cancelled – which was 1978’s Kids Are People Too. McAllister was let go from this TV series after it’s first year as he intended the now Saturday morning program to be aimed at kids – clashing with the Executives and Producers who wanted a show that would interest teenagers. That of course did not signal the end of Bob McAllister’s career as not only was he the co-owner of a skating rink but he was most certainly an accomplished stage magician – even going so far as to win Magician of the Year from the Society of American Magicians.

Bob McAllister sadly passed away in 1998 – due to lung cancer at the age of 63 – although at the very least we can take comfort that he left behind a long legacy of entertaining children with his work in television, stage magic and of course his music which was collected by the Kid Stuff Records label.

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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