Mother Goose Rhymes marked the fifth release for the Kid Stuff Records label – even if it received the catalog designation of KS-007. While in a perfect world the children’s record company might have been able to save that catalog number for when they would be able to handle the release of James Bond related book and records – which they most certainly did – this 1977 album featured the more easily covered public domain characters of Mother Goose and friends. This particular LP like most of the early years of of Kid Stuff Records release was covered by the Kid Stuff Repertory Company – although I am sad to say that I have been unable to even remotely uncover who was in said children’s group nor even who was responsible for the mixing of the album itself. At the very least we do have a track listing for what Mother Goose Rhymes offered on the record:
- Mother Goose Party
- Winken, Blinken And Nod
- Oats, Peas, Beans & Barley Grow
- Goosey Goosey Gander
- Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen
- Jack & Jill
- Little Bo Peep
- Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
- Three Blind Mice
- A Tisket A Tasket
- See Saw Margery Daw
- This Little Piggy
I was quite surprised to find a handful of nursery rhymes upon this 1977 release of Mother Goose Rhymes that I hadn’t heard before – not that there is a version of this Kid Stuff Records available to enjoy online. In particular I’ve not had the pleasure of hearing Oats, Peas, Beans & Barley Grow nor Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen in my youth. Looking up these two rhymes uncovered some interesting info – more so on the latter as it appears that it got it’s start around 1810 and in it’s original incarnation was much more adult in nature.
While I obviously have not been able to listen to the track Mother Goose Party – having more than a few of the Kid Stuff Records in my collection, I’m willing to bet it’s the part of the LP that provides the overarching story for the rest of the nursery rhymes and songs. On the other hand I might be totally wrong and it’s actually just a covering of the 1950 Mighty Mouse animated short of the same name!
For this article I am able to share a little information on the artwork of the album itself as it was signed by the artist – that would be Bill Gow. And at the moment I’ve hit a little bit of a dead end in regards to the background on the artist, he most definitely did the artwork for a handful of Kid Stuff Records release in addition to the Peter Pan/Power Records series. Thanks to a past offering at Heritage Auctions you can see some original artwork for the 1977 release of Spider-Man and the Abominable Showman!
Friends, as always if you happen to own Mother Goose Rhymes or any of the missing LP’s released on the Kid Stuff Records label – let us know in the comments, we would love to hear your own memories.