Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Frank Luther

Found a couple of years ago in a charity shop in Westcliff - on - Sea in Essex. One of Frank's records for children. I remember his classic "Three Billy Goats Gruff" that used to be played all the time on Children's Favourites on the radio throughout the 50's and 60's.

"Frank Luther (August 4, 1905 - November 16, 1980) was an American country music singer, songwriter and pianist.
Born Frank Luther Crow Lakin, Kansas, he was raised in Bakersfield, California. A trained pianist, he moved to New York City in 1928 to pursue a career in music. A country music singer, he was one of the first "Urban Cowboys", performimg country music at big city clubs as "Frank Luther and his Pards." He is remembered as the composer of "Barnacle Bill The Sailor" written with Carson Robison.
He married Zora Lyman, a fiddle player who performed and recorded with him. Eventually, Luther shifted his focus to children's songs, enjoying considerable success with his recordings on which he sang and told stories. Among the popular albums for children that Frank Luther released were "Raggedy Ann Songs & Stories" and "A Child's First Birthday Record."
For his contribution to the recording industry, Frank Luther has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1708 Vine Street.
Frank Luther died in 1980 in New York city."

Frank Luther - Little Train

Frank Luther - When I Grow Up

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mel said...

Michael, if you'd like to get The Three Billy Goats Gruff, send me a message over to http://parisianthoroughfare.blogspot.com/ and I'll upload it for you.

I'm actually looking for Luther's The Little Red Hen but so far without success.

Regards - Mel.

Katya Oddio said...

Isn't Frank marvelous? I missed these tunes, but no bother. Michael always has something new and interesting to share.

What is a bother is that I lost my beloved copy of Frank's WINNIE THE POOH LP from the 1940s in a flood just before you posted this share. Folks in North America, got a copy to sell?

PS: Russians called Winnie the Pooh "Vinny Poo"

michael said...

Sorry mel for neglecting you for so long. I dont have Frank's "Little Red Hen" , at least I don't think I have. Thanks for dropping by.

I had no idea Frank did a version of "Winnie The Pooh" Katya. I wonder if that's where Disney heard it first and thought it would make a good animation? Purists in the UK are a little horrified at what they did to their treasured A.A.Milne heirloom!

Anonymous said...

I have a Frank Luther 78 record for sale on eBay right now if any one is interested 10/12/09.