In Harmony (compilation albums)

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In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record
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Compilation album by
Various Artists
ReleasedOctober 1980
Genre Children's music
Label Warner Bros.
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In Harmony 2
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Compilation album by
Various Artists
Released1981
Genre Children's music
Label Columbia

In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record and In Harmony 2 are two Grammy Award-winning compilation albums of children's music performed by various artists, released in 1980 and 1981, respectively. Of the two albums, only the first album charted, reaching #156 on the Billboard 200. The Doobie Brothers' cover of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" was the only single release to chart, when it reached #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. A second single, Al Jarreau's "One Good Turn", failed to chart. The first album was released on Sesame Street Records through Warner Bros. Records [2] while the second one was released on Columbia Records.

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

Children's music or kids' music is music composed and performed for children. In European-influenced contexts this means music, usually songs, written specifically for a juvenile audience. The composers are usually adults. Children's music has historically held both entertainment and educational functions. Children's music is often designed to provide an entertaining means of teaching children about their culture, other cultures, good behavior, facts and skills. Many are folk songs, but there is a whole genre of educational music that has become increasingly popular.

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Only the first album has a direct connection to the popular children's series Sesame Street , as it includes a song performed by the characters Ernie and Cookie Monster, while no Muppet-related content appears on the second album. However, the second album's credits state that a "royalty is being donated to the Children's Television Workshop and various children's charities" from its proceeds.

<i>Sesame Street</i> American childrens television program

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Santa Claus Is Comin to Town original song written and composed by John Frederick Coots (music) and Haven Gillespie (words)

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Track listings

In Harmony [5]

  1. "Wynken, Blynken and Nod" - The Doobie Brothers
  2. "Jellyman Kelly" - James Taylor
  3. "Be With Me" - Carly Simon
  4. "Blueberry Pie" - Bette Midler
  5. "Share" - Ernie and Cookie Monster
  6. "One Good Turn" - Al Jarreau
  7. "I Want a Horse" - Linda Ronstadt and Wendy Waldman
  8. "The Sailor and the Mermaid" - Libby Titus and Dr. John
  9. "Pajamas" - Livingston Taylor
  10. "A Friend for All Seasons" - George Benson and Pauline Wilson
  11. "I Have a Song" - Lucy Simon
  12. "In Harmony" - Kate Taylor and The Simon/Taylor Family

In Harmony 2 [6]

  1. "Nobody Knows But Me" - Billy Joel
  2. "Sunny Skies" - James Taylor
  3. "The Owl and the Pussycat" - Lou Rawls and Deniece Williams
  4. "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" - Teddy Pendergrass
  5. "Ginny the Flying Girl" - Janis Ian
  6. "Here Comes the Rainbow" - Crystal Gayle
  7. "Splish Splash" - Dr. John
  8. "Some Kitties Don't Care" - Kenny Loggins
  9. "Maryanne" - Carly and Lucy Simon
  10. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" - Bruce Springsteen

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References

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  4. 1982. "Past Winners Search". Best Musical Album for Children. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
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