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Kidsongs
Kidsongs Logo.png
1989–98 logo
Genre Children's music sing-along
Developed by Warner Bros. Records (1985–95)
Together Again Video Productions (TAVP) (1985–95)
Together Again Productions (TAP) (1991, 1992 and 1995–98)
Written by Carol Rosenstein
Abbie Crow Rich (1986)
Bruce Gowers
Directed by Bruce Gowers
Composer(s) Michael Lloyd
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Executive producer(s) Carol Rosenstein
Bruce Gowers
James Rich, Jr. (1985–1986)
Producer(s) Carol Rosenstein
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Distributor View-Master Video (1985–94)
Warner Reprise Video (1986–94)
KidVision (1995)
Sony Wonder (1997–98)
Image Entertainment (2002–current)
Release
Picture format 480i SD
Original release December 3, 1985 (1985-12-03) – July 7, 1998 (1998-07-07)

Kidsongs is an American children's media franchise that includes Kidsongs Music Video Stories on DVD and video, The Kidsongs TV Show, CDs of favorite children's songs, song books, sheet music, toys and an ecommerce website. It was created by producer/writer Carol Rosenstein and director Bruce Gowers of Together Again Video Productions (TAVP), both of whom are music video and television production veterans. The duo had produced and directed over 100 music videos for Warner Records (WBR) and took their idea of music videos for children to the record label. Warner Brothers funded the first video, “A Day at Old MacDonald’s Farm”. Shortly thereafter, a three way partnership between TAVP, WBR and View-Master Video was formed with TAVP being responsible for production and WBR and View-Master responsible for distribution to video and music stores, and toy stores respectively.

Contents

Notable members

The Kidsongs Kids

  • Shawn Harrison (1986)
  • Devyn Puett (1986–1987)
  • Ryan Bollman (1986)
  • Raquel Alessi (1989–1990)
  • Jensen Karp (1989–1990)
  • Josh Keaton (1989–1990)
  • Veena Goel (1990)
  • Danielle Keaton (1992–1995)
  • Alexandra Picatto (1993–1995)
  • Galen Hooks (1994)
  • Lynsey Bartilson (1995)

Home Videos

From December 3, 1985 to July 7, 1998, Kidsongs home video episodes encompassing 300 children's songs, nursery rhyme, and cover versions of pop hits from the '50s-'90s were produced, featuring a variety of topics that are of interest to kids: animals, birthdays, the zoo, sports, summer camp, fantasy, vehicles, and general silliness. 14 have been certified platinum by the RIAA, with 5 of them having sold more than 2 million copies. As of now, the videos have sold over 19.5 million copies.

The following is a complete list of Kidsongs music video titles available on VHS:

A Day at Old MacDonald's Farm (1985) [US: 4x Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (1986) [US: 2x Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

Good Night, Sleep Tight (1986) [US: Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes (1986) [US: 2x Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. Car Car Song (Riding In My Car) (Woody Guthrie)
  • 2. Daylight Train
  • 3. Up and Down, Round and Round (Michael Lloyd)
  • 4. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • 5. I Got Wheels (Michael Lloyd) (also used during the end credits)
  • 6. Up, Up and Away (The Fifth Dimension)
  • 7. Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone? (S. Winner)
  • 8. I Like Trucks (Michael Lloyd)
  • 9. US Air Force (Wild Blue Yonder)
  • 10. The Bus Song

Sing Out, America! (1986), Renamed "Home on the Range" in 1990 and renamed "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in 2002 [US: Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

A Day with the Animals (1986) [US: 3x Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

What I Want to Be! (1987) [US: Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. What Do You Want to Be? (Michael Lloyd) (also used during the end credits)
  • 2. Sea Cruise
  • 3. Drivin' My Life Away
  • 4. Teacher's Medley: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe/School Days/The Alphabet Song
  • 5. I Want to Be a Fireman (Michael Lloyd) (also used during the end credits)
  • 6. Candy Man
  • 7. Them Bones (also used during the end credits)
  • 8. Mr. Policeman (Michael Lloyd) (also used during the end credits)
  • 9. Rodeo Rider (Michael Lloyd)
  • 10. Act Naturally

The Wonderful World of Sports (1987) Renamed “Let's Play Ball” in 1990, and Renamed “Sport Adventures” in the UK in 1994 [US/UK: Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. It's Not If You Win or Lose (Michael Lloyd) (also used during the end credits with extended version)
  • 2. Practice Makes Perfect (Michael Lloyd)
  • 3. Bend Me, Shape Me
  • 4. I Get Around (Beach Boys)
  • 5. Over the River and Through the Wood
  • 6. Footloose
  • 7. Rah, Rah, Sis Boom Bah (Removed from the British version)
  • 8. Catch a Wave (Beach Boys)
  • 9. Centerfield
  • 10. You Know That You Can Do It (Michael Lloyd)

A Day at the Circus (1987) [US: 2x Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. The Circus is Coming to Town (Michael Lloyd) (Original lyrics to melody of The Army Goes Rolling Along) (also used during the end credits)
  • 2. Polly Wolly Doodle
  • 3. Strolling Through the Park
  • 4. The Sabre Dance (Instrumental)
  • 5. Put On a Happy Face (song)
  • 6. The Ringmaster Song (Michael Lloyd)
  • 7. The Man on the Flying Trapeze
  • 8. The Lion Tamer (Michael Lloyd)
  • 9. If You're Happy and You Know It
  • 10. Entry of the Gladiators (Instrumental)

A Day at Camp (1989) [US: Platinum]

Featuring these music videos:

Ride the Roller Coaster (1990) [US: Gold]

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. Let's Twist Again
  • 2. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  • 3. Little Deuce Coupe
  • 4. Fast Food (Michael Lloyd)
  • 5. Here We Go Loopty Loo (Traditional)
  • 6. Anything You Can Do
  • 7. Splish Splash
  • 8. A Pirate's Life
  • 9. We're Gonna Get Wet (Michael Lloyd)
  • 10. 1812 Overture (Instrumental)

Very Silly Songs (1990)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. The Name Game
  • 2. Down by the Bay
  • 3. Rig-a-Jig-Jig (also used during the end credits)
  • 4. Mail Myself to You (Guthrie)
  • 5. Purple People Eater (includes footage from concert venue)
  • 6. Fiddle-I-Dee (from Kentucky)
  • 7. The Thing
  • 8. Jim Along Josie
  • 9. Michael Finnegan
  • 10. Do the Silly Willy (Michael Lloyd)

A Day of Fun (1991) (Only released on VHS)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. BINGO (From "A Day with the Animals")
  • 2. I Got Wheels (From "Cars, Boats, Trains and Planes")
  • 3. Old MacDonald Had a Farm (From "A Day at Old MacDonald's Farm")
  • 4. Day-O (From "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing")
  • 5. The Circus is Coming to Town (From "A Day at the Circus")
  • 6. We're Gonna Get Wet (From "Ride the Roller Coaster")
  • 7. Down by the Bay (From "Very Silly Songs")
  • 8. Them Bones (From "What I Want to Be")
  • 9. I've Been Working on the Railroad (From "Sing Out, America!/Home on the Range/Yankee Doodle Dandy")
  • 10. When the Saints Go Marching In (From "A Day at Camp")
  • 11. The More We Get Together (End Credit Version) (From "A Day at Camp")

We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1992)

Featuring these music videos:

Play-Along Songs (1993)

Featuring these music videos:

If We Could Talk to the Animals (1993)

Featuring these music videos:

Billy Biggle's Favorite Songs (1994) Renamed "My Favorite Songs" in 2002

Featuring these music videos:

Country Sing-Along (1994) Renamed "I Can Go to the Country" in (1997)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. Swingin' (John Anderson)
  • 2. On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)
  • 3. Watch Our Oats and Barley Grow
  • 4. The Old Chisholm Trail with Billy and Ruby Biggle
  • 5. Born to Be a Cowboy (Michael Lloyd) (also used at the end credits)
  • 6. Buffalo Gals
  • 7. Nashville Cats
  • 8. Achy Breaky Heart
  • 9. Country Kid (Michael Lloyd)
  • 10. Happy Trails to You

Boppin' with the Biggles (1994) Renamed "I Can Bop With the Biggles" in (1997)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. Walkin' the Dog
  • 2. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • 3. Alley Cat
  • 4. La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
  • 5. Put Your Little Foot Right There
  • 6. Loco-Motion
  • 7. Little Red Caboose (also used at the end credits along with some instrumental music)
  • 8. Peppermint Twist
  • 9. Rock Around the Clock
  • 10. Paw Paw Patch

Let's Put on a Show! (1995) Renamed "I Can Put On a Show" in (1997)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. We'll Put on a Show (Michael Lloyd) (Sung to the tune of Red River Valley) (also used during the end credits)
  • 2. Personality
  • 3. It's Magic (Michael Lloyd)
  • 4. Blue Suede Shoes
  • 5. Mr. Bass Man
  • 6. By the Light of the Silvery Moon
  • 7. Me and My Shadow
  • 8. The Best Dog in the World (Michael Lloyd)
  • 9. It's Time for the Show (Michael Lloyd)
  • 10. Give My Regards to Broadway

Baby Animal Songs (1995) Renamed "I Can Sing Baby Animal Songs" in (1997)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. The Petting Zoo (Michael Lloyd) (Sung to the tune of Down on Grandpa's Farm) (also used during the end credits)
  • 2. Woolly Bully
  • 3. A You're Adorable
  • 4. Jeepers Creepers
  • 5. Yes! We Have No Bananas
  • 6. Side by Side
  • 7. Oh, You Beautiful Doll
  • 8. Five Little Ducks
  • 9. Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)
  • 10. The Way You Walk (Michael Lloyd)

I Can Dance! (1997)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. I Can Dance! (Michael Lloyd) (also used during the end credits)
  • 2. Dancing in the Street
  • 3. Charleston
  • 4. Don't You Just Love to Waltz? (Michael Lloyd) (sung to the tune of My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean)
  • 5. Twist and Shout
  • 6. Mexican Hat Dance
  • 7. The Yellow Rose of Texas
  • 8. Come on and Conga (Michael Lloyd)
  • 9. Barefootin'
  • 10. Mashed Potato Time
  • 11. At the Hop

I Can Do It! (1997)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. I Can Do It! (Michael Lloyd) (also used during the end credits)
  • 2. Look What I Can Do (Michael Lloyd)
  • 3. How Does Your Garden Grow?
  • 4. All Shook Up
  • 5. C'mon and Swim
  • 6. Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • 7. Button Up Your Overcoat!
  • 8. Bicycle Built for Two
  • 9. In the Good Old Summertime
  • 10. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
  • 11. The Best Sandcastle (Michael Lloyd)

Adventures in Biggleland: Billy's Birthday (1998)

Featuring these music videos:

  • 1. Adventures in Biggleland (Michael Lloyd) (also used during the end credits)
  • 2. I'm a Big Boy Now (Michael Lloyd)
  • 3. Playmate
  • 4. Pat-a-Cake
  • 5. Go In and Out the Window
  • 6. Jump-Jump, Turn Around, Start Again (Michael Lloyd)
  • 7. Simon Says
  • 8. Limbo Rock
  • 9. Happy Birthday to You
  • 10. You Can't Sit Down

Adventures in Biggleland: Meet the Biggles (1998)

Featuring these music videos:

Television series

The Kidsongs Television Show
Genre Children's music
Developed by Orbis Communications (Season 1 (1987–88))
Warner Bros. Records (now Warner Records) (Seasons 1–3 (1987–95))
Together Again Television Productions (TATVP) (1987–88))
Together Again Video Productions (TAVP) (Seasons 1, 3 and 4 (1987–88, 1995 and 1997))
Together Again Syndication Productions (TASP) (Season 2 (1994))
Together Again Productions (TAP) (Season 4 (1997))
Sony Wonder (Season 4 (1997))
Written by Carol Rosenstein
Directed by Bruce Gowers
Opening theme "We Want Our Kidsongs" (based on "I Got Wheels") - (Pre-Biggles version) and (Post-Biggles version)
Ending theme "We Want Our Kidsongs"
Composer(s) Michael Lloyd
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 96
Production
Executive producer(s) Carol Rosenstein
Bruce Gowers
Producer(s) Carol Rosenstein
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Production company(s) WTTW National Productions
Orbis Communiations (season 1)
Warner Bros. Records (seasons 1–3)
Sony Wonder (season 4)
Together Again Productions
Release
Original network Syndication (PBS) (United States)
Spacetoon (Middle East)
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) – September 26, 1997 (1997-09-26)

The Kidsongs Television Show debuted on September 19, 1987, with 26 half-hour episodes for 30 minutes distributed by Orbis Entertainment. The half-hour, live action episodes featured the Kidsongs Kids running their own TV show in a top 8 countdown-style show, featuring music videos from the Kidsongs home video series. It ran on network affiliates, primarily on Saturday mornings. It garnered excellent ratings and ran for 2 years, before moving to the Disney Channel, Las Estrellas for another four years. It won the prestigious Excellence in Children's Programming Award from ACT. In 1987–88, it was called The Kidsongs TV Show.

In 1994, a new version of the television series was developed by Rosenstein and produced in conjunction with Chicago Public television station WTTW for 30 minutes and distributed by American Public Television to PBS stations nationally. Airing as part of the PBS Kids "Ready to Learn" block, The Kidsongs Television Show aired throughout the country and, by 1998, reached 89 percent of households. Many of the original Kidsongs videos were used in the public television series, along with new educational content and in-studio guests. The kids are joined by the fantasy characters Billy and Ruby Biggle and their magical friends from Biggleland. The Biggles help the children resolve their problems and concerns in a comforting, kind way. They address age-appropriate issues, such as not wanting to share, jealousy, friendship, telling the truth and patience.

Seasons one through four of The Kidsongs Television Show totalled 96 episodes. It ran on Public Television for six years, winning critical acclaim. Currently, fifteen episodes of The Kidsongs Television Show are available on DVD, and the series is also available in its entirety on digital download through iTunes and Amazon Video.

Episodes

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19) March 12, 1988 (1988-03-12)
2 30 April 4, 1994 (1994-04-04) May 13, 1994 (1994-05-13)
3 20 October 2, 1995 (1995-10-02) October 27, 1995 (1995-10-27)
4 20 September 1, 1997 (1997-09-01) September 26, 1997 (1997-09-26)

Season 1 (1987–1988)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Our First TV Show!" September 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
2 2 "Let's Sing American Songs" September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
3 3 "Studio Fun" October 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
4 4 "We've Got This Down" October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
5 5 "We're on a Roll" October 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
6 6 "Classic Kid's Songs" October 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
7 7 "What's at #1?" October 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
8 8 "Songs & Games" November 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
9 9 "Practice Makes Perfect" November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
10 10 "Let's Count 'em Down" November 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
11 11 "Music Video Madness" November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)
12 12 "Let's Get Moving" December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
13 13 "Made by Kids" December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
14 14 "For Kids & Starring Kids" December 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)
15 15 "It's Sing-a-Long Time!" December 26, 1987 (1987-12-26)
16 16 "It's a Kid's World" January 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
17 17 "We Want Our Kidsongs" January 9, 1988 (1988-01-09)
18 18 "Kidsongs Rocks" January 16, 1988 (1988-01-16)
19 19 "What's Climbing Up the Charts?" January 23, 1988 (1988-01-23)
20 20 "Hits, Classics & Sing-Alongs" January 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
21 21 "Join the Sing-Along Fun" February 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
22 22 "School Days" February 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
23 23 "We Love Our Kidsongs" February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
24 24 "Livin' in the USA" February 27, 1988 (1988-02-27)
25 25 "Counting Down the Chart" March 5, 1988 (1988-03-05)
26 26 "It's a Wrap!" March 12, 1988 (1988-03-12)

Season 2 (1994)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
27 1 "Alligator on the Loose" April 4, 1994 (1994-04-04)
28 2 "A Fish Story" April 5, 1994 (1994-04-05)
29 3 "Billy's Tummy Ache" April 6, 1994 (1994-04-06)
30 4 "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!" April 7, 1994 (1994-04-07)
31 5 "The Mail Must Go Through" April 8, 1994 (1994-04-08)
32 6 "Teamwork" April 11, 1994 (1994-04-11)
33 7 "Where in the World is Billy Biggle?" April 12, 1994 (1994-04-12)
34 8 "Katie's Little Lie" April 13, 1994 (1994-04-13)
35 9 "Just a Little Magic" April 14, 1994 (1994-04-14)
36 10 "Pizza, Pizza" April 15, 1994 (1994-04-15)
37 11 "Just a Little Bit of History" April 18, 1994 (1994-04-18)
38 12 "Circus Day" April 19, 1994 (1994-04-19)
39 13 "I Can't Play Sports" April 20, 1994 (1994-04-20)
40 14 "A Community Assignment" April 21, 1994 (1994-04-21)
41 15 "Dinosaur Day" April 22, 1994 (1994-04-22)
42 16 "Around the World in 30 Minutes" April 25, 1994 (1994-04-25)
43 17 "Megan's Bad Day" April 26, 1994 (1994-04-26)
44 18 "Safety First" April 27, 1994 (1994-04-27)
45 19 "Recycled TV" April 28, 1994 (1994-04-28)
46 20 "Professor Majorchord's Music Lesson" April 29, 1994 (1994-04-29)
47 21 "Change for the Better" May 2, 1994 (1994-05-02)
48 22 "Weather Biggle" May 3, 1994 (1994-05-03)
49 23 "Olympian Dreams" May 4, 1994 (1994-05-04)
50 24 "Wild West Fever" May 5, 1994 (1994-05-05)
51 25 "Responsibility" May 6, 1994 (1994-05-06)
52 26 "Birthday Blues" May 9, 1994 (1994-05-09)
53 27 "Aviation Adventures" May 10, 1994 (1994-05-10)
54 28 "Sign Language Communication" May 11, 1994 (1994-05-11)
55 29 "I Need a Little Pasta" May 12, 1994 (1994-05-12)
56 30 "A Kidsongs Kid's Best Friend" May 13, 1994 (1994-05-13)

Season 3 (1995)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
57 1 "Transportation" October 2, 1995 (1995-10-02)
58 2 "Give My Regards to Broadway" October 3, 1995 (1995-10-03)
59 3 "Man's Best Friend" October 4, 1995 (1995-10-04)
60 4 "We're Dancing Now" October 5, 1995 (1995-10-05)
61 5 "La La Bamba" October 6, 1995 (1995-10-06)
62 6 "Where Oh Where Has My Little Bike Gone" October 9, 1995 (1995-10-09)
63 7 "Alex Alex Alex" October 10, 1995 (1995-10-10)
64 8 "Garage Sale" October 11, 1995 (1995-10-11)
65 9 "Here, Kitty Kitty" October 12, 1995 (1995-10-12)
66 10 "Mind Your Manners" October 13, 1995 (1995-10-13)
67 11 "I Have an Idea" October 16, 1995 (1995-10-16)
68 12 "Share and Share Alike" October 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)
69 13 "Collector's Item" October 18, 1995 (1995-10-18)
70 14 "Fiddle Me This" October 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)
71 15 "All the News That's Fit" October 20, 1995 (1995-10-20)
72 16 "Circle of Life" October 23, 1995 (1995-10-23)
73 17 "Practice, Practice, Practice" October 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)
74 18 "Reach for the Stars" October 25, 1995 (1995-10-25)
75 19 "Playing Favorites" October 26, 1995 (1995-10-26)
76 20 "They Raise Horses, Don't They?" October 27, 1995 (1995-10-27)

Season 4 (1997)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Original air date
77 1 "All Together Now" September 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)
78 2 "Gone to the Dogs" September 2, 1997 (1997-09-02)
79 3 "Put Your Dancin' Shoes On" September 3, 1997 (1997-09-03)
80 4 "Bang Your Drum Loudly" September 4, 1997 (1997-09-04)
81 5 "What I Want to Be" September 5, 1997 (1997-09-05)
82 6 "Let's Go Barefootin'" September 8, 1997 (1997-09-08)
83 7 "It's 60's Day" September 9, 1997 (1997-09-09)
84 8 "A Doggone Great Day" September 10, 1997 (1997-09-10)
85 9 "Working Together" September 11, 1997 (1997-09-11)
86 10 "Water World" September 12, 1997 (1997-09-12)
87 11 "Practice Makes Perfect" September 15, 1997 (1997-09-15)
88 12 "We Are Family" September 16, 1997 (1997-09-16)
89 13 "Let's Look It Up" September 17, 1997 (1997-09-17)
90 14 "Brady "Safety" Kimball" September 18, 1997 (1997-09-18)
91 15 "Throwing Curve Balls" September 19, 1997 (1997-09-19)
92 16 "Went to the Animal Fair" September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
93 17 "Billy's Doctor Visit" September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)
94 18 "Aloha, Biggleland" September 24, 1997 (1997-09-24)
95 19 "Monster Truck Day" September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)
96 20 "Dream On" September 26, 1997 (1997-09-26)
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