Show 56: New Year’s Doggie Treats

Turn, Turn, Turn
The Byrds

Turn, Turn, Turn
Pete Seeger with the Rivertown Kids

Based on “The Noisy Book” by Margaret Wise Brown and narrated by Norman Rose, this is the story of a little dog named Muffin who has a bandage over his eyes because of a recent mishap. He cannot see a thing—but Muffin can hear!

Muffin in the City
Norman Rose

I Wanna be a Dog
Barry Louis Polisar

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window
Ivan Ulz

Arfie, the Doggie in the Window

Arfie, the Doggie in the Window

After “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window” became a million seller for Patti Page, she made an agreement with Childcraft Records to appear on a story record which tells what happened after that dog found a home.

Arfie, The Doggie in the Window
Patti Page

From 1942-1960, Art Linkletter hosted “People Are Funny” on radio, and then moved over to television. The premise was to send contestants out on something like a scavenger hunt, then trick them once they got there. This children’s record from 1950 is a parody of the show, with pets taking on the roles that were for people. The highlight is when Art offers a parrot a cracker, and instead gives him firecrackers.

Pets Are Funny
Art Linkletter

During the 1950’s Jerry Lewis made several children’s records for Capitol Records. All of them are a little strange by today’s standards, but that is what makes them fun. In this story, Jerry is an animal abuser who dreams he is a tormented puppy, and he awakens with full understanding of the Golden Rule.

The Puppydog Dream
Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

Ivan the Ice Cream Man
Ivan Ulz

In 1970 I recorded an LP which was called “Ivan the Ice Cream Man.” The title song came from my experience in 1968 as a hippie selling ice cream man in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Imagine my surprise when 40 years later I was searching for my record on Ebay and stumbled onto this 1939 song of the same name by a group called the Kidoodlers. Because it is so bright and bouncy, this version is now the theme song for The Treasure Ivan Show.

Ivan the Ice Cream Man
The Kidoodlers

The Kidoodlers

The Kidoodlers

Lynne Farr was a writer and producer of countless television programs, most notably “The Bob Newhart Show” in the 1970’s. I have no idea what inspired her to write and record this song, but I’m sure glad she did.

(That’s Why) I Love the Ice Cream Man
Lynne Farr

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