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SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS RECORDINGS TO RELEASE ELLA JENKINS'S CLASSIC CHILDREN'S ALBUM, LITTLE JONNY BROWN (SFW45026) ON COMPACT DISK ON AUGUST 28th

RECORDING FEATURES JENKINS - "THE FIRST LADY OF CHILDREN'S MUSIC" - PERFORMING POPULAR SONGS WITH CHILDREN AGES 5-10

On August 28th, 2001 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release Ella Jenkins's Little Johnny Brown. A classic recording originally issued in 1971, Little Johnny Brown includes heartwarming folk songs recorded with children ages 5-10, featuring such memorable singalongs as "Miss Mary Mack," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and "Hammer, Hammer, Hammer."

Called "the First Lady of children's music" by her admirers, Ella Jenkins has delighted generations of children and adults with her music and her personal appeal to people of all backgrounds. Her voice has been heard on Folkways Records and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings for forty-five years. This recording, made available for the first time on compact disc, represents two of the reasons for Ella Jenkins's popularity with students and teachers alike - her repertoire of traditional and original songs that speak to people of many cultures, and her ability to engage children in music play. It replicates, in the studio setting, the interplay of this master singer/storyteller and her young audiences typical of her school and library performances.

"Today in our neighborhoods, schools, and libraries, we meet many kinds of people from many different places. It is never too early to teach children about different ways of speaking and singing, different rhythms and different games. I have been doing this for audiences around the world for forty years. I still enjoy singing these songs and I hope you will too."
- Ella Jenkins, May 2001

Please consider this release for review in family sections in addition to music review sections.

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