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Produced by:
Smithsonian Folkways, American, founded 1987  Search this
Distributed by:
Rounder Records, American, founded 1970  Search this
Recorded by:
Ella Jenkins, American, born 1924  Search this
Photograph by:
Bernadelle Richter, American, born 1939  Search this
2018.7.2a: vinyl with ink on paper;
2018.7.2bc: ink on paper
H x W (.2a LP): 11 7/8 × 11 7/8 in. (30.2 × 30.2 cm)
H x W (.2b Jacket): 12 3/8 × 12 1/4 in. (31.4 × 31.1 cm)
H x W (.2c Informational Insert): 9 1/16 × 7 7/8 in. (23 × 20 cm)
record covers
long-playing records
Place made:
United States, North and Central America
1966; reissued 1989
This album by the "First Lady of Children's Music," Ella Jenkins, has remained in print since it was first published in 1966. In 2008, it was selected to be preserved in the National Recording Registry. The registry preserves recordings considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."
LP (a), jacket (b), and Informational Insert (c) of "You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song" recording by Ella Jenkins with Members of the Urban Gateways Children's Chorus. The LP has a black label on the front and back that begins with the record label, [SMITHSONIAN [sunburst] FOLKWAYS] and below on the left [SF 45010]. Below is the title of the album followed by the track list and time. At the bottom of [SIDE A], text reads, [LP recto, bottom, printed in white ink: All Songs traditional, arr. by Ella Jenkins / / River Bend Music, Inc., ASCAP, except as noted / ? 1989 SMITHSONIAN/FOLKWAYS]. [SIDE B] only has the copyright date and recorder, [? 1989 SMITHSONIAN/FOLKWAYS].
The jacket features an image of a blue stylistic bird with yellow, blue and white flowers on the bottom. The tile of the record is printed in large yellow print on top, [You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song]. The verso has a large image of Jenkins holding a guitar on the top left. Underneath is a list of songs on [SIDE A] and [SIDE B] of the LP. Below is text in black ink that reads, [Notes by Ella Jenkins / Photographs by Bernadelle Richter / Digitally remastered by Randy Kling at / Disc Mastering, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee. / Previous Folkways issue: FC 7664]. The middle column begins with the text in black ink, [ABOUT ELLA JENKINS]. Six paragraphs follow with a biography of Jenkins and her work. The following text block lists Jenkins additional work with Smithsonian/Folkways Records. The third column is a grey rectangle with black text that tells the history of [Smithsonian Folkways Records]. The logo for Smithsonian Folkways with a sunburst in a black circle follows in the right corner. Two lines of text at the bottom have the producer's and record's information that reads, [SMITHSONIAN/FOLKWAYS RECORDS ·OFFICE OF FOLKLIFE PROGRAMS ·955 L'ENFANT PLAZA, SUITE 2600 ·SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION ·WASHINGTON DC 20560 · ? © 1989 SMITHSONIAN/FOLKWAYS RECORDS / NATIONALLY DISTRIBUTED BY ROUNDER RECORDS ·ONE CAMP STREET ·CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02140. JACKET PRINTED IN CANADA.]. On the top left is a bar scan.
The informational insert is white with black text and black and white photographs. Bold text on the top of the front reads [YOU'LL SING A SONG AND I'LL SING A SONG / Ella Jenkins with members of the Urban Gateways Children's Chorus]. The first two and a half pages have images of musical instruments on the top, and the lyrics to the songs featured on the LP underneath. The right half of the third page has a large photograph of Jenkins with three children. Underneath, is a two column article [ABOUT ELLA JENKINS] and [SOME PERSONAL REFLECTIONS]. The second article continues onto the fourth, back page. The rest of the insert has [LETTERS] written by fans to Jenkins. A large photograph of children seated labeled, [Urban Gateways Children's Chorus], covers the top last page.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ella Jenkins
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Restrictions & Rights:
Audio recording © 1989 Smithsonian Folkways
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Data Source:
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