REALLY ROSIE, Music by written and sung by Carole King, story by Maurice Sendak based on his books.
Perhaps because I was already a Carole King fan, and this came along at the moment when my kids were ready for it, this is one of my favorite all-time albums. (Yes they were still albums then). This was from an era when children's movies, TV shows, and music was scant.
REALLY ROSIE was a musical, a TV show, an album, but first of a series of books.
The musical is based on Sendak's books: Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, One was Johnny, Alligators All Around (which comprise The Nutshell Library: The Sign on Rosie's Door (1960). Sendak based the story on a theatrical little girl he knew as a child.
The story takes place on a summer day in the life of a group of several neighborhood friends, including
We knew all the songs from Really Rosie by heart. I still do.
Check out Scott Parker's blog for more forgotten music.