UPS dropped off the CD of Sing A Song With Riddle yesterday. Slight dissapointment that there are no lead sheets. The original vinyl LP had them. Ah well, lyrics are easy to find on the Web. You can paste them into iTunes (version 5 or later) and they'll even show up in the new iPods.
But one bonus of the CD is a very knowledgeable 8-page set of liner notes by Will Friedwald, with background Hey Diddle Riddle, swing arrangements of nursery rhymes recorded in October 1959, a month after Sing A Song but never released until now. Riddle had dipped into the genre in 1953 for the instrumental Brother John (Frere Jacque) and would again in 1960, for Sinatra's Ol' Macdonald. Both were hits.
(Tags: Karaoke, Sing Along, Music, Nelson Riddle, Entertainment)