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Here is where you’ll find out about those little known and interesting tidbits related to Disney songs and recordings. Check back often to find out something new!
The It's a Small World attraction, "the happiest cruise that ever sailed," at Walt Disney World contains 289 dolls. The WDW publicity does not specifically list countries; however, this fun-filled attraction is divided into areas of the world, such as North America,...read more
There were a total of seventy-five Silly Symphonies released. These releases ranges from The Skeleton Dance in 1929 to The Ugly Duckling in 1939. Used by Walt Disney to give his animators practice so they could eventually turn their skills to making animated feature...read more
In the brilliantly produced musical masterpiece Fantasia, the sorcerer's name is Yensid, which is "Disney" spelled backward. The name first appeared in Fantasia books beginning in 1940, but the name is not listed anywhere in the movie itself. Walt later used the...read more
Appropriately, Walt Disney's voice was the first one heard on the first non-soundtrack record produced and distributed entirely by the in-house record company bearing his name. Titled Walt Disney Takes You to Disney, it is a gatefold album that opens up to reveal a...read more
Disneyland Record's first soundtrack album from a Disney live-action film was Westward Ho! the Wagons, starring Fess Parker and several Mouseketeers at the height of their popularity. In-studio buzz for the film was not at first particularly great – even Walt Disney...read more
Because the Mickey Mouse Club show was still being cast while the records were being made, few of the actual Mouseketeers appeared on the first recordings. One of them was Lonnie Burr, whose chance encounter with the recording session changed his young career. He met...read more
The 45-rpm record of "Never Smile at a Crocodile," as sung by Jerry Lewis, was released by Capitol Records in 1953. "Following the Leader" was on the flip side. While "Never Smile at a Crocodile" was written for Peter Pan, it is not sung in the film—there are only...read more
After serving as a Red Cross ambulance driver in France at the end of World War I, the seventeen-year-old [Walt] Disney returned to Kansas City and began working as a commercial artist. During this period he met Ub Iwerks, who later became Disney's first animator, and...read more
The Mickey Mouse Club was set to begin airing in 1955. Yet, even before "M-i-c-k-e-y" was being spelled out on home TV sets, merchandising was in full swing, with 78- and 45-rpm phonograph records figured into the plan. Eight different "Official Mickey Mouse Club...read more
The first recording of "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" featured Fess Parker on guitar and George Bruns on bass as well as local musician Gino Quinn, who sang a verse on some versions. This "group" is listed on some labels as The Frontiersmen. [Mouse Tracks: The Story of...read more