'Stewpot's' Junior Choice

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Records for children

Once upon a time, small children used to listen to the radio, and the DJ who got the job of playing the children's favourites on BBC Radio 2 was Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart

This started off as a conversation thread on Askh2g2 (Doctor Who fans sharing memories topic drift) but the songs are worthy of their own entry so here they all are for your delectation:

  • 3 blind mice
  • Albert and the Lion
  • All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
  • Any Old Iron
  • Bangers and Mash
  • Banana Boat Song
  • Bear Necessaties
  • Big Bad John
  • Casey Jones
  • Chopsticks
  • (The) Clapping Song
  • Cockles and muscles?? Alive-alive-ooooooooh
  • Consider Yourself (one of us) [from Oliver Twist]
  • Daddy's taking us to the zoo tomorrow
  • (Ballad of) Davy Crockett
  • Delaney had a donkey that everyone admired
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • Don't Jump off the Roof Dad
  • Fings ain't wot they used t'be
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • smiley - snowman
  • Georgy Girl
  • Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen by the sea-ee-ee-ee-ee-ee
  • (the) Gnu song
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Goodness gracious me
  • Grand Old Duke of York
  • Grandad
  • Grandma's Feather Bed
  • Half a Sixpence
  • Hallowe'en
  • Hi-ho! It's off to work we go
  • (the) Hippopotamus song
  • Hole in the ground
  • How Much is that Doggy in the Window?
  • smiley - dog
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Hushaby Mountain
  • I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch
  • I'm a pink toothbrush, you're a blue toothbrush
  • I'm Henry the Eighth I am
  • I know an old woman who swallowed a fly
  • I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
  • I tawt I taw a Puddy Tat (a cweeping up on me)
  • I want my Mommy (wah-ah)
  • Inchworm, inchworm, (measuring the marigold...)
  • Jennifer Eccles
  • Jennifer Juniper
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Juliet
  • King of the Swingers
  • (The) Laughing Policeman
  • (The) Lion Sleeps Tonight (wimoweh)
  • Little White Bull
  • Marina (Aqua Marina) [Theme from Stingray]
  • Mexican Hat Dance
  • Mr Sandman
  • My Boomerang Won't Come Back
  • My Boy Lollipop
  • My Bruvver
  • My Favourite Things
  • My Old Man's A Dustman
  • Nellie the Elephant
  • Nobody's Child
  • Once a jolly swagman
  • Old King Cole
  • Old Shep
  • (Somewhere)Over the Rainbow
  • smiley - rainbow
  • Paddy McGinty's Goat
  • Pinky and Perky singing Beatles songs (or was it The Chipmunks?)
  • Puff the magic dragon
  • smiley - dragon
  • Puppy Love
  • Purple People Eater
  • Rudolph, the red-nosed Reindeer
  • Runaway Train
  • Scarlet Ribbons
  • She'll be coming round the mountains when she comes
  • Some Day My Prince Will Come
  • Sparkey's Magic Piano
  • Speedy Gonzalez
  • Strawberry Fayre
  • Sun Arise
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Ten Green Bottles
  • Ten in the bed (and the little one said: "Roll over")
  • The Hokey Cokey
  • The King's new clothes
  • The 12 Days of Christmas
  • (as recorded by the Chipmunks)
  • The Witch Doctor
  • Theme from FireballXL5
  • Theme from Robin Hood
  • Theme from Thunderbirds
  • There's a hole in my bucket (dear Liza)
  • There's no-one quite like Grandma
  • There was a crooked man
  • There was an old woman
  • They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Thumbelina
  • Tie me kangaroo down, sport
  • Tiptoe through the tulips
  • Tubby the Tuba
  • Tulips from Amsterdam
  • smiley - antsmiley - spiderUgly Bug Ballsmiley - orangebutterflysmiley - bluebutterfly
  • Unicorn song
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • What are little girls made of? (Sugar and spice and all things nice)
  • Whatever will be, will be (Que Sera Sera)
  • When you wish upon a star
  • smiley - star
  • Whistle while you work
  • smiley - whistle
  • Wind me up, let me go (little toy soldier)
  • Windmill in Old Amsterdam (I saw a smiley - mousesmiley - esuom)
  • Zip-a-dee-doo-dah

Going Even Further Back

The precursor to Junior Choice was 'Children's Favourites'. Introduced by Derek McCulloch, always affectionately known as Uncle Mac, the programme invariably started with the words 'Hello Children... Everywhere!'. Derek was heavily involved in all forms of media for children and, apart from being in charge of 'Children's Hour' which broadcast a mix of everything from talks, plays, drama and history serials1, he also authored a delightful series of Ladybird books.

Many of the requests are already mentioned above but for those who want even more nostalgia here are some more favourites from the 50s and 60s. Many have been re-released on cd. For more information visit Sterling Times.

  • A Four Legged Friend - Roy Rogers
  • Animals Went In Two-by-Two
  • Barney the Bashful Bullfrog - Gene Autry
  • Bee Song - Arthur Askey
  • Beep Beep (The Bubble Car Song) - The Playmates
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain - Burl Ives
  • Bimbo2 - Suzi Miller
  • Buffalo Billy (Cowboys and Indians) - Roy Rogers
  • Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
  • Carbon the Copy Cat - Tex Ritter
  • Children's Marching Song (Nick Nack Paddy Whack)
  • Christmas Alphabet - The McGuire Sisters
  • Deadwood Stage - Doris Day
  • Grandfather's Clock
  • Happy Wanderer - The Obenkirchen Children's Choir
  • Hey Little Hen - Harry Roy
  • Hey Round the Corner - Lita Rosa
  • Little Boy Fishing - Shirley Abicair3
  • Little Red Monkey - Rosemary Clooney
  • Little White Duck - Danny Kaye
  • Mairzy doats and dozy doats - Johnny Dennis
  • Me and My Teddy Bear - Rosemary Clooney
  • Michael Row the Boat Ashore - The New Christy Minstrels
  • Mommy, Gimme a Drinka Water - Danny Kaye
  • Old Macdonald had a Farm
  • Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie - Guy Mitchell
  • Poppa Piccolino - Petula Clark
  • Ragtime Cowboy Joe - The Chipmunks
  • Swedish Rhapsody - Mantovani and his Orchestra
  • Teddy Bear's Picnic - Henry Hall
  • The Owl and The Pussycat - Elton Hayes
  • This Ol' House - Rosemary Clooney
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff - Frank Luther
  • Three Little Fishes - Frankie Howerd4
  • Three Wheels on My Wagon - The New Christy Minstrels
  • Twenty Tiny Fingers - Alma Cogan
  • Ugly Duckling - Danny Kaye
  • Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf - Henry Hall and his Orchestra
  • When you come to the end of a lollipop - Max Bygraves
  • Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen - Danny Kaye
  • Yellow Rose of Texas - Stan Freburg

Contributing Researchers

Galaxy Babe
Trillian's Child
Lady in a tree

and Reefgirl's Mum

and Andrew Mears

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1Not forgetting 'Jennings at School' and 'Toy Town'.2It didn't have the same meaning way back then!3The girl with the zither.4'And they swam and they swam right over the dam.'

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