1981 Soundtrack – In Harmony

In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record and In Harmony 2 are two Grammy Award-winning compilation albums of children’s music performed by various artists, released in 1980 and 1982, respectively. Of the two albums, only the first album charted, reaching #156 on the Billboard 200. The Doobie Brothers’ cover of “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” was the only single release to chart, when it reached #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. A second single, Al Jarreau’s “One Good Turn”, failed to chart. The first album was released on Warner Bros. Records while the second one was released on Columbia Records.

Only the first album has a direct connection to the popular children’s series Sesame Street, as it includes a song performed by the characters Ernie and Cookie Monster, while no Muppet-related content appears on the second album. However, the second album’s credits state that a “royalty is being donated to the Children’s Television Workshop and various children’s charities” from its proceeds.

Each of the albums was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children, at the 23rd Annual Grammy Awards and 25th Annual Grammy Awards, respectively.

Bruce Springsteen’s performance of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”, which appears on the second album, was recorded live at C. W. Post College in Greenvale, New York on December 12, 1975. Springsteen’s rendition of the song has received radio airplay perennially at Christmastime for years; it has appeared on Billboard magazine’s Hot Singles Recurrents chart each year from 2002 to 2009 due to seasonal airplay. In Harmony 2 marks the first appearance of the recording on an album, although it was later released as the B-side of Springsteen’s single “My Hometown” in 1985 and has since been released on several other compilations.

Tracks

1  Nobody Knows But Me (Billy Joel) 2:54
2  Sunny Skies (James Taylor) 2:46
3  The Owl And The Pussycat (Edward Lear, Lucy Simon) 3:49
4  Reach Out And Touch (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) 4:21
5  Ginny The Flying Girl (Janis Ian) 3:46
6  Here Comes The Rainbow (Lucy Simon, Jacques Levy) 3:40
7  Splish Splash (Bobby Darin, Murray Kaufman) 4:17
8  Some Kitties Don’t Care (Kenny Loggins, Marty Paich) 4:03
9  Maryanne (Lucy Simon, Carly Simon) 3:10
10  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (J Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) 4:29

Media

Musicians

1 Nobody Knows But Me

BassDoug Stegmeyer
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarSteve Khan
Acoustic GuitarRussell Javors
PianoBilly Joel
HarmonicaBilly Joel
VocalsBilly Joel


2 Sunny Skies

BassRon Carter
Acoustic GuitarHugh McCracken
Acoustic GuitarJames Taylor
Fender RhodesRob Mounsey
PercussionErrol Bennett
Background VocalsSarah Maria
Background VocalsBen Taylor
VocalsJames Taylor


3 The Owl And The Pussycat

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsBuddy Williams
GuitarHugh McCracken
KeyboardsMac Rebennack
PercussionErrol Bennett
FluteCharlie Miller
FluteEdward Xiques
SaxRon Cuber
SaxEdward Xiques
TrumpetCharlie Miller
TromboneTom Malone
VocalsLou Rawls
VocalsDeniece Williams


4 Reach Out And Touch

BassBob Popwell
DrumsJR Robinson
Acoustic GuitarGeorge Doering
GuitarPaul Jackson
PianoJai Winding
Fender RhodesLarry Williams
Background VocalsSarah Gorham
Background VocalsAnnie Gwathmey
Background VocalsJeffrey Lefcourt
Background VocalsJames Levine
Background VocalsJulie Levine
Background VocalsSandy VanderZee
VocalsTeddy Pendergrass


5 Ginny The Flying Girl

BassJohn Crowder
DrumsArti Dixson
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
Acoustic GuitarArti Funaro
GuitarDan Ferguson
PianoJanis Ian
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsJanis Ian
Background VocalsJohn Crowder
Background VocalsArti Funaro
VocalsJanis Ian


6 Here Comes The Rainbow

BassJoe Allen
DrumsTony Newman
GuitarChris Leuzinger
PianoCharles Cochran
SynthesizerAlan Steinberger
Fender RhodesAlan Steinberger
PercussionErrol Bennett
Background VocalsCrystal Gayle
Background VocalsLucy Simon
VocalsCrystal Gayle

 

7 Splish Splash

BassNeil Jason
DrumsLiberty deVitto
GuitarDavid Brown
PianoMac Rebennack
Background VocalsDavid Brown
Background VocalsRobin Danar
Background VocalsLiberty deVitto
Background VocalsLarry Franke
Background VocalsMac Rebennack
VocalsMac Rebennack


8 Some Kitties Don’t Care

BassDavid Hungate
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Acoustic GuitarKenny Loggins
Acoustic GuitarSteve Lukather
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
PianoMarty Paich
Background VocalsJames Levine
Background VocalsJulie Levine
Background VocalsSarah Maria Taylor


9 Maryanne

BassRon Carter
Acoustic GuitarHugh McCracken
Acoustic GuitarJay Berliner
Fender RhodesRob Mounsey
PercussionErrol Bennett
HornGeorge Marge
VocalsCarly Simon
VocalsLucy Simon


10 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

BassGarry Tallent
DrumsMax Weinberg
GuitarSteve Van Zandt
GuitarBruce Springsteen
OrganDanny Federici
GlockenspielDanny Federici
SaxClarence Clemons
Background VocalsClarence Clemons
Background VocalsSteve Van Zandt
VocalsBruce Springsteen

Liner Notes

Producer – David Levine, Lucy Simon

Design – Paula Scher
Illustration – Seymour Chwast