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Raffi (Children's)

Children's music was revolutionized by the recordings of Egypt-born and British Columbia-based singer/songwriter Raffi. Although he launched his musical career as a Dylan and Joni Mitchell-inspired singer/songwriter, Raffi had his greatest success when he directed his performances and recordings to youngsters during the '80s. Raffi's albums of children's music have sold more than eight million copies worldwide and have led to him being called, "The Bruce Springsteen of the younger set".

The son of a well-known portrait photographer and amateur accordion player, Raffi's earliest dreams were of teaching history. Inspired by the popularity of American folk music, Raffi acquired a guitar while in high school. Although he attended the University of Toronto for a couple of years, he dropped out to pursue a full-time career in music. After sharpening his skills in Toronto's folk music clubs and coffeehouses, Raffi turned to children's music at the suggestion of his mother-in-law, who requested that he write and record songs for youngsters at the pre-school she ran. Taught songs by his wife, Debi Pike, a kindergarten teacher, Raffi produced a tape that was so strong that copies were requested by other schools. Borrowing four thousand dollars from a local bank, Raffi recorded his debut album, Singable Songs for the Very Young, in a small, basement recording studio. Although it sold well, the album became a major success only after being up for distribution by A&M.

Raffi continued to focus on children's music throughout the late '70s and '80s. Although he recorded an adult-oriented album, Love Light, in 1977, Raffi turned his total attention to the younger set the following year. In 1983, Raffi received the prestigious Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian award, for the work with children.

After taking a year off from performing in 1989, Raffi re-invented himself as an "eco-troubadour", performing songs about the environment for adults as well as youngsters upon his return. An album of ecologically minded songs, Evergreen Everblue, was released in 1990. In Februrary 1996, the Rounder record label announced that they had reached an agreement with Raffi to reissue his first 11 albums. The first release, The Singable Songs Collection, united Raffi's first three albums.

Raffi, whose music blends folk, reggae, ragtime, gospel, jazz, country, and calypso influences, has remained faithful to his non-commercial approach. Accompanied by the Rise and Shine Band, which features Dennis Pendrith (bass), Bucky Berger (drums), Nancy Walker (keyboards), and Mitch Lewis (guitar), Raffi has refused to play in theaters larger than 3,000 seats with ticket prices no more than $8.50. Although he's turned down all commercial endorsements, Raffi has allowed Crown Publishing to produce a series of illustrated books based on his best-known songs.

Raffi has produced two videotapes of his performances -- A Young Children's Concert with Raffi in 1985 and Raffi and the Rise and Shine Band in 1988. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fun Food Songs

1. Peanut Butter Sandwich

2. Brush Your Teeth

3. Five Little Pumpkins

4. Down By The Bay

5. Going On A Picnic

6. The Corner Grocery Store

7. Day O

8. Biscuits In The Oven

9. Oats & Beans & Barley Grow

10. Savez-Vous Planter Des Choux?

11. Apples & Bananas

12. Bananaphone

13. Naturally

14. Kitchen Sing Sing

15. Coconut

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Track List: One Light, One Sun

1. Time To Sing

2. Apples And Bananas

3. Take Me Out To The Ball Game

4. Octopus's Garden

5. Fais Dodo

6. In My Garden

7. Riding In An Airplane

8. Like Me And You

9. Down On Grandpa's Farm

10. The Bowling Song

11. Tingalayo

12. Somewhere In The World

13. Walk Outside

14. De Colores

15. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

16. One Light, One Sun

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Track List: Baby Beluga

1. Baby Beluga

2. Biscuits In The Oven

3. Oats And Beans And Barley

4. Day-O

5. Thanks A Lot

6. To Everyone In All The World

8. Over In The Meadow

7. All I Really Need

9. This Old Man

10. Water Dance

11. Kumbaya

12. Joshua Giraffe

13. Morningtown Ride

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Track List: The Corner Grocery Store

1. You'll Sing A Song

2. Pick A Bale O' Cotton

3. Frere Jacques

4. There Came A Girl From France

5. Cluck, Cluck, Red Hen

6. Boom Boom

7. Here Sits A Monkey

8. My Way Home

9. Les Zombis Et Les Loups-Garous

10. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

11. Anansi

12. The Corner Grocery Store

13. Jig Along Home

14. Popcorn

15. Y A Un Rat / Sur Le Pont D'Avignion

16. Going On A Picnic

17. Rock-A-Bye Baby

18. Goodnight, Irene

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Track List: More Singable Songs

1. Six Little Ducks

2. You Gotta Sing

3. Les Petites Marionettes

4. Sodeo

5. Oh Me Oh My

6. Junior Ragtime

7. Comin' Down The Chimney

8. Douglas Mountain

9. Listen To The Horses

10. Who Built The Ark?

11. Sambalele

12. Skin And Bones

13. Shake My Sillies Out

14. If I Had A Dinosaur

15. Workin' On The Railroad

16. New River Train

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Track List: Singable Songs For The Very Young

1. The More We Get Together

2. Down By The Bay

3. Brush Your Teeth

4. Robin In The Rain

5. Five Little Frogs

6. I Wonder If I'm Growing

7. Aiken Drum

8. Bumping Up And Down

9. Must Be Santa

10. Willoughby Wallaby Woo

11. Spider On The Floor

12. Baa Baa Black Sheep

13. Going To The Zoo

14. My Dreydel

15. Peanut Butter Sandwich

16. Five Little Pumpkins

17. The Sharing Song

18. Mr. Sun

19. Old Mc Donald Had A Band

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I really thank u for all ur songs. I have a little girl that loves to sing. May God continue to bless u.
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Love your music
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This version is much better than the one from the Wiggles.
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This is so cute song
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I love it a lot. ��
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Love banana phone!!!!!! I would like to eat the song, sounds delicious... . . . a n y w a y , love it!!!!!!
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Love the Raffi music!Keep Raffing it!!!!
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Raffi! Thank you for being you! -Nina 1 year old! ��
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If everyone's saying gross things then I'm in I'm poopy and I know it haha this is fun I think your dog peed in my tulips that's right I garden please leave the casserole dish eww pee and poop what did we do to them f*rts) did somebody f*rt hahahahaha well this is getting gross
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This is the best song ever I'm 15
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You suck Raffi!
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Nice nice songs
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This song stinks! Terrible raffi!
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