Scotty MacGregor

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One of the most nonconforming children's artists ever to get national airplay, Scotty MacGregor stayed true to his own vision for six decades. Although better known as a pop songwriter and radio producer, MacGregor also created unusual songs for children that still have relevance today.

MacGregor grew up in the Philadelphia area, and it was there that he did his first performing, as a disc jockey, recording engineer, and singer/guitarist. MacGregor played Scottish, folk, and novelty songs, with an occasional children's song thrown in. After setting up a radio station in Daytona, FL for Army Special Services, MacGregor returned to help with the birth of television in New York City. He was the master of ceremonies and performer on a children's program called Scrapbook.

About this time, MacGregor produced about 200 novelty records, such as A Record from the Easter Bunny. The recordings were produced on cardboard acetate and sold through the Woolworth variety store chain for 25 cents apiece. MacGregor joined ASCAP and composed numerous pop ballads as well, recorded by Rosemary Clooney, the Four Aces, Teddy Wilson, and others.

In the early '70s, MacGregor created three albums. The simple guitar and voice recordings were outshone by the wacky lyrics within. Volume One, called Folk Songs for Kiddies, had a note on the back that said "This record was produced by Martin Braunstein because of a firm belief that it unquestionably could become the most precious album in any collection." With songs like "Sneezy the Polar Bear" and "Big Storm in a Bathtub," the album was nothing like the saccharine productions of the major labels. Volume Two, Tops in Pops for Kiddies, contained such gems as "Three Jolly Apes," about primates who create a nut famine, and "Old Fat Froggie," who bounces apples off the heads of kids. The third volume, Command Performance for Kiddies, contained another dozen original songs, including "There's No Room in the Toy Box Anymore" and "Don't Shoot Those Guns Anymore." MacGregor's strong feelings about commercialism and violence in regard to children were gently stressed through his songs. From his point of view, "Looked at from the perspective of the younger generation, the world around them bears little resemblance to Disneyland."

Although not widely distributed, the three volumes still received airplay nationally on public radio stations. In later years, MacGregor worked to re-release these albums (as well as many of his singles) on cassette, and kept track of a large collection of classic children's albums.
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Scotty MacGregor Discography Tracks

Albums

J-1011 Scotty MacGregor - Mary Had A Little Lamb album art Scotty MacGregor Mary Had A Little Lamb(10", Album) Junior (8) J-1011 US 1950 Sell This Version
P12-80 Scotty MacGregor One Hour Of Nursery Rhymes And Children's Stories(12", Album, Mono) Plymouth P12-80 US 1955 Sell This Version
J-1012 Scotty MacGregor - London Bridge Is Falling Down album art Scotty MacGregor London Bridge Is Falling Down(10", Album) Junior (8) J-1012 US Unknown Sell This Version
T-100 Scotty MacGregor - Folk Songs For Kiddies album art Scotty MacGregor Folk Songs For Kiddies(LP, Album) Tram Records T-100 US Unknown Sell This Version
T-101 Scotty MacGregor Tops In "Pops" For Kiddies!! Volume Two(LP, Mono) Tram Record Co., Inc. T-101 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7-2 Scotty MacGregor - The Animals Went To The Park album art Scotty MacGregor / Max Rich Scotty MacGregor / Max Rich - The Animals Went To The Park(7") Storytime (2) 7-2 US 1945 Sell This Version
Record 7 Scotty MacGregor - Time To Get Up album art Scotty MacGregor Time To Get Up(7", Single) Little Chip Record 7 US 1963 Sell This Version
REP-103 Scotty MacGregor - Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp album art Scotty MacGregor Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp(7", Single, Red) Remington REP-103 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-57 Scotty MacGregor - Peter Rabbit album art Scotty MacGregor Peter Rabbit(10") Junior (8), Remington Children's Series J-57 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-101 Scotty MacGregor - The Circus Elephant album art Scotty MacGregor The Circus Elephant(10") Junior (8) J-101 US Unknown Sell This Version
Not On Label Scotty MacGregor - A Record From The Easter Bunny album art Scotty MacGregor A Record From The Easter Bunny(Flexi, 7", Shape, Pic) Phonograph Records, Inc. (3) Not On Label US Unknown Sell This Version
J-109 Scotty MacGregor - Bon Bon Street album art Scotty MacGregor Bon Bon Street(10") Junior (8) J-109 US Unknown Sell This Version
No. 205 Scotty MacGregor - Edna In Bunnytown album art Scotty Macgregor & Cynthia Stone Scotty Macgregor & Cynthia Stone - Edna In Bunnytown(10") Continental (6) No. 205 US Unknown Sell This Version
1099 Scotty MacGregor - Something's Gotta Give / Barbara Barbara Barbara album art Three Belles*, Jimmy Carroll And Orchestra* / Jimmy Carroll & Orch.* With Scotty MacGregor Three Belles*, Jimmy Carroll And Orchestra* / Jimmy Carroll & Orch.* With Scotty MacGregor - Something's Gotta Give / Barbara Barbara Barbara(7") Bell Records 1099 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-53 Scotty MacGregor - Little Red Riding Hood album art Scotty MacGregor Little Red Riding Hood(10") Junior (8) J-53 US Unknown Sell This Version
REP-91 Scotty MacGregor - The Tale Of Sleeping Beauty album art Scotty MacGregor The Tale Of Sleeping Beauty(7", EP) Remington REP-91 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-107 Scotty MacGregor - The Animal Parade album art Scotty MacGregor The Animal Parade(10") Junior (8) J-107 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-51 Scotty MacGregor - Cinderella album art Scotty MacGregor Cinderella(10") Junior (8) J-51 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-111 Scotty MacGregor - Did You Ever See A Lassie album art Scotty MacGregor Did You Ever See A Lassie(10") Junior (8) J-111 US Unknown Sell This Version
K-11 Scotty MacGregor - Why The Giraffe Laughed album art Scotty MacGregor Why The Giraffe Laughed(7", EP) Junior (8) K-11 US Unknown Sell This Version
REP-96 Scotty MacGregor - Peter Rabbit album art Scotty MacGregor Peter Rabbit(7", Single) Remington REP-96 US Unknown Sell This Version
J-110 Scotty MacGregor - The Train Ride album art Scotty MacGregor The Train Ride(10") Junior (8) J-110 US Unknown Sell This Version
Not On Label Scotty MacGregor A Record From Santa Claus(Flexi, 7", Shape, Pic) Phonograph Records, Inc. (3) Not On Label US Unknown Sell This Version
C-45-511 Scotty MacGregor - Oh Susanna album art Scotty MacGregor With Melody Mac Scotty MacGregor With Melody Mac - Oh Susanna(7") Continental (6) C-45-511 US Unknown Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

Zoo-Zoo Songs 3 Scotty MacGregor - The Fox And The Friends / The Ding Dong Song album art Scotty Macgregor The Fox And The Friends / The Ding Dong Song(Flexi, 5", Shape, Card, Pic) Musette Records Zoo-Zoo Songs 3 US 1947 Sell This Version

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