The other day, when posting here the medley of Jim Henson's favorite songs, which were sung by Muppet performers at Henson's memorial, I mentioned two songs included that were based on poems by A.A. Milne. Both of them were put to music by Harold Fraser-Simson, and originally recorded on an album sung by Frank Luther. I mentioned that it had a long life as a very successful children’s album, and we had an old copy in our house.
I remember the album (and even these two songs, "Cottleston Pie" and "Halfway Down") with huge affection. For that matter, while I no longer have the album, I still do have well-read copies of both When We Were Very Young (from which "Halfway Down" comes) and also Milne’s other poetry collection, Now We are Six, as well as the two Pooh books, of which "Cottleston Pie" is in the original. But though I no longer have the record, happily many of the selections from it have been posted online.
The album is Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin: Children Stories and Songs, performed by Frank Luther back in 1948. It's possible that my parents got it several years later for my older brother when he was old enough to appreciate such things, and so was still in the house when I came around later, though my sense is it may have been bought new in a subsequent re-release. In any regard, here is a medley of several songs from it, the first two of which I remember with great fondness.
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