RESERVOIR RELEASES DIGITAL EDITION OF ‘BOB MCGRATH FROM SESAME STREET’
Reservoir announces the release of a remastered digital edition of Bob McGrath from Sesame Street by Bob McGrath, bringing this work to streaming platforms for the first time. The album, initially issued in 1970, is comprised of 10 tracks co-written and produced by Robert Allen.
Bob McGrath is renowned for his time on the widely popular educational series Sesame Street, where he played a human character Bob Johnson alongside the beloved muppets. He was one of the series longest-lasting human characters, appearing in episodes from 1969 to 2014 and continuing to feature in online videos for the series since then.
As a songwriter, composer, arranger and pianist, the late Robert Allen wrote the music for Bob McGrath from Sesame Street, also providing the album’s production. Allen is known for having written some of the most enduring songs in the Great American Songbook, including hits like “Chances Are” and “Moments To Remember,” popularized by Johnny Mathis and The Four Lads, respectively. Perhaps his best-known collaboration is the evergreen holiday season song, “(There’s No Place Like) Home for The Holidays,” which has been recorded by more than two dozen performers, including The Carpenters, Andy Williams, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Garth Brooks.
Upon its initial release in 1970, Bob McGrath from Sesame Street was praised by Billboard as “educational and entertaining for all ages,” with the outlet also lauding McGrath’s warmth and sensitivity. In August of that year, the album entered the Top LPs chart, where it stayed for eleven weeks, peaking at No. 126. Standout tracks from the album, which have been paired with dynamic lyric videos for the digital release, include “Groovin’ on the Sunshine,” an almost psychedelic classic featuring children singing along, as well as the sincere “Best Friend” and warm, feel good song “Good Good Morning Day.”
McGrath says, “I am so thrilled that these wonderful songs I recorded many years ago will once again be available to all my Sesame Street friends, young and old.”
Patty Allen, the wife of Robert Allen and executor of his estate adds, “Bob always said it’s the meaning of his music to others that’s most important, and he conveyed this in Bob McGrath From Sesame Street.”
Reservoir VP of A&R and Marketing David Hoffman also notes, “From the first conversation we ever had with Patty, it’s been a goal to re-master and re-introduce this special album to new generations of parents and children. I love the care and sincerity that went into this album.”
Listen to Bob McGrath From Sesame Street: