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King Friday XIII Celebrates (Album)

Artist: Fred Rogers
Date: 1964
Format: LP
Label: Small World Records
Catalog: 71048
Purchase/Stream: Amazon



Television audiences all over the United States and Canada will recognize Misterogers and his Neighborhood of Make-Believe. King Friday XIII is the pompous monarch who celebrates his birthday each time:

"The day of the week is Friday
And the day of the month thirteen..."

The story on this record tells about one of King Friday's birthdays and how Daniel S. Tiger, X the Owl, Henrietta Pussycat and some of his other neighbors helped the king to celebrate.

Fred Rogers is the creative artist who writes the stories and the songs and lends his voice to all the little people of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. He and his puppet creations have communicated with children and their families on three of North America's major television networks. Currently producing for National Educational Television, Mr. Rogers is a graduate of Rollins College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where he is a visiting lecturer in children's work. He also acts as consultant at the Arsenal Child Study Center, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute (University of Pittsburgh). He is also Director of Children's Work for Pittsburgh Presbytery's United Oakland Ministry. Mr. Rogers insists that close personal work and play with children is the most valuable preparation in creating for the young -- and the young at heart.

John Reardon, King Friday's Royal Messenger, is one of the leading baritones of the Metropolitan Opera Company. At the age of 23, he sang his first major role with the New York City Center Opera Company and since then has performed in musical productions throughout the world. Mr. Reardon has recorded for Columbia Records, Decca, and RCA Victor.

Track List

Side 1

  1. Misterogers' Invitation [Fred Rogers] 1:21
  2. I Like You As You Are [Josie Carey, Fred Rogers] 2:35
  3. Then You Heart Is Full of Love [Josie Carey, Fred Rogers] 2:55
  4. Looking For a Friend [Josie Carey, Fred Rogers] 1:50
  5. Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow Beautiful [Fred Rogers] 2:05
  6. Today is New [Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne, John Reardon, Fred Rogers] 2:56
  7. Creation Duet [Josey Carey, Fred Rogers] 2:45

Side 2

  1. Find a Star [Josie Carey, Fred Rogers] 2:55
  2. You've Got to Learn Your Trade [Fred Rogers] 1:46
  3. Prosperous Interval of Time [Fred Rogers] :44
  4. Kingly Gifts [Fred Rogers] 2:45
  5. It's Good to Talk [Fred Rogers] 2:05
  6. Three Rodents With Defective Eyesight [Anon.] 1:01
  7. Propel, Propel, Propel Your Craft [Anon.] :41
  8. Tomorrow [Josey Carey, Fred Rogers] 1:24
  9. Goodnight God [Josey Carey, Fred Rogers] 2:31


Complete title is "King Friday XIII Celebrates in Misterogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe."

In the late 1970s, consideration was given to an animated special based on this album.

Appearing On This Album


Arranged and Conducted by: Noel Regney
Produced by: Clifford Snyder
Written by: Fred Rogers
Songs by Fred Rogers and Josey Carey [A.S.C.A.P.]
Cover Design by: Ernest A. Coombs
Misterogers photograph by: Jack Weinhold
Mr. Reardon's photograph by: James C. Smith, Jr.

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