Hoyt Curtin

Songs of the Flintstones

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Children's records go back at least to the 1930s, and there have been successful tie-ins for them with television going back to Capitol's postwar Bozo the Clown releases and the NBC/ABC series Rootie Kazootie (spawned by an RCA record executive, Steve Carlin). But for a lot of baby-boomers, the first record we ever owned was Songs of the Flintstones, a 1961 release (both LP and a pair of EPs) containing eight songs written and produced by Hoyt Curtin (who did the music for the series) and sung by Alan Reed, Mel Blanc, Jean Vander Pyl, and Bea Benaderet, who did the voices of the four principal characters on the show. Curtin does try to structure his orchestrations and accompaniments to match some of the material from the actual program -- the performances are fun, and very much in character, but a little strained, as the cartoon characters and settings don't necessarily transfer well to the musical idiom. Not that too many kids noticed that -- this was a chance to enjoy the Flintstones during those six days a week when the show wasn't on the air,in those way pre-, pre-VCR days. The best songs are "Dino the Dino" and "Bowling Alley Blues." This material has been reissued on CD by Rhino Records, and most recently in late 2004 appeared as a bonus feature on The Flintstones Season Two DVD set from Warner Home Video.