This past Friday was the 50th anniversary of a strange and wonderful tradition that could only exist in the 1960s. At the height of Beatlemania ABC released a cartoon series called TheBeatles that introduced the music of the Fab Four to an entire generation of young kids. Here is the very first episode. Click here to read the full Rolling Stones article about it.
What do the following nursery rhymes have in common: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, and The Alphabet Song? They all share the same tune! This famous tune is also used with several other German and Hungarian Christmas carols. So who composed this famous tune? Many people think it was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but that’s not true. The tune is actually an old French melody titled “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman” (“Shall I tell you, Mother?”) that first appeared without words in Les Amusements d’une Heure et Demy by M. Bouin in Paris in 1761. Mozart subsequently composed a set of 12 improvisations on “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman.”