Author : Judy Gail Krasnow
"""Description:""My work with Hecky gave me some of the happiest moments in my career. He was a true gentleman and friend."" Rosemary Clooney""Hecky Krasnow took my career places I never dreamed it would go."" Gene Autry""Hecky understood children and knew how to write material that truly tapped into their imaginations and met their needs."" Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo)""The man was a genius, and I was honored to work with him."" Art Carney""Since meeting Hecky, I have forgotten my ABCs and learned my RSTsRudolph, Santa, and Thank You."" Johnny Marks, composer of ""Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer""""To Hecky, whose gentle hand leadeth the singer in paths proper, progressive, and prosperous."" Burl Ives""Without the alliance of Hecky, we would never have made it."" Chad Mitchell (Chad Mitchell Trio)""Hecky was the very best in the field."" Mitch Miller, producer and band leaderChildhood memories and well-researched facts are combined in this memoir by the daughter of Hecky Krasnow, the Columbia Records producer of such classic children's songs as ""Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, ""Frosty the Snowman,"" ""The Captain Kangaroo March,"" ""The Ballad of Davy Crockett,"" and ""Smokey the Bear."" Set against the dramatic backdrop of McCarthyism, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the birth of television and rock 'n' roll, this book explores the life of a progressive musical genius and details the fascinating children's entertainment industry, one of the biggest businesses of the mid-20th century. It is rich in never-before-told anecdotes about Hecky's work and friendships with celebrities including Gene Autry, Rosemary Clooney, Burl Ives, Art Carney, Captain Kangaroo, and Nina Simone. The book shows how television and rock 'n' roll forever altered how we view children and, therefore, what we offer them as entertainment."""