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Walt Disney Presents Professer Ludwig Von Drake - TV - Childrens - Rare 7" 45 - EP
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Walt Disney Presents Ludwig Von Drake

1961
45 RPM single

Record has light scuffs
cover has some creasing and ringwear on back
Disneyland Records
DBR-34


Side A

I`m Ludwig Von Drake

Green with Envy Blues


Side B

Spectrum Song

It Gets You





This is slightly different recording of "The Spectrum Song" and was issued in 1961 on as a 45 RPM single on Disneyland Records (DBR-34), again with vocals by Paul Frees as Von Drake.

Spectrum Song" was written by the Sherman Brothers in 1961 under assignment from Walt Disney to be a signature song for the fictional character Ludwig Von Drake.
Nominally about different colors in the spectrum, the song's lyrics initially consist of the repeated color names red, yellow, green and blue, but soon veer wildly off into ultramarine and plaid.


The song was introduced in the cartoon segment An Adventure in Color, which first aired on September 24, 1961 as part of the first-ever NBC episode of the newly-renamed TV program, The Wonderful World of Color.
The episode also introduced the Von Drake character.
The cartoon tied in with a live action segment about color television and, like the song itself, was part of Disney's wider plan to promote the program in its new color format.

The NBC premiere also introduced another song by the Sherman Brothers, "Wonderful World of Color (Main Title)". The Shermans had joined the Disney staff that same year (1961), having previously contributed music for Zorro and other Disney projects on a freelance basis.



Walt Disney and Ludwig Von Drake contemplate color
The song itself, sung by voice actor Paul Frees as Von Drake, was about different colors and color blending, and did not directly mention television.

It did, however, quote from the lyrics of an earlier Disney song, "Lavender Blue".
After Von Drake is flummoxed by all the colors toward the end of the song, he says, "Whatever happened to just plain old 'Lavender Blue, dilly dilly,' dilly dilly... silly?"

The opening stanza of "The Spectrum Song" tied each color to a specific note in a major scale, similar to the color coding of a toy xylophone. Thus, the word "red" corresponded to the tonic, or octave note (Do), yellow was the major third or mediant note (Mi), green was the perfect fifth or dominant note (So), and so on. The first four notes of the song thus formed a major chord, do-mi-so-do (red-yellow-green-red), a playful variant on the exercise of singing scales, similar to the Rodgers and Hammerstein song "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music. The Shermans thus compare colors to musical notes, stating in the lyric that "Color has its harmony



Ludwig Von Drake - The Spectrum Song

HA HA HA. Did you hear that note? HA HA. It came out good. HA HA." -- That has got to be the best Ludwig Von Drake quote ever



Ludwig Von Drake - I`m Ludwig Von Drake

(it was on of the girls iPods.)

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 14 May, 2011.

 
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