Baby Beluga

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Baby Beluga
Raffi - Baby Beluga cover art.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 10, 1980
RecordedApril 1980
GenreChildren's music
Length35:09
LabelShoreline/Troubadour, A&M (Original U.S. Distributor), MCA (Second U.S. Distributor) Rounder Records (Third and Current U.S. Distributor)
ProducerRaffi,
Ken Whiteley
Raffi chronology
Corner Grocery Store
(1979)
Baby Beluga
(1980)
Rise and Shine
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Baby Beluga is a children's music album and the title song by children's entertainer Raffi, released in 1980.

The album begins with the sounds of whales communicating and includes compositions that create pictures of the ocean, and whales at play. An illustrated sing-along book was also published and sold separately as a companion to the first track.

During the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1993, the song was sung and a blue screen featured blue belugas swimming.

On April 18, 2011, Raffi published a video that included an updated verse encouraging young people to vote in the 2011 Canadian federal election.

Other performances[edit]

In the original 1993 release of the "Raffi on Broadway" concert video, Raffi imitated Bob Dylan's singing style.

The Wiggles sang this song on their Wake up Jeff CD and Wiggledance! (Live in Concert) video, as part of a Henry the Octopus song.

"Baby Beluga" was Michelle Tanner's favorite song on Full House, as shown in the season-three episode "Just Say No Way."

Billy Gilman performed "Baby Beluga" on the 2001 tribute album Country Goes Raffi.

In October 2004, Pearl Jam's lead singer Eddie Vedder performed the first verse and chorus of "Baby Beluga" at the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA. He dedicated it to a young boy at the school who claimed it was his favourite song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Baby Beluga" – 2:42
  2. "Biscuits in the Oven" – 2:26
  3. "Oats and Beans and Barley" – 1:27
  4. "Day-O" – 3:01
  5. "Thanks A Lot" – 2:28
  6. "To Everyone in All the World" (Traditional) – 1:46
  7. "All I Really Need" – 3:46
  8. "Over in the Meadow" – 2:18
  9. "This Old Man" (Traditional) – 2:25
  10. "Water Dance" – 1:55
  11. "Kumbaya" – 2:23
  12. "Joshua Giraffe" – 6:05
  13. "Morningtown Ride" (Malvina Reynolds) – 2:24

Personnel[edit]

Raffi - Lead vocals, guitar, bells, producer, arranger, mixer

Ken Whiteley - Guitars, vocals, banjos, bass, accordion, mandolin, organ, piano, percussion, ukulele, mixer, producer

Chris Whiteley - Trumpet, harmonica

Dennis Pendrith - Bass, vocals

Bucky Berger - Drums

Bruce Pennycook - Clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

Dick Smith - Drums, percussion

Patrick Godfrey - Piano, vocals

Mike Gardner - Bass

Grit Laskin - Accordion, concertina, dulcimer, mandolin, penny whistle

Daniel Lanois - Mixer, engineer

Children's chorus: Jenny Whiteley, Dan Whiteley, Elizabeth Macay, Chris Thompson

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