Hear Sun Ra, the Avant-Garde Jazz Legend, Play on a 1966 Batman and Robin Album for Kids

In the mid 1960s, when the Batman TV show was in full swing, a New Jersey toy company released a children’s record of Batman & Robin songs. Called The Sensational Guitars Of Dan & Dale, Batman & Robin, the album featured, as WFMU’s Beware of the Blog notes, “one of the greatest uncredited session combos of all time, including the core of Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Al Kooper’s Blues Project.” Anonymously, Sun Ra played on organ, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Tom McIntosh on trombone & Danny Kalb on guitar.

Other than the well-known Batman and Robin themes (above), the kid’s album was created around music that had fallen into the public domain–e.g. Chopin’s Polonaise Op. 53, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and the love theme from Romeo and Juliet. Over at WFMU, you can hear various tracks, including Batman’s BatmarangBatman and Robin Over The RoofsFlight of the BatmanThe Riddler’s RetreatJoker is WildPenguin’s Umbrella, and more. Enjoy.

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via WFMU

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