Alan Mills takes his place in history as a renowned Canadian folk artist, circa 1950-1960. Best known for writing the classic nursery rhyme, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” Mills saw a successful career that included CBC radio shows Folk Songs for Young Folk (1947-49), series The Song History of Canada and radio program Songs de Chez Nous (1952-55). RCA released his first notable recording in 1949. He also went on to record 20 albums with Folkways Records. The New York Times ranked two of his albums on their top 100 list: O Canada: A History in Song (1956) and Songs of the Sea (1957). Nursery rhyme “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” has seen numerous recordings by distinguished artists such as Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, and Peter, Paul and Mary.
You are listening to title song, “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” written by Alan Mills (with lyrics by Rose Bonne), performed by Emilie Clepper and Thomas Hellman.