Pompano Beach, FL (PRWEB) February 10, 2006
"Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers" has won a Grammy Award, the first time Fred Rogers has been so honored for his songwriting.
More information is at http://www.songsfromtheneighborhood.com.
The starry musical tribute to the amazing songwriting talents of Mister Fred Rogers features an audio CD and “making of” music DVD featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with all of the artists. The Grammy win was in Category 18: Best Musical Album for Children, announced at the pre-telecast awards ceremonies at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8th. All of the award-winners are listed at http://www.grammy.com.
"Songs from the Neighborhood" producer Dennis Scott was thrilled with the recognition from the Recording Academy. He says, “I’m so glad that Fred’s music is getting the recognition it deserves and that all of the effort that went into creating this tribute has been so rewarded. Even if we hadn’t been honored, it’s enough for me to know that the Rogers family and his non-profit organization are so supportive.”
Scott’s six year old son promised his dad that he’d make a Grammy award for him even if he didn’t win. “Now, I guess he’ll have to sculpt an Oscar for me,” he quips.
Joanne Rogers, Fred's wife, commented, “I love every song on this recording, and it’s heartwarming to me that those who worked so hard to present this tribute to Fred have been deservedly honored by their peers in the Grammy organization!” Rogers wrote all of the songs for his television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
Twelve top artists - who together have earned more than 70 Grammy and Dove Awards – translated their love for Mister Rogers by recording all-new arrangements of his songs. The artists include Amy Grant, BJ Thomas, Bobby Caldwell, CeCe Winans, Crystal Gayle, Donna Summer, John Pizzarelli, Jon Secada, Maureen McGovern, Ricky Skaggs, Roberta Flack, and introducing, Toni Rose. Dennis Scott, himself a Grammy Award recipient, produced the album with styles ranging from pop rock to jazz and bluegrass. The entire ensemble joins together for the last track, “Thank You for Being You,” an original song by Dennis Scott.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of "Songs from the Neighborhood" will be donated to the non-profit Fred Rogers Fund, at Family Communications, Inc. (http://www.fci.org). The CD was released last fall by Memory Lane Syndication, Inc., of Margate, Florida.
Two years after his passing, Fred Rogers remains an American icon. His pioneering television show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” is still broadcast to millions of homes each day on most PBS-TV affiliates. The third most requested item by visitors at the Smithsonian Institution is Mister Rogers’ red sweater, hand-knitted by his mom. His show is still the longest-running program on PBS television. Children everywhere continue to smile when they hear Fred sing, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Fred Rogers’ birthday is March 20th.
The national retail release features a dual disc digi-pak including an audio CD and DVD, which is available at retail for a suggested price of $17.98. A special Collector's Edition, with full lyrics and extensive liner notes, is also available at the website. The CD is now available at Target and other retailers nationwide. Song lyrics, sound samples and artist information are available at http://www.songsfromtheneighborhood.com.
About Memory Lane Syndication
Memory Lane Syndication, Inc. is an operating division of MediaNet Group Technologies, based in Margate, Florida. It also owns the 103 color episodes of Howdy Doody from the ‘70’s. MediaNet Group Technologies, Inc. MediaNet (OTCBB:MEDG) encompasses an integrated group of operating divisions that revolve around the many aspects of media and technology including software, web portal programs, branded rewards programs, television and video production and intellectual properties. BSP, as an operating division of MediaNet, builds private branded loyalty/reward programs for web merchants, retail merchants, organizations and companies. The BSP program is branded for each participating company and organization utilizing BSP’s proprietary Web applications. Visit http://www.medianetgroup.com, http://www.memorylanesyndication.com and http://www.songsfromtheneighborhood.com for more information.
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Editor's Note: Dennis Scott and Joanne Rogers are available for interviews. Photos and CDs are available for review.