On April 23, Lois Lilienstein—of Sharon, Lois & Bram fame—died at the age of 78. The three performers brought joy to scores of Canadian children with their catchy songs and un-self-conscious dancing, best known perhaps for such lilting, classic kids’ songs as Skinnamarink and Fish and Chips and Vinegar, and have remained beloved institutions in the country. With more than 40 albums and more than 50 TV specials, they’ve had parks named after them and have become national ambassadors for UNICEF. And they weren’t alone: they were part of a golden age of Canadian children’s entertainment, including such acts as Eric Nagler and Fred Penner.
So to tell us about his memories of Lois, we rang rang rang up Mr. Bananaphone himself, the Canadian entertainer Raffi, to talk about Lilienstein’s legacy.
Here is a link to Lois’s review of Raffi’s debut Singable Songs, as he mentions in the interview above.
Here is our profile of the trio from a 1988 issue of Maclean’s.