Baby Beluga is a children's music album by children's entertainer Raffi, released in 1980. The title track was inspired by Kavna, a Beluga whale that Raffi saw at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, BC, and is considered by many to be his greatest hit.
|Studio album by Raffi|
|Released||July 10, 1980|
|Label||Shoreline/Troubadour, A&M (Original U.S. Distributor), MCA (Second U.S. Distributor) Rounder Records (Third and Current U.S. Distributor)|
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.
Children who grew up listening to Raffi's songs are referred to as "Beluga Graduates", or "Beluga Grads", after the title song.
In the original 1993 release of the "Raffi on Broadway" concert video, Raffi acted Bob Dylan's cover version of the song.
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.
On August 7, 2012, the whale that inspired Raffi to make the song, Kavna, died at age 46 in Vancouver.
- "Baby Beluga" – 2:42
- "Biscuits in the Oven" – 2:26
- "Oats and Beans and Barley" – 1:27
- "Day-O" – 3:01
- "Thanks A Lot" – 2:28
- "To Everyone in All the World" (Traditional) – 1:46
- "All I Really Need" – 3:46
- "Over in the Meadow" – 2:18
- "This Old Man" (Traditional) – 2:25
- "Water Dance" – 1:55
- "Kumbaya" – 2:23
- "Joshua Giraffe" – 6:05
- "Morningtown Ride" (Malvina Reynolds) – 2:24
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
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
- Baby Beluga at AllMusic
- Elbaum, Rachel (August 9, 2012). "RIP Baby Beluga: Whale that inspired famed kids' song dies". MSNBC. Retrieved August 9, 2012.