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This was an 8" Children's record probably dating to the 1930s. The content was usually songs which would appeal to children, including the usual well-known nursery rhymes, usually 3 or 4 to a side, though the records only play for about 2 minutes. The labels have coloured artwork depicting each song and so are different for every side issued.
The records were available in albums of 6 records costing 4/6 altogether and had catalogue numbers starting at C-1, with matrix numbers in a C-100 range.
The records were recorded and manufactured by British Homophone, though the ones I have here were made by Decca as they have the BUCKINGHAM stamper codes in the run-out.  This may just mean they were re-pressings, or perhaps BH were unable to make enough, if they were popular.

No performers names are given on the label, but I have tried to identify the few I have myself heard. It would seem they are all by John Thorne (baritone) and possibly Olive Groves (soprano) accompanied by trumpet, clarinet doubling saxophone, piano and percussion.

The second label image shows another Kid Kord series. This is a 10" record and looks to be from a later date than the 8" series. (Thanks to Chris MacDonald for the image.)
It would appear that the label design is the same for all issues in this series.
I notice that the record label still has the strobe around the edge, which was originally a patented process owned by British Homophone, so maybe they also made the later series, or they could have sold the patent by then, as I have seen other, later, pressings by other companies using this device.


Original label & album

Later pressing

10" series

Please e-mail me if you have any additions or corrections to this page.

Thanks to the following people for providing more information or images for this page: Paul Buck, Bill Dean-Myatt, Jolyton Hudson, Chris Macdonald, Albert Pattison, Richard Prout, Alexander Wendt

Page last updated on: February 17, 2024

First series - Zoological series. These have no catalogue numbers.

No Matrix No. Title Artists Label Image
1 C-102 Introduction  
C-103 The Lion  
2 C- The Tiger  
C- The Leopard  
3 C- The Bear  
C- The Elephant  
4 C- The Monkey  
C- The Seal  
5 C- The Pengion  
C- The Hipopotamus  
6 C- The Kangaroo  
C- The Giraffe  

 

Cat No Matrix No. Title Artists Label Image
C-1 C-114 Sing A Song Of Sixpence
Ten Little Nigger Boys
John Thorne + unidentified female (on both)
C-115 Boys And Girls Come Out To Play
Little Bo-Peep
Three Blind Mice
John Thorne
unidentified female+ John Thorne
John Thorne + unidentified female
C-2 C-116 Where Are You Going To My Pretty Maid?
Jack And Jill
Little Jack Horner
John Thorne + unidentified female
John Thorne + unidentified female
John Thorne
C-118 Hey Diddle Diddle
Humpty Dumpty
There Was A Little Man
Little Boy Blue
unidentified female
John Thorne
John Thorne
unidentified female
C-3 C-117 Ding Dong Bell
Ride A Cock Horse
Hush-A-Bye Baby
John Thorne + unidentified female
John Thorne
unidentified female
C-119 Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Little Miss Muffett
Goosey, Goosey, Gander
John Thorne
unidentified female + John Thorne
John Thorne
C-4 C-120 Baa Baa Black Sheep
I Love Little Pussy
Little Polly Flinders
John Thorne + unidentified female
unidentified female
John Thorne
C-121 Oranges And Lemons
London Bridge Is Broken Down
unidentified female+ John Thorne
John Thorne + unidentified female
C-5 C-122 Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?
Old Mother Hubbard
John Thorne
unidentified female + John Thorne
John Thorne
C-123 Pat-A-Cake
Old King Cole
See-Saw Marjorie Daw
John Thorne (on all three)
C-6 C-124 Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
Mary Had A Little Lamb
John Thorne (on both)
C-125 Ring-A-Ring-A-Roses
A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go
Polly Put The Kettle On
John Thorne (on all three)
C-7 C-128 Simple Simon
I Saw Three Ships
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
C-133 Georgie Porgie
Dog Toby
Jack Sprat
Three Mice Went Into A Barn To Spin
C-8 C-126 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
I Love Sixpence
Thirty Days Are In September
C-131 Sleep, Baby Sleep
Old Mother Goose
This Little Piggie Went To Market
C-9 C-129 Who Killed Cock Robin
Hot Cross Buns
Baby Bunting
unknown female, John Thorne & chorus
unknown female
John Thorne
C-134 Pussy Cat Where Have You Been?
Mrs. Bond
If I Had A Donkey
unknown female & John Thorne
John Thorne
John Thorne
C-10 C-135 Upon St Paul's Steeple
Green Gravel
Where Are You Going, Billy Boy?
C-137 Hey Diddle Dumpling My Son John
I Have A Little Nut Tree
Lavender Blue
Oh! Dear, What Can The Matter Be?
C-11 C-127 What Are Little Boys Made Of?
Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark
The Spider And The Fly
John Thorne & unknown female
John Thorne
John Thorne & unknown female
C-132 Rub-A-Dub-Dub
Little Tom Tucker
Tom,Tom, The Piper's Son
unknown female
John Thorne
John Thorne
C-12 C-130 Pop Goes The Weasle [sic]
Curly Locks
Wee Willy Winkle
John Thorne
John Thorne
unknown female
C-136 Bingo
Here Came Three Dukes A-Riding
I Had A Little Pony
Doctor Foster Went To Gloster [sic]
John Thorne, unknown female & chorus
John Thorne
unknown female
John Thorne

The later 10" series: I have seen other images of these issues (from where I have pulled the details below), all saying "Made in India" on the labels.
It has been noted that the songs on this series are the same as on the C- series above, which may bean they are just dubs of the original 8" series. However, I'm not going to assume this!

Cat No Matrix No. Title Artists Label images
KK-1 CEI-34022 Sing A Song Of Sixpence
Ten Little Nigger Boys
   
KK-1 CEI-34023 Boys And Girls Come Out To Play
Little Bo-Peep
Three Blind Mice
 
KK-2 CEI-34024 Hey Diddle Diddle
Humpty Dumpty
There Was A Little Man
Little Boy Blue
   
KK-2 CEI-34025 Where Are You Going To My Pretty Maid?
Jack And Jill
Little Jack Horner
 
KK-3        
KK-3      
KK-4        
KK-4      
KK-5 CEI-34030 Where Has My Little Dog Gone?
Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?
Old Mother Hubbard
   
KK-5 CEI-34031 Pat-A-Cake
Old King Cole
See-Saw, Marjorie Daw
 
KK-6 CEI-50541 Ring-A-Ring-A-Roses
A Frog He Would A-Wooing Go
Polly Put The Kettle On
   
KK-6 CEI-50542 Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
Mary Had A Little Lamb
 
KK-7 CEI-50543 Simple Simon
I Saw Three Ships
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
   
KK-7 CEI-50544 Georgie Porgie
Dog Toby
Jack Spratt
Three Mice Went Into A Barn To Spin
 
KK-8 CEI-50545 Sleep Baby Sleep
Old Mother Goose
This Little Pig Went To Market
 
KK-8 CEI-50546 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
I Love Sixpence
Thirty Days Are In September
KK-9 CEI-50547 Pussy Cat Where Have You Been?
Mrs. Bond
If I Had A Donkey
KK-9 CEI-50548 Who Killed Cock Robin
Hot Cross Buns
Baby Bunting
 
KK-10 CEI-50549 Upon Paul's Steeple
Green Gravel
Where Are You Going, Billy Boy?
KK-10 CEI-50550 Hey Diddle Dumpling, My Son John
I Had A Little Nut Tree
Lavender Blue
Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be?
 
KK-11      
KK-11      
KK-12 CEI-50553 Pop Goes The Weasle [sic]
Curly Locks
Wee Willy Winkle
 
KK-12 CEI-50554 Bingo
Here Came Three Dukes A-Riding
I Had A Little Pony
Doctor Foster Went To Gloster