MUSIC FOR PLEASURE

RECORDS

Music For Pleasure was a division of EMI budget label, aimed at children.  The material appearing on Surprise Surprise singles seems to have been a mixture of reissues (from EMI and from other labels) and cover versions of hits with kiddie-appeal; often, the artists were left uncredited.  Picture sleeves were the norm; the reverse of these sleeves featured a drawing for children to colour-in.  The dates given on the records often refer to the original year of issue rather than to that of the 'Surprise Surprise' release, which makes dating them problematical, The first batch of fifteen were due to appear on the 22nd of May 1970.  Apparently there should have been sixteen singles, but one of them was dropped after poor sales in test-marketing.  The 'reject' may well have been NO-8, which coupled songs by Jessie Matthews and Jon Pertwee: it was eventually released in 1973 as FP-10019, perhaps in response to Pertwee's success in the role of Doctor Who on the BBC.  Most of the other dates given in the discography below are fairly tentative.  Several different numerical series were used, starting with NO-0 for the first twenty-six issues and moving on to FP-0 for issues 27 to 66; several numbers seem not to have been used.  In 1972 numbering was changed to the FP-10000s; the label doesn't seem to have survived past FP-10068, which came out in 1976.  For most of its life the label was yellow in colour, but items in each series occasionally appeared in different colours such as grey, blue, green or red.   I was never sure whether the label should be called 'Surprise Surprise' or 'Music For Pleasure', as both names were featured prominently on the label of all the examples that I had seen.  Imagine my delight, then, when I found the Mike Sammes single pictured above (8) in a charity shop.  The design had been changed: the 'Music For Pleasure' line had disappeared, but the 'Surprise Surprise' part remained, confirming that that was indeed the right name for the label.  Confirmation eventually arrived in the form of that article from 'Billboard', which says refers to "...the national launch of its Surprise Surprise children's line, which was test marketed in Lancashire and central London.

  

68 Ronnie Hilton Chitty Chitty Bang Bang MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 1
68 Cheryl Kennedy  Supercalifragilistic MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 2
68 Cheryl Kennedy  A Spoonful Of Sugar   MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 3
68 Kenneth Connor Winnie The Pooh And Teddy Bears' Picnic MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 4
68 Dickie Henderson  Chim Chim Cheree  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 5
68 Pinky & Perky Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 6
69 Unknown Artist  Yummy Yummy Yummy MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 7
69 Jessie Matthews This Old Man MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 8
69 Cynthia Glover & John Lawrenson 10 Nersery Rhyme Favourites MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 9
69 Jon Pertwee The Runaway Train   MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 10
69 The Sunbury Junior Singers  Ding! Dong! Merrily On High MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 11
69 The Sunbury Junior Singers  All Things Bright And Beautiful MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 12
69 Unknown Artist  Two Little Boys MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 13
69 Pinky & Perky Consider Yourself MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 14
69 The Archies Sugar Sugar  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 15
70 Cheryl Kennedy  Christopher Robin At Buckingham Palace MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 16
70 Mike Sammes Singers   Puff The Magic Dragon  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 17
70 Unknown Artist  Going To The Zoo MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 18
70 Jill Adamson & Mary Elaine The Big Red Bus MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 19
70 Sunbury Junior Singers   Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 20
70 Pinky & Perky Holly And The Ivy MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 21
70 Ronnie Hilton A Windmill In Old Amsterdam MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 22
70 Rex Robertaken Barrie & Ensemble  Favourites From The Wizard Of Oz   MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 23
70 Unknown Artist  White Horses   MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 24
71 Various Artists Up, Up And Away  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE NO 25
   
71 Ken Dodd And The Diddymen The Song Of The Diddymen MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 26
71 Mel Blanc I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 27
71 Millie Small My Boy Lollipop MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 28
71 Cynthia Glover Nursery Rhymes No. 2 MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 29
71 Ronnie Hilton The Aristocats  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 30
71 Unknown Artist  Grandad MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 31
71 Unknown Artist  Sun Arise MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 32
71 Mike Sammes Singers And Ronnie Hilton Little White Bull  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 33
71 Unknown Artist  Simon Says MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 34
71 Mike Sammes Singers Colonel Hathi'S March MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 35
71 Guildford Cathedral Choir  Silent Night MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 36
71 Unknown Artist  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 37
71 Unknown Artist  Jake The Peg MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 38
71 Mike Sammes Singers (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 39
71 Mandy Miller Nellie The Elephant MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 40
71 Pinky & Perky Pushbike Song  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 41
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 42
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 43
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 44
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 45
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 46
71 Unknown Artist  Congratulations MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 47
71 Unknown Artist  Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 48
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 49
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 50
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 51
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 52
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 53
71 Roger Whittaker  Google Eyes MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 54
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 55
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 56
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 57
71 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 58
72 Ronnie Hilton Happy Wanderer MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 59
72 Unknown Artist  When You Are A King   MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 60
72 Pinky & Perky Rosetta  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 61
72 The Sunbury Junior Singers  Gentle Jesus Meek And Mild MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 62
72 Story Book Singers Old Macdonald Had A Farm MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 63
72 Anon   Me And You And A Dog Named Boo  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 64
72 Cynthia Glover & John Lawrenson Nursery Rhymes No. 3 MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 65
72 Unknown Artist  Puppet On A String MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 66
    
72 Charlie Drake My Boomerang Won'T Come Back MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10001
72 Unknown Artist  I'D Like To Tech The World To Sing MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10002
72 Story Book Singers Old King Cole MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10003
72 Merrymakers Little Donkey MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10004
72 New Freedom Singers, The Oh Happy Day  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10005
72 Eric Thompson Three Songs From Dougal And The Blue Cat MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10006
72 Mike Sammes Singers Owl And The Pussycat MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10007
72 Rolf Harris Waltzing Matilda MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10008
72 Mike Sammes Singers & Polly James  When You Wish Upon A Star   MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10009
72 Pinky & Perky Grand Old Duke Of York MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10010
72 Unknown Artist  Mary Had A Little Lamb MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10011
72 Unknown Artist  Bare Necessities MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10012
72 Ronnie Hilton Saturday Morning Cinema Show MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10013
72 Rolf Harris Football Crazy MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10014
72 Unknown Artist  Puppy Love & Ben MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10015
73 Story Book Singers Ten Green Bottles MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10016
73 Dickie Henderson  Mary Poppins Supercalifragilistic MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10017
73 Rolf Harris I'Ve Lost My Mummy MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10018
73 Jessie Matthews Knick Knack Paddiwack MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10019
73 Cynthia Glover Billy Boy MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10020
73 Cynthia Glover Popular Nursery Rhymes MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10021
73 Richard Baker Stories Of Teddy Edward MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10022
73 Pinky & Perky Together Wherever We Go  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10023
73 Roberta Rex Over The Rainbow MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10024
73 Tony Britton Talk To The Animals MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10025
73 Anne Rogers My Favourite Things MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10026
73 Mystery Incorporated Where Are You Scooby Doo MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10027
73 Rubert Bear And Friends You Can'T Catch Me MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10028
73 Ronnie Hilton Everybody Wants To Be A Cat MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10029
73 Unknown Artist  Young Love  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10030
73 Des O'Connor Flash Bang Wallop MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10031
73 Telltale Rainbow MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10032
73 Wendy Craig  Hushabye Mountain   MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10033
73 Bugs Bunny The Bunny Hop  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10034
73 Mike Sammes Singers Happy Birthday To You MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10035
74 Mike Sammes Singers Fox And The Goose MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10036
74 Mike Sammes Singers Laughing Policeman MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10037
74 Sooty & Sweep My Friend And I MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10038
74 Unknown Artist  Lightning Tree MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10039
74 Hit Parade Big Rock Candy Mountain MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10040
74 Bernard Cribbins I'M Hands Christian Andersen MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10041
74 Jack Parnell And His Orchestra Galloping Home MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10042
74 Pinky & Perky Everything Is Beautiful MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10043
74 Telltale Songs From Rainbow MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10044
74 Mike Sammes Singers The Twelve Days Of Christmas MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10045
74 Ken Barrie I'M P.C 99 MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10046
74 Pinky & Perky Wombling Song  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10047
74 Unknown Artist  Rupert And Snoopy Vs The Red Baron MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10048
74 Strings For Pleasure The Pink Panther Theme MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10049
74 Unknown Artist  Tiger Feet MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10050
74 Mike Nottingham Right Said Fred MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10051
74 Jill Adamson + Mary Elaine  Mini Moke Song And The Volkswagen Song  MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10052
74 Pinky & Perky Ma MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10053
75 Roger Whittaker  Google Eyes MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10054
75 Mrs Mills Chattanooga Choo Choo MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10055
75 Ken Dodd And The Diddymen Nikky Nokky Noo Song MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10056
75 Geoff Love Alias Smith & Jones Theme MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10057
75 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10058
75 Wendy Craig  Tale Of Mr Jeremy Fisher MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10059
75 Mike Sammes Singers Wombling Merry Christmas MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10060
75 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10061
75 Pinky & Perky Oh Boy MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10062
76 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10063
76 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10064
76 Max Bygraves You'Re A Pink Toothbrush MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10065
76 Not Traced MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10066
76 Mary Thomas Playground Songs Time No 3 MUSIC FOR PLEASURE FP 10067

75 Wyvern Choir Newington College Skippy, Creature Of The Wild MUSIC FOR PLEASURE No Cat Number

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