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John Lithgow releases album of Great American Songbook standards for children

Tony-award winner John Lithgow, known to pop-culture buffs as the dance-outlawing reverend in Kevin Bacon’s career-making Footloose and as an alien on the ’90s sitcom Third Rock from the Sun, has joined the ranks of Cyndi Lauper, Queen Latifah and Rod Stewart in mining the Great American Songbook for an album. But unlike Lauper, Latifah or Stewart, Lithgow’s upcoming The Sunny Side of the Street, due for release Aug. 29, is meant for children.

Featuring cover versions of classics like “Getting to Know You” and “Inka Dinka Doo,” Sunny Side is Lithgow’s third album for kids, following Farkle & Friends and Singin’ in the Bathtub. The album will be released on Razor & Tie, also responsible for the popular and successful Kidz Bop CD series.

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