Little Songs on Big Subjects was a big hit. In 1949, The New Yorker, in a Talk of the Town piece about Zaret and Singer’s new project—songs about the just-born U.N.—noted that an executive of WNEW, a NYC-based radio station, estimated that tunes from Little Songs on Big Subjects had been broadcast (I’m guessing he meant nationwide) “almost half a million times to date.”
Little Songs on Big Subjects is long out of production.
There were 11 songs: “What Makes a Good American,” “Brown-Skinned Cow,” “Columbus Said, “Si, Si, Signor”,” “I’m Proud to Be Me,” “Close Your Eyes and Point Your Finger,” “Ol’ Commodore Gray,” “Traveling Broadens One,” “It Could Be a Wonderful World,” “There Were Thirteen Colonies,” “I’ve Got a Church, You’ve Got a Church,” and “American Hymn.”
A couple of tunes (“I’m Proud to Be Me” and “It Could Be a Wonderful World”) have been covered by others, but my favorite, “Close Your Eyes and Point Your Finger,” one of the first tunes I ever memorized, is MIA.