Toy Vocalist, Update

Ok, so I know I said I did not want to know, but eventually I got curious enough to do some digging. The elusive singer of “Purple Monkey In a Bubblegum Tree” was not easy to track down, and on my journey through Google, I found many other parents who were also in search of her. At first, I stumbled across this link, and erroneously concluded that the Kurtz-like figure in question was, in fact, Shakira. That would have been an extremely unexpected reveal, but not much more unexpected than the fact that Fisher-Price had partnered with Shakira for a toy collaboration at all. Which they did do! Apparently.

But no, Shakira did not lend her famous warble to the kick-and-play baby piano. That singer is one Deb Lyons, who is, it would appear from her Wikipedia page, a legit Broadway performer. I think we can safely conclude that the Fisher-Price gig was not a career highlight for Lyons, but rather an amusing footnote. I am still curious about the payment structure for children’s toy vocalist, and have emailed Lyons to inquire. I will update you all if I get an answer.

Related, here is an interview with another Fisher-Price recording artist, Kate Higgins. Higgins is not responsible for Edith’s specific piano (she did a different line of toys), but I found the interview enlightening all the same.

8 Comments

  1. Zandy says:

    I feel like every person who has had to listen to these voices over and over has thought the same, so thank you for digging into it.

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  2. Lindsey says:

    I’m obsessed with the damn song. I need to know who wrote and who sang it. Why? I’m not sure at all.

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      1. Tilly Davies says:

        Hi. Can anyone confirm if the voice on the Fisher- Price Kick and Play Piano is Deb Lyons? Me and my husband are obsessed for some reason and need to know. She has a sweet voice and sounds like a Disney character.

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        1. Elizabeth says:

          Nope, it’s not her, she emailed me back and said it wasn’t her: https://elizabeth.blog/2021/09/21/toy-vocalist-update-the-second/

          The mystery continues!

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  3. Lillian says:

    I can relate. I’m dealing with the same scenario with a VTech Alphabet Train my baby brother used to own. I’m still trying to find out who the voice of that darn thing is (I think it’s Canadian actress Rachel Marcus, who’s also had voice roles in Stella and Sam and Wild Kratts). Contacted VTech themselves, no answer.

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    1. thewolfpup2006 says:

      UPDATE: A few weeks ago I spoke with her mother. She’s NOT the voice behind the VTech Alphabet Train…

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  4. thewolfpup2006 says:

    I can relate. I’m dealing with the same scenario with a VTech Alphabet Train my baby brother used to own. I’m still trying to find out who the voice of that darn thing is (I think it’s Canadian actress Rachel Marcus, who’s also had voice roles in Stella and Sam and Wild Kratts). Contacted VTech themselves, no answer.

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