Astute, bespectacled Jacob ("Jack") Kapp bought an armful of children's small-sized records at the dime store to try on one of the three phonographs in his house. His three-year-old daughter Myra didn't like them. So Kapp, who is president of Decca Records. Inc., recorded a group of Mother Goose stories just for Myra, on standard-size discs. Myra liked them so much that Kapp put the records on sale.

That was in 1935. In the years since, Myra has grown into a big girl, and the kind of children's recordings that Kapp started have...

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