Arthur Shimkin

Arthur Shimkin

Arthur Shimkin (1922 - 2006) was a record producer. The former head of '50s pop label Bell Records, Shimkin worked on many SESAME STREET albums in the '70s & '80s, 1st as project supervisor & later as producer. On the 1975 album Merry Christmas from SESAME STREET, the backing chorus was billed as "The Voices of Arthur Shimkin," indicating his role in assembling the group.

In all, the 3,000 records to his credit sold more than 5 million copies.[1] He was nominated for 13 Grammys.

At Simon & Schuster, he conceived Little Golden Records, storybooks read on 2-sided 45 r.p.m. records. Predecessors to audiobooks on tapes & CDs, they starred Bing Crosby, Alfred Hitchcock, Roy Rogers, Burl Ives, & Johnny Cash.

Arthur died in his Manhattan home on December 4, 2006, at the age of 84.[1]

Album CreditsEdit

Original Concept & Design

Project Supervisor



  1. 1.0 1.1 Dennis Hevesi, "Arthur Shimkin, 84, Dies; Produced Records for Runny-Nosed Kids'", The New York Times, December 7, 2006.

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