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Burr Tillstrom

1917-1985 US, Chicago
Children's Music
A.k.a. Franklin Burr Tillstrom Oliver J. Dragon

Franklin Burr Tillstrom (October 13, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois - December 6, 1985 in Palm Springs, California) was a puppeteer and the creator of Kukla, Fran and Ollie.Tillstrom was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Bert and Alice Burr Tillstrom. He attended Senn High School in Chicago and later the University of Chicago. While still a freshman, he was offered a job setting up a marionette theater with the WPA-Chicago Parks District Theatre and took it. He turned his attention to puppetry in the early 1930s and created Kukla in 1936. Kukla remained nameless until the Russian ballerina Tamara Toumanova referred to him as kukla, the Russian term for doll. Other famous puppets from the group included Ollie or Oliver J. Dragon, Beulah Witch, and Fletcher Rabbit. In 1939, he was invited to present

     
Genres
  • Children's Music
  • Soundtrack
  • Spoken Word
  • Pop
Popular Tracks   
Medley: Here We Are / Mr. K and Mr. O / Hello Cutie (with Fran Allison) - Burr Tillstrom Performing as Kukla and Oliver J. Dragon on Songs by Kukla, Fran and Ollie by Burr Tillstrom
Kook-La, Frahn and O-Lee (with Fran Allison) - Burr Tillstrom Performing as Kukla and Oliver J. Dragon on Songs by Kukla, Fran and Ollie by Burr Tillstrom
The Wishing Well (with Fran Allison) - Burr Tillstrom Performing as Kukla and Oliver J. Dragon on Kukla, Fran & Ollie by Burr Tillstrom
Am I Getting Through to You (with Fran Allison) - Burr Tillstrom Performing as Kukla on Songs by Kukla, Fran and Ollie by Burr Tillstrom
Take a Look at Me - Burr Tillstrom Performing as Kukla on Songs by Kukla, Fran and Ollie by Burr Tillstrom
Dragon Retreat (with Fran Allison) - Burr Tillstrom Performing as Kukla and Oliver J. Dragon on Songs by Kukla, Fran and Ollie by Burr Tillstrom
The Cuckoo - Burr Tillstrom Performing as Kukla on Songs by Kukla, Fran and Ollie by Burr Tillstrom
Happy Mother Goose (with Fran Allison) on Kukla, Fran & Ollie by Burr Tillstrom
At the Fair (with Fran Allison) - Burr Tillstrom Performing as Kukla and Oliver J. Dragon on Kukla, Fran & Ollie by Burr Tillstrom

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Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Kukla, Fran and Ollie: Here We Are (Original Soundtrack Recording)Burr Tillstrom, Fran Allison1999Album
Kukla, Fran & OllieBurr Tillstrom With Fran Allison1972Album
Merry Christmas From Burr Tillstrom's Kukla, Fran and Ollie with Fran AllisonBurr Tillstrom, Fran Allison1954Album
Kukla, Fran And Ollie At The FairBurr Tillstrom With Fran AllisonSingle
Burr Tillstrom's KUKLA, FRAN AND OLLIE AND THE WISHING WELLBurr Tillstrom, Fran Allison, Jack FascinatoSingle
Songs By Kukla, Fran And OllieBurr Tillstrom With Fran AllisonSingle
Songs By Kukla, Fran And OllieBurr Tillstrom With Fran AllisonSingle
Many Moons: A Story For ChildrenJames Thurber - Burr TillstromSingle
Am I Getting Through To You / Dragon RetreatBurr Tillstrom with Jack Fascinato And His OrchestraAlbum
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