• "Mill Valley"

     rita abrams and the strawberry point 4th grade class
    Rita Abrams and the Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class
     
     
    In 1970, Rita Abrams, a kindergarten teacher at the Mill Valley Strawberry Point School, wrote a song for her students to sing with her. The song, entitled Mill Valley and sung by Rita and the then-third grade class of Strawberry Point School, was recorded and became a nationwide hit. The song was recorded with the third-grade class, by the time the album was released the students had graduated to fourth grade, thus the title of the album, Miss Abrams and the Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class.
     
     
    Here's a link to the Film by Francis Ford Coppola.
     

    Christmas 2010 marked 40 years since Rita Abrams wrote "Mill Valley," a song about the Northern California town which reached the Billboard Top 5. Abrams and several of her students from the original recording were invited to be interviewed on local PBS radio station KQED to talk about the famous song, and remember its breakout success.

    Host: Michael Krasny

    Guests:

    • Rita Abrams, composer, lyricist and writer
    • Bruce Bennett, former third grade student featured on the original recording of "Mill Valley"
    • Scott Victor, former third grade student featured on the original recording of "Mill Valley"