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[1] The album featured in this photo, Dandelions, was recorded in 1970 by ‘The Children of Sunshine’, 10 year old 5th grade girls Tres (Therese) Williams and Kitsy Christner, grade-school friends in St. Louis, Missouri. They wrote all the songs themselves, both played guitar and sang all vocals. They hired two college students to play acoustic bass (Wendy Katz) and drum kit (Mike Kieffer). The album was released in 1971 when the girls were 11. Three hundred copies were pressed and released. The album cover was developed by the girls in their photography class at The College School in Webster Groves (St. Louis County), a series of photos were taken by and of the girls during an outing with their photography teacher Frank and guitar teacher Jim Curran. One of the songs ‘The College School’ was written about their private, open-classroom grade school, that at the time was under the umbrella of Webster College (now Webster University) in Webster Groves, Missouri (St. Louis County). The grade school has since become independent and is still in Webster Groves. The school was completely supportive of the girls allowing them to perform at the school as well as on local radio, television and live performances during the school day. There was also an article with photos of the girls featured on the cover of the Entertainment section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1971. Forty years later, 2010, both turning 50, they’re contemplating the re-release of the album after having been approached by two different record labels.

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  • sakamotocross

    Tres Williams said in an interview, "The album was titled Dandelions. We called ourselves The Children of Sunshine, but were known as Tres & Kitsy (Tres & Kitsy is what was printed on the album labels)." I still prefer to think of them as Dandelions, tho.

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • stevebolander

    love

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Punching_joe

    They are The Children Of Sunshine not Dandelions!!!

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • trtb

    are the 10 year old girls bedroom folk act dandelions or children of sunshine? either way that album is so so adorable. first twee duo maybe?

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • NINlife

    psyfolktrancestepcore

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • krustywazoo

    They're amazing. Dandelion is such a cute record.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • neutraljmoney

    This is so great. I haven't even finished the album yet.

    14 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Fury112

    this was recorded and written by 10 year olds??? WHAT? How is this even possible??

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • heyirina

    It really is!!!!!

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ushunosaru

    I've just discovered your self tittled album, i can't stop listening to it, it's perfect!

    12 Nov 2010 Reply

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