The Playground

Release Date September 29, 1998
Label RPM, Sony Wonder
Release Number CK 69380
Format CD
The Playground was released in 1998.


Track Layout
 1 The Playground 3:36  10 Firefly (duet with Kermit the Frog) 1:32
 2 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive 2:37  11 When You Wish Upon a Star 2:58
 3 Dat Dere 3:17  12 It’s Only A Paper Moon 2:49
 4 Little Things (duet with Elmo) 3:09  13 The Inchworm 2:41
 5 Put On a Happy Face (duet with Rosie O’Donnell) 3:01  14 The Bare Necessities 2:41
 6 Because We’re Kids 3:25  15 Make The World Your Own 3:48
 7 My Mom 4:38  16 All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm 2:10
 8 Swinging On a Star 2:04  17 Christmas in Herald Square 3:25
 9 Bein’ Green (duet with Kermit) 2:41
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Primary Musical Personnel

Vocals Tony Bennett, Elmo, Kermit the Frog, Rosie O’Donnell
Piano Ralph Sharon
Guitar Gray Sargent
Bass Paul Langosch
Percussion Clayton Cameron
Kids America Children’s Choir Jonathan Bleicher, Leanna Chabala, John Daley, Juisina Quarteri, Andrea Viola, Kate Walsh, Jackie Zampela



The Playground was recorded in June, 1998 at The Hit Factory, New York.

Production Personnel

Producers Tony Bennett, Danny Bennett
Musical Consultant  Bobby Tucker
Recorded and mixed by Joel Moss
Recording and mixing assistants Michael McCoy, Jason Groucott
Digital Editing  Jan Folkson, Jason Groucott and Paul Falcone
Technical Assistance  Karl Kussmaul, Terry Murphy
Mastering Greg Calbi
Production Coordinator Vance Anderson
A&R  Don DeVito
Art Director Arnold Levine, Josh Cheuse
Photography  Mark Seliger
Choir Musical Director  Manfred Knoop
Choir Musical Director Assistants  Nancy Coletti, Ed Kessel


  • Kevin Clash’s appearance as Elmo by permission of the Children’s Television Workshop and The Jim Henson Company
  • Steve Whitmire’s appearance as Kermit the Frog by permission of the Children’s Television Workshop and The Jim Henson Company
  • Rosie O’Donnell
  • Tony Bennett uses Sennheiser and Newmann microphones exclusively.
  • Ralph Sharon uses Steinway pianos exclusively provided by ProPiano, New York.
  • Clayton Cameron uses Super Classic Ludwig drums, Zidljian cymbals, Calato sticks, Clayton Cameron drum brushes, Gibraltar guitar pedals and Remo drum heads.

Additional Releases

  • 2011: Disc #64 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874603-JK62)


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