I was unable to find any solid info on Jerry Whitman, but this is a record of him singing songs from Mister Rogers Neighborhood. A friend of mine grew up with this record, and gave this to me some time ago but I don't have a working turntable and have been unable to have to have it transferred yet so I have no idea what it sounds like. I will say that my friend told me he remembers being very embarrassed to listen to the song "Troll Talk" because it was so nonsensical. I know on other LP's, Fred Rogers explains that when a you (a child) finally learn to speak well, it's kind of fun to just have fun with words and make up silly sounds and songs. I assume that Jerry Whitman may have not explained this and simply started singing Robert Troll's signature tune. Whatever the reason, my friend mentioned that even when he was alone he would skip over this song- perhaps for fear someone would come in and think he was enjoying it.
Listed as Producer, Arranger, and Conductor is Disney Legend Buddy Baker. Mr. Baker's musical style is instantly recognizable. He arranged countless Disney pieces over the years, and his bouncy futuristic style has become synonymous with the Monorail and Tomorrowland, two subjects he underscored frequently on the Disneyland TV Shows. It will be interesting to hear (someday) how he tackeled Fred's tunes, especially compared to the familiar versions done by Johnny Costa, himself, a musical giant.
It's interesting that the title of the record says "MisteRogers" even though that spelling of the title was abandoned when the show came from Canada to the US in 1968. I wonder if this was done since there were still plenty of kids in Canada who would know the show by the old name.
If anyone has this record and would like to chime in, please do!