Lois Lilienstein has died. She was one of the star’s of Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show, at the time of her death she was seventy eight. It is a sad day for the other members of the group, which includes Bram Morrison and Sharon Hampson, It had been her son, David Lilienstein, who informed CBC News that the beloved children’s entertainer passed away at her Toronto home, she was surrounded by friends and family. It was last October when she had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
More on Lilienstein, she was from Chicago,
joined forces with Canadian performers Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison in the late ’70s. They released their first album, One Elephant, Deux Éléphants, in 1978, and their sing-along folk music proved to be an instant hit with kids and parents alike.
The Sharon, Lois & Bram trio toured Canada and gained international attention. In 1984, The Elephant Show (later known as Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show) premiered in Canada, where it ran for five seasons. Nickelodeon picked up the program as well and ran reruns into the mid-nineties. Each episode concluded with Sharon, Lois and Bram singing “Skinnamarink” alongside a large elephant puppet.
According to their website,
“They have been invited to perform in every major Canadian concert hall, and many in the United States including The National Arts Center in Ottawa, Roy Thompson Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, at New York’s Palace Theater and the White House.”
Also something about the group, they are Goodwill Ambassadors for UNICEF,
supporting causes seeking solutions to childhood hunger and illiteracy. In 2002, Sharon, Lois & Bram were appointed to the Order of Canada. Lois, who was born in the United States, is one of the few Americans to hold this honor.
Watch Video, Sharon Lois And Bram: Skinnamarink