Singer Rita Abrams

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on January 21, 2007

Q Whatever happened to the teacher from Mill Valley, Calif., who made a hit record in the 1970s with her elementary-school class? I think her name was Rita Abrams.
—Carolyn Scneider, Laurel, Mont.

Back in 1970, Abrams, a third-grade teacher at Strawberry Point Elementary School in California's Marin County, recorded an album with her class, and the result was the surprise smash single "Mill Valley." She went on to make several other children's recordings, win two Emmys and numerous other awards for her music, compose greeting cards and write plays. She still lives in Mill Valley, despite the last line in her song that says "there may come a time I'll have to leave." Abrams smiles and says, "But I never did."