One of the strongest musical memories of my early childhood is the stirring march of "Zulu Warrior" from Songs of the South African Veld by Marais and Miranda. The cover is at left, thanks to the magic of the Web. We children would sing and dance around our apartment as these South African songs played over and over and over. Wish I had that song to listen to again!
My parents had a surprisingly eclectic (if small) record collection, including the Ink Spots and Mitch Miller, plus some Broadway soundtracks, Readers Digest albums of popular songs and classics, and at least a few very old Caruso opera records (alas, long gone). I remember the bulky albums of scratchy 78s like the one shown above and the mono LPs (Andre Kostelanetz, anyone?).
Looking back, knowing how tight money was in our family, I wish I had asked my parents what prompted them to buy these particular recordings. I'm going to add a few details about music to my genealogy write-up so future generations can get a bit of insight into my parents' personalities.