Special Friends: Ring-Along, Sing-Along! (found children's musical VHS tape; 1991)
Date found: 25 Feb. '18
Found by: Special Friend
Special Friends: Ring-Along, Sing-Along! is a kids musical video from 1991. It is the final video in the Special Friends series of kids musical videos, which have now become popular on YouTube. The series consists of three videos - Special Friends Starring 'You On Kazoo', made in 1989, Special Friends: Let's Sing-Along! made in 1990, and Special Friends: Ring-Along, Sing-Along! made in 1991. The VHS tapes were produced by the Melissa & Doug toy company, and would be sold bundled with the appropriate instrument - You On Kazoo came with a kazoo, while Ring-Along, Sing-Along came with jingle bells.
The first two videos in the series had already been recorded from VHS tapes and uploaded to YouTube in their entirety. The third video was brought into attention during a Reddit AMA with the main star of the Special Friends series, Brett Ambler, when he was asked if there were more Special Friends videos. According to Ambler, "there are actually three videos out there. [...] The last one was called Ring-Along, Sing-Along! and came with jingle bells. I don't remember much of that one. But it's out there somewhere."
Soon after, a user by the name of 143books in the same thread found out there was a listing for the video tape at the Chicago Public Library. Another user by the name of Kirioko placed that tape on hold and also found listings for the same tape in Dodge City, KS, Hugoton, KS, Mandan, ND, and Jacksonville, FL. However, he later received a message from the Chicago Public Library, which stated that the "request for [Ring-Along Sing-Along had] been cancelled because: All copies [were] charged/traced/lost."
Then, on February 25, 2018, a new, anonymous YouTube channel called Special Friend was created, which the video was then uploaded to. It's unknown who created this channel or how they acquired the tape.