Read these books when I was a youth and loved them. I haven't been able to remember what they were at all for years.
The details I do remember are this:
They had talking Otters who raised the main character (a young boy).
The dragons were lost or nearly extinct and the young boy had to bring them back.
In order to do their magic they had to sing or play music.

Every search I do on Google for these criteria just get me the books by Christopher Paolini about Dragons and those are not what I want.

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    When (what year or thereabout) were you a youth? If you know, were the books new then? And were they marketed as children's books, young adult, adult? – user56 Feb 24 '11 at 21:01
  • They were young adult I believe, I was a youth in the late 80's to mid 90's and I have no idea if they were new or not back then. – James P. Wright Feb 24 '11 at 21:05

NightPool, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy and published in 1985 by Harper & Row, first book of the Dragonbards series.

Injured in battle with the Dark Raiders, sixteen-year-old Tebriel is healed by a colony of talking otters and sets out to fight the Dark and its forces of evil in the world of Tirror.

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    SWEET!!!!! That's it!! – James P. Wright Feb 24 '11 at 21:34
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    @Pselus You're welcome! Or, i r a l33t googlez hackorz ;) – morganpdx Feb 24 '11 at 22:41

Spellsinger series, by Alan Dean Foster.

  • Nope, but might be worth a read! Thanks! – James P. Wright Feb 24 '11 at 21:08
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    When I heard talking otters and song-based music, this was my first thought too! I don't think this series has dragons or a boy hero however. – Chris Sunami supports Monica Jan 7 '14 at 16:04
  • It does have at least one dragon, Falameezar, in the very first book. That said, the talking otters definitely do not raise Jon-Tom, although I think Mudge does mentor his son. – FuzzyBoots Jan 28 '17 at 4:17

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