Wednesday, December 24, 2014

X Marks the Spot!

This week I'll have to improvise a little and keep things brief, because it's a holiday week and there are literally no Muppets whose names begin with X.

So instead, here's a classic song from Sesame Street, "X Marks the Spot!"

This Joe Raposo song was written and recorded in 1971 for The Muppet Alphabet Album, and then taped as a segment for Sesame Street in 1973. I'm glad to show this because Sherlock Hemlock sings it--unusual in itself, as he was generally a non-musical character--and I could easily have written an entry about this guy, too. When I was a kid, I really loved Sherlock Hemlock; Jerry Nelson based his characterization on Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes, but he base the voice on Ronald Colman. Sherlock Hemlock was the star of Mysterious Theater and solved letter-based mysteries with his dog sidekick Watson. There's a fantastic segment where Sherlock, Watson and Vincent Twice attempt to solve the mystery of Maria's missing socks. Classic stuff.

Sherlock Hemlock made fewer and fewer appearances on the show over the years. His last major appearance was in 1995, in which he also interacted with the letter X, convincing it not to quit the alphabet. Since then, he's only made a single cameo, and with the passing of Jerry Nelson, the character seems to have been quietly semi-retired. (I did see him in the background of a Furchester Hotel episode.)

The oldest puzzle I can remember having was a Sherlock Hemlock puzzle. Funny how he just sort of faded away.

ABC Wednesday


Roger Owen Green said...

No X Muppet? OBVIOUSLY, a failing on Mr. Henson's part!


Reader Wil said...

I like this song! what a great solution for X!
Wil,ABCW Team.

Trubes said...

Good way to use a difficult better
still another lovely Muppet yarn and film.

best wishes for the festive season,

ABCW team