Monday, April 04, 2016

Muppet Monday

Here are three classic Muppet appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. First, "Rock 'n' Roll Monster," from Jim Henson's first appearance on the show on September 18, 1966 (Ed accidentally introduces him as "Jim Newsom," which is dubbed over here). Next, "I Feel Pretty," a poignant piece from April 30, 1967, and narrated by Jerry Juhl. Then, last but not least, "Mahna Mahna," from November 30, 1969. Jim had originally done the song--from an Italian mondo film--on the 14th episode of Sesame Street which aired just three days before the Sullivan appearance. That version featured some Anything Muppets, but this version is the more iconic (and better) one that Jim would later repeat on the first episode of The Muppet Show in 1976.

Here's that original version of "Mahna Mahna." The lead singer here looks like he stepped out of a French New Wave movie. He's the first evolutionary stage of Bip Bippadotta.

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