It features footage of Big Bird and some kids playing in the park, while blocks featuring clips from the main segments of the season appear as a way to introduce the show's new format. When it was released on The Best of Elmo album, only Elmo's vocal is heard. which was later removed). "More important, I insisted that the recurring theme in the lyric be 'Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?' The song again was upbeat, but it now had a style that has a kiddie pop/hip hop tune. The sequence shows Big Bird, Elmo, and a lot of kids dancing in an animated city, with the animation designed by Joey Ahlbum. Frogs in the Glen (First: Episode 1786) 4. An instrumental version of the theme, featuring harmonica by Thielemans, regularly served as the outro for the first twenty three seasons of the show, and was only sporadically used afterwards. An alternate closing sequence, reusing footage from the song insert "Jogging" appeared in episodes 2095 and 2295. It features a new folk arrangement and only consists of the first verse. "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street" has since become a "siren song for preschoolers".[2]. The theme was remixed again for the series' 42nd season. The opening calypso theme was also played during the special: Sesame Street: 25 Wonderful Years. William Galison provided the harmonica solo for the 30th Anniversary version of the theme (used from seasons 30 to 32).[3]. In 1973, it gained popularity when performed by the Carpenters, who made it a #3 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.. Raposo was one of the staff songwriters on Sesame Street, and the song became one of the most popular on the program, sung in English, Spanish, and sign language. Sesame Street Theme tab by Misc Television/Joe Raposo. Big Bird, missing a eye runs across a bridge with water underneath. The more familiar opening theme sung by a children's chorus, named Lois Winter and the Wee Willie Winter Singers,[4][5] was used from the show's premiere in 1969 until 1992. Episode 1706 2. Instrumental versions of the song also appeared in the first and last street scenes in Follow That Bird. Overview. In Episodes 1620 and 1625, an alternate closing sequences features shots of Sesame Street covered in snow. While this closing was often accompanied with the standard harmonica theme, a lullaby version of the theme featuring a celesta accompanied the standard closings. On my way to where the air is sweet. SESAME STREET LYRICS: The Theme Song We All Love But Can't Remember The Words To. Originally, the closing credits only appeared in every fifth episode. The theme song was re-recorded for the opening credits with a more upbeat, calypso, island like tune instead of the harmonica-themed melody of the previous versions with children singing. Thielemans' harmonic version of the closing theme was used for the album Sing-Along Travel Songs, accompanied with Elmo and Zoe providing the vocals. Late into the 5th season, the closing was changed to a live-action drive through the countryside, with the driver's hands over the steering wheel being shown. It is normally sung by The Kids. In Episodes 2095 and 2295, a special closing sequence uses footage from the song segment "Jogging" featuring adult cast and the kids jogging through Central Park and other parts of the city and Oscar the Grouch in his trash can bringing up the rear at the end. The sequence featured more Muppets, including Abby Cadabby, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Super Grover, Zoe, Rosita, and a bird among a computer-animated New York City using "folding" effects (this format would also be used for the segment transition bumpers and closing credits), and also had the episode number appearing on a sign adjacent to the "Sesame Street" sign on the distinctive lightpole. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, a different arrangement was occasionally used to close out episodes taking place at night (This version originally included a children's chorus repeating "How To Get To Sesame Street?" The theme song was performed at the Jim Henson's Musical World concert on April 14, 2012, and at A Swingin' Sesame Street Celebration on October 25-26, 2019. In most countries, several of the international Sesame Street co-productions use their own theme song, while others use the original American version in their own style with slightly different lyrics; one example being the Dutch co-production Sesamstraat (see Sesamstraat Thema). The opening sequence employed the use of numerous animated effects and featured many more Muppet characters, including Big Bird, Grover, Oscar the Grouch (running in his trash can), Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Prairie Dawn, Ernie, Bert, Elmo and Telly Monster. A remix was recorded by Ursula 2000 for Songs from the Street: 35 Years of Music. The theme introduces the magical world of Sesame Street through its lyrics, stating that it is a place where "the air is sweet" and filled with "friendly neighbors," and frequently asks the now-famous question "Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?". Various sequences of footage were used and rotated from episode to episode. Sunny Day. He gets back up, holding a sign with the episode number written on it. In 2009, a new credit sequence was created to go along with the new theme, and features Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Abby, Zoe and Elmo dancing on and around the credits in a chalked background of each character. … Joe Raposo was born on February 8, 1937 in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. Raposo wrote the lyrics to the song with Jon Stone and Bruce Hart.Stone considered the song "a musical masterpiece and a lyrical embarrassment". All Muppets are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law". For Season 24, the theme was updated with a calypso-flavored beat. This version remained for three seasons. This remix also featured sound clips from various Sesame Street albums. On The Muppet Show, when the Sesame Street cast made a cameo in Episode 518, the cast of both Sesame Street and The Muppet Show sang a verse of the theme song (this recording can be heard over a montage of Sesame Street clips in The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years). The song has been remade a number of times over the years, not only for the show's opening and closing credits, but also for inserts. Can you tell me how to get, How to get to Sesame Street. Find the US States - … The song was arranged by Joe Raposo, the original music director for Sesame Street who wrote early classics like “C Is for Cookie,” “One of These Things” and Sesame Street‘s theme song.” A quarter into Season 3, the closing was changed to an illustrated sequence scrolling the length of a tall apartment building down into 123 Sesame Street. The style seemed to be an instrumental version of the opening. Starting in 1993, the closing credits would also appear on the season premiere, and continued to until 2003 when the credits would appear at the end of each episode. The Sesame Street Theme is the familiar opening theme song of Sesame Street. This closing re-purposes footage from episode 2525 of Big Bird walking through Central Park and downtown with a group of children. A film insert showing kids playing with toys followed by adults working with similar objects includes a scene where a little girl plays the drums and sings a line of the theme song. The theme was "remixed" in 1992 by British rave group The Smart E's. The graphics for this sequence were designed by Magnetic Dreams. During seasons 24 and 25, a more "old-fashioned" alternate credit crawl appeared exclusively on repeats from preceding seasons. Starting in season 24 and through season 37, an instrumental version of the calypso rendition was used, and the closing credits were separated from the closing scenes of the show. [4] A further remixed uptempo eurodance/happy hardcore version played by The Smart E's themselves was recorded for the 2000 Dancemania compilation Speed 5. Big Bird was added to most versions of the sequence starting in season 4 and Barkley was added to the opening in season 10; the actual rotation of openings, meanwhile, was replaced outright with new footage in both 1972 and 1988. During the first season and for part of the third, the credits (which until season 34 were generally included only on Friday episodes) rolled as the action from episodes continued on. Also during season 24 from November 9, 1992 through April 28, 1993 (episode 3006 to 3128) the harmonica music used at the beginning and end of each episode still remained throughout most of the season until April 29, 1993 starting with episode 3129, when the harmonica music was changed to calypso. In seasons 38 and 39, a new melody was used to complement the opening and closing sequences. The second volume, 1974–1979, was released by Genius Entertainment on November 6, 2007. Toots Thielemans, the jazz harmonica virtuoso perhaps best known to general audiences for his iconic theme music for "Sesame Street," died Monday at … Throughout this period, the opening theme was accompanied by clips of children playing on location in a park or city. Midway in Season 3, the camera panned down on a mural of the brownstone 123 Sesame Street apartment as credits were written on the walls and sidewalks. Even though the vocal calypso theme was discontinued after Season 29 from November 17, 1997 to May 15, 1998, the instrumental calypso theme was still used at the beginning of street scenes up to Season 37 from 2006, the final season to use the instrumental opening. "Something Cold", sung by Elmo in Episode 3647; written by David Korr (lyrics). The show's theme song is "Bad Bird", written by Ian Lewis, and sung by Cody Marshall. This recording was also included in the album Sing: Songs of Joe Raposo. During seasons 24 and 25, a more "old-fashioned" alternate credit crawl appeared exclusively on repeats from preceding seasons. Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration opens with a montage of the various opening intros used throughout the years. acoustic drums, a horn section). For the closing scenes that preceded the credits and a list of underwriting sponsors, an instrumental version of the old harmonica-style version in the opening sequence was first used. Basically, the characters danced around while the credits rolled. HBO edits of pre-2003 episodes also used the Friday credit sequences at the end of every episode, including those that originally aired from Monday to Thursday. Like the opening, the closing has changed many times throughout the show's run. Also, the rotation of openings during the first three seasons were shot on film, whereas the subsequent openings, beginning with season 4, were shot on camera, like the street scenes and puppet segments. The theme is sampled in the score of The Great Muppet Caper during Oscar the Grouch's "very brief cameo." from Jim Henson: A Sesame Street Celebration; Doin' the Pigeon - Bert from Bert's Blockbusters; This Old Man – Count von Count from Kids' Favorite Songs 2; Dee, Dee, Dee – Bert & Ernie from The Muppet Alphabet Album; On Top of Spaghetti - Snuffleupagus from Kids' Favorite Songs 2; Six Little Grouches – Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street Sing-Along! Season 14 Classic Cuts: 3.1. The song, usually in instrumental form, has also been included in many video releases. In 1998, the opening reverted to footage of Big Bird and various children, with a rerecorded version of the theme resembling the original opening. Teeny Little Super Guy: Baseball (EKA: Episode 1900) 3.3. Sesame Street Theme Lyrics. It is the oldest song in Sesame Street's history, dating back to the show's beginning on November 10, 1969. "[2] Contrary to Stone's opinion, many of these "happy little clichés" (such as "Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away") have arguably become as inexorably linked to the series as the melody. Theme song . Unlike the 1992 opening sequence, this closing remained in use for fifteen years until 2007, making it the longest-running closing credit sequence used on the show, although it was progressively shortened in 2001 (when references to "The Children's Television Workshop" were edited out), 2002, and 2003. A mashup of every Sesame Street main title, compiled and uploaded by SesameStreet's YouTube Channel to mark the show's 50th anniversary. In Episode 1710, stills from Big Bird's week at Camp Echo Rock are shown for the closing sequence. The Sesame Street theme song was composed by Joe Raposo, a writer and composer of many of television shows' songs.In his book on the history of Sesame Street, Michael Davis called the theme "jaunty" and "deceptively simple". Originally, the closing credits were only featured on Fridays. Fun Fact: The Pointer Sisters sang the vocals in the various installments of the Pinball Song, … This version was heard during the show's opening for six more seasons. I told Bruce [Hart] to include 'Every door will open wide'", which was also meant as a reference to the phrase "Open Sesame," the inspiration for the show's title. Seaso… For Season 46, when the series began airing on HBO, the closing theme was replaced with an original closing song "Smarter, Stronger, Kinder," as the credits play during the song. Featured on the four play CDs are favorite instrumental songs from the TV show ("Rubber Duckie," "C Is for Cookie," "Sesame Street Theme," and "People in Your Neighborhood") plus 20 popular kids' songs. Muppets who appear in this version of the opening include Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Ernie, Bert, Grover (and his super-hero alter ego), Cookie Monster, Zoe, Count von Count, Rosita, Telly Monster, Baby Bear, Murray Monster, Ovejita, Chickens, and Birds. ", Learn how and when to remove this template message, Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration, "Harmonica legend Toots Thielemans on piano jazz", "Dancemania Speed Series Complete Songtrack List – een knol van Frank Lee", Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Count it Higher: Great Music Videos from Sesame Street, Put Down the Duckie: A Sesame Street Special, Sesame Street... 20 Years & Still Counting, Sing, Hoot & Howl with the Sesame Street Animals. The theme was remixed again for the series' 42nd season. Among the earliest, most distinctive versions of the theme feature solo harmonica performed by Toots Thielemans. In The Rain (EKA: Episode 1739) 3.5. The credits for season 2 featured still shots of children's paintings. After Super Grover knocks over the lamppost, it falls and the episode number is written next to it. It is registered with ASCAP as "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street" with several alternate titles including "Sunny Day". Shortly after, a brief version of the song is sung by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the cast. "Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?" Various Muppet characters were depicted in this closing: Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Kermit the Frog, Little Bird, Herbert Birdsfoot, Lefty the Salesman, Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Herry Monster, Sherlock Hemlock, Professor Hastings, and numerous Anything Muppets. In season 40, the theme was remixed, with mostly live instruments (i.e. The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland: Sing and Play, Elmo's Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf, The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover, Children and Television: Lessons from Sesame Street, Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution That Changed America, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Can_You_Tell_Me_How_to_Get_to_Sesame_Street%3F&oldid=1000893749, Articles with dead external links from October 2019, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles needing additional references from November 2007, All articles needing additional references, Articles that may contain original research from July 2009, All articles that may contain original research, Articles with multiple maintenance issues, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 January 2021, at 06:59. 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