Sesame Street's 40th birthday is
today November 10. (See the comments below from Sesame Workshop Director of Media Research James Williams-Ness.) Forty years is hard to believe, right? Heck, the show doesn't look a day over age five. The show continues to educate preschoolers on the joys of the alphabet and counting, thanks to beloved characters such as Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster.
Of course, music is an integral part of the show -- and due to the show's reputation, it is able to entice many, many famous musicians to head on down to Sesame Street for a spell. Clips from the Goo Goo Dolls, R.E.M., B.B. King, Paul Simon and more are on YouTube (the show has a great archive of videos). Here are a few famous musician appearances on the show.
Billy Joel and Marlee Matlin. Oscar the Grouch totally disses Billy, ha.
Feist counting "1, 2, 3, 4":
Ray Charles singing the alphabet -- before then-San Antonio Spurs superstar David Robinson(!)
And hey, it's the Spin Doctors. Um...
Bonus: Even characters such as the Yip-Yips loved the radio.
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