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09 April 2010

Ray Charles & Sesame Street 1975 - 1996 (Part 1)

Ray Charles had a long history with Sesame Street. On 16 November 1975 he appeared on Cher with Kermit the Frog, in a duet of It Ain’t Easy Being Green.

It Ain't Easy Being Green (with Kermit):

On 27 December 1977 (episode 1077) he sang Oh, What a Beautiful Morning with Gordon (Roscoe Orman), Bob (Bob McGrath) and Maria (Sonia Manzano). The episode was produced and directed by Jon Stone. This recording was later released on the album The Stars Come Out On Sesame Street (Sesame Street Records CTW 79007, 1979) and is now available through iTunes.

On 2 February 1979 (episode 1235) he performed I Got a Song, with Ernie on drums and Bert on guitar, and The Alphabet Song (in later edits various celebrities were dubbed in, e.g. Michael Jeter, Patrick Stewart, Tony Bennett, Shari Lewis, Lamb Chop, Harry Belafonte, Grover, David Robinson, and Ellen DeGeneres).

I Got A Song:

Alphabet Song:

In 1996 Ray recorded a second version of the Alphabet Song, which was later also edited with other celibrities.

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