In 1969 the Children’s Television Workshop debuted a new children’s television series on the PBS network.
In the 50 years since the debut of the show, adults and children alike have adored the lovable Muppets and rocked to numerous musical compositions and performances.
Along with 13 Grammy Awards, “Sesame Street” has had several of its songs and albums make onto the Billboard record charts.
It all began with the debut album “Sesame Street Book and Record” which earned the series its first Grammy Award and made it to number 23 on the Billboard 200 Album chart.
The followup album, “The Official Sesame Street 2 Book-and-Record” also made the Billboard chart at number 78.
The “Saturday Night Fever” parody “”Sesame Street Fever” peaked at number 75 and had a little help from Bee Gee Robin Gibb on one of the songs.
Even with a star studded cast that included Bette Midler, Linda,Ronstadt, Carly Simon, James Taylor, and The Doobie Brothers; “InHarmony: A Sesame Street Record” only made it to number 156 on the Album chart. However, the single by The Doobie Brothers “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” topped out at number 76 on the Hot 100 and 31 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
The Grammy Award winning album “Elmopalooza” featured Jimmy Buffett, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan and En Vogue and topped out at number 166.
Other songs from “Sesame Street” that made it on the Hot 100 are “Rubber Duckie” at number 16 and went to number 36 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and as only the second Muppet to hit the singles charts – Ernie was the first – a banjo playing Kermit the Frog peaked out at number 24 for his hit “Rainbow Connection” from “The Muppet Movie”.
Written by songwriter Joe Raposo, “Sing” performed by The Carpenters is the biggest “Sesame Street” related hit song which topped out at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
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