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Old School Sesame Street Musical Guests

Updated on October 14, 2014

Sesame Street never sounded so good

Sesame has been an institution on television since 1969. Teaching children about the alphabet, numbers and a host of other topics. One thing they always incorporate is music which makes learning more fun for the children. I love music myself and always was excited when Sesame Street had a special musical guest. I have put together this page of videos as a shrine to all the fantastic real world music artists that have been featured on Sesame Street. So kick back, turn up the volume and enjoy some sounds from Sesame Street past.

Paul Simon - Me and Julio (1972)

Sesame Street: Old School - Volume One (1969-1974)
Sesame Street: Old School - Volume One (1969-1974)

Sesame Street Old School is a time capsule of the early days of the ground-breaking series you grew up on. Take a trip back in time with Bert, Ernie, Big Bird and Snuffleupagus. Sing along with classics like "C is for Cookie," "I Love Trash," and "Rubber Duckie." For the first time on DVD, the music, memories, and mayhem from Sesame Street's first five seasons can be enjoyed again and again!


Ray Charles - I Got A Song

Sesame Street: 25th Birthday: Musical Celebration
Sesame Street: 25th Birthday: Musical Celebration

This 1993 collection highlights the role of music in the long-running series from Children's Television Workshop, and reminds us that such Jim Henson creations as Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, and Ernie and Bert were once Muppet superstars. Nothing against Elmo, of course: kids adore him and he makes enough appearances in this anthology (including the show-stopping "Happy Tappin' with Elmo") to keep today's tykes happy. Also included is Ernie's classic "Rubber Duckie", "I Love Trash," you-know-who's "C Is for Cookie," and Big Bird's Big Finale, a rendition of "Sing" that includes the entire cast. There are 27 tunes in all.


Johnny Cash - Don't Take Your "Ones" to Town

Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days
Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days

With over 5 hours of iconic moments, favorite songs, celebrity segments and exclusive never-before-seen backstage footage, this commemorative DVD Collection is a must own for every Sesame Street fan!


John Legend - Sing-a-Song

Follow That Bird
Follow That Bird

A meddling social worker sends poor Big Bird off to Ocean View, Illinois for the comforts of family life with his own kind, the Dodos. But Big Bird is a disaster as a dodo. Lonely and homesick, he soon sets off on foot back to Sesame Street. Can his old friends find him before he runs a foul of trouble en route?


Cab Calloway - Hi De Ho Man

Sesame Street: Old School - Volume Two (1974-1979)
Sesame Street: Old School - Volume Two (1974-1979)

You'll see cats like Don Music and Roosevelt Franklin, Guy Smiley and Fat Blue. Break out your boogie shoes for far out classics like "What’s the Name of That Song?" and "Telephone Rock!" Rediscover the Sesame Street of the 1970s -- the place where you learned about letters, numbers, and loveable furry monsters. Catch you on the flip side!


Herbie Hancock - Freestyle Sounds

Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street
Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street

Would you like to see the puppeteers behind (and under!) the set performing their roles? How about a picture of Bert being built? All of that and more, including facsimiles of the show's pioneering scripts and some of Jim Henson's original sketches, are included in this revelatory and adoring celebration. The 1,500 photographs, both in front of and behind the camera, come directly from the archives of the Sesame Workshop, and many of them have never before been published.


Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are

Platinum All-Time Favorites
Platinum All-Time Favorites

This CD is timeless. If you have young children, or just want to relive your own childhood days, I highly recommend it.


Stevie Wonder - Superstition

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Boston

      I loved Sesame Street when I was growing up and my kids enjoy it too. We have the 40 Year Anniversary DVD and my family loves it!

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      BelleBanks 5 years ago

      I remember watching Sesame Street when I was a kid and now my kids like it too.

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      shauna1934 5 years ago

      I didn't realize that Sesame Street had been having guest appearances from stars for so long!

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      lilpixiedust 5 years ago

      My kids don't like watching sesame street that much. They do like watching Spongebob.

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      SquidooPolice 5 years ago

      Best lens I've read today.

      I actually just caught a bit of a re-run last week (Jim Carrey guest appearance) Twas cool....

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      JustBabyStuff 5 years ago

      P.S.....the nostalgia.

      The musician guest's were always my favorite part of the show.

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      JustBabyStuff 5 years ago

      What a fantastic idea for a lens JD! Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Stevie wonder...those videos were awesome.

      What fun!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I always watched Sesame Street, but my kids never got into it. It amazes me how many big-name talents they've had on that show!

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Cab Calloway is easily my favorite!!! I still watch Sesame Street with my daughter. What Fun! Cheers~cb

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Sesame Street! Very fun and educational for children ! :) Greta lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh, I love Sesame Street. I will be feature this on mine. :)

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      I loved watching Sesame Street. It's a fun show where you can have fun and learn as well.

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Excellent lens. Squidoo angel blessed! :)

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      I started watching Sesame Street in college and my kids grew up on it. I love the musical guests too. I liked Alice Cooper and Arlo Guthrie as well. Great idea for a lens.

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