When world-renowned French flautist Jean Pierre Rampal appeared on The Muppet Show during season five, it was a bit of a dilemma for Miss Piggy. She wanted guests to perform with of the appropriate classiness caliber and Rampal filled the bill there, but she knew her French language skills (or lack thereof) would be exposed. The two performed a duet of Henry Bishop’s “Lo, Hear The Gentle Lark” with little conversation, but in the end, Miss Piggy feigned laryngitis and was off the hook. Rampal, in the meantime, performed for an appreciative audience of birds. This was nice interlude, using the birds from the Electric Mayhem’s earlier “Rockin’ Robin” number. Jim loved bird characters, designing many of them, and for The Muppet Show pilot, he had conceived of a bit called “Birds in the Trees”. The Mayhem’s number had the band members sitting in a tree, recalling that earlier sketch.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.