The summer of 1971 had been busy for Jim. He started with live appearances with Nancy Sinatra as part of her Las Vegas stage show, ventured cross country for a multi-stop family vacation, and began work on his next television special, The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. At the same time, the songs for the Sesame Street “Muppet Alphabet Album” were coming together (to be recorded in September), and Jim headed into the ABZ studio at the end of August to tape Muppet inserts for Sesame Street’s third season. But before the Sesame session, Jim, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson and John Lovelady flew out to Los Angeles to rehearse and tape material for a Nancy Sinatra television special related to their appearance earlier that summer. In 1967, Sinatra had produced a TV special called Moving With Nancy and hoped to make additional ones in the same vein. For the program, at NBC’s Los Angeles studios, they taped the same pieces from the live show including “Fortuosity” and “Mahna Mahna”. Unfortunately, the special was never completed and the material taped for it remains in Nancy Sinatra’s vaults.
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.