Jim’s Muppet Show pilot “Sex and Violence” which aired on ABC on March 19, 1975 marked the debut of a host of new characters that would go on to become regulars on the eventual series. Along with The Swedish Chef and Statler and Waldorf, the members of the house band, The Electric Mayhem, were a particular joy for Jim. The rhythms and camaraderie of playing together in a band was much like that of performing puppets together in a repertory company like the Muppets, and The Electric Mayhem gave Jim’s team a double-dose of collaborative fun.
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.