Jim’s embrace of all types of music was evident from the range of styles and performances showcased on his first show, Sam and Friends, and in a big way on The Muppet Show. Fraggle Rock’s original music also celebrated the diversity of expression available through song. It was clear from Jim’s experience on Sesame Street that music was a great educational tool, too, and he was enthusiastic about pursuing a suggestion from his colleague Jocelyn Stevenson about focusing a television show on it. Read about the development of this project which, in 1988, emerged on television as The Ghost
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.