Starting out as a song writer in 1949, Charles Aznavour became a singing sensation and powerful box office draw, expanding into film acting in the 1960s. His popularity around the world (which continues – he still performs internationally) made him an obvious candidate as a Muppet Show guest star. On the show, he performed one of his own hit songs, “Old Fashioned Way,” as well as a Muppet favorite, “Inchworm.” Despite his varied career, this was Aznavour’s first experience performing with puppets and he was a natural. His sophistication was a contrast to a more down home segment, the Googalala Jubilee Jug Band singing, “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor?”
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.