7/13/1976 – ‘Lena Horne (MS)’

Entertainer and civil rights activist Lena Horne was happy to appear with the Muppets on both commercial and educational television. She sang “Bein’ Green” and the alphabet and taught Grover how to say “How Do You Do” on Sesame Street. For the first season of The Muppet Show, Jim called on many of his Sesame Street contacts to fill out his guest star pool. Horne was delighted to help out and had a great rapport with Kermit and his team. Gonzo, in particular, found Horne to be extremely sympathetic, sharing a duet of “I’m Glad There Is You.” And the whole gang sang another Joe Raposo classic from Sesame Street, “Sing” to end the episode.

See Lena Horne and Kermit in the early days of Sesame Street singing “Bein’ Green”.

Lena Horne and Gonzo on The Muppet Show, 1976.

Read more from Jim Henson’s Red Book in Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal available from Chronicle Books.

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