Stevie Wonder does Sesame Street - VIDEOS
While it has persevered for almost four decades, Sesame Street's heart and soul is very much a product of the 1970s. There was nothing like it when it first hit the public television airwaves in 1969; while other children's programs took place in mystical and magical lands, Sesame Street took place in a regular inner city neighborhood. Okay, it was an inner city neighborhood where monsters and people lived together, but it's that partial realism which set it apart from other programs, and, perhaps subconsiously, gave kids a sense of community and belonging.
Music was, and still is, a big part of the show, and the three old clips below featuring Stevie Wonder prove that. Wonder's six-minute version of "Superstitious," complete with a few ad-libbed lines about Sesame Street, would probably have been cut down in this age of short attention spans, so it's both sad and uplifting to see Wonder given ample time to rock out. Admittedly, some of the kids look rather bored, but a few of them really get into the music. The clip featuring Stevie and Grover is quite entertaining, too.
Everything gelled in those early years: the writing, Henson's Muppets, the animation, the funky music, and the wonderfully likable grown ups on the show combined to create a children's program that was so unique it couldn't even top itself in its later years.
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