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R.I.P. Toots Thielemans

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by MikaelaMuppet, Aug 22, 2016.

  1. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

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  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I didn't know about this till just now: I was going through some YouTube comments on my goof-off account, and I saw the video I uploaded of the full complete original closing theme song (before Jonathan Brangwynne uploaded a cleaner version) was suddenly bombard with comments about his death.
  3. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    For those of you who don't know who he was, Toot's is the guy who performed the famous rendition of Sesame Street's theme song that played at the end of almost every episode from the 70s and 80s:

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  4. JT Yorke

    JT Yorke Well-Known Member

    ´Luckily´ i can read flemish
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  5. Schfifty

    Schfifty Well-Known Member

    The old school theme with the harmonica is such a joy to hear. Rest in peace, Toots. :(
  6. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Yes, this is the Sesame closing theme burned into my soul. In the early days, he sat in with Joe Raposo quite a bit and made beautiful music.

    Reunited in Heaven today, the first thing out of Joe's mouth would be, "Hiya, Toots!!!" 8)

    Thank you Toots. Your harmonica was the sweetest ear candy.
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  7. MuppetSpot

    MuppetSpot Well-Known Member

    His harmonic theme will be always be remember.
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  8. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Toots Thielemans was quite an accomplished musician! Besides the aforementioned Sesame Street contributions, he also played with the likes of Julian Lennon, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Joel and John Denver (many of whom also had Sesame Street and/or The Muppet Show connections.)
    And of course, he also played alongside jazz legends like Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Max Roach!:sing::flirt::D :halo:And I can't forget saxophonist Zoot Sims!:cool:
    And he was a Belgian- cool! I didn't know that before. May God bless and comfort his family in this sad time.:concern::(:sympathy::cry:
  9. gavry3

    gavry3 Well-Known Member

    Toots will be missed. It's a good thing he got to live a long life up to 94 years old.
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  10. theSHE124

    theSHE124 Well-Known Member

    Ah, you guys r right. That is sweet harmonica music! :) Such performers will be greatly missed...
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  11. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Here's a nice video. It's the original Sesame Street House Band from the early 70's featuring: Joe Raposo (piano), Ed Shaughnessy (drums), Danny Epstein (vibraphone), Toots Thielemans (guitar and harmonica) and Bob Cranshaw (bass).

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  12. MikaelaMuppet

    MikaelaMuppet Well-Known Member

    Thanks for finding and sharing this Phillip.
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  13. backpackmina

    backpackmina Well-Known Member

    Mr. Thielemans and his harmonica intro were a big part of my childhood. When I was a kid, everytime I heard a harmonica playing, my mind would immediately go to SS and I'd then go remind myself to watch my old VHS tapes. I had no idea they were from the 80s, I thought I was watching PBS. So one day when I really did watch SS on PBS, I saw that the intro was gone. I was FURIOUS!! My mom noticed and bought me some random Muppets movies and videos I guess to cheer me up and so began my Muppet fanaticism. In a matter of speaking, if it had not been Thielemans' harmonica intro, I most likely would not be the Muppet fan I am today, and even the person I am in general!

    Will Miss You :cry:
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