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The closing themes of Sesame Street

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by mikealan, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. superfan

    superfan Active Member

    Now what about this one. A harmonica was used in the bridge section of the music, I believe and it was this woman and her son or daughter on this slide that started at the top of a hill and wound its way to the bottom. They were sitting on a burlap sack of sorts (used in some theme parks or fairs) for the ride down. Although they never reached the bottom in this sequence, the ride lasted through the whole closing song. Have I been confusing this with something else? :confused:
    On a side note, Barkley's closing credits are clear as day to me.
  2. Andrew T

    Andrew T New Member

    Although I'm usually keen to pay close attention to things like these, the only long credits sequence I distinctly remember from watching Sesame Street in the late '80s and very early '90s was the "Barkley and kids in the park" sequence (which I loved) accompanied by the wailing harmonica instrumental, followed by backers' credits on a bluish textured background accompanied by the funky horns-and-bells theme, followed by the PBS ident.

    Does anyone know the year the plain black background for backers' credits was replaced by the bluish textured background? I assume it was sometime in the late '80s, although I could be wrong.

    Also, when did they shorten the production & research credits sequence and start placing it after every episode instead of every Friday's? The Hurricane Week episodes from 2001 that were repeated on PBS earlier this month had the full-length credits sequence on Friday only, so the change must be very recent.
  3. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    It was changed from black to blue in 1984.
  4. doctort13

    doctort13 Member

    It's been a l-o-n-g time

    I watched Sesame from 1969-73-ish. I have only begun to watch the new episodes with my daughter over the past year. I am sorry to say that I can't recall the closing theme from my childhood at all. It was so long ago for me, my memory banks have trashed those memories. This is all the more a good reason to have classic Sesame on DVD. :)
  5. monkeymissile

    monkeymissile New Member

    looking for "bells and horns" mp3



    So what was the original 1969 closing theme, & does anyone have a clip? :)
  7. Zet

    Zet New Member

    This is the one I'd like to see again, also described by rjschex...IIRC a bumpy road & kind of disorienting to me as a kid for some reason:confused:

    Did this ever turn up on tape?
  8. Fuzzy and Blue

    Fuzzy and Blue New Member

    The closing theme I remember most clearly is the one with the dancing Statue of Liberty and dancing buildings, the pigeon muppet, Elmo coming down with a balloon, and then Big Bird saying, "Sesame Street is a production of the Children's Television Workshop."

  9. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Hmmm. How did that dancing Statue of Liberty closing go again? That one escapes me since it's been so long? Lol. I'm only kidding. I know that's the one they still play today. Anyway, it was good to see the closing with Barkley at 'You Tube.' Though, I wish somebody would put up the old 70s closings since those were before my time. How did Oscar end up naked anyway? That's kind of strange for a kid's show.
  10. Fuzzy and Blue

    Fuzzy and Blue New Member

    I guess I'm going to have to watch for that ending, since I didn't know it was still played...and Oscar being naked? That DOES sound strange. Not something I remember seeing as a kid.

  11. mikebennidict

    mikebennidict New Member

    Did we ever find out who was driving?
  12. TDY

    TDY New Member

    I agree with you, Firey Princess. This one opening I'd seen a few weeks back (it was the newest one, I think.) It was so short - they only sang one verse of the song! I absolutely love the Barley closing. When I saw it on youtube, it brought back so many good memories . . .
  13. ISNorden

    ISNorden Active Member

    I miss the old bells-and-horns ending theme, if only because it was so different from the typical ending themes on kids' shows. (Yes, I've watched Sesame Street since it first aired; however, I'm unlikely to remember any details from episodes earlier than 1971.)

    I do remember the "scrolling building" and the "Barkley/kids" endings from the classic years. (Even as a teenager who'd learned about some TV tricks, I wondered how they hid such a huge Muppet dog behind such a skinny tree. :o ) I've also seen the "steering wheel" ending a few times; if I'm not confusing endings, I think Little Bird showed up in that one. The "sunset over NYC" ending must have been pretty rare, though, since I've never noticed it even in episodes whose story ended at night.

    Like most of the old-timers here, I grew up seeing the closing credits only on Fridays; seeing them every day on the recent episodes still feels wrong somehow.

    P.S. It's one heckuva shame that even the first verse of the opening theme has been shortened to make room for more commercials; will kids with no access to Noggin ever learn there was MUCH more to the Sesame Street theme? (Nowadays, the only hint of a longer version plays when characters on the street need to work the Things-of-the-Day into a closing conversation.)
  14. HansdsomeDoc

    HansdsomeDoc New Member

    I must find this tune!!

    Hi, I heve never posted on this forum before but I am currently obsessed with finding a nugget of my childhood on the net and have been stumped at every turn!!! Here's what I am trying to find:

    Like one of the other posters in this thread (superfan), I distinctly recall a SS closing credits that featured a mother and her child sliding down what can only be described as a "concrete luge" on a sac or something. The ride lasted the whole credits, but I do not know what music was playing. It may have been this "bells and horns" music I keep hearing about, but I can't find any closing themes anywhere either so I have nothing to base that claim off of.

    It is my understanding that this ending (played during the 80s I'm thinking) was exclusive to the Canadian broadcast of Sesame Street, and therefore may be completely unknown to Americans.

    At any rate, I am trying to find a clip of this end sequence, or even somewhere to get the ending music. Can anyone suggest anything?

    Thanks! :attitude:
  15. Gonzo14

    Gonzo14 Well-Known Member

    i liked the one in the late 80s, early 90s timeline, with animation, in the background, but at times had live action clips of the cast dancing in the animated background. I think there was a Jim Henson statue of liberty too.
  16. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    Yes, I do know the one you're talking about. I'm not from Canada, but I've seen it on this incomplete Canadian episode from...I think it's from either '79 or '80 that I have on tape. It featured the normal harmonica music that was used on the Barkley and the Kids closing here in the U.S. But, get this, in 1992, when our version of SS dropped that closing, and the old harmonica music, they actually put the "new" closing music (the animated credits music) on the old slide ending, which looked REALLY wierd! And, get this, they still used the bells and horns music for the 1992-93 season in Canada! But after that, they did away with the slide ending, and they replaced the backers music with the calypso music that was used on the American version.
  17. JLG

    JLG Active Member

    Hey monkeymissile:

    You'll be happy to know that that wacky "bells and horns" closing can be heard online at mythemes.tv (oddly enough, that's the entire URL) under "Sesame Street". It's the entire 1969-1992 Friday close complete with the 1972-1992 sponsers theme. It's apparantly taken from some '80s episode since it includes the sound of the 80s PBS bumper. The sound quality is a little muffled, but still.

    A slightly truncated version of just the sponsers music (the bells and horns) can also be heard at this on-and-off address yucc.yorku.ca/~kram/multi. Right now that page is gone (again), but I've seen it come back from the dead before, so ya never know.

    I too have a strange fascination for that 30-second-long piece of wailing soundtrack. I read somewhere online that it was written by an uncredited Herbie Hancock, but there was nothing to back it up, so I don't know for sure. (Besides, Sesame Street is to "uncredited" as the human body is to "water"; most of it has always been anonymous.:confused: )

    I love that "nightime" version of the SS theme you guys are talking about. I have #1845---it's one of the ones that rather oddly plays it over the usual Barkley/kids ending. I don't think it really fits....

    Also, regarding the sponsers segment switch from the black backround to the "blue marble"; don't forget the purple background that was used in between those two. That's the one I mostly grew up on---that's what it was changed to in 1984. Just flat purple, not textured like the blue one that followed it. I'm not exactly sure when they dropped it; #2820, which was from the 1990-91 season and broadcast in February '91, has it, but others with a 1990 date on them still have the purple backdrop---not sure if they're from the '89 or '90 season. Example: "The Knights of the Broken Table" episode at the MT&R. (I don't remember the number, which would answer the question, I guess.) It seems to me it must have been changed in the middle of the '90-'91 season.

    Also, my memory seems to be in conflict with a consensus among some people here.... They did change the old opening and closing themesin 1992, but it seems to me that the "bells and horns" music held on for one more year.
  18. JLG

    JLG Active Member

    Sunday comic

    Did anyone happen to see this? I don't remember the name of it, but some newspaper comic made a direct reference to the Barkely closing a couple months back. I forget its name---it's like a much milder "Far Side"; that kind of anything-goes weird humor with no continuing characters. It shows this cranky-looking businessman standing in a field surrounded by these kids running around, and he's saying "Look, seriously, I'm late for an appointment. Can you please tell me how to get to Sesame Street.....No, wait! Don't disappear behind the tree again!"

    I wonder how many people out there got that. The cartoonist's editor apparantly thought the reference would fly with enough people.....
  19. gutchman

    gutchman New Member

    weren't there other episodes on SS unpaved that had the nighttime version of the closing theme besides episodes 666 and 2404? What about episode 2059, where big bird falls asleep from maria's life story? Also, did episode 2124 have the nighttime closing theme since it ended at night?
  20. ssetta

    ssetta Active Member

    Episode 2059 actually had the normal closing music. It didn't actually take place at night, it took place during the day. I've noticed that occasionally in the 90s, sometimes they would use the sleepytime music if there was someone sleeping, and it was daytime. Both episodes 2123 and 2124 had the sleepytime music.

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