1970 Sesame Street Book & Record


The Sesame Street Book & Record is the very first record album of Sesame Street material ever released. It was recorded in April 1970, at the end of the show’s first season, and was released later that summer. The album was originally packaged in a gatefold sleeve that contained a full-color poster teaching parts of the body and a 24-page book featuring illustrations by Brian Cranner, as well as lyrics to all of the songs. It was also released simultaneously in a less expensive edition with a different cover, no book, and no poster. The songs from this album were also released on nine consecutively numbered 45-rpm, 7-inch records. The first six of these were also available in a “Carry About” boxed set, and the final three were also available as a set.

The album peaked at #23 on Billboard’s Top LP’s chart in 1970, and was certified Gold (sales of 500,000 copies) by the RIAA. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children. It was subsequently reissued many times (without the book or poster), first on Columbia under several different titles and covers, then on other labels (see below for details). It was also later issued as part of the 1977 2-LP set Sesame Street Gold!

Sesame Street – The Entire Cast
ABC-DEF-GHI – Big Bird
I’ve Got Two – Big Bird and Oscar plus everybody including Mr. Hooper
Goin’ for a Ride – Anything People
What Are Kids Called – Bob and Susan
Everybody Wash – Ernie and Bert
One of These Things – Bob and Susan
Up and Down – Two Monsters
Green – Kermit
Side Two

Somebody Come and Play – The Kids
I Love Trash – Oscar
A Face – Bob
J-Jump – The Kids
People in Your Neighborhood – Bob and The Anything People
Rub Your Tummy – Gordon
Number 5 – The Kids
Five People In My Family – Anything People
Nearly Missed – Susan
Rubber Duckie – Ernie

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