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Options February 9, 2017: I Believe in Little Things: Joe Raposo

Composer, arranger, conductor and multi-instrumental whiz JOE RAPOSO would have been 80 this week. Known primarily for his indefatigable work as the music director of Sesame Street, for which he wrote and arranged dozens of tunes, Raposo was also a well-respected talent for film, stage, and other TV projects. His songs were recorded by a variety of pop superstars during the '70s. His own arrangements are immediately recognizable: complex, "busy" pieces that incorporate techniques from big band to funk to vaudeville. Through these beautiful songs, many of them under a minute long, he informed the musical tastes of a generation of young people around the world.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Bob  Look a Little Closer   Options         Sesame Street  0:00:00 ()
The Kids  Somebody Come and Play   Options Sesame Street Gold  Sesame Street  1977  LP    0:01:50 ()
Joe Raposo  You're My Baby   Options         Sesame Street  0:04:18 ()
Van Morrison  Bein' Green   Options Live at the Troubadour    1973      0:06:07 ()
  Electric Company Theme       1971      0:10:52 ()
Joe Raposo  Peanut Butter   Options         Sesame Street  0:11:56 ()
Bob and Susan  What are Kids Called?   Options Sesame Street Gold  Sesame Street  1977  LP    0:13:12 ()
Joe Raposo  Doggie Paddle   Options         Sesame Street  0:14:36 ()
Ernie & Salesman  Would You Like to Buy an O?   Options Sing: Songs of Joe Raposo vol. 1    1992      0:16:26 ()
Joe Raposo  Trying   Options         Sesame Street  0:17:55 ()
The Carpenters  Sing   Options Now & Then  A&M  1973      0:20:12 ()
Joe Raposo  Me   Options         Sesame Street  0:33:13 ()
Company  You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown   Options You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (original cast album)          0:34:40 ()
Joe Raposo  I'm an Aardvark   Options         Sesame Street  0:38:30 ()
Kermit, Fozzie, et al  Happiness Hotel   Options The Great Muppet Caper    1981      0:39:04 ()
Joe Raposo  It's a Long Hard Climb   Options         Sesame Street  0:43:16 ()
Cookie Monster  C Is for Cookie   Options Sing: Songs of Joe Raposo vol. 1    1992      0:44:46 ()
Electric Company  Lick a Lolly   Options           0:46:12 ()
Big Bird & Kids  J Jump   Options Sesame Street Gold  Sesame Street  1977  LP    0:48:30 ()
The Kids  Sesame Street theme (loud version)   Options   Sesame Street  1976  7"    0:50:24 ()
The Kids  Sesame Street theme (original 1969)   Options           0:51:24 ()
Bob, Susan, Gordon, Mr. Hooper, Big Bird, Oscar  I've Got Two   Options           1:05:21 ()
Cookie Monster  Me Lost Me Cookie At The Disco   Options           1:08:05 ()
Grover & Marty  Has Anybody Seen My Dog? (disco version)   Options Sesame Street Fever  Sesame Street  1978  LP    1:12:00 ()
  Funky Chimes (Sesame St. end credits)             1:16:29 ()
Joe Raposo (narrator)  Joe teaches kids ("America Is" snippet)   Options "America Is" TV special    198?      1:18:14 ()
Joe Raposo  We're a Family   Options         Sesame Street  1:22:09 ()
Herbert Birdsfoot, Ernie, Bert  High, Middle, Low   Options Sesame Street Gold  Sesame Street  1977  LP    1:23:46 ()
Joe Raposo  Little Things   Options         Sesame Street  1:26:48 ()
Ernie  Rubber Duckie   Options         ***4TH SET JEFF MOSS INTERLUDE***  1:36:49 ()
Anything Muppets  Listen to the Bells   Options           1:38:42 ()
Johnny Cash & Oscar The Grouch  Nasty Dan   Options           1:41:40 ()
Oscar  I Love Trash   Options           1:44:00 ()
Ernie & Bert  But I Like You   Options           1:46:48 ()
Captain Vegetable et al  Captain Vegetable   Options           1:48:50 ()
Anything Muppets  5 People in My Family   Options           1:51:38 ()
Kermit & muppets  Right Where I Belong/Somebody's Getting Married (From The Muppets Take Manhattan)   Options           1:53:51 ()
The Queers  I Don't Want to Live on the Moon   Options           1:57:30 ()
Kevin Clash  Skin   Options         Sesame Street  2:05:03 ()
  Three's Company theme       1977      2:06:20 ()
Joe Raposo  Take a Breath   Options         Sesame Street  2:07:33 ()
Joe Raposo  Fruit Song   Options         Sesame Street  2:08:42 ()
Joe Raposo  Pretty Baby   Options         Sesame Street  2:10:55 ()
Big Bird, Gordon, Susan  ABC-DEF-GHI   Options Sesame Street: Sesame Street 1 Original Cast Record          2:12:36 ()
Joe Raposo, arranger  Madeline (excerpt)   Options     1988      2:16:08 ()
  Shining Time Station theme       1989      2:18:57 ()
Ray Charles and Kermit  Bein' Green   Options     1975    Cher variety show  2:20:03 ()
Joe Raposo  Flying   Options           2:22:19 ()
Frank Sinatra  Winners   Options Ol' Blue Eyes is Back    1973      2:36:04 ()
The Kids  B is for Bubble   Options         Sesame Street  2:38:53 ()
The Count with Ftatateeta and the Bats  The Batty Bat   Options Elmo's Dance Party  Sesame Street  2012      2:39:55 ()
Oscar  Simple Song   Options Let a Frown Be Your Umbrella  Sesame Street  1974  LP    2:42:38 ()
Joe Raposo  New Life Coming   Options           2:45:33 ()
Luis, Bob, Susan & Kids  Sing   Options         Sesame Street  2:47:58 ()
Ernie & co.  Imagination   Options Sing: Songs of Joe Raposo vol. 1    1992      2:58:27 ()
Joe Raposo on the Muppet Wiki
Joe's New York Times obituary
Joe Raposo fan site maintained by his family
And a lot of other biographical info here for further reading.

Listener comments!

Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:00am listener james from westwood:

w00t! Raposothon!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:02am listener james from westwood:

Bob singing there, I wonder?
  Thu. 2/9/17 9:02am sugarwolf:

Good morning!!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:02am listener james from westwood:

Oh! I see the playlist now.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:02am Amanda:

This kid's tiny little voice kills me every time!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:03am listener james from westwood:

Saw Bob McGrath at a Paramus movie theater once as a grammar school kid. It blew my mind. (He lived 1 town over.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 9:03am Uncle Michael:

Haven't heard Somebody Come and Play in oh...40 years...and singing along.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:03am KP:

Hey, Amanda! Had to shovel a path to the couch but the cat and I made it
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 9:04am Parq:

My workplace *just* closed. Woo! Looking way forward to this show. My kid and I loved this record of "Play" when she was a tot. I can't speak for her, but I sure still do.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:08am Amanda:

Glad to hear you all are enjoying the show so far! I might not be super active on the playlist today because these songs are very short and I wanna pay attention... but I will try to chit chat about 'em as much as I can!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:13am listener james from westwood:

Roger that! Spin with aplomb!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:21am listener james from westwood:

Had completely forgotten the Sesame Street connection on this track.
  Thu. 2/9/17 9:23am sugarwolf:

I am, well I don't know what exactly, but that the Sesame Street old school DVDs coming with a warning for today's children
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 9:26am annie:

well, i'm glad i checked my email!! thank-you doug!!!
  Thu. 2/9/17 9:27am sugarwolf:

Still can't believe they fired Bob. 2016, man!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 9:32am Uncle Michael:

Happiness trigger warning?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 9:32am annie:

i'm still upset that they made luis and maria get married, instead of bob and she.. stupid PC culture
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 9:33am Uncle Michael:

Luis and Bob should have gotten married.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 9:33am annie:

hehe, you silly^
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:35am Amanda:

Meh, I would've gone for Luis over Bob tbh
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:36am listener james from westwood:

Wait, that "marvel at his consistency" person, was that one of the people from The Electric Company?
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:36am listener james from westwood:

Yes! Skip Hinnant!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:37am Amanda:

Ha! I was just about to answer you in the affirmative. Also: Bob Balaban as Linus!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:44am listener james from westwood:

For a sec I thought this was "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"! Both are a treat!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 9:51am annie:

will you be playing "My name is ME"?
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 9:53am listener james from westwood:

Ooh, yes, Seasme Street soundalikes. That opening sequence is burned into my head! There's at least one other SS clone out there, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 9:54am melinda:

hi everyone! Just got the email about the Joe Raposo tribute, what fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 9:57am Scraps:

Argh, I have to listen to first hour later! (h'lo.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:01am melinda:

I loved Don Music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:04am annie:

well, it was The Captain for me and Andy Devine, sesame was mostly for my kid.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:05am annie:

(although i loved watching SS as an adult)
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:09am Amanda:

Just a few weeks ago I was with my dad and he was reminiscing about how much he liked Sesame Street! He was 30 when it debuted. He knows all the words to "I Don't Wanna Live on the Moon."
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:09am Skurky:

I know all the words to 12!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:10am listener james from westwood:

Cookie Monster ends up having to fight Grace Jones for his cookie, and leaves on a stretcher.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:10am melinda:

This is great. I had stopped watching when Sesame Street went disco.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:15am Amanda:

Much love for 12, as well as the number videos where the pastry chef falls down the stairs.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:16am Amanda:

So happy to see so many of you here digging the funky Sesame St. soundz!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:18am listener james from westwood:

Sesame Street's blaxploitation turn! Or, "Across Sesame Street."
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:18am melinda:

Good one, James!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:21am listener james from westwood:

This bit show how, even for like 15 or 30 sec of music, Joe busted his buns to get it right. Daaamn.
  Thu. 2/9/17 10:21am Doug Schulkind:

Raposo, Raposo, let your songs down, Raposo!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:22am Amanda:

Seriously! I was going to say, he would've been a great music teacher to have. But then, in a sense he was a music teacher to all of us. :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 10:23am Artie Haywire:

Well this is fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:25am melinda:

Herbert Birdsfoot!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:32am listener james from westwood:

Surprised that's as late as it is, that Thomas version. Feels more at home in the Carter years vs, the mailed fist of the Reagan ones.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:35am listener james from westwood:

A-funkin'-men, Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:36am melinda:

The idea that music needs to be simplified for kids is ridiculous.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:36am Andy in Etobicoke:

A belated Good Morning from above the 49th.

A have some remedial listening ahead of me.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:40am Amanda:

Welcome, Andy in Etobicoke!

@melinda-- You got that right.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 10:42am Gaylord Fields:

Awwww...I missed my favorite Joe Raposo song, "Somebody Come and Play"!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:42am Amanda:

Hi Gaylord! One of my all-time fav's too, which is why I front-loaded it.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:43am listener james from westwood:

I feel like Oscar and Johnny would get on as drinking buddies.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:45am listener james from westwood:

Old-school Mac users, raise your hand if you had the app that made Oscar emerge and wave and sing this song's title when you emptied the Trashcan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 10:45am Gaylord Fields:

Amanda, I'll just have to jump in the time machine and hear it in context.

Also, I've always appreciated how much the Three's Company theme sounds like a Sesame Street song (even down to having a number in it), just with a grown-up message. The lyrics are just as elementary, as well.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:46am listener james from westwood:

Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:48am Amanda:

Ha! Three's Company, brought to you by the number 3.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:50am listener james from westwood:

If they both sing at the same time this will be totes the opening of "Man of La Mancha."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 10:52am Gaylord Fields:

@Amanda: And the letter F.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 10:56am melinda:

@Gaylord: Somebody Come and Play might be my favorite too.
@James: I laughed at that too.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 10:57am listener james from westwood:

A seamless jump from Vaudeville to Broadway!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 11:01am Gaylord Fields:

@melinda: And mind you that I was well out of the Sesame Street age demographic when that song debuted circa 1969-70. Didn't stop me.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:06am Miss Mailas:

Hi, Amanda! Hi, Gaylord! Hi, all! I must say, hearing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" flashed me back to first seeing Ernie sing it on television when I was a wee lass - and, more specifically, how I cried because I felt such empathy for Ernie and the idea of him living on the moon, away from everyone he loved. Such big feelings for a little girl! Anyway, thank you for that memory.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:07am listener james from westwood:

Had no idea this was his!! ::completely Furleys out::
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 11:08am Gaylord Fields:

Hi, Miss Mailas! Empathy is a wonderful trait for a wee lass to possess.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:13am Amanda:

I had the same reaction to Ernie's plight when I listened to it a couple of days ago!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 11:15am Gaylord Fields:

Pretty Baby is such a well-done 1920s pastiche, and I forgot it existed until now. Thanks, Amanda, for jogging my memory! (And the reason I'm so Sesame savvy — even though I was too old for the program — is younger siblings and one TV.)
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:17am Amanda:

Ya, I love that one too. Funny--I had the same syndrome, my middle sister is 9 years younger than me. But "Pretty Baby" is one that I remember from my OWN babyhood, as by 1990ish they had stopped running it.
  Thu. 2/9/17 11:19am sugarwolf:

Some of my favorite Sesame Street music is from don't eat the pictures, but I don't think Raposo wrote those. I always sing the theme when I'm in the Met!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 11:21am doctorjazz:

what a great duet, Brother Ray and Kermit!
  Thu. 2/9/17 11:22am sugarwolf:

Great news for me just found out it's a SNOW DAY!!!! No work!!!
  Thu. 2/9/17 11:24am sugarwolf:

Being an only child means never having to share the TV.

Also I am spoiled and incapable of love.
  Thu. 2/9/17 11:29am sugarwolf:

Dunno if shining time station is still on but Thomas the tank engine is still huuuuuge with little kids. This summer my little toddler friend was telling me about trains, and telling me about cow catchers!!!
  Thu. 2/9/17 11:31am sugarwolf:

Love seeing Sesame Street actors on Law and Order
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 11:33am annie:

"gordon, i believe, had a spot in on of the F/X movies as a police seargant(sp)
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:37am Amanda:

Gordon was also a character on The Wire!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:38am Amanda:

@sugarwolf - I'm gonna call BS on your "incapable of love" statement.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 11:39am Gaylord Fields:

@Amanda @sugarwolf: But no argument abut the "spoiled" assessment, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 11:40am Gaylord Fields:

There were three Gordons during the series' run, none called Gordon IRL.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:42am Amanda:

Well, if she weren't spoiled, how would she know she loves sugar so much?
  Thu. 2/9/17 11:42am sugarwolf:

@amanda@gaylord: I'm spoiled for choice when it comes to nice friends!!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:43am Amanda:

Well played!!! <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/9/17 11:47am Gaylord Fields:

That's Our Sugarwolf! (with a theme song by Joe Raposo)
Avatar Thu. 2/9/17 11:56am Doug Schulkind:

What a special special, Amanda!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:57am Andy in Etobicoke:

A Hall Of Fame episode Amanda. Bravo!

Thank you.
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 11:58am listener james from westwood:

Superb tribute show, Amanda—thanks!
Avatar    Thu. 2/9/17 12:00pm Amanda:

Thank you all for listening! Fun times!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/9/17 12:00pm annie:

wonderful show this morning amanda!!
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