10 Great Sesame Street Sit Ins
Last week we informed you that Dave Matthews would be appearing on Sesame Street. Matthews joins plenty of other great musicians on the list of celebrities that have hung out with Jim Henson's creations since the program first hit the airwaves in 1969, including Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley, Paul Simon, Aaron Neville and many more. In honor of today's Dave Matthews cameo, here's a look at some of our favorite Sesame Street sit ins from over the years.
Sesame Street has been around for so long its hard to remember that there was once a time when the pool of contemporary artists included more than the Katy Perry's of the world. Country icon Johnny Cash dropped by during the show's fifth season to tell Oscar the Grouch about a mean man named "Nasty Dan."
Bo Diddley was a legendary guitarist who helped pioneer the rock n roll sound. Bo Jackson was the first athlete of the modern era to play both football and baseball professionally. Naturally, it made sense for the two of them to team up for a spoof of Jackson's "Bo Knows" Nike commercials, which were pretty hard to escape when this Sesame Street cameo took place in 1991.
Kronos Quartet have been bending genres for almost as long as Sesame Street has been on the air. So its not surprising that the group once made an appearance on the show in 1987, when they explained the concept of a "string quartet" to Big Bird.
Ernie has a storied history of not wanting to live on the moon, a feeling that is epitomized in his song "I Don't Want to Live On The Moon." New Orleans crooner Aaron Neville apparently shares this sentiment, which explains why he once joined Ernie for a rendition of the tune.
Linda Ronstadt, who collaborated with fellow Sesame Street guest artist Aaron Neville on the Grammy Award-winning duet "All My Life," showed off her linguistic skills when she taught Elmo and Parker Monster how to setup a fiesta with the song, "La Charreada."