Last week's Musicians and Their Awesome Sesame Street Appearances was a big hit, so I thought I'd follow up with a whole bunch more Sesame Street musical performances. This week we're featuring: James Blunt, Pee Wee Herman, Yo Yo Ma, India.Arie, Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie and the Blowfish, Johnny Cash, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson, Melissa Etheridge, Andrea Bocelli, Los Lobos, Backstreet Boys, Samuel Ramey, and Alicia Keys. There are actually more coming next week, so stay tuned.
James Blunt, "My Triangle"
James lost his triangle, and is heartbroken. (Sung to the tune of "You're Beautiful.") It's very touching and kind of hilarious. "I saw your shape [a triangle] in a crowded place, now I don't know what to do...."
Pretty Much Everybody Ever (Including Pee Wee Herman), "Put Down the Duckie"
From a 1988 PBS pledge drive special, this video features a ton of celebrity cameos (starting at about 1:30): "John Candy (as Yosh Schmenge from SCTV), Andrea Martin (as Edith Prickley from SCTV), New York Mets Keith Hernandez & Mookie Wilson, Jane Curtin (of SNL and Kate & Allie), Madeline Kahn, Joe Williams, Paul Reubens (as Pee Wee Herman), Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Wynton Marsalis, Celia Cruz, Ihtzak Perlman, Gordon Jackson & Jean Marsh (as Angus Hudson and Rose Buck of Upstairs Downstairs), Paul Simon, Jeremy Irons, Pete Seeger, Rhea Perlman and Danny Devito, and NY Giants Sean Landeta, Mark Ingram, Karl Nelson and Carl Banks."
Yo Yo Ma and the Honkers, "Beethoven Quartet for Two Dingers and a Honker"
India.Arie, "The Alphabet Song"
Elmo wants to hear music, but Elmo's radio won't work.
The Goo Goo Dolls and Elmo, "Pride"
The lead singer's hair is actually kinda Muppet-like. To the tune of "Slide."
Hootie And The Blowfish, "Hold My Hand"
Let's learn how to cross the street...together.
Johnny Cash, "Tall Tale"
More fun with counting from the Man in Black. See also: "Don't Take Your Ones to Town."
James Taylor, "Your Smiling Face"
Sung to Oscar the Grouch, who's grouchy as ever.
Smokey Robinson, "U Really Got a Hold On Me"
"I don't like U, but I love U; seems like I'm always thinking of U." Get it? U?
Melissa Etheridge, "Like The Way U Do"
More U jokes.
No one else begins uptown
No one starts up upside-down
No one else begins unable, uncertain or unstable
And no one else can spell a
A neat word like umbrella
Andrea Bocelli and Elmo, "Time to Say Goodnight"
To the tune of "Time to Say Goodbye."
Los Lobos, "Elmo and the Lavender Moon"
Kind of spooky in its awesomeness.
Backstreet Boys and Elmo, "One Small Voice"
Samuel Ramey, "L Toreador"
Any opera fans in the house?
Alicia Keys, "Do You See What I See?"
A Christmas duet with Elmo.
Who Did I Leave Out?
Share your favorite musical memories of Sesame Street in the comments! Also be sure to check out last week's roundup which included Feist, Queen Latifah, R.E.M., Norah Jones, Ray Charles, Patti LaBelle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Spin Doctors, and Tilly and the Wall.