Sesame Street, “Green,” March 10, 1970

Written By: Greg Howell - Jan• 19•18

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Without argument, Kermit the Frog’s “Green,” later retitled “Being Green,” is the most significant and successful song written for children and children’s television programming in the history of recorded music and broadcasting. Premiering at the end of the show’s first, wildly successful season, the softly, and poignantly sung tune catapulted into the American mainstream, quickly becoming an American songbook classic.

For the March 10th premiere, the song was centered around Kermit in a dark, leafy green forest setting. Kermit’s, aka Jim Henson, plaintive words about the difficulty of being the color green transform into a triumphant understanding of his own individuality and beauty. An obvious analogy about race, the song could just as easily be about sex, personal identity, even sexual orientation – and more broadly, about the beauty of individuality.

By the following year, both Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne had recorded the song, but its first recorded appearance was on the Children’s Workshop release of the first Sesame Street album in the summer of 1970. The album was a sizable hit, awarded gold by the RIAA, and peaking at #23 on the Billboard Top LP’s chart.

The classic song was written by Joe Raposo. The Portuguese-American songwriter and composer also wrote the theme song to Sesame Street, and wrote songs for the Electric Company, and the theme to 1970’s “jiggle” TV classic comedy, Three’s Company.

The many versions of the song are available on iTunes, including the original and the 1979 disco version.

The original video, as shown below, is viewable at the Sesame Street official YouTube channel and countless other sources online, including

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