A Muppet Funeral

by MSO

Big Bird a.k.a. Caroll Spinney, sang Kermit the Frog's signature song, "Bein' Green" at Jim Henson's funeral celebration.

On May 16th, 1990 the world lost a great innovator and creative mind, Jim Henson. To honor him there were two memorial services held.

One in New York City at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on May 21, 1990, just five days after Henson’s death. The second was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England on July 2, 1990.

Both services were similar with Big Bird singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green” the Dirty Dozen Brass Band played “A Closer Walk With Thee” and Harry Belafonte was present and sang “Turn The World Around”. Colorful butterflies on metal stems were handed out to mourners who waved them as Belafonte sang.

There were also performances by the Muppets “Baby Face” and “You Are My Sunshine”. “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” was sung by Kevin Clash in the voice of Elmo and Dave Goelz singing “I’m Going to Go Back There Someday” in the voice of Gonzo. To close the service a gathered mass of puppeteers and Muppets sang “Just One Person”.

The one stipulation, from instructions drafted by Henson in 1986, were that no one in attendance wear black. The other notable request was for the presence of a jazz band.

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