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Jim Henson first created The Muppets in 1955 for his TV show called Sam and Friends.

Jim Henson first created The Muppets in 1955 for his TV show called Sam and Friends.

Sam and Friends was Jim Henson’s first TV show. The show was only five-minutes long and aired twice daily on WRC-TV, in Washington, D.C. The show ran from May 9, 1955 to December 15, 1961.

According to Jim Henson, the Muppets got their name from a combination between the words “Marionette” and “Puppet.”

Then came Sesame Street. A longtime favorite of children and adults, and a staple of PBS, “Sesame Street” bridges many cultural and educational gaps with a fun program. Big Bird leads a cast of characters teaching children numbers, colors and the alphabet. Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch and Grover are just a few of the other creatures involved in this show, set on a city street full of valuable learning opportunities. Let’s take a look at some amazing behind-the-scenes photos that just might ruin your childhood.

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The Jackson 5 in Malibu, 1969

Led by a pre-teen Michael Jackson — who was joined by brothers Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie — the Jackson 5 were young, fresh and full of energy. As Billboard magazine noted, “The five young brothers were the symbol of a new era at Motown.”

 

The In the Flesh Tour, also known as the Animals Tour, was a concert tour by Pink Floyd in support of their album Animals. It was divided in two legs, one in Europe and another in North America. The tour featured large inflatable puppets, as well as a pyrotechnic “waterfall”, and one of the biggest and most elaborate stages to date, including umbrella-like canopies that would raise from the stage to protect the band from the elements.

Pink Floyd’s market strategy for the In the Flesh Tour was very aggressive, filling pages of The New York Times and Billboard magazine. To promote their four-night run at Madison Square Garden in New York City, there was a Pink Floyd parade on 6th Avenue featuring pigs and sheep.

This was the first tour since their 1973 tour that Pink Floyd didn’t use female backing singers. The musicians that augmented the band for the tour were sax player Dick Parry (who occasionally played keyboards out of view of the audience) and guitarist Snowy White, who also played bass on “Sheep”, “Pigs (Three Different Ones)” and “Welcome To the Machine” while Waters played electric guitar on “Sheep” and “Pigs” and acoustic guitar on “Welcome to the Machine”.

Pink Floyd - Animals Tour - FfM - 1977

1977- Pink Floyd - The Finale

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