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'Bein' green': Kermit's crossover classic

Wistful children's song adapted as a call for Civil Rights 'Bein' Green' first appeared on the children’s television programme Sesame Street in 1970. However, even songwriter Joe Raposo, vocalist Jim Henson and the show’s producer Joan Ganz-Cooney must have been surprised at how quickly the song was picked up by a host of well-known ‘adult’ artists. Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra, Cher, Julie Andrews and others all recorded versions of this slow, complex and reflective song that was written and recorded in a single night for a television show aimed primarily at pre-schoolers. But what was it about the song that made it appeal to both adults and to Sesame Street’s pre-school curricu

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