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Do we have an article on the closing theme music for Sesame Street which, at least in the early 1980s, was played over the funding acknowledgments after the main credit sequence? This YouTube video includes the music in question. It's done in sort of a funk style with prominent saxophones, bells, and wah-wah electric guitar. I had a look at Sesame Street Theme but either there's no mention of it there, or I overlooked it. If we don't currently have an article on this piece, perhaps someone could identify the title and composer for me with reference to some authoritative source, such as the liner notes of an official soundtrack album? The bells make me suspect it's a Joe Raposo piece, and indeed there are various user-contributed YouTube videos and Reddit posts crediting it to him under the title "Funky Chimes" or "Bells and Horns", but I haven't been able to verify this through any official sources. If we do have an article on this piece and it's not yet mentioned in the Sesame Street Theme article, then perhaps a link could be added in the "Closings" section. Logological (talk) 10:44, 10 January 2022 (UTC)

I'm not sure "Sesame Street Theme" would be the best place to cover this since it's a different piece of music. Offhand, I don't know what it's called or who the composer might be, but any sourceable info you can dig up would be helpful. β€”Scott latest?cb=20200820192427 (talk) 12:59, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
The credits for Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street call it "Sesame Closing March, AKA Funky Chimes." -- Tony (talk) 13:11, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
Boom, there you go. Composed by Joe Raposo. Weird that neither "Sesame Closing March" nor "Funky Chimes" has a BMI or ASCAP listing. Not unprecedented, as there's lots of stuff they don't have, but just a little odd. β€”Scott latest?cb=20200820192427 (talk) 13:45, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
There is an official Joe Raposo website that handles copyright and licensing queries, so perhaps they might have further information on the piece. I think I'll go ahead and contact them. β€”Logological (talk) 15:37, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
For the record, we do make a note of this version on the Season 4 page (its first appearance), and Season 23 (when it was last used). "Funky Chimes" is a fan name that's circulated for awhile and apparently well-known enough to be credited as such in the documentary. The Roots have also covered it seemingly every time there's a Sesame-related appearance on Jimmy Fallon. β€” Jon latest?cb=20200820192427 (talk) 22:55, 10 January 2022 (UTC)
Interesting that the Season 4 and Season 23 pages refer to it as a "version" or "reprise" of the Sesame Street Theme. Scott thinks it's a different piece of music and I have to agree. (Though I still think mentioning it in passing on the Sesame Street Theme article is a good idea, since it always accompanies the main theme, and since that's where most wiki visitors are going to look for it if they don't already know its name.) β€”Logological (talk) 15:53, 12 January 2022 (UTC)
I've just heard back from Joe Raposo's son, Nick. He's identified the official name of the song, listed the performers, and provided a reference to the BMI record. I'll update the wiki soon; I'm just waiting to hear back from Nick on whether I can quote from his e-mail. (Unfortunately, his e-mail might be the only extant written source for the performers.) β€”Logological (talk) 12:45, 25 May 2022 (UTC)
Very exciting to hear! If he's got a visual to use on the wiki, that would be great. Maybe a sheet music except; just the header or something as I imagine the family is sensitive about that. You can show him "Geometry of Circles" as an example, if you like. β€”Scott latest?cb=20200820192427 (talk) 12:50, 25 May 2022 (UTC)