LittleChrissyandtheAlphabeats
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The group's first single, "Count It Higher"/"Exit".

Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats are a Sesame Street rock group that first appeared in season 5 in 1973. The leader is Little Chrissy, backed up by Green and Lavender Anything Muppets in red shirts with pompadour hairstyles known as the Alphabeats.

The performers for the group included Christopher Cerf as Little Chrissy. The voices of the back-up Alphabeats varied, including Christopher Cerf, Richard Hunt, Jerry Nelson, Paul Jacobs and Jeff Moss.

In the group's first appearance, "Count it Higher," the band appeared as a quartet, including an extra Hot Pink Anything Muppet (voiced by Jerry Nelson and puppeteered by Frank Oz[1]) with orange hair and a blue-and-white striped shirt, and the Green and Lavender Alphabeats had a wilder look, with wider eyes and messier hair. The color of their hair was also different, with the Green Alphabeat sporting spiky black hair and the Lavender one with an unkempt blond hairdo. The following season, the Hot Pink Alphabeat was dropped, and the band was reduced to a trio with the Green and Lavender Alphabeats given their primary looks with the pompadours and eyelids. The Alphabeats' street appearances in season 14 (episodes 1815 and 1824) feature an extra red-haired female Alphabeat (Lavender in the first and Green in the other), voiced in both instances by Ivy Austin.

In addition to performing their own numbers, the group (with or without Little Chrissy) occasionally provided back-up music for Don Music, including some "Sesame Street News Flash" skits from the 70s and episodes from the 80s (1824 and 2043). In the early 1990s, Big Jeffy (often appearing alongside Little Chrissy in street scenes as a duo at this point) appeared in place of the lavender Alphabeat on a number of occasions, in the songs "Gonna Rock You to Sleep," "I Go to School," and "Startin' Kindergarten."

Songs

Album credit only

Notes

  • While Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats are only given credit for the album version of "One Way," with the TV version performed by a group of Anything Muppet greasers (the lead also voiced by Cerf), two of the back-up Muppets closely resemble the recurring two Alphabeats. Likewise, two Anything Muppets backing up Don Music in Episode 1971 also resemble them.

Book appearances

Sources

  1. ToughPigs Presents CABIN FEVER with Sesame Street Writer Chris Cerf (at 0:10:40), May 6, 2020.
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