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{{performer|Jerry Nelson}}
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{{character|image=littlejerry.jpg|performer=[[Jerry Nelson]]|debut=1971|pattern=[[Green]]}}
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[[Image:2000LittleJerry.jpg|thumb|300px|Revised wardrobe in later appearances.]]
 
[[Image:2000LittleJerry.jpg|thumb|300px|Revised wardrobe in later appearances.]]
[[Image:BlackhairedJerry.jpg|thumb|300px|Little Jerry with black hair in the "exit" sketch.‎]]
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'''Little Jerry''' is the lead singer of [[Little Jerry and the Monotones]] and has performed several songs on ''[[Sesame Street]]'', including "[[Four (song)|Four]]," "[[Telephone Rock]]," "[[Proud (Moss)|Proud]]," and "[[Mad (song)|Mad]]".
[[Image:LittleJerrysGreenNosedIllustratedCameoAppearance.png|thumb|300px|Little Jerry with green nose for his illustrated cameo appearance in ''The Sesame Street ABC Storybook''.]]
 
'''Little Jerry''' is the lead singer of [[Little Jerry and the Monotones]] and has performed several songs on ''[[Sesame Street]]'', including "[[Four (song)|Four]]," "[[Telephone Rock]]," and "[[Mad (song)|Mad]]". He also appeared without the Monotones in a first season sketch with a group of other hippies (and the early [[Grover]]) demonstrating "Foward" and "Backward" with a [[Hot Pink]] [[Anything Muppet]] leading the lecture. {{First|0069}}
 
   
Although Little Jerry usually appeared as a redhead, he had black hair in one sketch where Grover talked about the word "exit". {{eka|0261}}
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His character evolved from a recurring Green Anything Muppet dashiki-wearing hippie (who was usually seen alongside other Anything Muppet hippies) from [[Season 1 (1969-1970)|season 1]] and [[Season 2 (1970-1971)|season 2]] that (naturally with Anything Muppets) was often interchanged (for example, while the character usually was Green and had moppy red hair, some skits portrayed him with different hairstyles and AM patterns, including a skit where [[Grover]] talks about the word "exit," where the character was seen with frizzy black hair instead of his usual red hair {{first|0210}}, and another skit where the character was portrayed as a [[Lavender]] Anything Muppet while spelling out the word "run." {{first|0226}} By the time his band name appeared on [[The Official Sesame Street 2 Book-and-Record Album|the second Sesame Street cast album]], Little Jerry had become an established character.
   
Little Jerry's style and apparel was updated by the 1980s; his original hippie clothing was exchanged for a white and black leather jacket and a chain necklace. In the band's comeback appearance in [[Episode 3898|a 2000 episode]], he also sports pair of sun glasses.
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By the late 1980s, his original hippie garb had been exchanged for a white and black leather jacket and a chain necklace. In the band's comeback appearance in 2000, he also sports a pair of sunglasses.
   
 
Little Jerry is considered to be male, but in one ''[[Shalom Sesame]]'' sketch, in which an actress dubbed the character for "[[Proud (Moss)|Proud]]," host [[Mandy Patinkin]] introduced the rocker as female: "Little Jeri (sic) is loud and proud, and why shouldn't she be?."
 
Little Jerry is considered to be male, but in one ''[[Shalom Sesame]]'' sketch, in which an actress dubbed the character for "[[Proud (Moss)|Proud]]," host [[Mandy Patinkin]] introduced the rocker as female: "Little Jeri (sic) is loud and proud, and why shouldn't she be?."
   
Little Jerry was named after his performer [[Jerry Nelson]]. Though on one occasion, [[Fran Brill]] performed him, while Nelson was performing [[Big Jeffy]], in a sketch where Grover and the Monotones demonstrate the word "walk".
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Little Jerry was named after his performer [[Jerry Nelson]], who later talked about the character and his group in a 2009 interview: {{quote|Little Jerry was [[Jeff Moss]] thing. I think deep in his heart he wrote that because he loves to sing bass. They were wonderful pieces. They were so much fun to do.<ref>Nelson, Jerry [http://www.toughpigs.com/a-chat-with-jerry-nelson-part-3/ Tough Pigs Interview]</ref>|}} While Nelson was usually the one who provided his voice, [[Fran Brill]] performed him in another season 2 sketch with Grover where the band (unenthusiastically) spells out the word "WALK," while Nelson was puppeteering [[Big Jeffy]].
   
Jerry Nelson later talked about the character and his group in a 2009 interview:
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==Notes==
{{quote|Little Jerry was Jeff Moss’ thing. I think deep in his heart he wrote that because he loves to sing bass. They were wonderful pieces. They were so much fun to do.<ref>Nelson, Jerry [http://www.toughpigs.com/a-chat-with-jerry-nelson-part-3/ Tough Pigs Interview]</ref>|}}
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*A [[Jim Henson]] character resembling Little Jerry who played drums (and sang lead) appeared in a cover of "[[Spinning Wheel]]" during ''Sesame Street'''s [[Season 1 (1969-1970)|first season]].
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==Episodic appearances==
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*[[Episode 2452]]
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*[[Episode 3898]]
   
 
==Video appearances==
 
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==Book appearances==
 
==Book appearances==
 
*''[[Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum]]'' (1974)
 
*''[[Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum]]'' (1974)
*''[[The Sesame Street ABC Storybook]]'', green-nosed variant (1974)
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*''[[The Sesame Street ABC Storybook]]'' (1974)
 
*''[[Big Bird's Busy Book]]'' (1975)
 
*''[[Big Bird's Busy Book]]'' (1975)
 
* ''[[Sesame Street coloring books|The Sesame Street Block Party Coloring Book]]'' (1977)
 
* ''[[Sesame Street coloring books|The Sesame Street Block Party Coloring Book]]'' (1977)
 
*''[[The Sesame Street Dictionary]]'' (1980)
 
*''[[The Sesame Street Dictionary]]'' (1980)
   
==Sources==
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Image:BlackhairedJerry.jpg|Little Jerry with black hair in the "exit" sketch.‎
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Image:Monotones run.jpg|Little Jerry as a Lavender Anything Muppet, spelling out the word "run."
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Image:LittleJerrysGreenNosedIllustratedCameoAppearance.png|A green-nosed Little Jerry makes an illustrated cameo in ''The Sesame Street ABC Storybook''.
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</gallery>
   
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==Sources==
 
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Revision as of 03:08, November 6, 2019

Littlejerry
PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1971
PATTERN Green
Little jerry on stage
2000LittleJerry

Revised wardrobe in later appearances.

Little Jerry is the lead singer of Little Jerry and the Monotones and has performed several songs on Sesame Street, including "Four," "Telephone Rock," "Proud," and "Mad".

His character evolved from a recurring Green Anything Muppet dashiki-wearing hippie (who was usually seen alongside other Anything Muppet hippies) from season 1 and season 2 that (naturally with Anything Muppets) was often interchanged (for example, while the character usually was Green and had moppy red hair, some skits portrayed him with different hairstyles and AM patterns, including a skit where Grover talks about the word "exit," where the character was seen with frizzy black hair instead of his usual red hair (First: Episode 0210), and another skit where the character was portrayed as a Lavender Anything Muppet while spelling out the word "run." (First: Episode 0226) By the time his band name appeared on the second Sesame Street cast album, Little Jerry had become an established character.

By the late 1980s, his original hippie garb had been exchanged for a white and black leather jacket and a chain necklace. In the band's comeback appearance in 2000, he also sports a pair of sunglasses.

Little Jerry is considered to be male, but in one Shalom Sesame sketch, in which an actress dubbed the character for "Proud," host Mandy Patinkin introduced the rocker as female: "Little Jeri (sic) is loud and proud, and why shouldn't she be?."

Little Jerry was named after his performer Jerry Nelson, who later talked about the character and his group in a 2009 interview:

Little Jerry was Jeff Moss’ thing. I think deep in his heart he wrote that because he loves to sing bass. They were wonderful pieces. They were so much fun to do.[1]
While Nelson was usually the one who provided his voice, Fran Brill performed him in another season 2 sketch with Grover where the band (unenthusiastically) spells out the word "WALK," while Nelson was puppeteering Big Jeffy.

Notes

Episodic appearances

Video appearances

Book appearances

Sources

  1. Nelson, Jerry Tough Pigs Interview
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