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Written by George Weiss and George Shearing
Date 1952
Publisher EMI Longitude Music

"Lullaby of Birdland" was the closing number in episode 201 of The Muppet Show. Fozzie Bear is helping Kermit run the show, and he selects the song for The Electric Mayhem to perform as the closing number. The band is so happy that they give him shades, and make him an honorary hip person.

When Floyd Pepper notes, shortly before the number, that they need a bass player because he'll be playing the vibraphone, Fozzie sends on guest star Don Knotts. Predictably, Don is too square for the band, and at the end of the number his bass blows up as he attempts to keep up with the frenetic pace. The disgusted band votes to de-shade Fozzie.

Other versions

  • In a Sesame Street sketch, Robin Williams and a robin show how they're different and the same. Williams notes that the high-pitched robin is a much better singer and the robin (now with a deeper voice) starts singing the song to prove it.
  • In another Sesame Street segment, the sound of the letter "V" is demonstrated with a toy van and a cartoon man. The man (voiced by Jim Thurman) briefly hums the first few notes of "Lullaby of Birdland" before driving off.