Old King Cole was a merry old soul. The nursery rhyme, dating to England circa the 16th century, and its title character have featured in many Muppet productions.
In a Sesame Street News Flash sketch, Old King Cole (performed by Jerry Nelson) called for his fiddlers three, accompanied by the royal drummer, bassist and saxophone player. It ends with a jam session.
In a 1984 sketch, Ernie plays Old King Cole and calls for his pipe and bowl. When he calls for his fiddlers three, they each appear one at a time allowing Ernie to practice his addition. The introduction to the story is narrated by Sonia Manzano. (First: Episode 1951)