Music by Joe Raposo
Lyrics by Sara J. Compton
Date 1985
Publisher Instructional Children's Music, Inc.,
Jonico Music Inc.,
Sesame Street Inc.
First Episode 2141

Their comeback appearance in the 1990s.

The "Readers of the Open Range" refers both to a trio of cowpokes who specialize in reading signs and the song in which they introduce themselves. The group consists of Verne (Jerry Nelson), Sophie (Kevin Clash), and Earl (Richard Hunt).

The Readers returned on Sesame Street years later for a second sketch in episode 3364. Only Nelson reprised his role as Vern, with Martin P. Robinson performing Earl and Julianne Buescher performing Sophie. After singing their theme song, the group wanders into a town whose inhabitants are entirely illiterate, and thus have no idea where they live. Vern sagely asks whether there's a "big ole' sign" in town, and thus is able to determine that the Readers of the Open Range are in Bisbee, Arizona.

In the same episode, Vern comes to Sesame Street and recruits Telly and Zoe as part of his Reading crew. The other members are away on other jobs; Sophie's a proofreader in Houston and Earl's "reading palms" in Santa Fe, while Vern's horse is in Cancún. Vern would return again in Episode 3470.

The song the group sang was also performed by Elmo and Noel Cowherd as an album track on Elmo's Lowdown Hoedown.


  • The original segment was directed by Jon Stone and was taped on October 3, 1985.[1]


Audio (song; Elmo and Noel Cowherd's version)

See also


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