Wunder der Weltgeschichte: Ein Song aus ‘nem schwedischen Mondo-Sexploitation-Film (hier komplett auf ‘ner russischen Video-Plattform) wird zu einem der bekanntesten Songs der Sesamstraße und der Muppet Show. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 50sten, Mah Nà Mah Nà!
Von Muppet History:
November 27, 1969: During episode 14 of Sesame Street, 3 Muppets performed a little known song, “Mah Na Mah Na” by Piero Umiliani, originally from a Swedish exploitation film. This was the first of many times the song would be performed by the Muppets. Happy 50th anniversary ❤️
It originally appeared in the Italian film Sweden: Heaven and Hell (Svezia, inferno e paradiso). It was a minor radio hit in the U.S. and in Britain, but became better known internationally for its use by The Muppets and on The Benny Hill Show. It has a formal structure in that it is a perfectly formed rondo with introduction and coda with three episodes.
“Mah Nà Mah Nà” first gained popularity in English-speaking countries from its use in a recurring blackout sketch for the 1969-70 season of The Red Skelton Show first airing in October 1969.
Sesame Street producer Joan Ganz Cooney heard the track on the radio and decided both it and a shaggy puppeteer named Jim Henson would be perfect additions to the show. First performed by Jim Henson (Kermit, et al.), Frank Oz (Fozzie Bear, et al.) and Loretta Long (Susan) on the fourteenth episode of the long running children’s show broadcast on November 27, 1969, the song entered the public consciousness of the latter half of Baby Boomer children. The following Sunday when Henson and His Muppets performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show it became an instant classic. Seven years later the song would also be part of the premiere episode of The Muppet Show in 1976.
Hier Trailer und Poster zu Sweden: Heaven and Hell sowie die Originalversion aus dem Soundtrack des Films. Ich wusste nicht, dass mein Lieblingssong der Muppets eine solch… bewegte Geschichte auf’m Buckel hat.