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Music by Sidney Lippman
Lyrics by Buddy Kaye and Fred Wise
Date 1948
Publisher Aria Music Company, Sony/ATV Tunes, LLC
First Episode 0023

"A, You're Adorable" is a novelty song popularized in 1949 by Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters. Starting with the letter A, the singer uses the letters of the alphabet to describe his beloved, calling her adorable, beautiful, a cutie, and so forth.

"A, You're Adorable" was performed in a sketch on the first season of Sesame Street by Jack, who, before breaking out into song, explained that A was his favorite letter, not because it started the words apple and ant, but because it was the first letter of the word adorable, which described his girlfriend Adrienne. A series of alphabet blocks then scrolled along a conveyor belt atop the brick wall they were standing behind.

As Jack sang each letter of the alphabet throughout the course of the song, he picked up the respective block and threw it behind the wall. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to Jack, the blocks belonged to Cookie Monster, who suddenly appeared and, after having scared Adrienne away, demanded them back. Jack then retrieved each block, in order, from behind the wall and recited the alphabet once more as he handed the blocks to Cookie Monster, who, naturally, ate them.

Elmo and Marie Osmond performed the song on Donny & Marie, in a promotional appearance for season 31; it also appeared in an outtake reel shown later.

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