Jeff Moss (June 19, 1942 - September 24, 1998) was a writer, composer and lyricist on Sesame Street. He served as head writer from seasons 2 to 5 and wrote some of the show's best-known songs including "Rubber Duckie," "I Love Trash," "The People in Your Neighborhood," "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon," and "Nasty Dan." Moss also helped create and/or establish the characters Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and Guy Smiley.
Moss won 15 Emmys for his work and wrote the songs for four Grammy Award-winning records. When released as a single in 1970, "Rubber Duckie" sold more than a million copies. Moss' songs were known internationally as well; Claude François' recording of "Nasty Dan" went to #1 on the pop chart in France.
Moss wrote over a dozen best-selling books under the Sesame Street label, including The Sesame Street Book of Poetry. Several of his songs have been illustrated and published as well. He also wrote three collections of children's poetry and several short stories.
See also: The Muppets Take Manhattan soundtrack
- Moss gave voice to several Anything Muppet singers on Sesame Street, including namesakes Big Jeffy (of Little Jerry and the Monotones), and Jeffy (who sang "I'm Going to Get My Hair Cut," with Cookie Monster). He also voiced a Lavender back-up singer for Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats.
- A chair at New York City's Hayden Planetarium is dedicated to Moss, immortalized by a plaque with his name, dates of birth and death, and the caption "Beloved Star".
- Sesame Street Books
- People in My Family (1971)
- People in Your Neighborhood (1971)
- The Sesame Street Storybook (1971)
- Cookie Monster's Circle Book (1972)
- The Sesame Street 1, 2, 3 Storybook (1973)
- The Sesame Street ABC Storybook (1974)
- Oscar's Book (1975)
- The Sesame Street Book of Fairy Tales (1975)
- Oscar-the-Grouch's Alphabet of Trash (1977)
- The Sesame Street Bedtime Storybook (1978)
- The Sesame Street Library (1978-1979)
- People in My Family (1983)
- The Sesame Street Treasury (1983)
- The Songs of Sesame Street in Poems and Pictures (1983)
- The Sesame Street Book of Poetry (1992)
- Other Poetry Collections
- The Butterfly Jar
- The Other Side of the Door
- Bone Poems
- Other Short Stories
- Bob and Jack: A Boy and His Yak
- Hieronymus White
- Dad of the Dad of the Dad of Your Dad