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Little Jerry

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PERFORMER Jerry Nelson
DEBUT 1970

Revised wardrobe in later appearances.

Little Jerry is the lead singer of Little Jerry and the Monotones and has performed several songs on Sesame Street, including "Four," "Telephone Rock," and "Mad".

Little Jerry's original hippie apparel was exchanged in the 1980s for a white and black leather jacket and a chain necklace. In the band's comeback appearance in a 2000 episode, he also sports a pair of sunglasses.

Little Jerry is considered to be male, but in one Shalom Sesame sketch, in which an actress dubbed the character for "Proud," host Mandy Patinkin introduced the rocker as female: "Little Jeri (sic) is loud and proud, and why shouldn't she be?."

Little Jerry was named after his performer Jerry Nelson.

Jerry Nelson later talked about the character and his group in a 2009 interview:

Little Jerry was Jeff Moss’ thing. I think deep in his heart he wrote that because he loves to sing bass. They were wonderful pieces. They were so much fun to do.[1]


Video appearances

Book appearances


  1. Nelson, Jerry Tough Pigs Interview

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