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Balsam also provided the voice, and inspired the name, of [[Phil Fraggle]] in "[[Episode 124: New Trash Heap in Town|New Trash Heap in Town]]", and made a cameo as a [[Silly Creatures|Silly Creature]] street musician in "[[Episode 218: The Day the Music Died|The Day the Music Died]]".
 
Balsam also provided the voice, and inspired the name, of [[Phil Fraggle]] in "[[Episode 124: New Trash Heap in Town|New Trash Heap in Town]]", and made a cameo as a [[Silly Creatures|Silly Creature]] street musician in "[[Episode 218: The Day the Music Died|The Day the Music Died]]".
   
Balsam and Lee later wrote songs for ''[[The Tale of the Bunny Picnic]]'', while Balsam worked solo on ''[[Dog City (series)|Dog City]]'', composing the main title theme. Non-Henson work included songs, music and lyrics, for the Nelvana feature ''Babar: The Movie''.
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Balsam and Lee later wrote songs for ''[[The Tale of the Bunny Picnic]]'' and ''[[Muppet Classic Theater]]'', while Balsam worked solo on ''[[Dog City (series)|Dog City]]'', composing the main title theme. Non-Henson work included songs, music and lyrics, for the Nelvana feature ''Babar: The Movie''.
   
 
It has been presumed that [[Balsam the Minstrel]] was named after Philip Balsam; however, it has never been officially confirmed.
 
It has been presumed that [[Balsam the Minstrel]] was named after Philip Balsam; however, it has never been officially confirmed.

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Phil Balsam on guitar

Philip Balsam, also credited as Phil Balsam, is a Canadian singer and composer who worked on Fraggle Rock. Though the background score was mostly handled by Don Gillis, Balsam, working with lyricist Dennis Lee, composed the "Fraggle Rock Theme" and most of the songs used on the series. As recalled by Jerry Juhl in the Season 1 DVD set, "Follow Me" was the first song submitted by Balsam and Lee, as a demo, and the theme song and others followed. Balsam occasionally collaborated with other lyricists, such as writer B.P. Nichol for the song "The Joy" from "The Invasion of the Toe Ticklers."

Balsam also provided the voice, and inspired the name, of Phil Fraggle in "New Trash Heap in Town", and made a cameo as a Silly Creature street musician in "The Day the Music Died".

Balsam and Lee later wrote songs for The Tale of the Bunny Picnic and Muppet Classic Theater, while Balsam worked solo on Dog City, composing the main title theme. Non-Henson work included songs, music and lyrics, for the Nelvana feature Babar: The Movie.

It has been presumed that Balsam the Minstrel was named after Philip Balsam; however, it has never been officially confirmed.

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