Music by Sam Pottle
Lyrics by David Axlerod
Date 1974
Publisher Sesame Street, Inc.
First Episode 0666

Season 23 version

Sesame Street What's The Name Of That Song?03:48

Sesame Street What's The Name Of That Song?

The cast sings "What's the Name of That Song?"

Sesame Street Forgetful Jones Sings What's The Name Of That01:58

Sesame Street Forgetful Jones Sings What's The Name Of That

Forgetful Jones can't remember "What's the Name of That Song".

"What's the Name of That Song?" was first performed by the Sesame Street cast in Episode 0666. It has been performed many times since. It is best known for its recurring "la-di-da-di-dum"'s .

The cast sang this in the finale of Sing Along, and it was also used as a plotline in the self-titled What's the Name of That Song?, in which Oscar the Grouch played an instrumental version of this tune, causing Big Bird to struggle to find out the name of the song. By the end of the video, Grover revealed that this was his favorite song (though he initially didn't know the title either), and then the cast sang this song.

This song was also sung by the cast, led by Lillian, in Season 23 (EKA: Episode 3079).

It was featured in the first edition of Sesame Street Live.

A remake of the song was performed in a sketch with Ernie and Bert singing at nighttime, and another remake was performed in a western sketch with Forgetful Jones (EKA: Episode 2643).

"La Chanson de l'Amitié" in 5, Rue Sesame is the same song as this, with different lyrics.



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