Sesame Street "Windy" (partially lost clip of puppet show series; 1970)


Sesame Street "Windy"
Screenshot from Sesamstraße
Screenshot from Sesamstraße
Status Partially Lost

"Windy" was a Sesame Street song that first aired during Sesame Street episode 0074 (during the first season), on February 19, 1970.[1] It was originally a #1 hit for the Association in 1967, so it is one of the song covers performed during the first season of Sesame Street in 1969.[2] This sketch is also known for being longtime sound engineer Dick Maitland's first sketch on Sesame Street that he worked on. [3]

Tony sings about his girlfriend, Windy (who is Beautiful Day Monster in drag), who can fly across the sky. After Tony's first singing line, Beautiful Day Monster sprouts his huge black bat wings and then tells Tony that he is about to fly all across the city (hence his legs are unusually seen during the song) and Tony looks in awe as he sees the monster flying. At the end of the song, Beautiful Day Monster falls down to the ground with a huge crash, gets cross-eyed and has a bandage on his chest.

"Windy" is one of the rarest and hardest classic clips in the show to find like "Crack Master." According to a user on MuppetCentral, the German dub of the clip from Sesamstraße has once been posted on YouTube by an unknown German user back in 2006 (during YouTube's early days),[4] but the video got deleted as of February 2007, due to the German user who posted many other Classic Sesame Street clips taken from Sesamstraße being suspended from YouTube at the time, likely as a victim of the February 2007 Viacom takedown that pulled 400,000 users from YouTube. Because of this, there are no more copies of the song (despite only five screenshots found as shown below.) as this was before mostly anyone knew how to download YouTube videos, so it has not resurfaced since then and it is unknown if it will ever be leaked from Sesame Workshop's video archives (despite such other rare classic clips as "Cookie Bookie," "Kermit's R Lecture," and more having already been leaked; these can still be found on Tiny Dancer's YouTube channel).

Another user, gavry3 posted a forum thread on MuppetCentral Forum about the "Windy" song. The sketch also may have been included somewhere on a Castilian Spanish Barrio Sesamo "Espinete y Don Pimpon" 10-disc set that is only available in Spain, but you cannot import the DVDs. The forum thread has been left derelict and has not been bumped by any other users.[5]

On June 22, 2017, YouTuber VINTAGE TV uploaded a Barrio Sésamo episode with the "Windy" song in it. The episode is in Spanish, so currently the English version of the short is currently lost. YouTuber PumpkinJFriend uploaded a separate video of the short (Spanish Dub) that same night.

As of August 1, 2017, VINTAGE TV had gotten suspended from YouTube recently, and the Barrio Sesamo episode that had the clip was gone before being reuploaded by youtuber Ferdasyn 80. Luckily, the "Windy" clip itself in Spanish still remained online thanks to various users who had mirrored it on other sites.

Gallery

The Barrio Sesamo episode containing the clip (starts at 15:50)
The Castilian Spanish version of the song (the only current version available).

References

  1. muppet.wikia.com page on Sesame Street episode 0074. Retrieved 26 Dec '16.
  2. muppet.wikia.com page on the Windy song. Retrieved 26 Dec '16.
  3. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, Page 229. Received 9 Apr '17.
  4. muppetcentral.com forum thread on the "Surprise" song by proto-Little Jerry and the Monotones (1970 version). The "Windy" song was stated as one of the "holy grails" in one of the comments. Retrieved 26 Dec '16.
  5. muppetcentral.com forum thread on the "Windy" song. Retrieved 26 Dec '16.

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Comments


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Paroos

5 months ago
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This is cool, any ways of finding it at some point?
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BigRedMonster86

5 months ago
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Not really. I feel that the only way I'll ever get a chance of getting this clip again is to obtain a copy of it from someone who works at Sesame Workshop (I don't know who to ask), but I don't think they'll let me put that clip online, so in case of this, I'll have to mail the clip to any fans via P.O. box. If "Grover and Kermit Count 9 Blocks" resurfaced in English (after the German dub was deleted years ago) and if "Gone with the Wind" resurfaced in Castilian Spanish (after the German dub got deleted years ago), how come "Windy," "Ernie and the Candy Salesman," "Grover at the Zoo," and "Professor Hastings' Y Lecture" won't resurface after the German dubs got deleted?!
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Anonymous user #1

5 months ago
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Don't forget "BDM Steals Bert's Cookies" resurfaced in Hebrew (after the German dub got deleted years ago) (and dubbed the voices yourself), BigRedMonster86.
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BigRedMonster86

5 months ago
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Yeah, I forgot to state that. Heh...
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TheZaimCompany

4 months ago
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Technically, the clip isn't really lost. It's in the vaults.
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BigRedMonster86

4 months ago
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Yeah, I'm wanting to acquire copies of this clip (and "Ernie and the Candy Salesman" and others) from Sesame Workshop's vault this summer, but for me, it's gonna be really hard. A cost of a f#$%@#g fortune to get the clips. I'm trying to get all these clips for my personal collection, and Ashley Gilliard and Edward Gelenter are also wanting to see the clips so badly.
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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Man, now I REALLY want Rohail to get his harddrive fixed!
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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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BTW, it's the weekend and its Sunday, what about The Partial English of "Kermit Draws a 2"?
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LegalizeAnythingMuppets

3 months ago
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The song can be found in this Barrio Sesamo episode: https://www....=6ho5zZzZ5PI.
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LegalizeAnythingMuppets

3 months ago
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PumpkinJFriend just uploaded the video of the song on his YT channel: https://www....=8ZRUkaoP0gM.
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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I can't wait when Rohail posted the clips :)
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SADLAD84

2 months ago
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Are you sure your not on the wrong page?
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SADLAD84

2 months ago
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I mean you're
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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"Are you sure your not on the wrong page"

What are you talking about. I'm never on any wrong pages. I'm on PERFECTLY RIGHT pages. Now, don't bug us, we're tryin to get clips here. >:|
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SADLAD84

2 months ago
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Yes, but from the mention of a guy posting clips, I assumed you intended to post this on the Ernie and the pumpkin seed candy salesman page.
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Anonymous user #1

2 months ago
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OK, not tryin to be a jerk here, we just want clips BADLY, we're not being jerks here, just leave us alone, so we can get our clips. Ugh
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SADLAD84

2 months ago
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Alright sorry.
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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The full episode's been taken down.
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Anonymous user #2

1 months ago
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Sorry. I posted this comment before I read the end of the article.
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BigRedMonster86

1 months ago
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At least we have the Windy song backed up on some sites now. It's also on Archive.org. https://arch...-8ZRUkaoP0gM
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Anonymous user #3

26 days ago
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Are you gonna put Ernie and the Pumpkin Seed Candy Salesman on Archive.org?
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Anonymous user #4

5 days ago
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Did you hear that Ferdasyn 80 re-uploaded the episode on Sep. 3rd
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