Sunday, September 18th, 1966

The Muppets

Before “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show,” Jim Henson and Frank Oz brought early versions of Kermit, Grover and Big Bird to Ed Sullivan. In the first of their 25 appearances, a green monster playing guitar began sprouting extra heads, all playing different instruments. After this rock band finished a song, the monster shrunk into a tiny rock and was eaten by a bird Muppet.