May 14, 2014
Weekly Muppet Wednesdays: Jim
The Perry Como Winter Show (1972)
Most recent appearance...
The Muppet Show Episode 322: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans (1978)
Best known role...
Banjo player for The Country Trio; puppet representation of Jim Henson
WHO IS JIM?
Jim is the banjo player for the Country Trio band, alongside Jerry on guitar and Frank on bass. He first appeared with the band on The Perry Como Winter Show in 1972 where they performed "You Don't Mess Around with Jim." The following year Jim returned to TV with the band on The Dick Cavett Show to perform the classic tune "Mamma Don't Allow."
Jim would later appear briefly in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence pilot in 1975 sitting in with the Electric Mayhem. When The Muppet Show began in 1976, Jim would make a few appearances both with the Trio and solo. His first Muppet Show appearance was with the Trio in perhaps their most well-known performance of "To Morrow" in Episode 105: Rita Moreno. In the song, Jim took the lead vocals as the traveler who was visiting the fabled city of Morrow, Ohio. The Trio also performed "In The Summertime" in Episode 123: Kaye Ballard, where Jim once again sang the lead vocals.
Jim's final notable appearance was in Episode 322: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans in Season 3 where he and Jerry performed the song "A Four Legged Friend" while atop a pair of cows. It should be noted that in this sketch Jim referred to Jerry as "Tex".
Jim also appeared in the book The Muppet Show Diary 1979, a schedule book published in the United Kingdom, treating the year itself as if it were the special guest star of an episode of The Muppet Show. Jim was also notably immortalized in action figure form, as released by Palisades Toys in 2004, packaged in a special red-curtained box featuring a veritable who's who of Muppet characters, as well as biographical information and photos of Jim Henson himself.
WHY DO THE MUPPETS NEED JIM?
Without Jim Henson, there would be no Muppets... Jim is a Muppet representation of Jim Henson... It helps preserve the legacy and respect due to Jim himself, enough said.
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