Bruce Hart (songwriter)

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Bruce Hart (January 15, 1938 - February 21, 2006)[1] was an American songwriter and screenwriter perhaps best known for composing the lyrics to the theme song to Sesame Street.


Hart was born in New York City, grew up in Watertown, NY, and completed an arts degree at Syracuse University. After graduation, he wrote material for Carl Ballantine, Larry Hankin and the Charles Playhouse in Boston.

Hart starting writing sketches for Sesame Street with his wife Carole after the program made its debut in 1969. He won an Emmy in 1970 for the pilot of Sesame Street titled "Sally sees Sesame Street".[2] He cowrote the theme song with Joe Raposo and Jon Stone.[3] He also wrote the lyrics for Marlo Thomas's Free to Be... You and Me from an album and television special of the same name in the early 1970s. Michael Jackson and Harry Belafonte also featured on both the album and special.

Hart also wrote "One Way Ticket" which became a hit for Cass Elliot. With his wife, he produced an Emmy Award-winning show for adolescents, Hot Hero Sandwich, which appeared on NBC in 1979. The Harts also wrote, directed, and produced the telemovie "Sooner or Later" which appeared on NBC in 1979. The couple also co-wrote several books, including Sooner or Later, published in 1978, and Waiting Games in 1981.


  1. ^ Sisario, Ben (February 23, 2006). "Bruce Hart, 68, Lyricist for 'Sesame Street,' Dies - New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Contemporary Authors Online 2002, Op Cit. "Bruce Hart"
  3. ^ "Sesame Street lyricist Bruce Hart dies at 68". Newsday. 2006-02-24. Retrieved 2006-02-25. [dead link]

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