Rubber Duckie

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"Rubber Duckie"
Single by Ernie (Jim Henson)
from the album The Sesame Street Book and Record
GenreChildren's, pop
Songwriter(s)Jeff Moss
Producer(s)Thomas Z. Shepard

"Rubber Duckie" is a song sung by the Muppet character Ernie (voiced by Jim Henson) on Sesame Street. The song is named after Ernie's toy, a rubber duck affectionately named Rubber Duckie.

The song, written by Jeff Moss and arranged by Joe Raposo, was released as a single and became a surprise mainstream hit, peaking at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 26, 1970. It was nominated for the Best Recording for Children Grammy in 1971 but lost out to the album The Sesame Street Book & Record, which contained the song.[1] The song had follow-ups "Do De Rubber Duck" and "D-U-C-K-I-E" and was the centerpiece of 1988's "Put Down the Duckie", performed by Hoots the Owl but also featuring Ernie.

Other recordings and performances[edit]

In 1971, one of The Irish Rovers sings the song in one sketch as part of one of the episodes of The Irish Rovers Show. Little Richard performed a rock-and-roll version of the song as a guest on a 1995 episode of Sesame Street. Bob McGrath recorded the song in his album, "Bob's Favorite Street Songs". The song made a brief appearance in a scene in Three Men and a Little Lady, and during an episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Daveed Diggs, in costume as Mr. Noodle's Brother Mr. Noodle, performed a hip-hop infused version on Sesame Street's YouTube channel.

Stride pianist Dick Wellstood included a performance of the song on his 1974 live album Walkin' with Wellstood. Jane Krakowski sings the song on her live album The Laziest Gal in Town.


  1. ^ Oloffson, Kristi (2009-11-09). "Top 10 Sesame Street Moments". Time. New York: Time. Retrieved 2011-03-30.

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