Jeffrey Arnold "Jeff" Moss (June 19th, 1942 - SEPTEMBER 24th, 1998) was a head writer & composer-lyricist on SESAME STREET. Some of his best-known songs from the show include "RUBBER DUCKIE", "I LOVE TRASH", "The People in Your Neighborhood", "I DON’T Want to Live on the Moon" & "NASTY DAN". In addition to songwriting, Moss helped to create Cookie Monster, OSCAR THE GROUCH, & Guy Smiley.
Moss won 15 Emmys for his work & wrote the songs for 4 Grammy Award-winning records. When released as a single in 1970, RUBBER DUCKIE sold more than a million copies. Moss' songs were known internationally as well; Claude François' recording of "NASTY DAN" went to number 1 on the pop chart in France.
Moss wrote over a dozen best-selling books under the SESAME STREET label, including The SESAME STREET Book of Poetry. Several of his songs have been illustrated & published as well. He also wrote 3 collections of children’s poetry & several short stories.
- MOSS also gave voice to several Anything Muppet singers on SESAME STREET, including namesakes BIG Jeffy (of Little Jerry & the Monotones) , & Jeffy (who sang "I’m Going to Get My Hair Cut" with Cookie Monster). He also voiced a Lavender back-up singer for Little Chrissy & the Alphabeats.
- A chair at New York City’s Hayden Planetarium is dedicated to MOSS, immortalized by a plaque with his name, dates of birth & death, & the caption "Beloved Star".
- SESAME STREET Books
- People in My Family (1971)
- People in Your Neighborhood (1971)
- The SESAME STREET Storybook (1971)
- Cookie Monster’s Circle Book (1972)
- The SESAME STREET 1, 2, 3 Storybook (1973)
- The SESAME STREET ABC Storybook (1974)
- The SESAME STREET Book of Fairy Tales (1975)
- OSCAR’s Book (1975)
- OSCAR-THE-GROUCH’s Alphabet of TRASH (1977)
- The SESAME STREET Bedtime Storybook (1978)
- The SESAME STREET Library (1978 - 1979)
- People in My Family (1983)
- The SESAME STREET Treasury (1983)
- The Songs of SESAME STREET in Poems & Pictures (1983)
- The SESAME STREET Book of Poetry (1992)
- Other Poetry Collections
- The Butterfly Jar
- The Other Side of the Door
- Bone Poems
- Other Short Stories
- Bob & Jack: A Boy & His Yak
- Hieronymus White
- Dad of the Dad of the Dad of Your Dad
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