We are saddened to learn that Mike Renzi, former music director and composer for Sesame Street, has passed away at the age of 80.

Renzi worked on Sesame Street for about a decade (seasons 31 to 40), and wrote the music for over 120 songs, including such tunes as:

In addition to composing, Renzi was also a musician and founded the Mike Renzi Trio. He even played piano and rhodes on Jerry Nelson’s Truro Daydreams album. He also served as music director for many big-name artists, including Frank Sinatra, Cleo Laine, Ertha Kitt, Peggy Lee, and many other. He will be missed.

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By Shane Keating

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