Country Throwback: Watch Waylon Jennings Duets with Big Bird in 1985’s ‘Sesame Street’ Movie

by Matthew Wilson

In what is definitely Waylon Jennings‘ top ten collaborations, the country singer performs a duet with Big Bird.

Yes, that Big Bird. The “Sesame Street” character and Jennings may make an unlikely pairing. But it’s something that needs to be seen to be believed.

Jennings is just as good as he ever was, with vocals that put many musicians to shame. And Big Bird, well, he’s Big Bird and probably should stick to entertaining kids on Sesame Street. The duo also got a little help from some of Big Bird’s other pals including The Count driving his Countmobile. Bert and Ernie also make an appearance flying a plane.

Taking a page from The Muppets, the Sesame Street characters finally got a big-screen outing in “Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird.” Big Bird tries to reunite with his friends after being separated. Jennings made an appearance in the film for the children. He appears as a hesitant turkey farmer playing good samaritan.

He gives Big Bird a lift and together they have a duet for the ages, singing “Ain’t No Road Too Long.” Because you don’t cast Jennings and not have him sing.

Waylon Jennings Appeared in ‘Dukes of Hazzard’

Though he was known for his Outlaw Country music, Jennings wasn’t opposed to appearing in a different medium altogether. Prior to his big “Sesame Street” debut, Jennings entertained audiences for seven seasons on the “Dukes of Hazzard.”

Though audiences rarely saw Jennings except for a single appearance, they were more than familiar with his voice. Jennings played The Balladeer in the show, which often narrated what those troublesome Duke boys were up to now. The Balladeer played an important role in the show, often establishing storylines as well as the show’s tone and character. Additionally, Jennings performed the show’s theme “Good Ol’ Boys.”