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`Sesame Street' Celebrity Appearances: 5 Great Ones (VIDEO)

AP   By CHRISTY LEMIRE   First Posted: 10/21/11 10:24 AM ET   Updated: 12/21/11 05:12 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (The Associated Press) -- The documentary "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" opens this week, about every toddler's favorite red monster and the man who brings him to life, Kevin Clash.

One of the joys of watching Clash in action -- besides marveling at how effortless he makes it all look -- is seeing how seamlessly he relates to both children and adults. And the segments he does with celebrities, as Elmo learns a lesson or explains a new word, are among his best. So here's a look at five of the greatest celebrity appearances over the four-plus decades "Sesame Street" has been on air. As the mother of a 2-year-old son, compiling this week's list was one of the most enjoyable yet.

Stevie Wonder performs "Superstition" (1973)
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This sort of thing doesn't happen on "Sesame Street" anymore. Sure, they have plenty of top artists perform all the time. But this is young Wonder at his thrilling best, singing one of his most enduring songs with a full band behind him, and the energy is just incredible. Check out the little kids playing maracas on the stairs and rocking out on the fire escapes. Plus, the clip is nearly 7 minutes long -- which would be unheard of today on any type of TV show -- and it even features a shout-out to Cookie Monster.
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