Throwback Thursday: Puppet Still Warms Hearts

Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop
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Shari Lewis and her puppet Lamb Chop in 1969.

Popular culture is filled with entertaining animals and Lamb Chop, a puppet created by the late comedian Shari Lewis in 1956, is still one of the most popular animal characters of all time. Lamb Chop stuffed animals can still be purchased at toy stores — even Toys"R"Us carries a talking version of the puppet.

Lewis and Lamb Chop debuted on Captain Kangaroo in the late 1950's and, according to an LA Times article, Lewis got her own Saturday morning series on NBC, The Shari Lewis Show, in 1960. The show ran for three years and then, when Lamb Chop's Play Along debuted on PBS in 1992, Lewis created other animal characters but the outspoken little woolen puppet always stole the show.

Lewis' daughter Mallory Lewis recently brought Lamb Chop back to the stage and will be performing this weekend at the Ventura County Fair in Ventura, Calif. In an article with the Ventura County Star about her upcoming performance, Mallory said Lamb Chop hasn't changed much. "I think the biggest way Lamb Chop has changed (other than having longer legs) is she used to be the second member of the team; now she's the first member. I'm just riding on Lamb Chop's coattails."

Check out the video below to see Lamb Chop and friends sing their most popular tune The Song That Doesn't End.


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