Today is Rubber Duckie's Birthday! Aside from Bert, Rubber Ducky has been Ernie's faithful companion for many years. We wanted to find out more about this interesting fellow so we delved a bit into his background and found some very interesting facts:
Did you know that:
• Ernie's rubber duck was "born" in 1970.
• The Rubber Ducky song hit Billboard's chart at number 16 the year it was introduced. It was even nominated for a Grammy Award for 'Best Recording for Children,' but it lost to 'The Sesame Street Book & Record,' which, ironically, also contains the song.
• The bathtub version is the most famous and commonly seen version. It was included in many videos, including Sing Along, Shalom Sesame, Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting and has been dubbed into many different languages.
• In 1974, Ernie sang the song as "El Patito," with a new Latin arrangement and Spanish-language vocals by Jim Henson.
• In 1990, a new version of "Rubber Ducky" was filmed using the original recording with Jim Henson as Ernie.
• Little Richard performed a rock-and-roll version of the song for Sesame Street.
• Bert sang the song once.