Rowlf the Dog was the first Muppet to reach national stardom as a cast member of The Jimmy Dean Show from 1963 to 1966. He later went on to serve as the resident piano player on The Muppet Show, also playing the silly surgeon Dr. Bob on the recurring sketch “Veterinarian’s Hospital.”

Rowlf first appeared in 1962 in a series of Purina Dog Chow commercials. He was paired with Baskerville the Hound in a series of ads which aired in Canada from 1962 to 1963.

Rowlf was the first Muppet built by Don Sahlin. Unlike most of the early Muppets, he was designed as a live-hand Muppet; he was also one of the first non-abstract Muppet characters, built to resemble a dog. According to Henson’s original notes, other names considered for the character were Barkley, Woofington, Baskerville, Barkus, Howlington, Waggington and Beowolf. Jim Henson designed three different dogs, one of which became the design for Rowlf, and another of which became the design for Baskerville.

1.Lydia the Tattooed Lady
2.Eight Little Notes
3.I Never Harmed an Onion
4.Halfway Down the Stairs
5.Memory Lane
6.Cottleston Pie
7.Bein’ Green
8.Carbon Paper
9.Garden Song
10.New York State of Mind
11.When
12.You and I and George
13.Wishing Song
14.Old Dog Trey

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