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Episode 1185

Air Date: April 30, 1971
Previous Episode: 1184
Next Episode: 1186

Mister Rogers uses a cassette player to share examples of both jazz music and classical music. He shows pictures of those playing both styles before drawing on an easel as he listens to the cassette.

Visiting Joe Negri's Music Shop, Mister Rogers watches as the jazz combo which performed in Make-Believe the previous day practices in the rehearsal room.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. McFeely has a gold bass fiddle but he cannot read the address on the tag. As he asks around the Neighborhood, he receives various suggestions from those he asks. Lady Aberlin suggests it may belong to her uncle and Daniel thinks it might be for "Prince Tuesday's daddy." Henrietta Pussycat thinks it belongs to the "man for whom she babysits" and X the Owl suggests "the king." After Queen Sara Saturday mentions that it may be for her husband, King Friday XIII confirms that he is all of those people described throughout the Neighborhood.

Trying out the new fiddle, King Friday realizes that having a gold fiddle does not make a talented musician. He must practice in order to get better.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Look and Listen.


Let's Be Together Today plays as the episode transitions to Negri's Music Shop. Some Things I Don't Understand plays as Mister Rogers returns to his house.

The jazz combo plays variations of Everybody's Fancy, I Like to Be Told, You Are Pretty, and Some Things I Don't Understand.

The photo of the jazz combo shared by Mister Rogers appears to be taken during the rehearsal at Negri's Music Shop which occurs later in the episode.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Eric Kloss




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in association with Small World Enterpriese, Inc. for N.E.T.

Created by Fred Rogers
Produced and directed by Sam Silberman
Written by Eliot A. Daley, Fred Rogers
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, David Newell
Jazz Combo: John Costa, Eric Kloss, Joe Negri, Robert Rawsthorne, Michael Taylor
Psychological Consultants: Margaret B. McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Associate Producer: Diana Dean
Art Director: Jack Guest
Production Assistant: David Newell
Lighting Director: Al Brennecke
Floor Manager: Nick Tallo
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Dick Reschoff
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski, Dick LaSota
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears-Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1971 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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