Words and music by Jeff Moss
first broadcast on February 25, 1970
Here's another lovely version that was done by the Tapestry Choir of Maleny, Australia.
Little known facts about Rubber Duckie
The 'famous' rubber-duck-squeaking solo in the original version of the song (for the very first Sesame Street album) is squeaked by the song's creator, Jeff Moss.
The rubber duck is considered a percussion instrument by the Boston Pops. Apparently unwilling to pay musicians to play a second instrument, duck squeaking was limited to the percussion section when the cast played this song with the Boston Pops (Big Bird, conductor).
Rubber Duckie is a bona-fide hit: in August of 1970 it made the Billboard Top 40 chart for pop/rock and stayed on for 7 weeks, peaking at number 16!
Ernie's Duck's birthday is on January 13th.