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Bruce Hart, 68, wrote lyrics for 'Sesame Street'

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Bruce Hart, 'Sesame St.' lyrics writer, dies at 68

Bruce Hart, best known for his "Sesame Street" lyrics and the song "Free to Be ... You and Me," died Tuesday at home in Manhattan. He was 68.

The cause was lung cancer, according to his wife, Carole Hart.

The couple wrote for the PBS television children's show after its debut in 1969. Bruce Hart also wrote the "Sesame Street" theme lyrics and music with Joe Raposo and Jon Stone.

After one season of "Sesame Street," Hart and his wife produced a children's album and television special.

Called "Free to Be ... You and Me," it starred Marlo Thomas, Mel Brooks, Harry Belafonte and Michael Jackson.

Bruce Hart also worked for the TV show "Candid Camera" and wrote the lyrics for the Cass Elliott hit "One Way Ticket."

He and his wife produced the Emmy-winning NBC series for adolescents titled "Hot Hero Sandwich."

They also produced a series of educational films about psychology.

In addition to his wife, Hart is survived by a brother, Alan Hart, of Akron, Ohio.

The Associated Press

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