Ben Vereen Sings Willy Wonka’s “Pure Imagination” on the Muppet Show

This performance is pretty much the closing number from season 1 Episode 17 of the Muppet Show (1976). An what a number! Ben attempts to cheer up Droop by singing “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Of course, in the world of the Muppets, imagination is a very powerful thing.

Vereen really does a great job on this one. With his pipes and acting chops he could have been a mighty fine Willy Wonka (not that I am suggestion that Gene Wilder was anything but perfect).

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