Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kermit the Frog's Greatest Hits: Rainbow Connection

Hi everybody! It's Kurtis again from Covering the Mouse filling in for Fong while he is away in China!

Aside from Disney, I am also a huge fan of the Muppet Show and its various movies and spin-offs. One of my favourite songs in the world in the opening number for the Muppet Movie from 1979. It was written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher and performed by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog. If you don't know this song I urge you to listen to it now.

Rainbow Connection - Kermit the Frog

The song had surprising radio popularity and it reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November of 1979 and remained in the Top 40 for 7 weeks! It was also nominated for a "Best Original Song" Golden Globe Award! Not bad for a sung sung by a frog with a goofy voice!

There have been many covers of this song and I will be posting only a handful.

Rainbow Connection - The Carpenters
Rainbow Connection - Dixie Chicks
Rainbow Connection - Dresden Dolls
Rainbow Connection - Jason Mraz (This Jason Mraz cover is a really great arrangement of the song. Unfortunately, it is a live recording and pretty crappy quality.)
Rainbow Connection - Kenny Loggins
Rainbow Connection - Lea Salonga
Rainbow Connection - Peter Cincotti
Rainbow Connection - That One (I got this mp3 and it was credited to Rockapella and if you listen to it you will hear that it is most definitely not Rockapella. I believe it is a group called No Strings Attached, but I'm not sure. UPDATE: Thanks to Adam, it has been revealed that this is actually a group from the Utah State University called That One.)
Rainbow Connection - Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband
Rainbow Connection - Sarah McLaughlin
Rainbow Connection - Vonda Shepard
Rainbow Connection - Willie Nelson (This cover is one that is commonly mistaken for the original version, but that is not the case! The original was sung by a frog!)

UPDATE: Here is a way better quality version of Jason Mraz singing Rainbow Connection. He goofs in the middle but he's still great!

And I have a few more covers to post courtesy of Cover Lay Down's Boyhowdy!

Rainbow Connection - Loxley
Rainbow Connection - Asylum Street Spankers (The beginning of this track is not Work-Safe due to some vulgar dialogue)

UPDATE #2: I don't know how I forgot about this one but a reader left me a comment reminding me! Me First and the Gimme Gimmes recorded this for one of their many cover albums.

Rainbow Connection - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great covers. I loved the movie and remember on the drive home, I kept trying to figure out how they made Kermit ride a bike!
Once again, thanks for the music and memories.

San Luis Obispo

Anonymous said...

Me First and The Gimme Gimmes also do a great cover of this song...

Adam said...

Just found this coverblog - can never have too many of them around. Anyway... the a cappella track is by a Utah State University group, That One. Theoretically easy for you to figure that out, since "BOCA" is even still in the id3 tag, but I suppose nobody who isn't a huge a cappella geek would know what "BOCA" meant. The track is from, of course, the Best of College A Cappella series, in this case from the 2001 cd.

Anonymous said...

A brilliant opening sequence from the genius,the late great Jim Henson.....