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Muppeteers that can SING!

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by ShMuppetgal96, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    We all know that Muppet performers have range, having to incorporate almost all performing art forms- puppeteering, as well as acting and singing.

    I thought we could take a look at and share some of our favorite songs by performers of the Henson universe, whether or not they're company related!

    To start us off, I'd like to share three musical numbers that define my admiration for Matt Vogel and Steve Whitmire:

    Here first is Matt with his band The Mighty Weaklings and a music video for one of their many singles

    Next is a song from an episode of The Jim Henson Hour within the behind the scenes episode, featuring Steve as lead singer backed by Jerry Nelson and Kevin Clash- 43:40
    (I prefer watching this over the episode its in since we get a glimpse at how the number came together- plus who doesn't love watching the guys in the recording studio?)

    Las but not least is Flowers on the Wall; while it is a main focus on Beaker's home life, I can't help but listen closely to Steve and Matt doing the song together in the rat band-

    How about all of you? What are some of your favorite songs by Muppeteers, in or out of the Henson universe?
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  2. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Matt Vogel
    Steve Whitmire
    Jerry Nelson
    Kevin Clash
    Richard Hunt
    John Tartaglia
    Stephanie D'Abbruzzo
    Fran Brill.

    Joey Mazzarino's voice is really nice in this one:

    and these are definitely some of Eric Jacobson's best vocals:
  3. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    Marilyn Sokol definitely has a set of pipes on her, even if, by her own admission, she couldn't act her way out of a paper bag.
  4. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    Oh, I forgot about Marilyn Sokol. Well, if we're going down the route of Muppeteers who only performed voices, Ivy Austin has a pretty great voice as well.
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  5. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    How could I forget something so right? NO AUTOTUNE according to Eric!
  6. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    Every Muppeteer is a good singer!
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  7. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    And I completely forgot Bill! Killin' it as Dr. Teeth during the holidays of 2009

    He's always been great too!
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  8. backpackmina

    backpackmina Well-Known Member

    These are some songs that come to mind:

    "You and Me Against the World" (3:46), Bill Barretta

    "I'm a Rock" (12:36), Kevin Clash (the only song I remember from MTI Sing Along)

    "Bring Him Home", Louise Gold

    "Let Me Be Your Song" (1:00), Jim Henson, Steve Whitmire

    "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", Jerry Nelson (actually prefer this to the original)
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  9. Skekayuk

    Skekayuk Well-Known Member

    My two absolute favourite Muppeteers are singers, Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold. - In fact, I became a Muppetfan originally because of my admiration for Louise Gold's singing abilities.
    I Get A Kick Out of U from Sesame Street: kind of sums up exactly the talent that first awed me (The Muppets, and indeed Ian Marshall-Fisher's Lost Musicals, very own Mermanseque belter)

    And here is a perfect summation of that great Muppet Musical twosome, Jerry and Louise as Herry and Louisy
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  10. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    I agree Jerry was one of the biggest singing talents the Muppets ever had, and he and Louise has many wonderful moments together!

    Louise is still showcasing her talents through The Furchester Hotel, and even as a human actress on the West End. She played Mazeppa in Gypsy with Imelda Staunton, as well as being Imelda's first understudy!

    I have been hoping a UK fn would maybe have at least audio of her performance as Mama Rose, but to no avail. At least we have a live performance and the cast recording of her with her fellow actresses singing "You Gotta Get a Gimmick"

    I wonder if any of her old Muppet family got to see her shine?
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  11. Skekayuk

    Skekayuk Well-Known Member

    Yes, I saw her as Mazeppa in Gypsy. at the Savoy Theatre, and also at West End Live. She was Brilliant in it. I know she was Imelda Staunton's understudy and I'm sorry I didn't find out soon enough on the few performances that she was actually on to manage to get to see it. (a part I've wanted to see her play for something like 20 years - ever since I first saw her on stage as Nails O'Reilly Duquesne in the 'Lost Musicals' concert staging of 'Red Hot & Blue').
  12. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    How could I forget Muppets From Space?! This is the only version other than the original song that I love to listen to over an over and over again!

  13. JT Yorke

    JT Yorke Well-Known Member

    But who is the preformer singing?:)
  14. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    That's Bill Barretta again
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  15. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    I know no one's up this late when I post this, but I rediscovered this little gem from UK television!
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  16. backpackmina

    backpackmina Well-Known Member

    I'm up for some stupid reason lol! But yeah, what a lovely duet, one of my favorites!

  17. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    I think Ryan Dillon has proven himself to be a pretty darn good singer. Here's some of my favorite singing performances of his: , ,
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  18. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    Peter Linz is another great example!

    Here are two of my favorites from his old series It's a Big Big World!

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  19. ShMuppetgal96

    ShMuppetgal96 Well-Known Member

    I just HAVE to share this beautiful acoustic song written and performed by Matt in memory of his father, who passed away two years ago.
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