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Puppeteers Who Have Beautiful Singing Voices

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by ploobis, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Which puppeteers do you think have beautiful singing voices?

    Jim Henson

    Frank Oz

    Jerry Nelson

    Richard Hunt

    Dave Goelz

    Steve Whitmire

    Kevin Clash

    Bill Barretta

    I was amazed by Frank Oz's singing for the song "Sweet Gingerbread Man" from the Don Knotts episode of The Muppet Show.
  2. I always thought Steve Whitmire had one of the best singing voices. Gotta give Frank Oz credit for the Piggy musical numbers tho. He has a pretty rough voice when he speaks normally but manages to really soften it when performing Piggy. His throat must be raw after a long Piggy number.
  3. Punch'n'Judy

    Punch'n'Judy New Member

    Louise Gold...just to get in before Emma!
  4. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I always loved the Fraggle songs by Gobo & Wembley!

    Jerry Nelson & Steve Whitmire do great harmony. I always love hearing them sing "Wemblin' Fool"

    :smirk:
  5. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    Honestly? They all do in my opinion. Sure some have more technique than others, but they have all shined. Here's my list of when each is at their best:

    Jim Henson--anytime Ernie sings a ballad.
    Frank Oz--Miss Piggy (obviously)
    Jerry Nelson--probably one of the better vocalists. I always think he sounds good, especially as Gobo or Floyd.
    Richard Hunt--same as Nelson. His voice as Scooter is gorgeous. He has kind of a John Denver quality in his voice.
    Dave Goelz--not the best singer (and I think he used to be very insecure singing), but when he sings "I'm Going to Go Back There Someday" as Gonzo it sends goosebumps all over me. His performances as Boober and Rugby have had similar effects because he is so emotionally connected to what he is singing about always. If he isn't the best singer, he is definitely one the best actors and that outshines anyway.
    Steve Whitmire--He has done well with Ernie and Kermit.
    Kevin Clash--He knows how to rock it as Hoots.
    Bill Baretta--well...he is Johnny Fiama after all.

    Will add another...
    Carroll Spinney--wonderful. His Big Bird voice is so clear and pure. Childlike but sweet.
  6. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I really love the "Sixty Seconds Got Together" song by The Gills Brothers!

    That was a great song sung by Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt & Steve Whitmire! There singing voices are very collective.
  7. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I love it when Dave Goelz sings "I'm Going To Go Back There Some Day" as Gonzo!

    I feel that Steve Whitmire did his best singing with Wembley!

    It's a shame that Richard Hunt didn't get to have Wayne finish the song "It's Only A Paper Moon".

    I love Jim Henson's singing in the song "Pachalafaka".

    Jerry Nelson did the best songs with Floyd, Robin and Gobo!
  8. Muppet Newsgirl

    Muppet Newsgirl Active Member

    They're all exceptional, one way or another.

    Richard Hunt's my favorite; I've always thought Scooter has a beautiful voice...of all the verses in "Saying Goodbye," it's always Scooter's verse that tugs the most at my heartstrings. And we also need to consider Janice, Beaker, Don Music and Junior Gorg...
    Karen Prell's a force to be reckoned with when she's playing Red. All the fast-paced vocal acrobatics and tongue-twisters...
    Jerry Nelson's a superb all-round singer, especially with Floyd, Robin and Gobo...and then there are all the one-shot characters he's done in all the shows.
    Louise Gold's got a knockout alto - listen to her as one of the masks in "Turn the World Around," and in that one number with the Gills Brothers.
    I best know Jim Henson for his roles as Kermit and Dr. Teeth - it's hard not to sympathize with Kermit when he sings "It's Not Easy Being Green," but I do remember some knockout performances as Ernie and Guy Smiley. And don't forget Cantus.
  9. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    I think the amazing thing about Jerry his his vocal ranges when he sings! Whether it Robin or Pa Gorg, he has an incredible singing range.
  10. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Active Member

  11. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    The best singers were always Richard and Jerry, they never failed to deliver. I've always loved listening to Janice sing the most. And on Fraggle Rock, I'd say I look foward to Gobo the most. Though, I was blown away by Richard's singing as the Spider-fly, I didn't recognize him at first.

    Though even if you're not a trained singer, it's important to get your emotions through, I think Dave and Frank do that very well.

    Jim gets overlooked for his singing talents sometimes, I think because people are so into the fact that it's Kermit or Ernie, they forget that he's there. :)

    Steve's really good, he could have been in a Heavy Metal band (and that's a compliment. ;) )

    I really like Louise, Kathy and Karen too, wish we could hear them more. :)
  12. MelissaY1

    MelissaY1 Well-Known Member

    Agreed, so many of them are so talented. I think Karen did her best singing with Mokey particularly that song on Fraggle Rock (I don't know the exact title sorry) that goes Dance with me, my ragtime queen....

    Steve is phenomenal, Jerry is amazing because he can do so many styles of music as can Richard. Louise is a theater actress so she obviously knows how to project her voice and also does really good imitations of Ethel Merman amongst others....
  13. anytimepally

    anytimepally Active Member

    Jerry has always been my favorite muppet singer.. though I also love Jim's Rowlf voice and am surprised it's not been mentioned :sympathy:
  14. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member


    Karen actually performed Red. Hope this helps.:excited:
  15. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    I love Jim's Rowlf singing voice. I really love all the songs he sung for the album "Rowlf The Dog Ol' Brown Ears Is Back"!
  16. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Jerry Nelson, Steve Whitmire and Kathy Mullen were the best singers in Fraggle Rock!
  17. Skekayuk

    Skekayuk Member

    I think its important to notice that the thread asks which puppeteers have BEAUFITUFL singing voices. Now there are some singers who can be very impressive, but would you call their voices beautiful? There are also singers (and this is particularly true amongst the muppeteers) who may not be particularly versatile or necessarily great singers, but their singing is still beautiful.

    Anyway I think my answer to the question would have to be: Jim Henson, Steve Whitmire, Jerry Nelson, and yes, Louise Gold.

    That said some of the others have had their moments too (such as Dave Goelz on ocassion - listen to his recording of I'm Happy To Be Me for example). While Richard Hunt was generally a pretty good all round singer.

    Jim Henson and Steve Whitmire have a way of doing a song very simply and beautifully, listen to: It's Not Easy Bein' Green, Rainbow Connection, or, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - there is a really beautiful quality there.
    Jerry Nelson and Louise Gold are both very versatile singers, with quite a range, that includes beautiful as well as amazing!

    In fact Louise Gold is a rather interesting example of a wide ranging singer. On the one hand she is very loud and brassy, a real Merman-Style belter As Aline Waites once said "Louise Gold it has to be said achieves the impossible, she makes Ethel Merman look subtle". More recently of course on the West End stage she tends to play rather unplesant characters with a growling voice.
    Some else on this thread mentioned her alto, - and it might be mentioned that in the film Topsy Turvy she did of course play the role of the 'Principal Contralto'.
    Yet besides that loud brass, as well as some of her other more bizarre singing qualities (much in evidence on the film Billy The Kid And The Green Baize Vampire, as well as numerous puppet programmes) she can also be aremarkably sweet, subtle and sophisticated singer. She's proven that many a time, handling sweet simple ballads by the likes of: Kurt Weill, Rogers & Hart, Stephen Sondheim, Jason Carr, and even (in her cabaret act) Paul William & Kenny Ascher - yes the Rainbow Connection. However, there is one occasion where even I was surprised at just how beautiful a singer she really is, and that's on The Secret Life Of Toys, she was performing Dafodil in SLoT and sang a song (music by Peek-a-boo, lyrics by Jerry Nelson) 'Light Will Make It Bright'. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of singing I've ever heard, and for a long time I honestly wondered which puppeteer it was; until by chance discovering it was in fact one of Louise's performances!

    Best Wishes
    Emma
  18. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    Generally pretty good? Heh, don't say that on the RHLC. ;)

    However, I agreed with your comments about Louise Gold. :)
  19. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets New Member

    Richard can be kind of scratchy at moments. But I think he really shines and has a beautiful singing voice when he does vocal harmony.
  20. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member

    Richard's best singing moments were the following.

    Any song by Scooter ;)

    Any song by Wayne

    Singing as one of the Gills Brothers for "Sixty Seconds Got Together"


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