Elmo’s Lowdown Hoedown
Louise Gold featured as a Muppet Performer, album produced in 1998
Catalogue number: (Sony Wonder CD) LK 63430, (Song Wonder Cassette) LT 63430
Fran Brill (as Polly Darton)
Kevin Clash (as Elmo)
Jim Henson (as: Ernie, and, Marshall McClean)
Frank Oz (as: Bert, and, Cookie Monster)
Caroll Spinney (as Big Bird, and, Oscar The Grouch)
Pam Arciero, Tom Armbruster, Charlie Brissette, Christopher Cerf, Louise Gold, Jeff Gunn, Richard Hunt, Angie Jare’e, Camille Kampouris, Jim Martin, Joey Mazzarino, Ed Mitchell, Tish Sommers Rabe, Martin P. Robinson, David Rudman and, Terry Wood
Produced by - Ed Mitchell and Christopher Cerf
Mastered by - Vic Anesini at
Sony Music Studios,
Musical Director for
Arranged and Conducted by - Charlie Brissette, Dave Conner, Paul Jacobs, Robby Merkin, and, Joe Raposo
Music Supervisor - Danny Epstein
Lyric Coordinator - Dan Sovak
Special Thanks To - Amy Cohen, Janielle Courts, Jim Czak, Joe Diaz, Tina Fuscaldo, Ian Huckabee, Ann Marie Kearns, Eddie King, Joe Marziotto, Chuck Nankivell, Vicki Newman, John Phillips, Renee Rachelle, Tom Spahn, Deborah Strafella, Chris Theis, Katrin Van Dam, Linda White, and, Alan Winnikoff
Music by - Christopher Cerf, Tony Geiss, Paul Jacobs, Jeff Moss, Sam Pottle, Joe Ramano, Joe Raposo
Lyrics by - Christopher Cerf, Sara Compton, Sarah Durkee, Tony Geiss, David Korr, Jeff Moss, Joe Ramano, Joe Raposo, Josh Selig, Norman Stiles
1. Readers Of The
2. Tall Short Texans (Music by Paul Jacobs, Lyrics by Sarah Durkee, 1992) - Big Bird and Elmo (Caroll Spinney and Kevin Clash)
3. Handful Of Crumbs (Music by Christopher Cerf, Lyrics by Christopher Cerf and Norman Stiles, 1982) - Cookie Monster (Frank Oz and Chorus)
4. Waitin’ At The Bus Stop Sign For You (Music and Lyrics by Tony Geiss, 1988) - Polly Darton (Fran Brill)
5. Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (Music by Paul Jacobs, Lyrics by Josh Selig, 1991) - The Anything Muppets (The Chorus)
6. It’s Funny (Music by Sam Pottle, Lyrics by David Korr, 1976) - The Anything Muppets (The Chorus)
7. A Tall Tale (Music and Lyrics by Christopher Cerf, 1991) - Elmo, Noel Cowherd, and, Polly Darton (Kevin Clash, Jerry Nelson, and, Fran Brill – possibly including Louise Gold on the backing vocals)
8. The Dirtiest Town In The West (Music and Lyrics by Joe Ramano, 1979) - The Balladeer, Marshall Mcclean and The Inhabitants of Dirty Gulch (Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson and the Chorus)
9. Love In The Junkyard (Music by Christopher Cerf, Lyrics by Norman Stiles, 1981) - Oscar The Grouch (Caroll Spinney)
10. Lonesome Joan (Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss, 1982) - Ernie and Bert (Jim Henson and Frank Oz)
11. Frog Struggle Song (Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo, 1972) - Jerry Nelson
12. It’s Zydeco (Music and Lyrics by Christopher Cerf, 1989) - The Oatbran Zydeco ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ Band (Jerry Nelson and the chorus)
The Cassette, Song Wonder Cassette LT 63430, follows the same track listing as the CD, Sony Wonder CD LK 63430, with tracks 1 to 6 on Side A, and tracks 7 to 12 on Side B.
All of the people involved with this album had of course worked on Sesame Street. However, it should perhaps be pointed out that not all of the featured puppeteers in the chorus (or indeed those of the starring puppeteers who also sang in the ensemble pieces) sing on all the tracks, it depends (for a start) on whether this or that puppeteer was actually working on Sesame Street at the time. For example, although Louise Gold has been a Muppeteer since 1977, she has only worked on Sesame Street in the first half of the 1990’s. Thus the only track on which her strong distinctive voice can be found is Track 5, Ballad Of The Sad Cafe (Tracks 2 and 7 which were also made around the time she was on the show do not involve the chorus)
This is not the only album where Louise Gold has been involved in an affectionate send up of country music, she got to sing I Could’ve Gone To Nashville on the Nunsense OLC album.
As this is an album of Country Music, all be it Muppet Style, it is perhaps worth noting that the British Muppeteer Louise Gold is an honorary Citizen of The City Of Memphis Tennessee, she received this honour in 1994, when she appeared in a Noel Coward and Cole Porter compilation revue, Noel/Cole: Let’s Do It at an arts festival there.
Brill, Kevin Clash,
Henson, Frank Oz,
Henson. Frank Oz,
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and, Louise Gold puppeteered on The Dark Crystal, for which Jerry Nelson did some voice-work.
Kevin Clash, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and David Rudman puppeteered on Labyrinth
Louise Gold and Martin P Robinson puppeteered on Spitting Image
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Louise Gold, and, Caroll Spinney all puppeteered on The Great Muppet Caper, which had a score by Joe Rapso.
Jim Henson, Frank Oz,
Kevin Clash, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Marty Robinson, and, David Rudman puppeteered on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.
Frank Oz went on to make a guest puppeteering appearance on The Animal Show.
Pam Arciero, Fran
Brill, Kevin Clash, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt, Camille Kampouris,
Ed Mitchell and Tom Armbruster were also involved with A Green And Red
Christmas, for which Louise Gold,
Louise Gold, and, Richard Hunt had puppeteered on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.
Louise Gold, and,
Louise Gold, and. David Rudman went on to puppeteer on the Sesame Street spin off series The Furchester Hotel (where Louise performed Elmo’s Aunty Funella Furchester)
Pam Arcerio and Louise Gold subsequently went on to puppeteer on GLOP
by Emma Shane 13 October 2002
One of the things The Muppets happen to be really
good at music wise, in fact second only to their abilities as Musical Theatre
pastiches, is doing Country Music, this could be partly because some of them
(such as Jerry Nelson) seem to have a genuine affection for the genre.
Thus this album shows the
Tall Short Texans although not one
of my favourites, is worth a mention, because in Muppet, or at least Sesame
Street Muppet history it clearly has a place, featuring together two of
the show’s biggest stars, Caroll Spinney’s
Big Bird and Kevin Clash’s Elmo. The indefatigable Caroll
Spinney gets another chance to shine as Oscar the Grouch in Love In
The Junkyard. He is by no means the only Muppet (and
As is the case on several of the Muppet albums, that brilliant veteran of Muppet musical numbers Jerry Nelson gets his chance to shine, in particular in his character of Noel Cowherd (the name at least seems to be a parody of Noel Coward). He does sterling work on A Tall Tale and The Dirtiest Town In The West, and makes both Readers Of The Open Range and It’s Zydeco actually pleasant to listen to any number of times. But where he is really at his best is as himself in Frog Struggle Song. This is a lovely little number by that underrated Broadway songwriter Joe Rapso, perhaps best known as the author of It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green, he seems to have written much of his best work for Muppet frogs! Jerry’s performance is really beautiful; full of simplicity, sincerity, talent, and his wonderful voice.
The somewhat unexpected star of this album,
however, is another veteran
My favourite number on this album just has to be Ballad Of The Sand Cafe, the second verse, which I am pretty sure is sung by Louise Gold, sent shivers down my spine, not least because it happens to be very well sung by a distinctively strong voiced anything Muppet. And of course her accent blends in perfectly with her American colleagues.
If, as an adult, you choose to buy just
Links about Elmo’s Lowdown Hoedown
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