For What Itís Worth

Louise Gold sang as a Muppet Performer background vocalist, record produced in 1978.

Catalogue number (45 RPM Record): PYE 7N 46085

 

Cast

 Featuring

Frank Oz - as Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear

Jim Henson- as Kermit The Frog

With (uncredited)

The Entire Muppet Show Cast - Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold

 

Production Team

 Produced by Ė PYE Records, and, ATV Music Ltd

Orchestra conducted by Jack Parnell

 

Track Listing

Side A

For What Itís Worth Ė The Entire Muppet Show Cast (Jerry Nelson with Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold)

 

Side B

Pig Calypso Ė Featuring Miss Piggy (Frank Oz), and, Kermit The Frog (Jim Henson), with backing pigs (Louise Gold, Richard Hunt, and, Jerry Nelson)

 

 

As stated on the record itself the songs on this single are from The Muppet Show 2

All of this recordís performers (including the conductor) of course worked on The Muppet Show. They also all featured on The Royal Variety Performance (1977), and, Of Muppets And Men. Their work can also be heard on The Muppet Show Music Album, Jim Henson Presents Silly Songs, Muppet Hits 1, and, Muppet Hits 2. The latter included the contents of this record.

All of them also worked on The Muppet Show Music Hall, which was also produced by PYE Records.

Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Gold went on to appear inThe All Time Get Around Sometimes Play Together Every Other Friday Night Vaudeville Show.

The six puppeteers went on to puppeteer on The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Go To The Movies; and they can be heard on The Great Muppet Caper (Soundtrack album), John Denver & The Muppets A Christmas Together, John Denver & The Muppets Merry Christmas 45RPM, Favorite Songs From Jim Hensonís Muppets, Put Some Zing In Your Spring, Muppet Music Sampler, Muppet Music Mix, Christmas For Kids, John Denver Christmas, Music Mayhem & More.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Dark Crystal, for which Jerry Nelson did some voice-work.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and, Dave Goelz went on to puppeteer on Labyrinth, for which Louise Gold made a cameo appearance as an actress/dancer. Some of those involved with that film feature in the documentary Inside The Labyrinth.

Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.

Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, and, Louise Goldís recording credits include Jerome Kern The First 100 Years.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Goldís recording credits include Elmoís Lowdown Hoedown.

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer at Jim Hensonís Memorial Service.

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer together on Sesame Street, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island their recording credits include The Muppet Christmas Carol (Soundtrack album). They also appeared in the documentary I Love The Muppets.

Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, and, Louise Goldís recording credits include Born To Add.

Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, on which Frank Oz made an appearance as a guest puppeteer.

Jerry Nelson, and, Dave Goelz did voices on the outer-space segments for the International Fraggle Rock, on which Louise Gold puppeteered.

Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer together on The Secret Life Of Toys. Their recording credits include A Green And Red Christmas.

††††††††††† Louise Gold, and, Richard Hunt went on to puppeteer on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.

 

Review

by Emma Shane, 18 September 2007

This is a rather little known Muppet Show 45 single, indeed until recently I didnít know of its existence. Judging by the record itself, it seems to have been produced to promote the album The Muppet Show Two, although it is a proper single in its own right (it is not sold as a promo or such like). As for the songs, well the A side For What Itís Worth has an uncredited Jerry Nelson heading the company with one of the most moving anthems against hunting there is. He sings the number with beautiful simplicity and warmth. The B side Pig Calpyso stars Frank Oz and Jim Henson, who actually are credited, in one of their characteristic double acts as Piggy and Kermit. It also features some classic Muppet backing vocals from a number of uncredited legendary Muppet Show puppeteers, including the distinctive Louise Gold being her best known character, Annie Sue Pig. The recordings on this record seems to sound as good as the LP from which it comes, and the later CD reissue of the songs. For completeist Muppet memorabilia collectors it would be a nice addition to a collection, but for anyone else there is not a lot to be gained by acquiring this record, the tracks have turned up on a couple of other albums including on CD. A nice little record, but apart from being little known, not really anything special.

 

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