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
Frank Oz - as Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear
Jim Henson† - as Kermit The Frog
Muppet Show Cast - Jim Henson, Frank Oz,
Produced by Ė PYE Records, and, ATV Music Ltd
Orchestra conducted by Jack Parnell
For What Itís Worth Ė The Entire Muppet Show Cast (
Pig Calypso Ė Featuring Miss Piggy (Frank Oz), and, Kermit The Frog (Jim Henson), with backing pigs (Louise Gold, Richard Hunt, and,
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.
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
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, Frank Oz,
Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, on which Frank Oz made an appearance as a guest puppeteer.
††††††††††† Louise Gold, and, Richard Hunt went on to puppeteer on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.
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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