Jim Henson Presents Silly Songs
Louise Gold featured as one of the Muppet Performers
Catalogue number: LP: MLP1201, album produced in 1984
The Muppet Performers:
Jim Henson (as: Kermit The Frog, Link Hogthrob, and other assorted characters)
Frank Oz (as Fozzie Bear and other assorted characters)
Richard Hunt (as: Scooter the Gofer, Wayne, and other assorted characters)
Dave Goelz (as Gonzo The Great and other assorted characters)
Louise Gold (as: a blond pig, Annie Sue Pig, Zelda Rose, Lou-the-jugband-lady, and other assorted characters)
Peter Friedman (lead singer on I’m My Own Granpaw)
Producer - Geni Sackerson
Executive Producer - Jim Henson
Album Design - Diana Zadaria
Recording Engineer - Doug Epstein
1. The Muppet Show Theme (Henson, Pottle & ASCAP) - Instrumental
(Arr A. Kenneth & ASCAP) - A Blond Pig, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo The Great, and,
Baskaville the Afghan Hound, another dog, Miss Mousey & a goat (Louise
Gold, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz,
4. Pachalafaka (Irving Taylor & ASCAP) - (Jim Henson)
5. I’m My Own Granpaw (Latham, Jaffe & ASCAP)- (Peter Friedman)
6. The Rhyming Song (Grossman, Oz & BMI) - Fozzie Bear, Scooter, Link Hogthrob, and Annie Sue (Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Jim Henson, and, Louise Gold)
7. Dog Walk (Paul Tracey & BMI) - Wayne (Richard Hunt)
9. There’s A New Sound (Tony Burello & BMI) - Scooter (Richard Hunt)
10. Who (Kern & ASCAP) - Zelda Rose and her singing owl (Louise Gold with Jerry Nelson)
13. Closing Theme (Henson, Pottle &ASCAP) - Orchestra conducted by Jack Parnell
The songs from this album are all associated with The Muppet Show, which all the Muppet Performers featured on it worked on (with the orchestra conducted by Jack Parnell). They also represented The Muppets on The Royal Variety Performance (1977).
Peter Friedman was not actually credited on the album sleeve notes, however it appears that he sang I’m My Own Granpaw.
The version of Who? used on this album is the one that was specially recorded for the album The Muppet Show Album 2, with Zelda Rose sung by Louise Gold, rather than the version on the Milton Berle episode of The Muppet Show, where it was sung by somebody else (an unsuccessful candidate auditioning for a job on the show).
It is hard to tell which version of The Muppet Show Theme has been used on this album (there are three), as it is only instrumental, it is most likely to have been taken from The Muppet Show Music Album (because that one has a very long instrumental section).
Jim Henson, Frank Oz,
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, and, Louise
Gold puppeteered on The Dark Crystal, for
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, and, Dave Goelz puppeteered on Labyrinth.
Jim Henson, Frank Oz,
credited on this album are also featured (although not always credited) on the
albums: The Muppet Show Music Hall
(which also had musical direction by Jack Parnell) The Muppet Show 2 (which also had musical
direction by Jack Parnell, and from which the songs: There’s A New
Dave Goelz, and, Louise Gold went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, on which Frank Oz did a guest puppeteering appearance.
Louise Gold, Jim Henson, and, Richard Hunt puppeteerd on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.
Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, Richard Hunt,
Louise Gold, and, Richard Hunt went on to puppeteer on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall.
by Emma Shane
This album is a lovely little compilation of some of the best silly songs sung by the delightfully silly muppets on The Muppet Show. The sheer silliness of it all is perhaps best summed up by songs such as the hilarious Muppet versions of Upidee and The Rhyming Song. Another contribution which rather sums up the silliness is when Fozzie Bear (Frank Oz) leads Link (Jim Henson), Scooter (Richard Hunt) and Robin (Jerry Nelson) in Sea Chanty.
Just because the songs are silly does not mean to
say they are not well sung. One of the great strengths of The Muppet Show
was that it possessed three truly excellent vocalists, Richard Hunt, Jerry
Nelson, and, Louise Gold, all of whom are featured on this album. Richard
Hunt really demonstrates his vocal talents with There’s A New Sound
and Dog Walk, while that great muppet singing double act, Jerry
Nelson and Louise Gold come into their own singing
British performer Louise Gold (with some support from Jerry Nelson) also shines in Who? A number she did not actually sing on The Muppet Show itself. Another oddity on the album is Peter Friedman’s recording of I’m My Own Granpaw, it is quite an amusing song and pretty well performed.
Links about Jim Henson Presents Silly Songs
Muppet Central/Tibby's Bowl Interview with Louise Gold http://www.muppetcentral.com/articles/interviews/gold.shtml Although this album is not mentioned, the muppeteer does mention her recording of Who?
Muppet Wiki page for this album: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Jim_Henson_Presents_Silly_Songs