John Denver & The Muppets
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Louise Gold sang as a Muppet Performer background vocalist in 1979
Catalogue number: (45 RPM Record) PB-11767
Cast (all uncredited)
John Denver – as himself
Jim Henson – as Kermit The Frog, Rowlf, Dr Teeth
Frank Oz – as Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie Bear etc
Richard Hunt – as Scooter, Janice etc
Dave Goelz – as Gonzo, Zoot, Beauregard etc
Also featuring The Muppet Performers – Louise Gold, Steve Whitmire, and, Kathryn Mullen
Produced by – Milton Okun, for RCA Records
Side A PB-11767-A
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – John and Rowlf (John Denver and Jim Henson)
2. We Wish You A
– John, Miss Piggy, Animal, The Great Gonzo, Kermit, and, Floyd and the cast
(John Denver, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jim Henson, and,
Side B PB-11767-B
1. A Baby Just Like You – John Denver
As stated on the record itself the songs on this single are from the album John Denver And The Muppets A Christmas Together, or specifically 33 RPM record AFL1-3451, which was also produced by Milton Okun. Parts of this later turned up on the albums Christmas For Kids, and, John Denver Christmas.
The Eight Muppeteers singing on this album were the eight main puppeteers from The Muppet Show, on which John Denver had been a guest star.
The Muppet Show Eight (Jim
Henson, Frank Oz,
The Big Five (Jim Henson, Frank Oz,
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold,
and, Kathryn Mullen went on to puppeteer on The Dark Crystal, for which
Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Louise Gold, and, Steve Whitmire went on to puppeteer on Tale Of The Bunny Picnic.
Jim Henson, Frank Oz,
Dave Goelz, Louise Gold, and, Steve Whitmire went on to puppeteer on The Animal Show, on which Frank Oz did a guest puppeteering appearance.
Louise Gold, and, Richard Hunt went on to puppeteer together on The Ghost Of Faffner Hall
Steve Whitmire probably puppeteered on ITV’s 50 Greatest Shows.
Probably the worst 45 single I have come across involving Louise Gold. Although the quality of the physical record doesn’t help in this respect. Actually the songs themselves are quite fun, and in a very Muppet style. However this single is something of a rarity, and all three songs can be found on the complete 13 track versions of the CD of the original LP John Denver And The Muppets A Christmas Together. And this is one occasion when wrestling with vinyl doesn’t seem to be worthwhile.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas is a lovely song, and John Denver actually sings it rather well, perhaps not Judy Garland, but nevertheless pretty good. The only problem with it is Jim Henson singing it as Rowlf, I’m not too sure the song really suited Rowlf’s voice. If he had done it as Kermit, I think it would have been much nicer. I’m beginning to see why it was cut from some issues of the CD. To be honest I think this actually sounded much better when Steve Whitmire did it on A Green And Red Christmas.
We Wish You A Merry Christmas is one of my favourite Christmas carols anyway. I’ve always loved the song, and as sung by a cheerful bunch of Muppets, well it’s just great. Done with such verve and enthusiasm. However, playing it on a scruffy old vinyl single doesn’t do much for it. I think I’d rather hear a nice clean CD of it.
A Baby Just Like You is sweet and Christmassey if you like this sort of song, at least it would sound sweeter on a CD, rather than a battered vinyl 45.
Unless you’re a completeist when it comes to collecting recordings involving John Denver or The Muppets, this single isn’t really worth bothering with, when there are many versions of the CD around.
Links about John Denver & The Muppets: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas