1979 Kermit The Frog – Rainbow Connection
The beginning of the Muppet Movie starts with Kermit playing the banjo and singing The Rainbow Connection. Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher wrote the tune, which was nominated for an Oscar (but lost out to It Goes Like It Goes, the theme from Norma Rae).
They quickly released the song as a single, and it peaked at #25 on the Hot 100 in 1979. While nearly everybody can sing along with the song, it doesn’t appear to fit very many radio station formats anymore, and I can no longer remember even hearing it on the radio.
It was actually the second time that Jim Henson reached the top forty, although it was his character names that appeared on each record: nine years before Kermit put Jim back on the chart, Ernie reached #16 in 1970 with the single Rubber Duckie.
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