Apr 24 2012

A Very Serious Non-Scientific Poll

I am seriously looking for your input on this; I assure you it is not a trick question, but what I think to be a very simple and straightforward one. That said, I am not doing this as a multiple-choice poll, but open-ended, for reasons which I will reveal at a later date. Please do leave your answer in the comments, even if others have already answered (and please do your best not to be influenced by earlier answers, whether they agree or disagree with yours). And despite this being the internet, I am asking for your honest first answer (even if it is “I don’t know”). Please do not google, bing, or otherwise search–I’m not looking for their answer, I’m looking for yours.

The question is: Who sang “The Rainbow Connection”?


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  1. 1

    Kermit the Frog.

  2. 2

    That would be Kermit the Frog. If the question is about who provided Kermit’s voice…I think at that time it was Jim Henson. That song was from the first Muppet Movie as well.

  3. 3
    Dana Hunter

    The dude or dudette who voiced Kermit.

  4. 4

    I also associate it with Kermit. Don’t know if Henson or one of his staff wrote it, or it was a cover. Don’t really care; Kermit will always own the song for me. :)

  5. 5

    Kermit/Jim Henson, afaik.

  6. 6

    Damn! I’m usually good at music trivia, but this one sunk me.

  7. 7

    I’m joining the majority for a change – that was my favorite from The Muppet Movie.

  8. 8

    Kermit the Frog, aka, Doug Henning.

    In the first Muppet Movie, including while riding a bicycle. Which was the first time anyone had seen his legs, as I recall (Kermit’s, not Henning’s).

  9. 9
    Peter Cranny

    Kermit the Frog.

  10. 10

    Crap. Jim Henson…Doug Henning was a magician…may still be one.

    Ah, memory. How it fails one.

  11. 11

    I had never even heard of the song until just now, and I had no idea who sang it until I read the comments. Oops.

  12. 12
    Rawnaeris, Lulu Cthulhu

    Kermit the Frog

  13. 13

    *goes to youtube*
    Oh, THAT song.

  14. 14
    Humanists Harbor

    I heart The Muppets. It was definitely Kermit the Frog, the late great Jim Henson being the puppeteer of course. I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it!

  15. 15
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    Kermit the Frog.

  16. 16

    Kermit the Frog.

  17. 17

    It doesn’t really matter (to me, anyway) who voiced it — Kermit sang it.

  18. 18

    I dunno.

  19. 19


  20. 20

    I don’t know if he was the first, or the only, but I distinctly remember hearing it sung by Kermit the Frog. (There may have been backup from other Muppets, but Kermit was definitely the main singer.) And, no, I don’t remember the voice actor who would actually have been singing it. Was Kermit voiced by Jim Henson?

    And, again, not 100% sure, but I’m pretty positive it was in the Muppet Movie that I heard it.

  21. 21

    Okay, I couldn’t help seeing other people’s answers but honestly I was going to say Kermit/Jim Henson.

  22. 22

    Kermit the frog

  23. 23

    Never heard of it.

  24. 24

    Kevin@10, Doug Henning WAS a magician. He died of liver cancer in 2000. I saw him perform live several times before he left Winnipeg. What a pity he got mixed up in TM bullshit and didn’t seek proper medical care when he needed it.

  25. 25
    Donovan of NH

    I don’t know

  26. 26

    I scrolled past the other answers to say; Kermit The Frog sang the main song in the original Muppet Movie. Other characters may have joined in the chorus, I can’t remember.

    This is not to say that the song couldn’t have existed prior but that is when I first heard it.

  27. 27
    Darth Marmalade

    Mm? Yes, Kermit the Frog, voiced by Jim Henson, afaik. Now you’ve got me wondering if the Muppets got it from somewhere else.

  28. 28
    Daniel Fincke

    when you ask it like that, I must say Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog.

  29. 29
    lurker in a strange land

    Never heard of it.

  30. 30

    Kermit the Frog, definitely.

  31. 31

    John Denver! And of course Kermit… Which came first in my mind, I’m not terribly certain.

  32. 32

    Jim Henson

  33. 33

    My memory of the period indicates that many people sang it, but I thought it was first sang by Kermit the Frog.

  34. 34

    My immediate response was Kermit the Frog, though with a moment’s reflection I might have said Jim Henson.

    When Kermit started strumming the intro on his banjo in the recent film “The Muppets”, I teared up.

  35. 35

    The world’s fastest filker, Tom Smith, still sings it often after his tribute song to Jim Henson titled, “A Boy and His Frog” (YouTube it and be prepared to turn on the water works).

    I sing it too occasionlly.

    Note, your question did not ask who sang it first, just who sang it.

  36. 36

    I could not even recall the song until I read the comments.
    Does that mean I have no soul?

  37. 37

    No idea, never heard of it.

  38. 38

    Kermit the Frog, of course!

  39. 39

    Lots and lots of people have sung “Rainbow Connection.” As others have pointed out, it was premiered by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie.

    If you want to know who was the first to sing “Rainbow Connection,” then either Paul Williams or Kenneth Ascher, who are co-credited with music and lyrics. But this is easily accessible information, so I can’t fathom your purpose in asking.

    Despite your assurances, I suspect this is a trick question of some sort, because you can Google like the rest of us.

    [edit--I did not need to google, of course; I knew the answer(s). I was not after what the answer is, but after what people say the answer is. That's why it was a poll, not a question.--DC]

    Unless you have reason to believe that the easily accessible information is wrong, in which case I’m going to guess Joe Raposo.

  40. 40

    Kermit the Frog.

  41. 41

    I don’t know. The title sounds familiar, but I don’t have any melody or lyrics in my head that could even help me guess.

    Probably a group from the 1970′s, but… heck if I know.

  42. 42

    Posting without looking at any previous comments: I’m completely clueless. I don’t even remember a song of that title.

  43. 43

    Don’t know. Never heard of it.

  44. 44
    Rogue Medic

    Are you planning a scandalous rewrite of the lyrics?

    Are you wondering if all you have to worry about is a fake frog?

    The real danger is the pig. Cloven-hoofed and everything. Clearly a religious allegory.

    I also associate the song with Kermie.


  45. 45
    Cathy W

    Kermit The Frog, of course, and I think I might have a glimmer of what your reasons-to-be-named-later are…

  46. 46
    Natalie Reed

    Kermit The Frog did.

  47. 47

    Kermit the Frog in “The Muppet Movie”

  48. 48
    Natalie Reed

    And I have a bone to pick with anyone who says it WASN’T Kermit.

  49. 49

    It was Kermit the Frog from the original Muppet Movie circa 1978.

  50. 50
    Tim Eisele

    I agree that it was Kermit.

  51. 51

    Kermit the Frog

    First answer that came to me.

  52. 52


  53. 53

    Jim Henson.

  54. 54
    Tenebrarius (@Tenebrarius)

    Andy Williams / Kermit the Frog


  55. 55
    Tenebrarius (@Tenebrarius)

    Grr… Argh….

    Paul Williams. I was half right, right? I was picturing him as I gave the wrong name.

  56. 56

    Kermit the Frog

  57. 57

    Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog.

  58. 58

    My answer was “The Muppets.” But looking at the other responses, I have a vague recollection of it being Kermit.

  59. 59

    Kermit. It may be older, but it’s what I think of.

  60. 60
    Jim Johnson

    Kermit the Frog

  61. 61


  62. 62


  63. 63

    I don’t know who sang this.

  64. 64

    Kermit the Frog voiced by Jim Henson

  65. 65

    Kermit T. Frogg

  66. 66

    Whoever did the voice for Kermit the Frog, although it took me a few minutes to put an image with the voice in my head.

  67. 67
    Justin Barrett

    Jim Henson

  68. 68

    Kermit the Frog.

  69. 69

    Kermit and the Muppets.

  70. 70

    I don’t know

  71. 71


  72. 72

    Kermit the Frog! (though I have no idea who voiced him. Did Jim Henson do the voices too??)

  73. 73

    The version that I now have stuck in my head is by the Carpenters.

    I have a suspicion that that is a cover, but you didn’t ask who sang it first, just who sang it :)

  74. 74

    I have no idea. The name sounds vaguely familiar, but I definitely couldn’t hum a refrain…

  75. 75

    Kermit the Frog and/or Jim Henson. Dunno if the song was original or not, but that’s who (to me) “sings it”, and while I know Henson was Kermit, I really just think of the Muppet when I imagine the song.

    No trick question? What are you up to, then…? Tell me and I’ll buy you a bottle of one of the finest wines of Idaho!

  76. 76

    Kenny Loggins?

  77. 77

    So now I cheated and looked at everyone else’s responses – I assumed Kermit the Frog wasn’t a choice, for some reason! I have a feeling that Kenny Loggins was a cover, too, and that I don’t know the original singer.

  78. 78
    Linda Grilli Calhoun

    Kermit the Frog voiced by Jim Henson.

  79. 79
    Ed Oleen

    I just asked my good friend Miss Piggy, and her response (after swooning) was “KERMIEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!”

  80. 80

    I just watched the latest Muppet movie, which has a version of this song, otherwise i wouldn’t have remembered the original muppet movie.

    So that’s Kermit voiced by Jim Henson.

    I <3 the muppets, get teary eyed by them & stuff like "a boy & his frog". Heck, i even get the wobblies by this post & thinking of all the good they have done.

    The Muppets
    Sesame Street
    The Freggles
    The Storyteller
    Labyrinth (i <3 Bowie for his role in that movie!)
    The Dark Crystal

    Hops of to watch some henson…

  81. 81
    Don F

    I’m sure it was . . .

    . . . Not A Clue . . . .

  82. 82

    Don’t know. Never heard of it.

  83. 83

    Kermit the Frog (or, more properly, whoever voiced him at the time; Jim Henson, I think.)

  84. 84

    I don’t know. Never heard of it before. Sorry if that messes up your stats. Full disclosure. I didn’t grow up here, not my culture.

  85. 85

    Kermit! It may have been a cover, but I always associate it with Kermit.

  86. 86

    Kermit the Frog in the First Muppet Movie. Which I suppose means Jim Henson.

  87. 87

    t don’t know

  88. 88

    Kermit The Frog

  89. 89

    I know the song from the Muppet Kermit, as performed by Frank Oz.

  90. 90

    Kermit the Frog!

  91. 91

    Kermit the Frog, but I have no clue who the actor that played his voice was if that is what you are looking for.

  92. 92

    I thought it was Kermit the Frog.

  93. 93
    Chris Hallquist

    I have no idea.

  94. 94

    Kermit the Frog

  95. 95
    Stephanie Zvan

    Jim Henson is my first answer. I would say Kermit, but A Muppet Christmas Carol disconnected the two for me.

  96. 96

    Paul Williams wrote it, Kermit the Frog sang it originally. My favorite version is Paul Williams and Jason Mraz :)

  97. 97
    Caleb O

    Mac Miller?

  98. 98
    Fabio García

    No clue.

  99. 99

    Kermit the Frog :D

  100. 100

    Kermit the Frog. I couldn’t sing a single bar of it, though. The Muppets scare the crap out of me and I avoid them whenever possible.

  101. 101

    Shit! My “honest first answer” is Kermit the Frog, so I guess I have to give that one, but the answer I really want to give is Me First and The Gimme Gimmes!!!!

  102. 102

    Jim Henson, as Kermit the Frog.

  103. 103
    Andrew Hall

    I haven’t looked at any of the other answers, and I’m 95% sure it was Kermit the Frog from one of the Muppet movies.

  104. 104

    Jim Henson, in character as Kermit (as far as I can recall).

  105. 105
    Ray, rude-ass yankee (now in HD-3D!)

    My recollection is that it was Kermit the Frog voiced by Jim Henson in “The Muppet Movie” Love that movie! That’s the only version I know.

  106. 106

    Kermit the frog.

  107. 107

    Henson/Kermit are the only names I can come up with.

  108. 108
    Mike Haubrich

    I remember watching the movie with my nephew in the theaters. Kermit the Frog. He also plays the banjo.

  109. 109

    Strictly speaking, I don’t know for sure. My immediate association is Kermit the Frog of The Muppets, so that would mean I think Jim Henson sang it.

    That’s if you mean “who sang it first”. If you want a list of people who have sung the song at some point in time, then definitely Jim Henson, bunches of other people, and also a former classmate of mine.

    [edit--I've sung it many a time, myself!--DC]

  110. 110
    Stan Brooks

    Without first looking, I have absolutely no idea.

  111. 111
    Lynn Wilhelm

    Kermit the Frog. Don’t care if there was a human “behind” him it was Kermit.

  112. 112

    Kermit. With a little help from Jim Henson.

  113. 113

    Kermit/Jim Henson

  114. 114

    Paul Williams

  115. 115

    Btw, I scrolled to the end of the comment section and entered my answer before reading any comments. Now for the good stuff…

  116. 116

    I have absolutely no idea, nor have I ever heard, or heard of, “The Rainbow Connection”.

  117. 117

    Kermit the Frog!!

  118. 118


  119. 119
    Chuck Nelson

    Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog.
    You should check out the Doc “Finding Elmo”, great stuff with lots of old photos and footage of Jim and Kermit Love.

    [edit--that would be "Being Elmo", and I intend to.--DC]

  120. 120
    N. Nescio

    Skipped to bottom.

    Jim Henson when he voiced Kermit the frog in the muppets movie.

    I don’t ‘get’ this poll. I hope the results involve clever prose.

  121. 121

    Kermit the frog, in the swamp, with a banjo.

  122. 122
    Emory K.


  123. 123

    I have no idea. I suspect I’d recognize it if I heard it, but the title means nothing to me.

  124. 124
    John S. Wilkins

    Jim Henson.

  125. 125

    Am I the only one in shock at the number of people who’ve never heard of the song? You people were clearly not raised right if you don’t know the muppets!

  126. 126

    Kermit the Frog as voiced by Jim Henson in The Muppet Movie!

  127. 127

    Kermit Theee Frog here folks. Also some other muppets. Some humans too, but nobody cares about them.

  128. 128

    Interesting. I can see Kermit on the bike, hear the intro banjo bit and and I would think Jim Henson voicing the song. Now I will go watch it.

  129. 129

    Kermit’s is the first version I heard, back in the ’70s. I faintly remember some other woman singing it too, though (Dione Warwick?)

  130. 130

    The one I remember is Kermit T Frog.

    It’s a pretty good song, though, so I don’t doubt others have recorded it, and I have no reason to think Kermit was necessarily the first.

  131. 131
    Scott Simmons

    Kermit the Frog.

    Now can I go Google it? I can’t help but be curious what other answers are floating around on the ‘net; I can’t recall ever hearing anyone else perform this other than as a Muppets homage.

  132. 132

    Kermit the frog, of course :)

  133. 133
    The Lorax


  134. 134
    Cedric Katesby


  135. 135

    Real nice to see what brings the greatest number of responses. For the record, I remembered Kermit, assuming a cover but I see no one else will swear to that either.

  136. 136

    Kermit the Frog.

  137. 137

    Kermit the frog.

  138. 138

    Kermit the Frog.

  139. 139
    One Brow

    KIermit at the beginning of the movie, with a reprise by all the Muppets at the end of the movie.

  140. 140

    I am sadly unqualified to answer this question. However, I do have an appropriate photo taken last week.

    Rainbow power is the future resolution of the energy crisis

  141. 141
    Atomic Z

    Kermit the Frog (aka Jim Henson)

  142. 142

    Ahh fond memories of my childhood… it was, of course, Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie, as so many have said. I still own the album and photo book. Jim Henson was one of the greats.

  143. 143
    Captain Mike

    Kermit the Frog.

    @ Kevin @ 10: Henning was a magician, but he later went insane and then even later went into Canadian politics (while still nuts). His Natural Law Party wanted to replace the military with levitating transcendental meditators.

  144. 144

    Sadly, I have no clue.

  145. 145

    Kermit the Frog

  146. 146

    Heigh-ho, Kermit the Frog.

  147. 147
    Rip Van Winkle

    1. Kenny Loggins
    2. Kermit the Frog

    I thought of them *almost* simultaneously so it was difficult to say which was my “first” thought.

  148. 148

    Kermit the Frog.

  149. 149

    There’s no way to prove it, of course, but yes, I clearly remember that it was Kermit the Frog, on the illimitable Muppets Show.

    (And I would guess that Kermit was voiced by the late Jim Henson.)

  150. 150

    Kermit the Frog, as voiced by Jim Henson.

  151. 151
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Kermit the Frog and teh Muppets?

  152. 152

    I didn’t know

  153. 153
    Eric O

    I don’t know that song. Maybe I’d recognise it if I heard it, but I still probably wouldn’t know who the singer is unless he or she has a very distinctive voice.

  154. 154
    Eric O

    Disregard this comment for polling purposes: After googling it, it seems like I do know the song after all. I just didn’t recognise the title.

  155. 155
    Matthew Morse

    I’m guessing that the point of asking is the distinction between Kermit and Jim Henson. That is, did Kermit sing it, or did Jim Henson? My answer, in agreement with the majority, is Kermit.

  156. 156

    i don’t know. I don’t even know the song, and perhaps have never heard it.

  157. 157

    What is “The Rainbow Connection”?

    Of course, right after that first thought came “It’s a song, you silly!”, but you did ask for our first …

  158. 158

    Kermit the Frog

  159. 159

    Late to the party but it’s Jim Henson via Kermit, ya?

  160. 160
    Alethea Kuiper-Belt

    Kermit (character); Jim Henson (actor)

    For any musical, if you ask me who sang a song, I’d only give the actor’s name if I forgot the character’s name.

  161. 161

    The lovers, the dreamers, and Kermit.

  162. 162


  163. 163

    Kermit the Frog!

    (I have no idea who sang for Kermit, but he’s the reason I know the song, and the reason I picked up the banjo!)

  164. 164

    KERMIEEEEEE! Of course it’s Kermit The Frog! And, oh, yeah, some human guy named Jim Henson.

  165. 165
    Pierce R. Butler


    *reads some comments*

    Oh, no wonder: I’m of the pre-SS generation.

  166. 166

    Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog sang it in the movie. Other people have covered it, of course.

  167. 167

    Kermit the frog. Well, the man behind the frog. Was it Jim Henson?
    *Done! now I can read the comments*

  168. 168
    Die Anyway

    Hmmm… a poll that can’t be pharyngulated.

    First thought was Kermit, second thought was “well literally it was whomever was the voice of Kermit”, third thought was “was Jim Henson still doing Kermit at that point?”

    I’m old enough to remember Kermit from the original coffee commercials. I was living in the D.C. area at the time.

  169. 169

    Kermit the Frog. I love that song. Here, I’m going to age myself – we sang it in elementary school choir (shortly after it came out).

  170. 170

    I think Matthew @#155 has it. My very first thought was Kermit, but then my mind revolted and said, “Kermit isn’t REAL–it was Jim Henson!” But then I wondered what the definition of real is if it excludes a character like Kermit. I might be confused all day.

  171. 171
    The Ridger

    I’m too late to vote, but I wanted to thank Alethea H. Claw – it bugs me when people say “Jimmy Stewart said” or whatever. I know why they do it, but the odds that Stewart (for example) subscribed to everything his characters said are vanishingly small…

  172. 172

    The puppeteer behind Kermit the frog. Technically it was Kermit, but he’s actually just an imaginary character personified by a felt puppet with someone’s hand up its fabric backside.

  173. 173

    Unless, someone else performed it first then that might be the right answer, but the first time I ever heard of it was with Kermit.

  174. 174

    Errr? Well, the song by that name I recognize was a number from the original Muppet Movie. The main singer for the opening version was Kermit T. Frog, voiced by Jim Henson, though some of the other Muppets also sang in the reprise – I’d guess Frank Oz was at least one of the voices. There probably are others in the Henson team who were singing in the reprise, but those are the only two muppeteers I recall by name.

    As I suspect a trick question, I’d note it’s been sung by others since; there might possibly be another unrelated song by that name; and I’m not 100% sure it was original to the Muppet Movie, either.

    Now, to go peek at what other people said….

  175. 175

    Sorry, I must have grown up under a rock – I am 30, and my first response was Kenny Loggins!

  176. 176
    Neil C. Reinhardt



  177. 177
    Neil C. Reinhardt


    Muppet Movie – The Rainbow Connection – was written for The Muppet Movie


    Jason Mraz
    Rainbow Connection 3:46.


    Willie Nelson performing Rainbow Connection.


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