Disney’s Kermit the first frog honored by the Library of Congress

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Disney’s Kermit the Frog singing “The Rainbow Connection”, is the first song from 1979’s The Muppet Movie. The song has been deemed “worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.” by the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

In April of 2020 Kermit sang a new version of “The Rainbow Connection” for Covid relief on social media.

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Disney’s Kermit the first frog honored by the Library of Congress

“The Rainbow Connection,” written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher and sung by Kermit the Frog in “The Muppet Movie,” was included in the National Recording Registry Class of 2020 alongside other iconic recordings by Janet Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Labelle, Jackson Browne, Nas, Louis Armstrong and many others.

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Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, recently asked Kermit for his reaction to this news, Kermit replied, “Well, gee, it’s an amazing feeling to officially become part of our nation’s history. It’s a great honor. And I am thrilled — I am thrilled! — to be the first frog on the list!”

The Rainbow Connection song has been covered numerous times since 1979 by artists including:

  • Weezer
  • Jason Mraz
  • The Carpenters
  • Willie Nelson
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Fozzie Bear and the Moopets

Watch the full interview with Dr. Carla Hayden and Kermit the Frog below.

On behalf of the Lovers, the Dreamers and Me, we congratulate Kermit the Frog, Paul Williams, and Kenneth Ascher on this accomplishment!

The Muppet show recently was added to the Disney + streaming service

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