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Best TMS opening number

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Barry Lee, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. My favorite TMS opening numbers, in addition to the ones already mentioned, are:

    #2 Connie Stevens: “Lydia the Tatooed Lady”
    #4 Ruth Buzzi: “Sonny”
    #6 Jim Nabors: “Money”
    #7 Florence Henderson: The Bouncing Borcelano Brothers
    #10 Harvey Korman: “Love ’Ya to Death”
    #12 Peter Ustinov: “An Evening at the Pops”
    #15 Candice Bergen: “What Now, My Love?”
    #16 Avery Schrieber: “Tenderly”
    #17 Ben Vereen: “Boogie Woogie Music”
    #18 Phyllis Diller: “Mississippi Mud”
    #21 Twiggy: “Dance”
    #23 Kaye Ballard: “You Don’t Want My Love”
    #27 Milton Berle: “There Are Millions of Us Who Are Ugly”
    #30 Nancy Walker: The Target-Practice Sketch
    #31 Edgar Bergen: “Baby Face”
    #36 Bernadette Peters: “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You?”
    #40 Cleo Laine: “Everybody Limbo”
    #47 John Cleese: “Somebody Stole My Gal”
    #50 Leo Sayer: “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”
    #53 Pearly Bailey: “My Soul is a Witness”
    #66 Leslie Uggams: “Hey There, Good Times”
    #69 Roger Miller: “Alabama Bound”
    #74 Crystal Gayle: “Swanee”
    #76 Dyan Cannon: “Hound Dog”
    #83 Lola Falana: “Goodnight, Ladies”
    #97 Gene Kelly: “On the Bayou”
    #100 Shirley Bassey: “Boogie in the Barnyard”
    #117 Johnny Cash: “The Martins and McCoys”
  2. KCJ506

    KCJ506 New Member

    Here are mine. I'm also looking for mp3s to some of them. If someone has them could they let me know? I'll put (mp3) next to the ones I'm looking for.

    1. Juliet Prowse: Mahna Mahna
    2. Connie Stevens: Lydia The Tattooed Pig
    11. Lena Horne: Ragg Mopp
    17. Ben Vereen: Boogie Woogie
    30. Nancy Walker: The Target Praticing Sketch
    33. Madeline Kahn: Happy Feet
    38. Elton John: Crocodile Rock(mp3)
    40. Cleo Laine: Limbo
    41. Julie Andrews: Lonely Goatherd
    44. Petula Clark: Anchors Away
    50. Leo Sayer: You Make Me Feel Like Dancing
    51. Roy Clark: Rocky Top(mp3)
    52. Gilda Radner: Lullaby Of Broadway(mp3)
    55. Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare
    59. Raquel Welch: Someone Just Like You(mp3)
    60. James Coco: Octopus' Garden
    61. Helen Reddy: Stayin Alive(mp3)
    62. Harry Belafonte: Day-O
    67. Elke Sommer: Pennslvania 6 5000
    68. Slyvester Stallone: Hawainn War Chant(mp3)
    69. Roger Miller: Alabama Bound(mp3)
    70. Roy Rogers & Dale Evans: Blue Sky(mp3)
    76. Dyan Cannon: Hound Dog(mp3)
    77. Victor Borge: Macho Man(mp3)
    87. Anne Murray: I Get Around(mp3)
    90. Christopher Reeve: Disco Frog
    95. Alan Arkin: Devil Went Down To Georgia
    100. Shirley Bassey: Boogie In The Barnyard(mp3)
    106. Jean Pierre Rampal: Rockin Robin
    107. Paul Simon: Scarbourgh(sp?) Fair
    108. Melissa Manchester: Tumbling Tumbleweed(mp3)
    115. Chris Langham: Friendship
    120. Roger Moore: In The Navy(mp3)
  3. BEAR

    BEAR Active Member

    I liked the one (i think Gene Kelly was the guest) with the seals and penguins singing "On the Bayou". I always laugh so hard at that scene.
  4. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Some additions:

    -Connie Stevens: "Lydia the Tattooed Lady"
    -Charles Aznavour: "I Feel Pretty"
    -Ben Vereen: "Jump Shout Boogie"
    -Vincent Price: "I've Got You Under My Skin"
    -Twiggy: "Dance"
    -Mummenschanz: "Mr. Bassman"
    -Teresa Brewer: "Cotton Fields" (fun, energetic)
    -Madeline Kahn: "Happy Feet" (classic)
    -George Burns: "Cuanto le Gusta" (nice contrast with number that follows)
    -Elton John: "Crocodile Rock"
    -Julie Andrews: "The Lonely Goatherd" (good large-scale number)
    -Petula Clark: "Sea Chantey"
    -Leo Sayer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" (if only it had been the closing number)
    -Alice Cooper: "Welcome to my Nightmare"
    -Loretta Lynn: "You're Looking at Country"
    -James Coco: "Octopus's Garden" (cool-looking, mood-setting, nice #, good use of characters, big cast)
    -Victor Borge: "Macho Man" (I like how they did the song, I like the set and the look)
    -Beverly Sills: "A Burlesque Show" (just a neat, different spin on things)
    -Glenda Jackson: "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues" (always liked this #)
    -Roger Moore: "In the Navy" (I've always loved this #)
    -Paul Simon: "Scarborough Fair" (sets the mood of the episode well)
    -Chris Langham: "Friendship"

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  5. DanDanStrawberry

    DanDanStrawberry Active Member

    For me it's "Let's Go To Rio" and "With A Little Help From My Friends." I love hearing Janice sing that song, she's fabulous.
  6. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Well-Known Member

    My favorite TMS opening numbers:

    -Juliet Prowse: "Mahna Mahna"
    -Connie Stevens: "Lydia the Tatooed Lady"
    -Joel Grey: "Comedy Tonight"
    -Ruth Buzzi: "Sunny"
    -Jim Nabors: "Money"
    -Paul Williams: "All of Me"
    -Charles Aznavour: "I Feel Pretty"
    -Harvey Korman: "Love 'Ya to Death"
    -Lena Horne: "Ragmop
    -Peter Ustinov: "An Evening at the Pops"
    -Bruce Forsyth: "In a Little Spanish Town"
    -Sandy Duncan: "A Nice Girl Like Me"
    -Candice Bergen: "What Now, My Love?"
    -Avery Schrieber: "Tenderly"
    -Phyllis Diller: "Missippi Mud"
    -Vincent Price: "Under My Skin"
    -Twiggy: "Dance"
    -Ethel Merman: "Java"
    -Kaye Ballard: "You Don't Want My Love"
    -Mummenschanz: "Mr. Bassman"
    -Don Knotts: "Sweet Gingerbread Man"
    -Milton Berle: "The Ugly Song"
    -Rich Little: "Chanson D'Amour"
    -Nancy Walker: "Night Train"
    -Edgar Bergen: "Baby Face"
    -Steve Martin: "The Garbage Can-Can"
    -Madeline Khan: "Happy Feet"
    -George Burns: "Cuanto le Gusta"
    -Dom DeLuise: "Don't Dilly Dally on the Way"
    -Bernadette Peters: "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You?"
    -Rudolf Nureyev: "Minuet in G Major"
    -Elton John: "Crocodile Rock"
    -Lou Rawls: "Groovy People"
    -Cleo Laine: "Limbo"
    -Julie Andrews: "The Lonely Goatherd"
    -Petula Clark: "Sea Chantey"
    -Bob Hope: "Pig Calypso"
    -Teresa Brewer: "Cotton Fields"
    -John Cleese: "Somebody Stole My Gal"
    -Cloris Leachman: "That's Entertainment"
    -Leo Sayer: "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing"
    -Roy Clark: "Rocky Top"
    -Gilda Radner: "Lullaby of Broadway"
    -Pearl Bailey: "My Soul is a Witness"
    -Jean Stapleton: "Tico Tico"
    -Alice Cooper: "Welcome to My Nightmare"
    -Loretta Lynn: "You're Looking at Country"
    -Liberace: "Never on Sunday"
    -Raquel Welch: "Baby, It's Me"
    -James Coco: "Octopus' Garden"
    -Helen Reddy: "Stayin' Alive"
    -Harry Belafonte: "Day-O"
    -Danny Kaye: "Age of Aquarius"
    -Spike Milligan: "Oklahoma"
    -Leslie Uggams: "Hey There, Good Times"
    -Elke Sommer: "Pennsylvania 6500"
    -Sylvester Stallone: "Hawaiian War Chant"
    -Roger Miller: "Alabamy Bound"
    -Roy Rogers & Dale Evans: "Blue Skies"
    -John Denver: "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
    -Crystal Gayle: "Swanee"
    -Shields & Yarnell: "Take a Chance on Me"
    -Dyan Cannon: "Hound Dog"
    -Victor Borge: "Macho, Macho Man"
    -Linda Lavin: "Be a Frog"
    -Dudley Moore: "She Loves You"
    -Arlo Guthrie: "Grocery Blues"
    -Beverly Sills: "A Burlesque Show"
    -Lola Falana: "Goodnight, Ladies"
    -Phyllis George: "Yes, We Have No Bananas"
    -Anne Murray: "I Get Around"
    -Star Wars: "Ram-a-Lama Ding Dong"
    -Christopher Reeve: "Disco Frog"
    -Lynda Carter: "With a Little Help From My Friends"
    -Alan Arkin: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
    -Doug Henning: "It's Magic"
    -Diana Ross: "I Go to Rio"
    -Gene Kelly: "Jambalaya"
    -Loretta Swit: "Nobody Here But Us Chickens"
    -Joan Baez: "Smarter Than Man"
    -Shirley Bassey: "Boogie in the Barnyard"
    -Glenda Jackson: "Working at the Car Wash Blues"
    -Senor Wences: "Puppetman"
    -Debbie Harry: "Me and Gargoyle"
    -Jean-Pierre Rampal: "Rockin' Robin"
    -Paul Simon: "Scarborough Fair"
    -Melissa Manchester: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"
    -Tony Randall: "Yakety Yak"
    -Mac Davis: "Another Opening, Another Show"
    -Gladys Knight: "Night and Day"
    -Hal Linden: "Who Put the Bomp..."
    -Chris Langham: "Friendship"
    -Johnny Cash: "The Martins and the Coys"
    -Buddy Rich: "Goodday Sunshine/Dancing in the Dark"
    -Roger Moore: "In the Navy"
  7. ploobis

    ploobis Well-Known Member


    Juliet Prowse: Mahna Mahna

    Connie Stevens: Lydia The Tattooed Lady

    Joel Grey: Comedy Tonight

    Ruth Buzzi: Sunny

    Jim Nabors: Money

    Paul Williams: All of Me

    Harvey Korman: Love Ya to Death

    Lena Horne: Ragg Miopp

    Peter Ustinov: An Evening at the Pops

    Bruce Forsyth: In a Little Spanish Town

    Avery Schreiber: Tenderly

    Ben Vereen: Jump Shout Boogie

    Phyllis Diller: Mississippi Mud

    Vincent Price: I've Got You Under My Skin

    Ethel Merman: Java

    Kaye Ballard: In The Summer Time

    Mummenschanz: Mr. Bassman

    Don Knotts: Sweet Gingerbread Man

    Zero Mostel: Polonaise in A Flat

    Milton Berle: Ugly song

    Rich Little: Chanson D'Amour

    Nancy Walker: Night Train

    Edgar Bergen: Baby Face

    Madeline Kahn: Happy Feet

    Bernadette Peters: How Could You Believe Me

    Lou Rawls: Groovy People

    Cleo Laine: Everybody Limbo

    Petula Clark: Sea Chantey

    John Cleese: Somebody Stole My Gal

    James Coco: Octopus' Garden

    Helen Reddy: Stayin' Alive

    Harry Belafonte: Banana Boat

    Danny Kaye: Aquarius

    Roy Rogers & Dale Evans: Blue Skies

    John Denver: Why Can't We Be Friends

    Crystal Gale: Swanee

    Shields & Yarnell: Take a Chance on Me

    Dyan Cannon: Hound Dog

    Victor Borge: Macho Man

    Dudley Moore: She Loves You

    Dizzy Gillespie: Blue Fish Blues

    Star Wars: Rama-Lama Ding-Dog

    Christopher Reeve: Disco Frog

    Alan Arkin: The Devil Went Down to Georgia

    Andy Williams: Green Door

    Diana Ross: I Go to Rio

    Gene Kelly: Jambalaya

    Loretta Swit: Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens

    Joan Baez: Man Smart, Critter Smarter

    Shirley Bassey: Barnyard Boogie

    Glenda Jackson: Workin' At The Car Wash Blues

    Jean-Pierre Rampal: Rockin' Robin

    Melissa Manchester: Tumbling Tumbleweeds

    Tony Randell: Yakkety Yak

    Mac Davis: Another Opening, Another Show

    Gladys Knight: Night and Day

    Hal Linden: Who Put The Bomp in the Bomp Bomp Bomp

    Roger Moore: In the Navy
  8. Pug Lover

    Pug Lover New Member

    Avery Schrieber:Tenderly
    The Mummunshanz:Mr.Beat Man
    Juliet Prowse:Maha Mahna
    Shirley Bassey:Chickens In the Barnyard
    George Burns:pig Calypso
    Star Wars:Ram-A-Lamb-A-Ling-Dong
    Shields & Yarnell:Take A Chance On Me
    Chris Langham:Friendship
    I Get Around(forget what episode)
    Macho Man
    In The Navy
    Connie Stevens:Lydia
    Tony Randall:Yakety Yak
    Alan Arkin:The Devil Went Down To Georgia
  9. anytimepally

    anytimepally Active Member

    I love "Comedy Tonight" from the Joel Grey episode.
  10. Frozann

    Frozann Member

    Joel Grey — «Comedy Tonight»
    Bernadette Peters — «How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I Have Been A Liar All My Life»
    George Burns — «Cuanto Le Gusta»
    Connie Stevens — «Lydia The Tattooed Lady»
    Lena Horne — «Ragg Mopp»
    Charles Aznavour — «I Feel Pretty»
    Leo Sayer — «You Make Me Feel Like Dancing»
    Cleo Laine — «Limbo»
    Julie Andrews — «The Lonely Goatherd»
    Twiggy — «Dance»
  11. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Member

    [*]Victor Borge: Macho Man

    [*]Roger Moore: In the Navy (Viking Pigs!)


    Anytime the pigs sang Village People, I was happy!
    I also loved Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing", as well as "I Go to Rio" form the Diana Ross episode.
  12. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    I do, too, but don't you kind of wish they had used that as the CLOSING number instead? IMO, would've made more sense to start with "When I Need You", since they did it up comedic and it shows a nice 'entrance' for the guest star, and end with the most energetic number in the show. Just my two cents.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  13. Son of Enik

    Son of Enik Member

    I definitely see your point, but I truthfully never thought of it until you pointed it out. Now that I think of it though...I agree with you.
  14. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

    Here are my favorites:
    Bob Hope-"Pig Calypso"
    George Burns-"Cuanto la Gusta"
    Diana Ross-"I Go To Rio"
    Jean Stapleton-"Tico Tico"
    Cleo Laine-"Limbo"
    James Coco-"Octopus's Garden"
    Mark Hamil-"Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong"
    Roger Moore-"In The Navy"
    John Denver-"Why Can't We Be Friends"
    Julie Andrews-"Lonely Goatherd"
    Sylvester Stallone-"Hawaiian War Chant"
    Chris Langham-"Friendship"
    Joan Baez-"Man Smart, Critter Smarter"
    Mummenshanz-"Mr. Bassman"
    Christopher Reeve-"Disco Frog"
    Madeline Kahn-"Happy Feet"
    Juliet Prowse-"Manha Manha"
  15. Quesal

    Quesal Active Member

    I love The Electric Mayhems opening numbers like Love ya to Death, Polonaise in A Flat, Sunny and all those
  16. Mary Louise

    Mary Louise Active Member

    I loved "Another Opening, Another Show," with the performers constantly having curtains fall on them!
  17. Gorgon Heap

    Gorgon Heap Active Member

    Truthfully, I never thought of it any other way until I saw the episode, because the first time I saw both numbers was in the compilation "Rock Music with the Muppets", where they're in that order. Assumed it was that way on the show, too. Maybe they did it that way on the compilation because they realized after the fact that it should've been that way in the original episode.

    David "Gorgon Heap" Ebersole
  18. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Well-Known Member

    There's one opening number I forgot to include in my list:

    -Ben Vereen: "Jump, Shout, Boogie"
  19. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite opening numbers was "Why can't we be friends" and it had a bunch of whatnots and Crazy Harry at war, tons of explosions lol Muppet Tradition, then they all kick dance at the end and Waldorf and Statler shoot them with a machine gun. And the Bearded character has a surrender flag and his arm falls off of the flag's stick and it's still waving. lol (nice blooper) "We didn't miss them, we were shooting blanks" then the gun goes out of control for a second and the ceiling falls apart "Well some of them were blanks" lol
  20. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Oh my goodness, this *is* an old thread if I'm here asking for .wav files! (That said, my first thought on seeing this thread was that "Rama Lama Ding-Dong was the best opening sketch, so...some things stay the same.)

    I also loooove ("Get thee to a barnyard...") Barnyard Boogie!

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