Rita-moreno-fever
Written by John Davenport and Eddie Cooley
Date 1956
Publisher Fort Knox Music Inc.; Trio Music Co.
Fever-PerezAnimal

Rita Moreno sings "Fever" on episode 105 of The Muppet Show, backed by Floyd on bass and Animal on drums. Animal plays a simple, appropriate beat to the cool jazz number, but occasionally throws in a brief, explosive riff, which startles Rita each time and threatens to throw off her performance. Rita berates him in Spanish and English, but Animal merely scoffs at the reprimand, prompting an aggressive about-turn from Rita.

Animal spitefully continues to sneak in explosive riffs, despite warning glares from Rita. At the end of the song, when Animal has thrown off all restraint and is playing an enthusiastic drum solo completely inappropriate to the song, Rita smashes his head between two cymbals. Animal is thrilled by this, exclaiming, "That my kind of woman!" before collapsing onto his drum set.

Otis Blackwell wrote "Fever" with Eddie Cooley under the pseudonym, John Davenport.

Miss Piggy performed "Fever" at the Hollywood Bowl in summer 2006.

Animal and Rosie Perez reenacted the bit from The Muppet Show at 2015's Kennedy Center Honors as a tribute to Moreno.

Amy Schumer and Questlove reenacted the bit on a 2016 episode of Inside Amy Schumer as a tribute to The Muppet Show.

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