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Gonzo, Kenny Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy McQuater

Kenny Baker and Tommy McQuater, Jack Parnell's trumpeters from The Muppet Show, with Dizzy Gillespie and Gonzo

While the Muppet world is full of musicians and bands, often overlooked are the real session musicians who provide the sound. Although in many cases it's not possible to match a specific musician with a specific character's instrument or performance, the following table lists confirmed examples (through album or screen credits, interviews, and other sources).


Muppets Characters

see also Muppet Musicians

Character Instrument Musician Production
Animal Drums Ronnie Verrell The Muppet Show
Gary Mallaber The Muppet Movie


Kermit Unpigged [1]

James Gordon The Muppet Movie
Hal Blaine John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
Ralph Humphrey Muppet Beach Party
Catgut Trumpet Guido Basso The Muppet Musicians of Bremen[2]
Gonzo Trumpet Kenny Baker The Muppet Show
Maracas Hal Blaine John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
Jowls Guitar Mark Shark Muppets Tonight [3]
Kermit the Frog Banjo Herb Pedersen John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
("The Christmas Wish" track)
Leroy Tuba Tommy Johnson The Muppet Musicians of Bremen [2]
Lips Trumpet Tommy McQuater The Muppet Show
Muppets Tonight Band accordion player Accordion Doug Legacy Muppets Tonight
Rover Joe Trombone Rob McConnell The Muppet Musicians of Bremen [2]
Rowlf the Dog Piano Derek Scott The Muppet Show
Ol' Brown Ears is Back
Glen D. Hardin John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
Harmonica Tommy Morgan The Muppet Movie
T.R. Banjo Ed Bickert The Muppet Musicians of Bremen [2]
Trumpet Girl Trombone Don Lusher The Muppet Show
Zoot Saxophone Frank Reidy
(tenor sax)
The Muppet Show
John Whelan
(baritone sax)
David Garland The Muppet Movie
Jim Horn
(all reeds)
John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together

Sesame Street Characters

see also Sesame Street Musicians

Character Instrument Musician Production
Ernie Rubber Duckie Jeff Moss "Rubber Duckie"[4]
"Do De Rubber Duck"[5]
Hoots the Owl Saxophone Wally Kane Various, including "Put Down the Duckie"[6]
Oscar the Grouch Harp (as Singing Harp) Margaret Ross The Sesame Street Fairy Tale Album

Sources

  1. Album musicians list
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Album credits
  3. Musician credits in select episodes
  4. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street. p. 224
  5. Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs album credits for "duckie solo."
  6. Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street, page 226, song notes by Christopher Cerf.

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