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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Date 1929
Publisher EMI Robbins Catalog Inc.
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The Count striking Kelly's famous pose in The Sesame Street Dictionary.

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Sam and Friends

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Rich Little and Fozzie

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Prairie Dawn and Grover filming the scene

"Singin' in the Rain" was the title song from the MGM movie of the same name, released in 1952. It was a hit, however, from the time it was published in 1929, and has been recorded by numerous artists. It was included in the early Hollywood sound movie "The Hollywood Revue of 1929". Other songs from the movie, which themselves were pulled from the library of other MGM films, performed by the Muppets include "You Are My Lucky Star", "Fit as a Fiddle", and "Make 'Em Laugh" (the only new number created for the film).

For an interview with CNN, when asked what his favorite movie is Kermit answered with Singin' in the Rain. He said that it is, "not just because frogs like rain. It's a perfect movie. Debbie Reynolds reminds me of Piggy when I first met her. (That's meant as a compliment, Ms. Reynolds.) Donald O'Connor is like Fozzie Bear, especially when he sings and dances to "Make 'Em Laugh." And Gene Kelly is just the best. I even got to dance with him to "Singing in the Rain" on The Muppet Show. Gee, now that I talked about it, I want to go watch it again. Got popcorn?"[1]

Sam and Friends

  • One of the surviving episodes of Sam and Friends. A Muppet with a little girl's voice in the rain lipsynchs to a double-speed version of "Singin' in the Rain". The scene ends with her drowning in a flood.
This episode was broadcast in color.

The Muppet Show

  • When Gene Kelly guest starred in episode 501, the Muppets tried to get him to perform this as the closing number. He refused to sing it, stating that he realized that he could never do as good of a job as he did when he sang it in the movie. Eventually he gave in and sang it backstage.

Sesame Street

  • A 2008 episode features a brief reference to the song, where during Oscar's musical number, he dons a top hop and swings around the lamppost in the rain with a broken umbrella as a music cue from "Singin' in the Rain" plays.

Misc. References

  • In a The Muppets comic strip dated November 24, 1981, Fozzie Bear performs the title number from the musical.
  • In The Sesame Street Dictionary, The Count strikes Gene Kelly's famed pose on a street light (here substituted with the Sesame Street sign for the entry "fall," where he counts the raindrops as they fall from the sky.
  • In the book Splish-Splashy Day, Bert strikes Gene Kelly's famed pose, with the Sesame Street sign once again substituting for the movie's street light.

Sources

  1. "Catching up with the Muppets," CNN, November 23, 2011, Abbey Goodman
  2. Twitter post dated January 26, 2012
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