The National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress has honored The Rainbow Connection. This comes as every year the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress recognizes songs and audio recordings “worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage.”
The Rainbow Connection is one of the songs that was recognized this year. It wars written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher and sung by Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie. It 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.
The Rainbow Connection was an instant classic when it first appeared at the beginning of The Muppet Movie, the first Muppet film, in 1979. It was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Since then, it has been covered many times by many artists. Kermit has also continued to sing it and play his banjo. This last year he did it from home as one of Disney’s #DisneyMagicMoments during the pandemic.
The Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden asked Kermit for his reaction to this news, the world’s most beloved frog 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!”
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