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Songs sung by animals


Forty Years ago Rainbow Connection by Kirmit the Frog was on the charts. What other songs had animals as vocalists in the song? The animal doesn't need to be the main singer, so songs like Disco Duck would count.

By the way... Adam Ant, the Eagles and so forth don't count - they are humans.
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:41 PM
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Are you counting movies? If so, lots of Disney and others.
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:43 PM
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Disney is great for this.

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Old 11-01-2019, 12:02 AM
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The Chipmunk Song, of course, as well as other songs by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

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Froggy Went A-Courtin', though the animals' parts are spoken instead of sung.

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Rowlf the Dog, Cottleston Pie. He was doing that when Kermit was still a tadpole puppet. He got it from Winnie the Pooh.

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Three Little Fishies

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Forty Years ago Rainbow Connection by Kirmit the Frog was on the charts. ….

By the way... Adam Ant, the Eagles and so forth don't count - they are humans.
Um, I hate to break this to you...
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Ernie sang "Rubber Ducky". Wait, is he an animal?
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Dude, Ernie ain't an animal. Now, Bert? The jury's still out.

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From Don Bluth's An American Tail, there's a song I heard played many times in 1986, "Somewhere Out There" sung by mice, Fievel and Tanya Mousekewitz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3TT3Bpr35Q
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Dancing on the Moon.
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Old 11-01-2019, 01:59 AM
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Too many cartoon-critter songs exist; they should not be counted. Real animals are needed. Parrots, probably, or those keyboard devices that pinched the tails of trapped cats. Or JINGLE BELLS sung by sampled dogs.

On the intro to MR BOJANGLES, Teddy the dog sings a bit of OLD RUGGED CROSS. Sort of.
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Old 11-01-2019, 02:05 AM
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Anything by Alvin and the Chipmunks.
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Old 11-01-2019, 06:08 AM
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Jon Williamson had an Australian hit with Old Man Emu:

Let me tell you of an interview with an Old Man Emu
He's got a beak and feathers and things
But the poor old fella ain't got no wings

Aren't you jealous of the wedge-tailed eagle
While the eagle's flyin' round and round I keep my two feet firmly on the ground
Now I can't fly but I'm tellin' you, I can run the pants off a kangaroo


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Old 11-01-2019, 06:13 AM
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Does Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict count?
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Old 11-01-2019, 06:18 AM
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Flanders and Swann did a bunch of animal songs, the most famous of which are the Hippopotamus and the Gnu.
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Old 11-01-2019, 06:49 AM
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I don't suppose this counts.
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Old 11-01-2019, 07:20 AM
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By the way... Anything fun, funny or interesting counts. An album of preschool songs with Billy the Goat, Susie the Snake and Tom the Cow probably won't fit.

I will add In the Mood by Henhouse Five Plus Two

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vxdQwVuago

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There's that hideously awful Frogs Chorus thing by Paul McCartney. (Link omitted out of basic decency)

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Old 11-01-2019, 08:10 AM
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A few more songs, including year and peak position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100:
Oh! Susanna by The Singing Dogs (1955, #22) (The B side medley included ''Jingle Bells'', which was expanded and released as a single in 1971)
Rockin' Robin by Bobby Day (1957, #2)
Uh! Oh! Part 2 by The Nutty Squirrels (1959, #14)
The Boll Weevil Song by Brook Benton (1961, #2)
Hey Shirley (This is Squirrely) by Shirley & Squirrely (1976, #48)

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Old 11-01-2019, 08:14 AM
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Flanders and Swann did a bunch of animal songs, the most famous of which are the Hippopotamus and the Gnu.
The Muppets covered the Gnu Song.
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Old 11-01-2019, 08:28 AM
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Okay -- Disney and Don Bluth and other animated features give you plenty of animal-sung songs. Let's go for less obvious.

Fleischer studios (until it was basically shut down by Paramount for scurrilous reasons) put out a lot of cartoons and two features, many with singing animals. Notable were Small Fry from the short of the same name and LOTS of Betty Boop cartoons (that, in the beginning, had a lot od animals).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKDjK_88Yek

The second Fleischer feature, Mr. Bug Goes to Town (AKA Hoppity goes to Town AKA Bugville) (1941) features four songs by the bugs:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Bug_Goes_to_Town


For something really obscure, consider 1948's Bill and Coo, a movie starring -- birds. All of the characters are birds, and the movie was filmed on a 30 X 15 foot set. And this was decades before Jonathan Livingston Seagull). A number of pieces of music were used, but I'm not surre if any birds sang any of them

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039188...ef_=tt_trv_snd

Apparently the film won a special honorary Oscar in 1948.

The only reason I know about this is that we had a tie-in record for the film at my house when I was a kid, with pictures from the film on the record jacket. It's not the kind of thing that shows up on TV, or in the movies at kiddie matinees, or even on home video. But it's on YouTube in its full one hour glory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvdpUrhhcrY



The song Let's all sing like the Birdies Sing wasn't written for a Fleischer cartoon, but they used it in two cartoons. Later, Disney used it in their "Enchanted Tiki Room[/I] at Disneyland and other parks

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In 1932, the novelty song Let's All Sing Like The Birdies Sing was written by a team of songwriters lead by English composer Tolchard Evans. The song was recorded that year for the first time by English band leader Henry Hall. In 1933 the song was featured in the short film Betty Boop's Halloween Party. The song is performed by Bonnie Poe as Betty Boop, and featuring background vocals by Mae Questel - one of Betty's alternate voice artists. In 1934, the song was used again by Max Fleischer as the basis and title of an animated short in the Screen Songs series. In 1963 the song became part of an installment in The Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyworld, and later at Disneyland. At the popular attraction the song is introduced as the bird national anthem,
https://www.fleischerallstars.com/le...dies-sing.html
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Old 11-01-2019, 08:53 AM
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...........The song Let's all sing like the Birdies Sing............
That reminds me of The Birdie Song which, dear lord, may be even worse than that awful frog thing. Link included for technical evaluation purposes only*.

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Old 11-01-2019, 09:21 AM
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Just remembered a couple of good ones - and after the horrors I posted upthread, I'm morally bound to share these:

Animal Language by Lou Reed (not Uncle Lou's finest work, but fun)

Freakout Frog by Spirit (Feat. Kermit, as the young people would have it these days)

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Warner Brothers cartoons were created to feature their characters singing songs: in the beginning Looney Tunes were produced by Hugh Harmon, and Merrie Melodies were Rudolf Ising's responsibility (The two also worked together as Harmon-Ising, probably the most appropriately named production company in film). Even after they left, the cartoons were often a way to feature a song (usually ones owned by WB, of course).

So there are dozens to choose from. The best of these is probably "I Love to Singa," with Owl Jolson performing the song. Tex Avery directed, and Chuck Jones was one of the animators. The cartoon also features other songs sung by animals as part of a talent contest.
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If I Only Had the Nerve and If I were King of the Forest by The Cowardly Lion
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Fleischer studios (until it was basically shut down by Paramount for scurrilous reasons) put out a lot of cartoons and two features, many with singing animals. Notable were Small Fry from the short of the same name and LOTS of Betty Boop cartoons (that, in the beginning, had a lot od animals).
And Betty herself started out as a dog. Her ears morphed into hoop earrings.
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The first song that popped into my mind was "Memory" from CATS.

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"I Haven't Got a Hat" sung by WB cartoon dogs Ham and Ex, in the landmark cartoon by that name. Not because of them, but because of the first introduction of a certain stuttering pig.
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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's The Monkey is pretty awesome, and mostly consists of a conversation between some primates.
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Lullaby From the Great Mother Whale For the Baby Seal Pups by Paul Winter features vocals (and a melody) by a humpback whale.
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Litterbox Massacre is a Slamming Catcore band from Canada. Two days ago they released a new single, Red Dot Mystery.
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Does background singing count?

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How about I Want to Eat Your Face from Bruce Kimmel's The Creature that wasn't Nice/Spaceship/The Naked Space? It's a sort-of musical version of Alien made by the same guy who made The first Nudie Musical. It's sung by the titular Creature.

It starred Cindy Williams, Patrick MacNee, and Leslie Nielsen! (In addition to Kimmel, who wrote and directed it, and wrote all the songs)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEyEL-BvbqQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGOVBS8TNgI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7uAxOk67gg
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Litterbox Massacre is a Slamming Catcore band from Canada. Two days ago they released a new single, Red Dot Mystery.

I also give high marks to My Bowl's Half Empty from their spring 2019 EP Welcome to the Scratching Post.
Remember this commercial? Not sure if that counts as an actual song, though.
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Remember this commercial? Not sure if that counts as an actual song, though.
This totally fucking rocks! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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No joke; I once heard a duck quacking out the first five notes of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies".
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I can't believe no one's mentioned "House of the Rising Sun". Seriously, how about chickens doing "In the Mood".
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Flanders and Swan had several songs about animals. The chorus of "The Gnu Song" is sung by the title animal.
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Does Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep count?
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I can't believe no one's mentioned "House of the Rising Sun". Seriously, how about chickens doing "In the Mood".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2uZS53bjsg
Actually... When I made the first post I wrote that House of the Rising Sun didn't count. But, then realized that some people wouldn't get it and changed it to Adam Ant before I posted it.

And, I already mentioned In the Mood in an earlier post, but that is good enough for a second mention. And even a third mention.

This is from Carol Burnett.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuJmjVkbD4U
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