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|Single by Ray Stevens|
|from the album Gitarzan|
|B-side||"Bagpipes - That's My Bag"|
|Released||January 6, 1969|
|Format||45 rpm vinyl|
3:00 (7" version)
|Writer(s)||Ray Stevens, Bill Everette|
|Producer(s)||Fred Foster, Ray Stevens, Jim Malloy|
|Ray Stevens singles chronology|
"Gitarzan" is a novelty song released by Ray Stevens in 1969, about a character who lives in a jungle and forms a musical band with his female partner, Jane, and their pet monkey. The song features Tarzan yells, scat singing, and a funky Boogie Woogie, as well as a quote from the song "Swinging on a Star", with the line "Carrying Moonbeams Home in a Jar" sung with the wrong notes. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1969, and #10 in Canada in May 1969. The music and lyrics were written by Stevens with a title supplied by Bill Justis. Justis is officially credited as Bill Everette.
A cover version was recorded by country music parodist Cledus T. Judd on his tribute album Boogity, Boogity - A Tribute to the Comedic Genius of Ray Stevens in 2007. Judd's cover features Keith Urban and Heidi Newfield (former lead singer of Trick Pony).