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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
Genre Pop
Length 3:15
3:00 (7" version)
Label Monument
Writer(s) Ray Stevens, Bill Everette
Producer(s) Fred Foster, Ray Stevens, Jim Malloy
Ray Stevens singles chronology
"The Great Escape"
"Along Came Jones"

"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.

Cover versions[edit]

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).

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