Tarzan Boy

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"Tarzan Boy"
Single by Baltimora
from the album Living in the Background
B-side DJ version
Released
  • April 1985
  • 1993 (re-release)
Format
Genre Italo disco[1][2]
Length
  • 3:48 (single edit #1)
  • 6:15 (album version)
  • 3:45 (single edit #2)
Label
Writer(s)
  • Maurizio Bassi
  • Naimy Hackett
Producer(s) Maurizio Bassi
Certification see below
Baltimora singles chronology
  • "Tarzan Boy"
  • (1985)

"Tarzan Boy" is a song recorded by Italian-based act Baltimora. It was the group's debut single, released in April 1985, from its first album Living in the Background, on which it features as first track. The song was re-recorded in 1993 and has been covered by several artists throughout the years. The refrain uses Tarzan's cry as a melodic line. The song is rhythmical, with an electronic melody and simple lyrics.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Tarzan Boy", released in the summer of 1985, was a big success, debuting in the top 5 of the Italian charts and performing well in many other European countries, including Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. "Tarzan Boy" was most successful in France, where it topped the chart for five consecutive weeks. In the United Kingdom, it reached number 3 in August 1985. The single had success in the United States (where it was released on EMI), with the single remaining on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 6 months and ultimately peaking at number 13 in the early spring of 1986.

Track listings[edit]

Original version[edit]

1993 version[edit]

2010 version[edit]

Streaming single
  1. "Tarzan Boy" (Digital Remaster) – 3:49

Personnel[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Live Is Life" by Opus
French number-one single
7 September 1985 – 5 October 1985 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Lover Why" by Century
Preceded by
"I'm on Fire" by Bruce Springsteen
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
17 August 1985 – 7 September 1985 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Into the Groove" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
10 August 1985 – 7 September 1985 (5 weeks)
Preceded by
"Waarom fluister ik je naam nog" by Benny Neyman
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
31 August 1985 – 7 September 1985 (2 weeks)
Single Top 100 number-one single
17 August 1985 (1 week)
Preceded by
"Axel F" by Harold Faltermeyer
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
17 August 1985 – 28 September 1985 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dancing in the Street"
by David Bowie and Mick Jagger
Preceded by
"Baila" by Iván
Spanish number-one single
22 July 1985 – 29 July 1985 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Live Is Life" by Opus

Cover versions[edit]

  • UK band Modern Romance covered the song in 1985.[38]
  • In 2006, the song was covered by Bango, and achieved a minor success, peaking at number 37 in France.[39]
  • In 2008, a cover by Bad Influence featuring Dyce reached number 9 in Sweden.[40]

Media appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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