The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey
|The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey|
|Studio album by The Miracles|
|Released||November 11, 1963|
|Producer||Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Smokey Robinson|
|The Miracles chronology|
The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey is a 1963 album by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label. It includes the group's Top 10 smash single "Mickey's Monkey", written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland. "Mickey's Monkey" popularized "The Monkey" as a novelty dance, and has been covered by several artists, including The Hollies, The Young Rascals and John Mellencamp. Also included is another H-D-H dance-oriented single, "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying", a Billboard Top 40 hit, which inspired a cover version by The Who.
Much of the rest of the album is made up of cover versions of other popular dance songs, including "The Twist", "Twist and Shout" and The Contours' Motown hit "Do You Love Me". Miracles member Bobby Rogers co-wrote a song "Dancin' Holiday" for the album.
The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey was released on CD by Motown Records in 1986, in a two-for-one set with their Away We A Go-Go album, and again by itself in a 1992 release, but both releases have since gone out of print.
- "Mickey's Monkey" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 2:46
- "Dance What You Wanna" (James Alexander, Sam Cooke, Ronald White) – 2:45
- "The Wah-Watusi" (Dave Appell, Kal Mann) – 2:38
- "The Twist" (Hank Ballard) – 2:29
- "Dancin' Holiday" (Robert Rogers, Smith, Zelda Samuels) – 2:14
- "Land of a Thousand Dances" (Chris Kenner) – 2:26
- "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) – 2:39
- "The Monkey Time" (Curtis Mayfield) – 2:51
- "The Groovey Thing" (Smokey Robinson) – 2:43
- "Twist and Shout" (Phil Medley, Bert Russell) – 2:03
- "Do You Love Me" (Berry Gordy, Jr.) – 2:39
- Lead vocals: Smokey Robinson, Claudette Rogers Robinson (on "The Wah-Watusi")
- Backing vocals: Bobby Rogers, Ronnie White, Pete Moore, Claudette Rogers Robinson
- Guitar: Marv Tarplin
- Instrumentation: The Funk Brothers