Jungle Boogie

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"Jungle Boogie"
Jungle boogie by kool and the gang US single.png
Side A of the US single
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Wild and Peaceful
B-side"North, South, East, West"
ReleasedNovember 24, 1973
Recorded1973
GenreFunk[1]
Length3:08
LabelMercury
Songwriter(s)Robert Earl Bell, Ronald Nathan Bell, Donald Boyce, George Melvin Brown, Robert Spike Mickens, Claydes Charles Smith, Clifford Adams and Dennis Thomas

"Jungle Boogie" is a funk song recorded by Kool & the Gang for their 1973 album Wild and Peaceful.[2] It reached number four as a single, and became very popular in nightclubs.[3] Billboard ranked it as the number 12 song for 1974, despite there being as many as 36 No. 1 singles that year.

Background[edit]

The song's spoken main vocal was performed by the band's roadie Don Boyce. An instrumental version of the tune with an overdubbed flute part and additional percussion instruments, titled "Jungle Jazz", appeared on the album Spirit of the Boogie. The song is noted for the Tarzan yell heard at the song's end and the grunting, panting and scatting heard throughout.

Track listing[edit]

De-Lite Records - DE-559:[4]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Jungle Boogie" (from the album Wild and Peaceful)Kool & the Gang and Ronald Bell3:08
2."North, East, South, West" (from the album Good Times)Rick West3:36

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 4
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles[7] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Big Gigantic (September 20, 2016). "The 30 Best Funk Songs Ever". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  2. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Wild and Peaceful - Kool & the Gang". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  3. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 287. ISBN 0-87586-207-1.
  4. ^ "Jungle Boogie/North, East, South, West". Discogs. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "American single certifications – Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie". Recording Industry Association of America.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 473.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 332.