Monkey Man (The Rolling Stones song)
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|Song by the Rolling Stones|
|from the album Let It Bleed|
|Released||5 December 1969|
Composition and recording
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote "Monkey Man" as a tribute to Italian pop artist Mario Schifano, whom they met on the set of his movie Umano Non Umano! (Human, Not Human!). Recorded in April 1969, the song's introduction features distinctive vibraphone, bass and guitar, as well as piano; it came between the band's firing of Brian Jones and the hiring of Mick Taylor on lead guitar. Richards plays the main guitar riff as well as the slide guitar solo, Jagger provides vocals, producer Jimmy Miller plays tambourine, Nicky Hopkins plays piano, Charlie Watts provides drums, while Bill Wyman plays vibraphone and bass. Wyman's vibraphone is mixed onto the left channel together with Hopkins' piano.
- Mick Jagger – vocals
- Keith Richards – guitars, backing vocals
- Bill Wyman – bass guitar, vibes
- Charlie Watts – drums
- Nicky Hopkins – piano
- Jimmy Miller – tambourine
Performances and covers
Many movies and television shows (such as Entourage and How I Met Your Mother) have used the song. It was covered in an episode of 21 Jump Street. It was also used in Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas.
- "The making of The Rolling Stones' 'Let It Bleed' Part 2". Goldmine Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-11.