Monkey Man (The Rolling Stones song)

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"Monkey Man"
Song by the Rolling Stones
from the album Let It Bleed
Released 5 December 1969 (1969-12-05)
Format LP record
Recorded April 1969
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 4:11
Label Decca/ABKCO
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) Jimmy Miller

"Monkey Man" is a song by English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones, featured as the eighth track on their 1969 album Let It Bleed.

Composition and recording[edit]

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!).[2] 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.


Performances and covers[edit]

The Rolling Stones performed "Monkey Man" often on their 1994/95 Voodoo Lounge Tour. A performance of the song features on Live Licks from their 2002/03 Licks Tour.

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.

RJD2's hip hop quintet MHz sampled the opening of "Monkey Man" for their song "World Premier".

Phish covered "Monkey Man" during their Saturday afternoon set at Super Ball IX, their three-day festival which took place at Watkins Glen International Speedway from 1–3 July 2011.


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  2. ^ "The making of The Rolling Stones' 'Let It Bleed' Part 2". Goldmine Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 

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