Monkey Man (Toots & the Maytals song)

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"Monkey Man"
Single by The Maytals
Released 1969
Format 45
Recorded Dynamic Studios, Kingston, Jamaica
Genre Reggae
Length 3:29
Label Beverley's in Jamaica, Trojan Records in UK
Songwriter(s) Toots Hibbert
Producer(s) Leslie Kong

"Monkey Man" is a 1969 song by the ska and reggae group the Maytals, reaching number 47 in the UK Singles Chart. The song is a jab at their producer, Leslie Kong.[1] Toots & the Maytals re-recorded the song on True Love with third wave ska band No Doubt.

The song is frequently covered by other groups, most famously by British ska group The Specials, third-wave ska group Reel Big Fish, and British jazz/soul/R&B singer Amy Winehouse.

In 2009, Australian singer Kylie Minogue and The Wiggles recorded a version of the song to raise funds for UNICEF.


  1. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann. "Song Review". Allmusic. Retrieved January 3, 2007.