Monkey Man (Toots & the Maytals song)

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"Monkey Man"
Single by The Maytals
Released1969
Format45
RecordedDynamic Studios, Kingston, Jamaica
GenreReggae
Length3:29
LabelBeverley'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 about a girl choosing another man over Toots.[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, British singer Amy Winehouse, Japanese experimental rock band Melt-Banana, and Argentinian band Los Pericos.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lizz. "Toots and the Maytals". Outline Online. Retrieved 2017-07-15. Well Monkeyman is all about a girl, a very good looking girl like you! I fell in love with her and then a monkey-looking man took her away from me but I thought she was in love with me. The guy was ugly and not good looking like me, ha ha!