The Bare Necessities

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This article is about the song. For the collegiate a cappella group by this same name, see The Brown Bear Necessities. For other uses, see Bare Necessities (disambiguation).
"The Bare Necessities"
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"The Bare Necessities" cover
Song by Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman from the album The Jungle Book
Released 1967 (1967)
Label Disneyland
Writer(s) Terry Gilkyson
The Jungle Book track listing
"Colonel Hathi's March"
"The Bare Necessities"
"I Wan'na Be Like You"

"The Bare Necessities" is a song, written by Terry Gilkyson, from the animated 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book, sung by Phil Harris as Baloo and Bruce Reitherman as Mowgli. Originally, it was written for an earlier draft of the movie that was never produced. The Sherman Brothers, who wrote the other songs of the film, kept this as the only song used from the previous version. A reprise of the song was sung by Sebastian Cabot as Bagheera and Phil Harris as Baloo at the end of the film. Van Dyke Parks worked on the arrangement, which was his first paid gig after moving to California. The song was also sung by Louis Armstrong. In 1967, "The Bare Necessities" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. A hip-hop version of the song performed by Lou Rawls was used as the theme song for Jungle Cubs.[citation needed]

It has been suggested that the original trumpet solo was played by Cappy Lewis.[1]

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  1. ^ Santa Monica Academy of Music. Facebook. January 16, 2013.[unreliable source?]
  2. ^ Official UK Charts - UK Mixmasters
  3. ^ "Largest themed area in expansion plan, Grizzly Gulch, debuts at Hong Kong Disneyland on July 14, 2012 Unique multidirectional terrain-style coaster provides unexpected runaway adventure". Hong Kong Disneyland. 13 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Rebecca Keegan (April 15, 2016). "'Jungle Book' director Jon Favreau keeps the 19th century Kipling tone but updates the classic for modern times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 15, 2016.