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I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)

From the Disney movie

Jungle Book



Music by Richard M. Sherman , Lyrics by Robert B. Sherman

"I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" is a song sung by King Louie, Baloo and Mowgli from Walt Disney's 1967 film, The Jungle Book. The song was sung by Louis Prima and written by songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman.

The lyrics tell about King Louie's wish to be a man and know how to make fire, possibly knowing that, with fire, the apes would rule the Jungle because all animals fear it including Shere Khan. It was included in Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare Necessities, Let's Go to the Circus, Disney Sing Along Songs: Collection of All Time Favorites: The Magic Years, and Disney Sing Along Songs: Flik's Musical Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Richard Sherman said he and his brother aimed for a jazz sound, with a Dixieland-like melody. The instrumentals were originally recorded by Prima - who also played the trumpet - and his band, Sam Butera & The Witnesses, but the music was replaced by one written by the film's composer, George Bruns, and orchestrated by Walter Sheets. The "scat dialogue" between Baloo and King Louie was the result of two recording sessions. Louis Prima recorded first, with the intent that Baloo - played in his recording by Butera - would simply repeat what Louie scatted, but Phil Harris decided not to imitate Prima's recording and made up his own. The song was released the same date as the motion picture itself.

    Release Date: 1967


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Various Arrangers : The Songs of Disney : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Various Arrangers : The Songs of Disney

Disney certainly knows how to create a great tune and here are some of their very best. The breathtaking Elton John ballad "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King in a sonorous setting for a cappella ensembles. The entertaining novelty song "I Wan'na Be Like You " from Walt Disney Pictures' The Jungle Book, originally sung by Louis Prima) has been arranged by the King's Singers' Philip Lawson for a cappella ensembles. Challenging, but worth it - it's a perfect encore! From The Little Mermaid, "Kiss The Girl" is available in a fantastic a cappella arrangement. Fun Latin rhythms and a variety of vocal inflections make this a great change of pace for any concert! The theme song from the Disney animated classic "Alice in Wonderland" simply sparkles in a warm a cappella arrangement. Nominated for a Best Score Academy Award, this music is timeless. Here's the showstopper "Under The Sea " from The Little Mermaid in a dynamite a cappella rendition by the incomparable Kirby Shaw. Great Caribbean change of pace! Available for the first time in a mixed and men's a cappella setting, the Disney classic "Candle on the Water" will once again enchant your audience. Beautiful harmonies gently accompany the easily sung melody. Special!

Songlist: Kiss The Girl, Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Alice in Wonderland, I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Under The Sea, Candle on the Water

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Voicing: SATB | 9250b | Sheet Music Collection | $9.95 | A Cappella


Various : Walt Disney's The Jungle Book : Solo : Songbook : 073999601541 : 0793539722 : 00360154

Various : Walt Disney's The Jungle Book

Six terrific songs from the 1965 Disney animated classic: The Bare Necessities - Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song) - I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) - My Own Home (Jungle Book Theme) - That's What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song) - Trust in Me (The Python's Song).

Songlist: The Bare Necessities, Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song), I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), My Own Home (Jungle Book Theme), That's What Friends Are For, Trust In Me (The Python's Song), The Bare Necessities, Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song), I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), My Own Home (Jungle Book Theme), That's What Friends Are For, Trust In Me (The Python's Song)

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Voicing: Solo | 20234b | Songbook | $17.95 | PVG


Various : The Disney Collection : Solo : Songbook : 073999115239 : 0793508320 : 00311523

Various : The Disney Collection

Features 54 Disney delights: The Ballad of Davy Crockett - The Bare Necessities - Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo - Candle on the Water - Chim Chim Cher-ee - A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Heigh-Ho (The Dwarfs' Marching Song) - It's a Small World - Kiss the Girl - The Siamese Cat Song - Someday My Prince Will Come - Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Under the Sea - When You Wish upon a Star - Winnie the Pooh - Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - more!

Songlist: Once Upon A Dream, Circle Of Life, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Beauty And The Beast, You'll Be In My Heart (Pop Version)*, Let It Go, The Work Song, Baby Mine, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The Bare Necessities, Bella Notte, Best Of Friends, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Candle On The Water, So Close, That's How You Know, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Cruella De Vil, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, I See The Light, I've Got A Dream, When Will My Life Begin?, Ev'rybody Wants To Be A Cat, Feed The Birds (Tuppence A Bag), Do You Want To Build A Snowman?, Love Is An Open Door, Give A Little Whistle, He's A Tramp, Heigh-Ho, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20410b | Songbook | $25.95 | PVG


Various : Disney Villains : Solo : Songbook : 888680709723 : 154000404X : 00248638

Various : Disney Villains

Not all Disney characters and heros and heroines - often times the most memorable songs and performances are delivered by villains. This collection features 24 songs in piano/vocal/guitar arrangements sung by the bad boys and girls of Disney, including: Be Prepared - Cruella De Vil - Gaston - Mother Knows Best - Oogie Boogie's Song - Poor Unfortunate Souls - Shiny - The Siamese Cat Song - Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? - Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) - and more.

Songlist: Be Prepared, Mine, Mine, Mine, Savages (Part 1), Hellfire, Cruella De Vil, Friends On The Other Side, Mother Knows Best, The Elegant Captain Hook, Love Is An Open Door, Gaston, Rotten To The Core, Evil Like Me, Shiny, Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life For Me), I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Oogie Boogie's Song, Painting The Roses Red, The Phony King Of England, Poor Unfortunate Souls, Prince Ali, The Siamese Cat Song, Trust In Me (The Python's Song), Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?, Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)

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Voicing: Solo | 40140b | Songbook | $16.95 | PVG


Various : The Library of Disney Songs : Solo : Songbook : 888680902155 : 1540042022 : 00287155

Various : The Library of Disney Songs

There are songs for everyone in this collection of over 50 popular hits arranged for piano, voice and guitar from Disney movies past and present. It features classics from Cinderella and Peter Pan as well as modern favorites from Coco and Tangled and much more. Also includes songs from the movies: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, The AristoCats, Frozen, Hercules, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Moana, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, Toy Story, and more.

Songlist: Once Upon A Dream, Circle Of Life, I Just Can't Wait To Be King, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, Beauty And The Beast, Someday, Colors Of The Wind, If I Never Knew You (End Title), Alice In Wonderland, You've Got A Friend In Me, God Help The Outcasts, Zero To Hero, Go The Distance, I'll Make A Man Out Of You, Reflection, Written In The Stars, Trashin' The Camp* (Pop Version), You'll Be In My Heart (Pop Version)*, When She Loved Me, Let It Go, The Aristocats, The Ballad Of Davy Crockett, The Bare Necessities, Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song), Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Candle On The Water, Happy Working Song, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Cruella De Vil, A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 40619b | Songbook | $24.95 | PVG


Euphorics : Born To Sing : 1 CD

Euphorics : Born To Sing    Out of Print

Two man, two women Canadian Contemporary Quartet the Euphorics, blew us away winning the 1999 Harmony Sweeps Bay Area Regional and gave a great performance at the Finals. We loved their debut album "Standing Up for Love" by have been waiting patiently for its sequel, and now happily hold "Born to Sing" in our hot little hands! The wonderful harmonies and leads by Joni Bye (alto/soprano), Helen Davis (alto/soprano) and Bing Jenson (bass) are as solid and crisp as ever. There is one significant change, the fine tenor of Nathan Aswell, has been replaced by that of David Steele; but we have to say the group is sounding better than ever. "Born to Sing" has 10 songs, beginning with a Curtis Mayfield/Bob Marley medley, "People Get Ready/Three Little Birds/One Love," a very funny group reggae original, "When the Big One Comes," a sweet Lennon/McCartney medley, "Eleanor Rigby/Across the Universe," Billy Joel's "River of Dreams," Richard and Robert Sherman's "I Wanna Be Like You," a nice traditional medley, "Down to the River to Pray/I'll Fly Away/Man of Constant Sorrow," bass Bing's hit from the Sweeps, "I Sing Low," "When the Night Feels My Song," Neil Young's "After the Goldrush" and closing with Stevie Wonder's "As." Every one of these is a winner. The Euphorics have a huge, spirited sound and put on a live show as entertaining as any we have seen. Treat yourself to "Born to Sing," and enjoy!

Songlist: People Get Ready/Three Little Birds/ One Love, When the Big One Comes, Eleanor Rigby/Across the Unverse, River of Dreams, I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Down to the River to Pray/I'll Fly Away/Man of Constant Sorrow, I Sing Low, When the Night Feels My Song, After the Goldrush, As (always)

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2501c | 1 CD | $9.95 ON SALE $3.95 | A Cappella


Vocal Spectrum : Vocal Spectrum 2 : 1 CD

Vocal Spectrum : Vocal Spectrum 2

2006 International Quartet Championship Vocal Spectrum are one of the youngest quartets to ever win such a coveted award and are a fine example of the fresh yet traditional approach to the noble art of barbershop singing. This new release is a true gem and will please both the traditionalists and those looking to expand the barbershop sound. The opening Bobby Darin song "As Long As I'm Singin'", arranged by David Wright, sets the tone as this acclaimed arranger has been coaching the quartet for several years and his influence is most apparent. This recording belongs in all barbershop fans collection.

Songlist: As Long As I'm Singing, I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), On the Street Where You Live, The Headless Horseman, Beautiful Savior, The Barber of Seville Overture, Let's Live It Up, Cheer Up Charlie, Country Boy, Undecided (with the Buzz), Good Vibrations, Go the Distance

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5838c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Zambian Vocal Group : Come And See : 1 CD

Zambian Vocal Group : Come And See

Come and See is a mixture of traditional African, American gospel and original songs by James Mbewe. Compared to earlier recordings, this album has a much more relaxed sound. Though the songs are strictly a cappella minus the usual percussion, the beautiful singing is still present. "Kumbayah" and "Lesa ekachema wandi" are especially nice. This six member version of the Zambian Vocal Group continues to preserve their heritage through song.

Songlist: Tuke 'ngilamo Shani, Give Me Love, God's Love, Thank You, Lord, If You Give Your Life to Jesus, Chiyembekezo Changachi, Jesus Knocks on Your Door, My Jesus I Love Thee, I Believe You, I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Who is the Lord of Your Life

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9836c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Zambian Vocal Group : Give Me Love : 1 CD

Zambian Vocal Group : Give Me Love

Another excellent release from this fine vocal ensemble.

Songlist: Tuke 'ngilamo Shani, Give Me Love, God's Love, Thank You, Lord, If You Give Your Life to Jesus, Chiyembekezo Changachi, Jesus Knocks on Your Door, My Jesus I Love Thee, I Believe You, I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Who is the Lord of Your Life

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9838c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella


Barbershop Harmony Society : Top Choruses 2011 DVD : DVD : 205132

Barbershop Harmony Society : Top Choruses 2011 DVD

The Masters of Harmony won gold for the eighth time in Kansas City this year. Silver went to Great Northern Union and bronze to The Northern Lights.

Songlist: Stranger In Paradise, Alabama Jubilee, You Keep Coming Back Like A Song, I Got Rhythm/Farewell,Farewell To Love, The Party's Over, If You Love Me, Really/"On The Street Where You Live /Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring", The Greatest Barbershop Chart, If I Loved You, What Do I Need With Love?, Since I Don't Have You, Rock This Town, Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair, Oh! Look At Me Now, How Deep Is The Ocean?, Put Your Arms Around Me Honey, More Than You Know, Hard Hearted Hannah, When You Look In The Heart Of A Rose, Honey Medley, Aladdin Medley 2, Cross That Mason Dixon Line, Time After Time, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Oliver Medley, I Had Someone Else Before I Had You/ Who's Sorry Now, The More I See You, I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), I Got Rhythm, Come Fly With Me, Goodbye Dixie Goodbye/ When I Return To Dixie, and more

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2902dvd | DVD | $19.95 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) : SATB : Philip Lawson : Richard M. Sherman : Jungle Book : DVD : 08743840 : 073999139518

Philip Lawson : I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)

This entertaining novelty song from Walt Disney Pictures' The Jungle Book has been arranged by the King's Singers' Philip Lawson for a cappella ensembles. Challenging, but worth it - it's a perfect encore!

Arranger: Philip Lawson | Composer: Richard M. Sherman | Lyricist: Robert B. Sherman | Musical: Jungle Book

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08743840

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