The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #28775   Message #1276719
Posted By: GUEST,honeydhont
20-Sep-04 - 05:17 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Monkey tune, Belafonte
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Monkey tune, Belafonte
Like many Belafonte-songs, this one is rooted in Trinidad.
The Monkey was first recorded by calypsonians The Lion, The Tiger & King Radio in 1936. It has been reissued on a Rounder-CD (with lyrics and all) called "Fall Of Man: Calypsos On The Human Condition", highly recommended !
Especially King Radio (real name: Norman Span) was many times covered by Belafonte: Man Smart (Woman Smarter), Matilda and Brown Skin Girl were all his.