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

According to Richard Sherman on the Platinum Edition DVD and on the soundtrack, the "scat dialogue" between Baloo and King Louie was the result of two recording sessions. Louis Prima recorded first, with the intent that Baloo 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.

Cover versions

Pinky and Perky recorded a version for their Film Parade album in 1970 and also released the song as a single. On 4 May 1994 Phish performed a truly Phish styled version at The Metropolis Concert Hall in Montreal, Quebec. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy did a cover of this song on the Swingers soundtrack, even though the song does not appear in the film. The band later released the song on their 1999 album, This Beautiful Life. Voodoo Glow Skulls recorded a ska version of the song for the 2002 Japanese-Exclusive album Dive into Disney. The Jungle Book 2, released in 2003, featured the band Smash Mouth on the soundtrack singing this song. In the Australian version, Nikki Webster covers the song, which is also featured on her Best-of album. A version by the Turnpike Cruisers appeared on the second Blood on the Cats LP. The 2005 album En Vivo by Gabriel Rios contains a cover of the song. In 2007, a pop rock cover was recorded by the Jonas Brothers for Disneymania 5. Los Lobos recorded a version for the tribute album Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; this version also appeared on the compilation album Just Another Band From East L.A. - A Collection.

In The Jungle Book 2, a remix version of this song is played in the end credits.

Uses in popular culture

In 2009, I Wan'na Be Like You was used in an anti-smoking public information film. It showed children copying everything their parents did (for example, boys putting shaving cream on their faces, girls dressing up in their mothers' best clothes and both genders washing the car), and I Wan'na Be Like You is playing throughout the advert, but it stops when a girl puts a crayon to her mouth in imitation of her mum smoking. It stops with the voiceover saying, "If you smoke, your children are more likely to."

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