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