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“Jungle Boogie” is a funk song recorded by Kool & the Gang for their 1973 album Wild and Peaceful. It reached number four as a single and became very popular in nightclubs. Billboard ranked it as the number 12 song for 1974.
The song’s spoken main vocal was performed by the band’s roadie Don Boyce. An instrumental version of the tune with an overdubbed flute part and additional percussion instruments titled “Jungle Jazz” appeared on the album Spirit of the Boogie. The song is noted for the Tarzan yell heard at the song’s end and the grunting, panting, and the scatting heard throughout.
Robert Earl “Kool” Bell, also known by his Muslim name Muhammad Bayyan, (born October 8, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the founding member of the jazz/R&B/soul/funk/disco band, Kool & the Gang.
Bell was born in Youngstown, Ohio and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. Along with his brother, Ronald Bell, he began playing jazz, and in 1964 they formed a group named the “Jazziacs”. They began playing at clubs in New York City under a series of different band names, before settling on the name “Kool & the Gang” in 1968. He is one of the co-writers of the song “Boardmeeting” from the 2007 albumTimbaland Presents Shock Value.