Jungle Boogie

Album: Wild & Peaceful (1973)
Charted: 4

Songfacts®:

  • "Jungle Boogie" was first released on the Kool & The Gang album, Wild & Peaceful, in October 1973. A month later, November 24, 1973, the track was released as a single, with the little recognized "North, South, East, West" as the B-side. With the million-selling success of "Jungle Boogie" and the success of other singles, "Funky Stuff" and "Hollywood Swinging," the album was quickly certified gold by the RIAA, the band's first certified gold album. "Jungle Boogie" hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 after receiving extensive play in dance clubs and discos, leading to the single being certified gold as well on February 2, 1974. The album, Wild & Peaceful peaked at #6 on the Billboard R&B Album chart and #33 on the Billboard Pop Album chart.
  • The main spoken vocals on "Jungle Boogie" were performed by then-roadie, Donal Boyce, who became better known as "The Boogie Man." Boyce's vocals on the hit were so popular he was invited to sing back-up and perform "vocal effects" on a number of Kool & The Gang singles, including "Spirit of the Boogie," "Open Sesame," and "Slick Superchick." Boyce performed with the band from 1973 to 1977.
  • All the songs on Kool & The Gang's 1973 album Wild & Peaceful, including "Jungle Boogie," were credited to the songwriting team of Kool & The Gang and Gene Redd. At the time, Kool & The Gang was made up of six members: Robert 'Kool' Bell, Claydes Smith, Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas, Ronald 'Khalis Bayyam' Bell, Robert Mickens, and George Brown. The group joined together with music producer and founder of De-Lite records, Gene Redd, in 1968, when Redd signed them to his first record label, Redd Coach Records.
  • Since its release in 1973, "Jungle Boogie" has been sampled and covered repeatedly. Kool & The Gang sampled their own hit, releasing an instrumental version with an overdubbed flute section and additional percussion called "Jungle Jazz" on their album, Spirit of the Boogie. In 1988, Hip hop duo EPMD sampled the track for their debut single, "Strictly Business." The 1989 Beastie Boys hit, "Hey Ladies," used parts of "Jungle Boogie" to help land the first single in US history to chart in the Top 20 on both the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart and the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. Madonna followed suit with sampling for her 1992 hit "Erotica," a controversial song that got the material girl banned from the Vatican and banned from airplay on the surrounding radio stations. The 1994 Top 10 hit by Janet Jackson, "You Want This," featured samples from both "Jungle Boogie" and "Love Child" by The Supremes.
  • Media moguls love to use a well-recognized song like "Jungle Boogie" for their projects. Director Quentin Tarantino used the track for his 1994 film, Pulp Fiction. A cover version of "Jungle Boogie" by The French was featured in the Disney straight-to-video feature The Lion King 1 ½. Disney used the hit again in 2004 for the soundtrack of the show That's So Raven. Harmonix got in on the act in 2010 when they used "Jungle Boogie" as a dance track for their hit X Box 360 Kinect game, Dance Central.

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 12, 1974, Kool and the Gang performed "Jungle Boogie" on two national television programs, the Dick Clark's ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon 'American Bandstand' and Don Cornelius' syndicated TV program 'Soul Train'...
    At the time "Jungle Boogie" was at #28 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, eight weeks later it would peak at #4 {for 1 week} and it spent twenty two weeks on the Top 100...
    And on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart it was at #18, five weeks later it peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks}, for the two weeks it was at #2, it was another 'Boogie' record that prevented it from reaching the top spot, "Boogie Down" by Eddie Kendricks...
    Between 1969 and 2006 the Jersey group had forty-seven records on the Hot R&B Singles chart; twenty-five made the Top 10 with nine* reaching #1; "Hollywood Swinging" {1974}, "Higher Plane" {1974}, "Spirit of the Boogie" {1975}, "Ladies' Night" {1979}, "Celebration" {1980}, "Take My Heart" {1981}, "Joanna" {1983},"Fresh" {1984}, and "Cherish" {1985}...
    Claydes Charles Smith, the group's co-founder and lead guitarist, passed away at the young age of 57 on June 20th, 2006...
    May he, Mr. Clark {1929 -2012}, and Mr. Cornelius {1936 -2012}, all R.I.P.
    * They just missed having eleven #1 records when both the above "Jungle Boogie" {1974} and "Victory" {1986} peaked at #2.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 12th 1974, Kool and the Gang performed "Jungle Boogie" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    One month earlier on December 2nd, 1973 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on March 3rd it peaked at #4 (for 1 week) and spent 22 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and #45 in Germany???
    Was track three on side one of their sixth studio album 'Wild and Peaceful'; the album reached #3 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and stay on the chart for over a half-year (36 weeks)...
    Two other tracks off the album also entered the R&B Singles chart; "Funky Stuff" (#5) and "Hollywood Swinging" (peaked at #1 for 1 week on June 2nd, 1974).
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