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The Monkey Song

Hoagy Carmichael

 

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From "The Las Vegas Story"

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This clip features Hoagy Carmichael's performance of "The Monkey Song" is an excerpt from the 1952 film "The Las Vegas Story" starring Jane Russell.

Hoagy Carmichael sets his jazz song writing abilities to concocting a whimsical ditty about a king and his dream for the amusement of his co-star Jane Russell. Among the lyrics is this passage "he hit licks with the sticks to a record by the Bix" honoring his friend, deceased cornetist Bix Beiderbecke.



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