Friday Five: Jungles

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 18th, 2013

On this date in 1936, Rudyard Kipling passed away at the age of 70. His children’s stories are works of art that have endured a century now. His collection of short stories known as The Jungle Book is the most notable–particularly after Walt Disney made a film based loosely on the book. This week’s Friday Five gets its inspiration from that book.

5. Joe South – “Concrete Jungle”

South began his career with the novelty hit “The Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor” before embarking on a more serious career, best known as a songwriter. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1979.

 

4. Chet Atkins – “Jungle Dream”

The amazing Chet Atkins can make you feel like you’re sitting seaside with just a few strums of the guitar.

 

3. Dallas Frazier – “King of the Jungle”

Frazier is another Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member with eight charted hits of his own and too many songwriting credits to even mention.

 

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Run Through the Jungle”

CCR’s song, according to lead singer John Fogerty, isn’t about the Vietnam War as many people think. It’s more about the proliferation of guns and the gun movement in the early 1970s. The more things change…

 

1. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears – “Livin’ in the Jungle”

This group blends blues, funk, and soul, crossing genres with abandon.

  1. Juli Thanki
    January 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Good list, Ken. I also like OCMS’ “Big Time in the Jungle.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MC0HNPiy18

  2. Andy
    January 18, 2013 at 8:06 am

    What! No Gitarzan?

  3. Baron Lane
    January 18, 2013 at 8:09 am

    And then there’s this . Steve Miller Band – Jungle Love – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWtWTzBaHSI

  4. Barry Mazor
    January 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

    You are avoiding Jethro Tull. Probably a good idea. If only there’d been a Homer & Jethro Tull..

  5. bob
    January 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

    How about “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”:
    “In the jungle, the mighty jungle
    The lion sleeps tonight
    In the jungle, the quiet jungle
    The lion sleeps tonight”

    Never heard that Joe South song before. I just have his greatest hits album on vinyl. RIP Joe. I see that most of his best songs are available on i-Tunes.

  6. Jon
    January 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Oh, come on, now.

    http://youtu.be/1aHzV6AOWp8

  7. Rick
    January 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Good songs and topic this week! If Joe Lewis just would have left the vocal parts out of that song, it would have made a killer instrumental track. Oh well…

    That Dallas Frazier track is better than about 99% of the stuff clogging the Top 40 AirHead Country Airwaves these days.

  8. Barry Mazor
    January 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    You know, Rock, in a world 500 feet wide with talented and interesting vocalists, we can always depend on you to complain that vocalists don’t fall within your 4 inch-wide area of acceptability..

  9. Barry Mazor
    January 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    That’s Rick, I meant. Wasn’t trying to do cheap name jokes..

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