Thursday, 12 May 2016

Doin' Mickey's Monkey

The Miracles - Doin' Mickey's Monkey - MOTOWN M5-217V1
Originally released on TAMLA TM245 - 1963

Side A
Mickey's Monkey
Dance What You Wanna
The Wah-Watusi
The Twist
Dancin' Holiday
Land Of 1000 Dances

Side B
I Gotta Dance To Keep From Cryin'
The Monkey Time
The Groovey Thing
Twist And Shout
Do You Love Me

This 1963 Miracles album is all about dancing and contains the smash hit 'Mickey's Monkey', their take on the monkey dance craze. 'Mickey's Monkey' was their third million selling single in as many years and made it to No. 3 on the US R&B charts and No. 10 on the Billboard charts. As well as the Miracles, members of the Supremes, Marvelettes and Temptations can be heard singing in the background. The follow up single 'I Gotta Dance To Keep From Cryin' didn't do quite as well on the charts (No. 35 on Billboard) but is probably better remembered as it has been covered by so many bands since. Both the singles were written by Holland, Dozier, Holland, 'The Groovey Thing' by Smokey and 'Dancin' Holiday' by Miracle Bobby Rogers. The rest of the album is made up of cover versions of popular dance tunes. Not that there's any filler in this album the whole thing is designed to keep you dancing from start to finish.

Just in case you don't remember or don't know how, here's how to do the monkey....

Now you've mastered that, put it to good use with this.......

And here's the other single from the album, 'I Gotta Dance To Keep From Cryin'.....

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