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Single by Ray Stevens
from the album Gitarzan
B-side "Bagpipes - That's My Bag"
Released January 6, 1969
Format 45 rpm vinyl
Genre Pop
Length 3:15
3:00 (7" version)
Label Monument
Songwriter(s) Ray Stevens, Bill Everette
Producer(s) Fred Foster, Ray Stevens, Jim Malloy
Ray Stevens singles chronology
"The Great Escape"
"Along Came Jones"

"Gitarzan" is a novelty song released by Ray Stevens in 1969 about a character who lives in a jungle and forms a musical band with his female partner, Jane, and their pet monkey. The song features Tarzan's jungle calls, scat singing, and a funky boogie-woogie, as well as a quote from the song "Swinging on a Star", with the line "Carrying moonbeams home in a jar" sung with the wrong notes. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1969, and #10 in Canada in May 1969. It did best in New Zealand, where it reached #2.[1] The music and lyrics were written by Stevens with a title supplied by Bill Justis. Justis is officially credited as Bill Everette.

Cover versions

A cover version was recorded by country music parodist Cledus T. Judd on his tribute album Boogity, Boogity - A Tribute to the Comedic Genius of Ray Stevens in 2007. Judd's cover features Keith Urban and Heidi Newfield (former lead singer of Trick Pony). An earlier cover appeared on Ralph's World's Green Gorilla, Monster and Me! (a children's music album) in 2006.

Animatronic robot band The Rock-afire Explosion performed the song on the "Fatz for President" showtape, created in June of 1983 for Showbiz Pizza Place. [2]. This cover version, styled "Guitarzan", was arranged by the band's creator, inventor Aaron Fechter.


  1. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener".
  2. ^ "Fatz for President * Guitarzan * The Rock-afire Explosion". October 30, 2012 – via YouTube.

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