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Too Much Monkey Business

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(Berry)

 

Information:

Chuck Berry wrote and recorded Too Much Monkey Business (Chess 1635) in 1956. His version peaked at #7 on the rhythm & blues chart. Later in 1956, the Gadabouts recorded a cover version of Too Much Monkey Business (Mercury 70978), that did not chart. Bob Dylan's 1965 hit Subterranean Homesick Blues (Columbia 43242) was based on Berry's recording.

 

Elvis recorded Too Much Monkey Business on January 15, 1968, at RCA's Nashville studios. Jerry Reed played lead guitar. On October 14, 1980, Felton Jarvis produced a new instrumental track at Young 'Un Sound in Nashville for the Guitar Man album. Lead guitar was again played by Jerry Reed. Too Much Monkey Business could be heard in the 1981 documentary This is Elvis.


Lyrics:

Salesman talking to me tried to run me up a creek

Says you can buy it, go on try it, you can pay me next week
1. Uh-uh, too much monkey business, too much monkey business
Too much monkey business for me to be involved in


2. Blonde haired, good lookin' tryin' to get me hooked
Want me to marry, get a home, settle down and write a book
1. (repeat)

Pay phone, somethin' wrong, dial gone,
Well me ought to sue the operator for tellin' me a tale
1. (repeat)


Oh-ho-ho... Oh-ho-ho... Oh-ho-ho... Oh-ho-ho

Been to Vietnam, been a fightin' in the war
Army bunk, army chow, army clothes, army car
1. (repeat)

Workin' in the fillin' station, too many tasks
Wipe the windo', check the tires, check the oil, dollar gas
1. 2. (repeat)
Too much monkey business, too much monkey business...

 

Where it was released:

First released on Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star and Others 


LPs/CDs:

- Singer Presents Elvis Singing Flaming Star and Others (1968)
- Elvis Sings Flaming Star (1969)
Guitar Man (1981)
This Is Elvis (1981)

- The Million Dollar Quartet (1990)

- From Nashville to Memphis The Essential 60s Masters (1993)

- Tomorrow is a Long Time (1999)

- Too Much Monkey Business (2000) - FTD

- Long Lonely Highway (2000) FTD

- So High (2004) - FTD

- Elvis by the Presleys (2005)

- Elvis Sings Flaming Star (2006)

Stay Away Joe (2013) - FTD

- This is Elvis (2015) - FTD

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