Monkey Man (Toots & the Maytals song)

"Monkey Man" is a 1969 song by the ska and reggae group the Maytals, reaching number 47 in the UK Singles Chart. The song is about a girl choosing another man over Toots.[1] Toots & the Maytals re-recorded the song on True Love with third wave ska band No Doubt.

"Monkey Man"
Single by The Maytals
RecordedDynamic Studios, Kingston, Jamaica
LabelBeverley's in Jamaica, Trojan Records in UK
Songwriter(s)Toots Hibbert
Producer(s)Leslie Kong

The song is frequently covered by other groups, most famously by British ska group The Specials, third-wave ska group Reel Big Fish, British singer Amy Winehouse, Japanese experimental rock band Melt-Banana, and Argentinian band Los Pericos.

In 2009, Australian singer Kylie Minogue and The Wiggles recorded a version of the song to raise funds for UNICEF.


  1. Lizz. "Toots and the Maytals". Outline Online. Retrieved 2017-07-15. Well Monkeyman is all about a girl, a very good looking girl like you! I fell in love with her and then a monkey-looking man took her away from me but I thought she was in love with me. The guy was ugly and not good looking like me, ha ha!

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