THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
293-Hank Mizell-Jungle Rock.
1958-Did not chart.Re-released in 1976 reaching Number 3.
Best Bit-At 0.10.It took 18 years for this song to become a hit,so it appears the ‘Jungle Drums’ were communicating very slowly.
Hank Mizell was born William Mizell in 1923 in Dayton Beach,Florida and died in 1992,he was nicknamed ‘Hank’ after the Country singer Hank Williams.
Mizell wrote ‘Jungle Rock’ in 1958 and released it on the small independent record label ‘Eko’ where it failed to make any impact despite favourable reviews in Billboard Magazine.Some eight months later it was re-released on the major label ‘King’ records,but once again failed to chart.Around 1962 due to a lack of a breakthrough Mizell gave up his music career and became a Preacher.
In the mid 1970’s British DJ Roy Williams began playing the song and it was picked up by ‘Charley Records’ and this time it took off all over Europe including a peak of Number 1 in The Netherlands.
The news of the songs success took some time to reach Mizell as nobody knew where to find him.He was tracked down several weeks later in Tennessee and flown over to England to record ‘Top Of The Pops.’
‘Oh well the fox grabbed the rabbit and they hit the bunny rug and all the beasts that fly was a-cuttin’ the rug.’
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