The Miracles - The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey
The Miracles - The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey

The Miracles - The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey

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The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey is a 1963 album by The Miracles for the Tamla (Motown) label. It includes the group's Top 10 smash single "Mickey's Monkey", written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland. "Mickey's Monkey" popularized "The Monkey" as a novelty dance, and has been covered by several artists, including The Hollies, The Young Rascals and John Mellencamp. Also included is another H-D-H dance-oriented single, "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying", a Billboard Top 40 hit, which inspired a cover version by The Who.

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Motown attempts to cash in on the Miracles' hit "Mickey's Monkey" by releasing an album of dance tunes, resulting in a fair to middling collection. "I Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying," with its call and response opening, shuffling beat, and hot sax break by Thomas "Beans" Bowles, is a gem, as is theBo Diddley-inspired title cut about a cat named Mickey from out of town. Smokey's self-written "Groovy Thing" is nice filler, but nothing spectacular. Their renditions of dance classics made popular by others --Major Lance, the Orlons Chris Kenner, the Isley Brothers, the Contours -- are not as compelling as the originals. The huge cartoon character portraying a goofy-looking monkey named Mickey on the cover made this LP a favorite with kids.