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1950's version of "RAP" Syncopated Monkey.
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l***@gmail.com
2013-10-14 05:39:04 UTC
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I remember in the early 50’s one of the crowd pleasing thing’s to do
Syncopated Monkey
Dangerous Dan McGrew (supposedly based on a true life Alaska event)
Little Nash Rambler (this became later a shortened version called
"Beep Beep")
…These were not simple little verses they were maybe 5-10
minutes long and as you can tell I was never skilled enough to "Rap"
them and was always amazed when I would see it performed…
…Does anyone have the words to any of these … or was I the
only person dazzled…
I heard that in 1968 in Vietnam from a Southerner. Don't remember the words, just remember listening to it entranced. There was a rhythm to it that made you want to move in time with the words.

Wow. I've asked people if they have ever heard it but nobody has.
p***@gmail.com
2014-07-06 13:00:32 UTC
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Ed I would also like to find the words to the syncopated monkey my dad used to quote it to us years ago and wish I would have had it written down. Thx Greg Pyne
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2015-06-10 20:37:27 UTC
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I remember in the early 50's one of the crowd pleasing thing's to do
Syncopated Monkey
Dangerous Dan McGrew (supposedly based on a true life Alaska event)
Little Nash Rambler (this became later a shortened version called
"Beep Beep")
...These were not simple little verses they were maybe 5-10
minutes long and as you can tell I was never skilled enough to "Rap"
them and was always amazed when I would see it performed...
...Does anyone have the words to any of these ... or was I the
only person dazzled...
http://www.en.utexas.edu/Classes/Bremen/e316k/texts/monkey.html
L***@ao1.com
2015-06-12 18:08:58 UTC
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Yeah, I heard "The Signifying Monkey" in jail in the early 1960s.

There's also "Sinbad The Sailor", from the streets of Brooklyn.

Wish I had some good recordings of these...

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