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The Jungle Book, the soundtrack to eponymous Disney film, has been released in three different versions since the film's release in 1967. The film score was composed by George Bruns, with songs written by Terry Gilkyson and the Sherman Brothers.


The instrumental music was written by George Bruns and orchestrated by Walter Sheets. Two of the cues were reused from previous Disney films, with the scene where Mowgli wakes up after escaping King Louie using one of Bruns' themes for Sleeping Beauty, and Bagheera giving a eulogy to Baloo when he mistakenly thinks the bear was killed by Shere Khan being accompanied by Paul J. Smith's organ score from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Longtime Disney collaborator Terry Gilkyson was brought in to write the songs for the film. Gilkyson delivered several complete songs which were faithful in tone to Rudyard Kipling's novel, but Walt Disney felt that his efforts were too dark. The Sherman Brothers were brought in to do a complete rewrite, on the condition that they not read Kipling's book. The only piece of Gilkyson's work which survived to the final film was his upbeat tune "The Bare Necessities", which was liked by the rest of the film crew. In one of his first union jobs, famed songwriter Van Dyke Parks arranged the version of "Necessities" heard in the film.

Walt Disney asked the Shermans to "find scary places and write fun songs" for their compositions, and frequently brought them to storyline sessions. The duo decided to do songs that fit in the story and advanced the plot instead of being interruptive. The song "Trust in Me" is based upon a song entitled "Land of Sand" which had been written by the Sherman Brothers for, but not used in, Mary Poppins.

"We're Your Friends" was originally conceived as a rock and roll song, sung by the quartet of vultures. The vultures were even designed based on The Beatles, with moptop haircuts and Liverpudlian accents, and would be voiced by the band, which did not come into fruition due to problems with their schedule. During production Disney decided the 60's style rock would cause the song to be considered dated later, leading "We're Your Friends" to be changed to the barbershop quartet that appears in the film. One of The Mellomen's members, Bill Lee, sang as Shere Khan during the final recording of the song because George Sanders was unavailable, and can be heard on the soundtrack.


Walt Disney Presents the Story and Songs of The Jungle Book

The first version was Walt Disney Presents the Story and Songs of The Jungle Book, also known as the "Storyteller" version, issued on the Disneyland Records label. It featured a retelling of the story with narration by Dal McKennon as Bagheera, and dialogue and sound effects from the film itself along with the songs. It was a commercial success, being certified Gold by the RIAA, and was later nominated for an Grammy Award for Best Album for Children. Another version, simply titled The Jungle Book, was issued in the Buena Vista Records label, featuring less narration and dialogue to be marketed for adults. It was first reissued on CD in 1990, as Disneyland Records was reworked into Walt Disney Records.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman, except where noted. 
No. TitlePerformer(s) (character) Length
1. "Trust in Me"  Sterling Holloway (Kaa)  
2. "Colonel Hathi's March"  J. Pat O'Malley (Colonel Hathi), Verna Felton (Winifred), chorus ("pachyderm chorus")  
3. "The Bare Necessities" (Terry Gilkyson)Phil Harris (Baloo), Bruce Reitherman (Mowgli)  
4. "I Wan'na Be Like You"  Louis Prima (King Louie) and Phil Harris (Baloo)  
5. "Colonel Hathi's March (Reprise)"  J. Pat O' Malley, Verna Felton and chorus  
6. "That's What Friends Are For"  J. Pat O'Malley, Chad Stuart, Lord Tim Hudson, Digby Wolfe (The Vultures), Bruce Reitherman (Mowgli)  
7. "My Own Home"  Darleen Carr (The Girl)  
8. "The Bare Necessities (Reprise)" (Terry Gilkyson)Phil Harris (Baloo) and Sebastian Cabot (Bagheera)  

Songs from The Jungle Book and Other Jungle Favorites

Disneyland Records issued another soundtrack album in 1967, Songs from Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book and other Jungle Favorites, which featured reworked jazz versions of the film's songs plus two covers, performed by Louis Prima and his band under the title "The Jungle V.I.P.s".

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Sherman brothers, except where noted. 
No. Title Length
1. "Colonel Hathi's March"   2:00
2. "The Bare Necessities" (Terry Gilkyson) 3:30
3. "I Wan'na Be Like You"   4:04
4. "The Abba Dabba Honeymoon" (Arthur Fields, Walter Donovan) 1:34
5. "Trust in Me"   3:07
6. "That's What Friends Are For"   2:04
7. "My Own Home"   2:45
8. "Civilization" (Bob Hilliard, Carl Sigman) 2:59

1997 reissue

Disney Records reissued the soundtrack in 1997, coinciding with the reissue of the film in VHS to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The soundtrack marked the first time George Bruns' instrumental score was included in its entirety. This version included an interview with the Sherman Brothers, and four bonus songs: two demos of the discarded Terry Gilkyson songs, and two songs taken from the 1968 Disneyland Records album More Jungle Book, an unofficial sequel to the film written by screenwriter Larry Simmons.

Jungle Book Soundtrack 1997
Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Performer Length
1. "Overture"  George Bruns(score) 2:43
2. "Baby"  George Bruns(score) 2:11
3. "Colonel Hathi's March" (The Elephant Song)Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanJ. Pat O'Malley, Disney Studio Chorus 2:32
4. "The Bare Necessities"  Terry GilkysonPhil Harris, Bruce Reitherman 4:51
5. "I Wan'na Be Like You" (The Monkey Song)Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanLouis Prima, Phil Harris, Bruce Reitherman 4:39
6. "Monkey Chase"  George Bruns(score) 1:06
7. "Tell Him"  George Bruns(score) 2:15
8. "Colonel Hathi's March" (Reprise)Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanJ. Pat O'Malley, Disney Studio Chorus 2:00
9. "Jungle Beat"  George Bruns(score) 1:22
10. "Trust in Me" (The Python's Song)Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanSterling Holloway 2:50
11. "What'cha Wanna Do"  George Bruns(score) 3:09
12. "That's What Friends Are For" (The Vulture Song)Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanChad Stuart, J. Pat O'Malley, Lord Tim Hudson, Digby Wolfe, Thurl Ravenscroft, Bruce Reitherman 2:06
13. "Tiger Fight"  George Bruns(score) 2:44
14. "Poor Bear"  George Bruns(score) 1:08
15. "My Own Home" (The Jungle Book Theme)Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanDarleen Carr 3:32
16. "The Bare Necessities" (Reprise)Terry GilkysonPhil Harris, Sebastian Cabot 0:54
17. "Interview with the Sherman brothers"   Spoken interview with Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman 12:26
18. "Baloo's Blues"  Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanPhil Harris 3:02
19. "It's a Kick"  Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanPhil Harris 1:42
20. "Brothers All" (Demo Recording)Terry GilkysonTerry Gilkyson 3:41
21. "The Song of the Seeonee" (Demo Recording)Terry GilkysonTerry Gilkyson 2:27

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Original: Mowgli | Baloo | Bagheera | King Louie | Shere Khan | Kaa | Colonel Hathi | Winifred | Hathi, Jr. | Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and Dizzy | Akela | Rama | Shanti | Raksha | Wolf Pups | Wolf Council | Jungle Patrol | Flunkey | Bandar-log
Deleted characters: Rocky the Rhino | Buldeo | Tabaqui
Sequel: Ranjan | Ranjan's father | Messua | Shanti's mother | Lucky
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book: Grey Brother | Nathoo | Kitty Brydon | Colonel Geoffrey Brydon | Sergeant Claibourne | Dr. Julius Plumford | William Boone | Sergeant Harley | Buldeo (1994 Film) | Tabaqui (1994 Film) | Lt. John Wilkins | Indian Bandits | Alice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and Cecil | The Croc | Mahra | Benny and Clyde | Ned, Jed & Fred | Mungo | Leah | Cain | Red Dogs | Winifred's Uncle | McCoy | Dictator Turtle | Whitehood
House of Mouse: King Larry


Jungle | Ancient Ruins | Man Village | India | Asia


Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" | "The Bare Necessities" | "I Wanna Be Like You" | "Trust in Me" | "That's What Friends are For" | "My Own Home"
Deleted songs: "Brothers All" | "The Song of the Seeonee" | "Monkey See, Monkey Do" | "I Knew I Belonged to Her" | "In A Day's Work" | "The Mighty Hunters"
More Jungle Book: "Baloo's Blues" | "Jungle Fever" | "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" | "It's a Kick"
Jungle Cubs: "Take Your Sweet, Sweet Time" | "Jungle Cub Love"
The Jungle Book Groove Party: "The Jungle's No Place for a Boy" | "Join the Ranks" | "Go Bananas in the Coconut Tree" | "A Mood for Food" | "We Are the Vultures" | "Run" | "A Brand New Day"
Sequel: "The Jungle Rhythm" | "W-I-L-D" | "Right Where I Belong"

See Also

Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare Necessities | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | TaleSpin | House of Mouse | Disney's Jungle Boogie

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