Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

Mickey's Monkey

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Any lyrics Holland, Dozier & Holland put to this "shave-and-haircut" beat -- originated by Southwestern bands in the '30s and popularized by Red Saunders & the Hambone Kids and Bo Diddley -- would have hit. (The term comes from the sound and action of barbers sharpening their razors on leather straps.) The call to dance zoomed to number eight on the pop chart in 1963 and was one of the Miracles' biggest hits. Mickey is a reference to Motown's then A&R director, William "Mickey" Stevenson. Mother's Finest, the Hollies, Martha & the Vandellas, and others have remade it.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Doin' Mickey's Monkey 1963 Motown / Universal 2:46
No Image 1964
Various Artists
Motown
Greatest Hits: From the Beginning 1965 Motown / Uni 2:50
Nothing But a Man 1965
Original Soundtrack
Motown 2:47
No Image 196? Motown
Cooley High 1975
Original Soundtrack
Polygram 2:51
Groove 'N' Grind: 50's & 60's Dance Hits 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 2:50
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Motown
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Rhino
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 2:46
The 35th Anniversary Collection 1994 Motown 2:47
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Motown Classic Hits, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
Motown 2:44
Dance Dance Dance: Dance Hits of the 60's, 70's, & 80's 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:50
Decades of Dance 60's 70's & 80's 1999
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group
Let's Dance: Sixties Dance Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:50
Forever Gold 2001 St. Clair 3:04
Land of 1000 Dances, Vol. 2: 1956-1966 2002
Various Artists
Ace 2:48
Tears of a Clown [Orpheus] 2002 Park South Records / Orpheus Records 2:45
100% Motown '60s 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:49
60s Rock n' Roll 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:45
Rock N Roll Reunion 1963 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:45
20 Rockin' Hits of the 60's [Disc 2] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
Gold Collection: Rock 'N' Roll Party 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:44
100 Rockin' Hits of the 60's 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
My World: The Definitive Collection 2005 Motown 3:12
Heaven Must Have Sent You: The Holland/Dozier/Holland Story 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:46
The Motown Box 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:12
Greatest Hits [Universal International] 2005 Universal International 2:49
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 3: 1963 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O / Motown / Select / Universal 2:46
Golden Legends: The Miracles 2006 Madacy 2:43
Motown Made to Measure [Sparks] 2006
Various Artists
Motown / Island 2:47
Director's Cut: Music from the Films of Martin Scorsese 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:48
50th Anniversary Collection 2006 Universal Distribution / UMVD 3:12
Gold: International Version 2008 Universal 2:45
Motown for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Motown 2:46
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:48
Soul: Save the Last Dance for Me 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:44
Hitsville: The Making of Motown 2019
Various Artists
Motown 2:46
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:44