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The Bare Necessities
This song was written by Terry Gilkison for the 1967 Disney film, Jungle Book. It is sung as a duet between
Baloo the Bear and Mowgli - his adopted man-cub. In the film it was sung by Phil Harris and Bruce Reitherman.
Louis Armstrong recorded a famous version of the song and it was chosen by one of the contestants in American Idol earlier this year.
The song was nominated for an Academy Award (best original song) but it lost out to 'Talk to the Animals' from Dr.Doliitle.
I Wan'na be Like You
This song was written by Robert and Richard Sherman. They wanted to write a jazz song and they
were influenced by the Dixiland sound. The line, I'm the King of the Swingers, is a reference
to the swing jazz style of the 1960s. Kenny Ball added it to his band's repertoire in 1969
and in 2013, Robbie Williams and Ollie Murs included in an album called Swings Both Ways.
In 2009, "I Wanna Be like You" was used in a British anti-smoking public information film.
It showed children copying everything their parents did (for example, boys putting shaving cream
on their faces, girls dressing up in their mothers' best clothes and both genders washing the car),
and "I Wanna Be like You" is playing throughout the advertisement, but it stops when a girl puts a
crayon to her mouth in imitation of her mother smoking. It stops
with the voice-over saying, "If you smoke, your children are more likely to."