Harry Nilsson- Coconut – Children’s Music

Thanks to mulligan for the You Tube

Harry Nilsson wrote Coconut back in 1972. When I heard this song, I thought it was written and performed by Jamaicans, but Harry Nilsson not only wrote the song, but sang and recorded all the voices on a multi-track recorder. This is one of several versions of the original song. He had one with the musicians dressed up as gorillas but I thought that one borrowed too heavily from Ernie Kovaks’s Nairobi Trio. I also thought it might scare younger children.


The Muppets as usual have the best version. I think the best thing I can do with Children’s music is to recommend the Muppets and leave it at that. Here’s the Muppets version of Coconut.

Thanks to TandVTV for the You Tube

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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