The Dyna-Sores – Jungle Walk

16th January 2024 · 1960, 1960s, Doo Wop, Music

This dirty, primitive, fuzzed-up slice of vintage RnB from comes from four smooth-looking black fellows called The Dyna-Sores.

They were led by lead vocalist and guitarist Rene Hall, with tenor Ty Tyrrell, second tenor Jimmy Norman Scott (who went on to become a member of The Coasters) and HB Barnum singing baritone and bass, plus Ernie Freeman on piano.

Jungle Walk came out in 1960 as the B-side to their version of Alley Oop, Dallas Frazier’s song about a comic strip caveman. The Dyna-Sores were one of four groups to record Alley Oop that year – and the third to release it in the space of seven days.

They put theirs out a week after The Hollywood Argyles and Dante & The Evergreens, who both topped the Cash Box singles chart, but The Dyna-Sores only reached No.59.

A fourth, by The Pre-Historics, featuring the lead vocal of Gary Paxton – who was also the singer of The Hollywood Argyles’ version – came out the same year, under the title Alley Oop Cha-Cha-Cha, helping make it one of the biggest-selling songs of 1960.

Yet another version of Alley Oop appeared five years later when The Beach Boys covered it on their 1965 album Beach Boys’ Party!

I don’t know if anyone ever covered Jungle Walk. But I do know that Richard Hawley is a big fan and included it on his 2023 compilation, the self-explanatory 28 Little Bangers From Richard Hawley’s Jukebox, on the Ace label.