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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tarzan Yell Notated



Tarzan's audio quality is NOT so good here.


Tarzan does a few here. Better audio quality.

Here's a version that he does withOUT sound enhancement, I think it's very good.

Hahah! I didn't know Jane yodels too! A few times even.
I'd have thought a scream would be sufficient enough.



English Word ~ Putative

Definition of putative.
1 : commonly accepted or supposed.
2 : assumed to exist or to have existed

Although the RKO Picture version of the Tarzan yell was putatively that of Weissmuller, different stories exist as to how the Tarzan Yell was created. Many speculate that a man named Lloyd Thomas Leech was the original voice behind the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Tarzan Yell. He was an opera singer from the 1940s into the '60s, winning the Chicagoland Music Festival on August 17, 1946, and going on to sing throughout the U.S., touring with several opera companies. There are recordings of his recollections of creating the Tarzan yell, a story supported by his children and grandchildren.[1] According to the newspaper columnist L. M. Boyd (circa 1970), "Blended in with that voice are the growl of a dog, a trill sung by a soprano, a note played on a violin's G string and the howl of a hyena recorded backward." According to Bill Moyers, it was created by combining the recordings of three men: one baritone, one tenor, and one hog caller from Arkansas.[2] Another widely published notion concerns the use of an Austrianyodel played backwards at abnormally fast speed. But Weissmuller claimed that the yell was actually his own voice. His version is supported by his son and by his Tarzan co-star, Maureen O'Sullivan.

A comical version of this yell was performed by Ray Stevens in his 1969 novelty hit "Gitarzan".

Ray Stevens - Gitarzan (Original)
"Gitarzan" is from the album called Gitarzan and was Rays' fourth studio album, released in 1969, as well as his second for Monument Records. Unlike his previous album, "Even Stevens", this album is completely in the genres of novelty and comedy. Although this is a true studio album, all of the songs are overdubbed with cheering and applauding of an audience to provide the feeling of a live album. 

Ron Ely Tarzan Call
Ron Ely who played Tarzan in the 1966 TV Series performing the iconic Tarzan yell. Sounds a lot like the Johnny Weismuller version - dubbed over perhaps?

===. See the original Johnny Weismuller version here:
(Note: Video here same as one of the videos above)

Tarzan Joke:
TARZAN YELL - Johnny Weissmuller at RKO Studios
When Johnny Weissmuller changed studios, from MGM to RKO, his famous Tarzan yell changed too. Luckily for Tarzan, the elephants could still understand him...


John Molloy
2 years ago
The RKO studios bought Weissmuller's contract from MGM, but MGM wouldn't sell Johnny's original and most famous Tarzan "call". Being a champion yodeler, Johnny just came up with another one, which wasn't as good , but wasn't that bad either.

Bert Lambert
2 months ago (edited)
Johnny insisted that he will do his own Yell since he did not like the Yell that was made up for him...so the productions went on afterwards with his very own yell..the rest is history..Now...MY GOOD FRIEND..Jerry Skinner ..the best biographer..TAKE over from here...

Rene Bruckner
5 years ago
Yes, for his later RKO movies like this one, Weissmuller recorded his own voice. For the earlier MGM movies, the yell was manufactured and really no one knows for sure whose voice(s) it was made of, or if it was even human.


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