When Scar tells Zazu to sing an upbeat song, Zazu begins singing I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts and Scar joins in.
The song dates back to 1944, when English songwriter Fred Heatherton wrote the song in commemoration of coconut shy. Coconut shy is a game that was commonly played at funfairs. In the game, coconuts are lined up in a row and positioned on stands. The object is for the player to try to knock the coconuts off the stands with wooden balls.
Coconuts was first recorded by singer Danny Kaye, but most people associate Merv Griffin with song, whose rendition of I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts topped the charts in 1950. A prior Disney movie, The Jungle Book (1967), also featured the song.
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Coconuts singer Merv Griffin is most commonly known as the creator of the game show Jeopardy!.