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Jimmy McShane, aka Baltimora (May 23, 1957 - March 29, 1995) was a Northern Irish dancer, singer, and songwriter, best known for his 1985 hit “Tarzan Boy” that reached the top 40 in over fifteen countries. Despite being the focus of the group centered around him, his songs were mostly written and sung by Italian vocalist Maurizio Bassi, although controversy exists (as in many ‘studio’ based groups) over McShane’s level of co-singing and co-songwriting. They’re considered a key example of the “” sound.

Baltimora first appeared during the summer of 1985, sweeping over Europe before finding release in the United States via EMI. The time it took for EMI to finally break “Tarzan Boy” in America resulted in the song earning a six month stay on the Hot 100, ultimately peaking at #13 in the early spring of 1986. His first album, ‘Living In The Background’, arrived some time later. The group, despite successful touring and frequent dance club plays, quickly fell off of the radar.

However, “Tarzan Boy” made a second run up the Hot 100 in the spring of 1993, climbing to #51 thanks to its appearance in the movie ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III’. No such resurgence occurred when the song appeared again in a movie a few years later in the 1997 Chris Farley comedy ‘Beverly Hills Ninja’. “Tarzan Boy” did catch the attention of millions again in a Listerine commercial, which featured the song playing (minus the lead vocals) while a computer-animated bottle of blue minty mouthwash swung around on vines in a colorful digital jungle.

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  • Big-Mac-Bo

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what? [9]

    3 Apr 9:14pm Reply
  • pogopatterson

    I hope Beyonce's paying you royalties at the moment, Jimmy!

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • marcusaddicted

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what? [8]

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • qualquerus

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what? [7]

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kamijoSik

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what?[6]

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bastek1215

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what?[5]

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bonjovyborges

    OAOOH OOH OOH OOH

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Vocoder1000

    album Living In The Background classic Italo disco and new wave

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • j7ndominica

    The whole album from which "Tarzan Boy" comes - "Living in the Background" (1985) is very enjoyable.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • niko_carmona

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what?! {4}

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Renan_Tm

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what?! {3}

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • JuninhoChagas

    Tarzan Boy <3

    12 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ClahRR

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what?! {2}

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    I looooooooooooooooooooove it!!! :-)

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Nyasa_Lake

    I knew Tarzan Boy just now on YouTube. What a song. love it!!

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Tesserariuss

    Oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ooooh, oooh, ooh, oh. Is this the best song ever made or what?!

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • psycho21r

    This music gives me shivers.

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • R4f4el

    Fix the tags! More than 26.000 lost scrobbles of Tarzan Boy!

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • coleccionista_7

    fue lo mejor del italo-disco recomendado

    18 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Vocoder1000

    Tarzan Boy Forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    30 May 2011 Reply
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