That's What Friends Are For

Thurl Ravenscroft, J. Pat O'Malley, J. Pat OMalley, Bruce Reitherman, Disney, Digby Wolfe, Tim Hudson

About That's What Friends Are For

"That's What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song)" is a song in the Walt Disney film The Jungle Book from 1967. It was sung by a quartet of "mop top" vultures who are making friends with Mowgli, the main character of the film. The song was written by Disney staff songwriters, Robert and Richard Sherman, and sung primarily by J. Pat O'Malley, Lord Tim Hudson, Digby Wolfe, and Chad Stuart. Bruce Reitherman and George Sanders both made cameo appearances in the song singing as Mowgli and Shere Khan the tiger, respectively, in different parts. In the soundtrack album, The Mellomen member Bill Lee replaced the unavailable Sanders. 


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We're your friends, we're your friends
We're your friends to the bitter end

When you're alone, who comes around
To pluck you up when you are down
And when you're outside, looking in
Who's there to open the door?
That's what friends are for!

Who's always eager to extend
A friendly claw?
That's what friends are for!

And when you're lost in dire need
Who's at your side at lightning speed?
We're friends of every creature
Comin' down the pike
In fact we never met an animal
We didn't like, didn't like

So you can see, we're friends in need
And friends in need are friends indeed
We'll keep you safe
In the jungle forevermore
That's what friends are for

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10 facts about this song

Disney Film
"That's What Friends Are For" is a song featured in the 1967 Disney animated film, "The Jungle Book." It is sung by a quartet of vultures who have a friendship theme and try to convince Mowgli not to leave them.
Voice Cast
J. Pat O'Malley, Lord Tim Hudson, Digby Wolfe, and Chad Stuart are the voices behind the song. They are the voice actors for the vultures: Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and Dizzy.
Musical Style
The song has a style reminiscent of the Beatles, reflecting the 1960s musical era. This was intentional as the vultures were designed to resemble the British rock band.
Composer and Lyrics
The song is composed by the Sherman Brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, who were behind many Disney soundtracks.
Originally Considered Beatles
The Beatles were initially planned to voice the vultures and sing the song. However, due to scheduling conflicts, this plan fell through.
Film Impact
"That's What Friends Are For" has been considered one of the most iconic songs from "The Jungle Book" and is often associated with themes of friendship and solidarity.
Song Version
A currently different version of the song was made for the 2016 Disney live-action film "The Jungle Book," composed by John Debney.
The vultures who sing the song in the movie were Disney's way of poking fun at the popular British Invasion bands of the 1960s while instilling values of unity and friendship.
Despite its light-hearted tone, "That's What Friends Are For" has been covered and referenced numerous times in pop culture, showing its sustained relevance and popularity.
Song Reception
The song is still appreciated by fans, praised for its catchy beat, humorous lyrics, and positive message about friendship.

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