I was reading Jeff Meshel's blog in which he traces the travels of one element of a song recorded by Major Lance in 1963.
It's called "Monkey Time" and it was written by Curtis Mayfield.
Jeff didn't mention Bruce Springsteen's "Mary's Place" which is in large part a cover of Major Lance's "Monkey Time".
Here's Major Lance on YouTube. And here's Bruce: http://bit.ly/16Sqiqv
I saw him do it Toronto in 2003 and it was great.
It starts out with him shouting "Are you ready?". That comes from Monkey Time and it was copied at the start of Barbara Mason's "Yes, I'm Ready" in 1965. It's on YouTube here.
"Yes, I'm ready" can also be heard in the intro to Laura Nyro's Luckie in 1968. It's on YouTube here.
Laura covered Monkey Time in 1971. On YouTube here. Her reedy voice doesn't compares to the Major's.
And the refrain of "Mary's Place" comes from the title of a Sam Cooke song, "Meet Me At Mary's Place" which is on YouTube here.