Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp is an American action/adventure comedy series that originally aired on ABC from September 12, 1970, to September 2, 1972. The Saturday morning live-action film series featured a cast of chimpanzees given apparent speaking roles by overdubbing with human voices.
This all-chimp band, dressed in colorful hippie-style wigs and wardrobe, featured Lancelot Link (played by Tongo) on guitar and Mata Hairi (played by Debbie) on tambourine, with Blackie as “Bananas Marmoset” on the drums. “SweetWater Gibbons” (in fringed vest and granny glasses) was credited for playing Farfisa organ, although the organ usually pictured in the clips was a Vox Continental organ.
In episode “The Evolution Revolution”, it was established that the band’s music was used to communicate coded messages for APE agents.
The songs were usually co-written and performed by Steve Hoffman, in the Bubblegum pop style then in vogue; Hoffman received “voices” credit along with the various character actors. A Lancelot Link record album was released on ABC/Dunhill, as well as a single titled “Sha-La Love You”, a song originally intended for The Grass Roots; the music shared some of its style with the music of The Grass Roots, who used the same recording facilities and studio musicians. Some songs contained heavy guitar riffs, reflecting the growth of hard rock.
The song “Wild Dreams, Jelly Beans” (a song of The Evolution Revolution) was covered by the Spanish alternative rock band: Hello Lilliput.