"Java" is an instrumental adaptation from a 1958 LP of piano compositions, The Wild Sounds of New Orleans, by Tousan, also known as New Orleans producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint. As was the case of the rest of Toussaint's LP, "Java" was composed at the studio, primarily by Toussaint.
In 1963, trumpet player Al Hirt recorded the instrumental, and the track was the first single from his album, Honey in the Horn. It was Hirt's first and biggest hit on the US pop charts, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and spending four weeks at number one on the easy listening chart in early 1964. The song was also featured on his greatest hits album, The Best of Al Hirt. Hirt released a live version on his 1965 album, Live at Carnegie Hall. Hirt also recorded the song with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops for the RCA Red Seal album Pops Goes the Trumpet (Holiday for Brass) in 1964.
Hirt's recording won the Grammy Award for Best Performance by an Orchestra or Instrumentalist with Orchestra in 1964.
The Angels released a vocal version in 1965 as the B-side to the song "Little Beatle Boy".
The Muppet Show featured "Java" at the beginning of episode 22, where it was danced to by two creatures. The bigger creature constantly knocked the smaller away. At the end of the song, the small creature blasted the bigger one away.
- Category: 1964 singles
- Category: Al Hirt songs
- Category: Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one singles
- Category: Debut singles
- Category: Pop instrumentals
- Category: Song recordings produced by Chet Atkins
- Category: Songs written by Allen Toussaint
- Category: The Angels (American group) songs
- album: Honey in the Horn (album)
- genre: Jazz
- musicalArtist: Al Hirt
- musicalBand: Al Hirt
- performer: Al Hirt
- producer: Chet Atkins
- producer: Stephen H. Sholes
- record label: RCA Records
- recordLabel: RCA Records
- subsequentWork: Cotton Candy (song)
- writer: Allen Toussaint
- writer: Alvin Tyler