‘In the Summertime’ by Mungo Jerry. Number One in the UK on this day in 1970…
A Top 10 hit internationally, ‘In the Summertime’ was Britain’s biggest-selling single of 1970, topped the singles charts for seven weeks, and is believed to be one of the highest-selling – and most-played – songs of all-time. Singer/songwriter, Ray Dorset, of course, was also once the proud owner of the most impressive sideburns-and-‘fro combo ever, I’m sure you’ll agree.
The UK’s subsequent chart-topping singles were as follows:
- Elvis Presley, ‘The Wonder of You’
- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, ‘Tears of a Clown’
- Freda Payne, ‘Band of Gold’
- Matthews’ Southern Comfort, ‘Woodstock’
- Jimi Hendrix Experience, ‘Voodoo Chile’
- Dave Edmunds, ‘I Hear You Knockin”
How good were the charts back then?!
But that’s not what I wanted to blog about today. Today is for all those summer anthems that take you right back to happier times and possibly warmer climes; of time off school, holiday romances, being chased by flying ants (only in your mind) and chasing ice cream vans. There are songs which, with only a few bars of music, can transport you back to summers long-gone in an instant. It’s magical.
I’m not going to try to better Entertainment Weekly’s near-perfect list of 100 (near-perfect because it doesn’t include Don Henley’s ‘The Boys of Summer’, which is inexplicable), but I would like to know which of these tunes holds a special resonance with you.
If you’d rather save it for the chatroom, it will be open tomorrow from 2pm (UK).
Please excuse me if it’s not presently summertime where you are. May these songs warm you if you are in need of warming, momentarily release you if you need to escape from whatever monotony is grinding you down.
Finally, Bob Dylan fans, do you like Mungo Jerry’s reggae version of ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’? You know I need to know.