One of the most recognizable songs stayed #1 for 7 weeks in the UK starting June 7, 1970
Summer is here for sure. The heat is on all over the United States and Canada.
Break out the margaritas and Mungo Jerry karaoke.
Last night downtown you could feel the summer everywhere. People are going to the drive in, sitting in outside cafe. They are driving around with the top down or the windows wide open.
Everyone is light wearing summer clothes and taking it easy if they can.
In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry
The band was a folk, jug and rock band headed by Ray Dorset from Middlesex, England. It’s dangerous to parse songs that catch your ear but you can hear the beat played on a jug.
The video has close-ups of it which at first are like what is that? Jug band music is fun, woozy stuff which has nothing to do with the consumption of the jug contents.
The song feels summery and easy. Put it in your rotation and feel the sun. Get out those flowered shirts, short shorts and chill.
The song was # 1 in the UK for seven weeks, # 3 in the United States and # 1 for two weeks in Canada. The single sold 30 million copies.
Here’s Mungo Jerry still making people happy with the same song in 2005 and the band is still playing “In The Summertime.”
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network
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