Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Songs of Summer


George Gershwin's aria for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, this 1957 cut features Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.  The melody alone conjures up the atmosphere of a sultry summer night.

Summertime Blues 

This one, written and recorded in the late fifties by Eddie Cochran has become a summertime classic covered by everyone from Alan Jackson to the Beach Boys and Van Halen to The Who.

Summer in the City

From the 60's Lovin' Spoonful gave us Summer in the City,  a song that conjures up hot, muggy summers in Philadelphia from my youth.  I also seem to recall WMMR in Philly played it all the time every summer.

The Summertime

Originally recorded in the 70's by Mungo Jerry, this version received a lot of airplay on Cape Cod in the summers of the early nineties.

Surfin USA

No summer playlist would be complete without something from the Beach Boys,  Americas classic summer band. 


Like the Beach Boys above,  you can't have a summer playlist without Jimmy Buffet.

What's on your summer playlist?

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