In the Summertime (Mungo Jerry song)

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"In the Summertime"
Single by Mungo Jerry
from the album Electronically Tested
B-side "Mighty Man"
Released 1970
Recorded 1970
Pye Recording Studios, Marble Arch, London
Genre Skiffle[1]
Length 3:40
Label Dawn
Writer(s) Ray Dorset
Producer(s) Barry Murray
Mungo Jerry singles chronology
"In the Summertime"
(1970)
"Baby Jump"
(1971)

"In the Summertime" is the debut single by British band Mungo Jerry. Written by lead singer Ray Dorset, it celebrates the carefree days of summer. It reached number one in charts around the world (including seven weeks in the UK, two weeks in Canada) and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. It is considered one of the best-selling singles of all time with an estimated 6 million copies sold.[2]

The song took Dorset only ten minutes to compose on a second-hand Fender Stratocaster while he was taking time off work from his regular job, working in a lab for Timex.[3] The song's lyric "have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find" led to its use in a UK campaign against drink driving.[4]

Background[edit]

The initial UK release, on Dawn Records (a new label launched by Pye), was unusual in that it was a maxi-single, playing at 33 rpm (whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm). It included an additional song, "Mighty Man" (also written by Dorset) on the A-side, and a much longer track, the Woody Guthrie song "Dust Pneumonia Blues", on the B-side. As the record was sold in a picture sleeve (which was not standard at the time), and only sold at a few pence more than the normal 45 rpm two-track single, it was considered value for money. Small quantities of 45 rpm discs on the Pye record label, with "Mighty Man" on the B-side, and without a picture sleeve, were pressed for use in jukeboxes. These are now rare collectors items.

In 2012, Dorset sued Associated Music International claiming over £2 million in royalties from the song that he believed had been withheld from him.[5]

In an interview with Gary James, Dorset explained the origin of the "motorcycle" sound towards the end of the song: "I said "We'll just get a recording of a motorcycle, stick it on the end of the song and then re-edit the front and then put the front off to the motorcycle so it starts up again." But I couldn't find a motorcycle. Howard Barry, the engineer had an old, well, it wasn't old then, a Triumph sports car, which he drove past the studio while Barry Marrit was holding the microphone. So, he got the stereo effects from left to right or right to left, whatever. And that was it."[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"As the Years Go By" by Mashmakhan
Canadian RPM number-one single
6 September 1970 – 13 September 1970 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"War" by Edwin Starr
Preceded by
"La lontananza" by Domenico Modugno
Italian number-one single (first run)
26 September 1970 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Sympathy" by Rare Bird
Preceded by
"Sympathy" by Rare Bird
Italian number-one single (second run)
10 October 1970 – 7 November 1970 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall" by Aphrodite's Child
French number-one single
11 July 1970 – 15 August 1970 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Girl, I've Got News for You" by Mardi Gras
Preceded by
"Corpiño Xeitoso" by Andrés Do Barro
Spanish number-one single (first run)
14 September 1970 – 21 September 1970 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"El cóndor pasa" by Simon & Garfunkel
Preceded by
"21 Years" by Dermot Hegarty
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
3 July 1970 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" by Cliff Richard
Preceded by
"El cóndor pasa" by Simon & Garfunkel
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
31 August 1970 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"In the Summertime" by The Mixtures
Austrian number-one single
15 September 1970 – 15 October 1970 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
German number-one single
10 August 1970 – 21 September 1970 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Song of Joy" by Miguel Ríos
Swiss number-one single
25 August 1970 – 15 September (4 weeks)
Spanish number-one single (second run)
12 October 1970 – 19 October 1970 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Yellow River" by Christie
Preceded by
"Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" by Cliff Richard
Irish Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
17 July 1970 – 24 July 1970 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
"Yellow River" by Christie
UK Singles Chart number-one single
13 June 1970 – 25 July 1970 (7 weeks)
Norwegian number-one single
30/1970 – 36/1970 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cotton Fields" by The Beach Boys
Spanish number-one single (third run)
2 November 1970 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Quiero abrazarte tanto" by Víctor Manuel
Preceded by
"Never Marry a Railroad Man" by Shocking Blue
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
18 July 1970 – 22 August 1970 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Are You Ready?" by Pacific Gas & Electric
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
18 July 1970 – 8 August 1970 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Don't Believe in 'If' Anymore" by Roger Whittaker
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
11 July 1970 – 15 August 1970 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Back Home" by Golden Earring
Single Top 100 number-one single
11 July 1970 – 8 August 1970 (5 weeks)
Preceded by
"Rachel" by Russell Morris
New Zealand number-one single
31 July 1970 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Pretty Girl" by Hogsnort Rupert

Shaggy version[edit]

"In the Summertime"
Single by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
from the album Boombastic
B-side "It No Matter"
"Gal You a Pepper"
Released 15 May 1995
Format CD single, Cassette, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1994-1995
Genre Reggae fusion
Length 3:46
Label Virgin
Producer(s) Shaggy, Rayvon
Shaggy singles chronology
"Lately"
(1994)
"In the Summertime"
(1995)
"Boombastic"
(1995)

In 1995, Jamaican rapper Shaggy covered the song, and released it as the lead single from his third studio album, Boombastic.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

United Kingdom
  1. "In the Summertime" (Single Edit) — 3:46
  2. "It No Matter" — 3:56
  3. "Gal You A Pepper" — 3:37
  4. "In the Summertime" (Sting vs. Shaggy Remix) — 4:40
  • 7" vinyl / Cassette[45]
  1. "In the Summertime" (Single Edit) — 3:46
  2. "It No Matter" — 3:56
  1. "In the Summertime" (Sting vs. Shaggy Remix) — 4:40
  2. "In the Summertime" (LP Version) — 3:55
  3. "In the Summertime" (Drum Dancehall Mix) — 3:54
  • 1996 "Flipper" CD single[47]
  1. "In the Summertime '96" (Original Version) — 3:52
  2. "In the Summertime '96" (Instrumental) — 3:52
  3. "Flipper Main Theme" — 3:58
United States
  1. "In the Summertime" (Single Edit) — 3:48
  2. "In the Summertime" (LP Version) — 3:55
  3. "In the Summertime" (Drum Dancehall Mix) — 3:54
  4. "In the Summertime" (Funk Dance Mix) — 3:58
  5. "Boombastic" (LP Version) — 4:05
  6. "Boombastic" (Sting Remix) — 4:18
  1. "In the Summertime" (LP Version) — 3:55
  2. "In the Summertime" (Drum Dancehall Mix) — 3:54
  3. "In the Summertime" (Funk Dance Mix) — 3:58
  4. "Boombastic" (Sting Remix) — 4:18

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
""One More Chance" / "Stay with Me" by The Notorious B.I.G.
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
(with "Boombastic")

26 August 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles number-one single
(with "Boombastic")

26 August 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring L.V.

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