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 (UK), Janus (US), Pye (Canada)
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 US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. It is considered one of the best-selling singles of all time with an estimated 30 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. It has been used in a campaign against drink driving in the UK due to its lyric of "have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find".[2][3]

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 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.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"As the Years Go By" by Mashmakhan
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
6 September 1970 – 13 September 1970 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"War" by Edwin Starr
Preceded by
"Sympathy" by Rare Bird
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
"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)
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
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
11 July 1970 – 15 August 1970 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Back Home" by Golden Earring
Mega Single Top 100 number-one single
11 July 1970 – 8 August 1970 (5 weeks)
Preceded by
"Yellow River" by Christie
Norwegian number-one single
30/1970 – 36/1970 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Cotton Fields" by The Beach Boys
UK number one single
13 June 1970 – 25 July 1970 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
"21 Years" by Dermot Hegarty
"Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" by Cliff Richard
Irish Singles Chart number one single
3 July 1970 (1 week)
17 July 1970 – 24 July 1970 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" by Cliff Richard
"The Wonder of You" by Elvis Presley
Preceded by
"La lontananza" by Domenico Modugno
"Sympathy" by Rare Bird
Italian number one single
26 September 1970 (1 week)
10 October 1970 – 7 November 1970 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sympathy" by Rare Bird
"Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall" by Aphrodite's Child

Cover versions[edit]

A near identical version of the song was released in Australia in 1970 at the time of the 1970 radio ban by The Mixtures, which had a beach-related promo music video. They followed it up with "The Pushbike Song", which sounded nearly identical to "In the Summertime". Another cover version was recorded by the Idle Race and enjoyed some success in South America, but it was not released in the UK until its appearance on a retrospective CD in 1996. Australian rock band Tlot Tlot recorded a version as a B-side to their 1995 single "The Girlfriend Song", which later appeared on their 1995 album Fashion Takes a Holiday. That version incorporated a lyric from "The Pushbike Song". The 1996 film The Substitute used a new version of the tune in its soundtrack. In 2006, the progressive keyboardist Derek Sherinian covered the song on his album Blood of the Snake, featuring singer Billy Idol, guitarist Slash, and bassist Tony Franklin. In 2007 it was on Lazlo Bane cover album, Guilty Pleasures. In 2007, the American rap rock group Phunk Junkeez covered the song on their album Hydro Phonic. The lyrics are altered to including various references to smoking marijuana, as well as the addition of original rap verses. In 2010, the stars of multiple Disney XD shows performed a "family friendly" version of the song to promote Summer on Disney XD 2010. The song is performed by Adam Hicks, Daniel Curtis Lee and Hutch Dano. The music video has cameos by Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse from The Suite Life on Deck; and Mitchel Musso, Doc Shaw and Kelsey Chow from Pair of Kings (Shaw being in Suite Life on Deck and Pair of Kings), a new series premiering fall 2010. American indie rock band Yellow Ostrich performed a version of the song in July 2011 for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover: Summer Break series.[39]

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, hip hop
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. His cover version features long-time collaborator Rayvon, who performs parts of the original song, while Shaggy raps his own verses. His version was successful in various countries, reaching number 5 in the UK and number 3 in the USA. Shaggy also changed one line of the original part of the song to reflect modern-day values. In Mungo Jerry's version, the lyrics encouraged people to "have a drink, have a drive..." while Shaggy's version says "I'm going to ride and drive ...". The relevant part of the original recording was used in 1992 on British TV public service advertisements warning viewers not to drink and drive. The single was re-released in 1996 for the movie Flipper as well as releasing a new version of the music video containing clips from the film.

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[41]
  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[43]
  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]

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