The Jamies were an American singing group, led by Tom and Serena Jameson.
Both "Summertime" and its b-side, "Searching for You", are often described as doo-wop, because of their time period and their a cappella harmonies (with a harpsichord backing on "Summertime, Summertime"). However, both songs may also be described as pop versions of Sacred Harp styles, as the group started as church singers.
Several singles (many written or co-written by members Jameson and Feller) followed "Summertime, Summertime", none of them hits. In 1962, they re-released "Summertime, Summertime" and hit again, this time peaking at #38.
The song's fame far eclipsed the band's; The Fortunes, the Doodletown Pipers, Hobby Horse, Jan and Dean, The Legendary Masked Surfers, and Sha Na Na all covered the tune, and it was used in commercials for Buick, Ken-L Ration Burger Time Dog Food and Applebee's. It was also featured in the 1978 film Fingers.
Tom Jameson died from cancer on July 19, 2009, at age 72.
Note:This list has every member of the Jamies
- Thomas "Tom" Earl Jameson
- Serena Jameson (Thomas Jameson's sister, who sang lead vocals)
- Jeannie Roy
- Arthur Blair
- Sherman Feller (Feller, who co-wrote "Summertime, Summertime" with Tom Jameson, later became more famous as the public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.)
- "Summertime, Summertime" b/w "Searching for You" (Epic Records, 1958 single 9281 mono)
- "Snow Train" b/w "When the Sun Goes Down" (Epic, 1958)
- "Don't Darken My Door" b/w "Evening Star" (United Artists, 1959)
- "Summertime, Summertime" reissue (1962)
- Tom Jameson obituary (Web Archive)