Summer in the City
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (April 2014) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)|
|"Summer in the City"|
|Single by The Lovin' Spoonful|
|from the album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful|
|Released||July 4, 1966|
|Genre||Pop rock, psychedelic pop|
|Songwriter(s)||John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, Steve Boone|
|The Lovin' Spoonful singles chronology|
It appeared on their album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1966, for three consecutive weeks. The song features a series of car horns during the instrumental bridge, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ends up with a jackhammer sound, in order to give the impression of the sounds of the summer in the city. The song became a gold record. It is ranked number 401 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Cover versions and samples
- Quincy Jones covered the song on his 1973 album You've Got It Bad Girl, and it was subsequently included in his 1976 album I Heard That!!
- Quincy's version has been sampled in The Pharcyde's Passin' Me By, from their album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (1992), as well as Big Sean's "No Favors" featuring Eminem, on his album I Decided (2017).
- Joe Cocker covered "Summer in the City" on his 1994 album Have a Little Faith. It was released as the lead single and reached the charts in several European countries.[which?]
- Joe Jackson recorded a stripped down version of the song for his 2000 live album Summer in the City: Live in New York with only piano, bass and drums.
- "Summer In The City". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-08-30.
- "Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen. 78 (33): 22. 1966-08-13. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
- "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media). 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
- "Top 100 1966 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
- "Top 100 Hits of 1966/Top 100 Songs of 1966". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
- "Joe Jackson: Biography by William Ruhlmann". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
- The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, ISBN 978-0823076772
"Wild Thing" by The Troggs
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single
August 13, 1966 (three weeks)
"Sunshine Superman" by Donovan