Summer in the City
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|"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 with a jackhammer sound in order to give the impression of the sounds of 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.
- John Sebastian - vocals, organ, acoustic guitar, autoharp, sound effects
- Zal Yanovsky - backing vocal, electric guitars
- Steve Boone - bass, organ
- Joe Butler - backing vocal, drums, percussion
- Artie Schroeck – electric piano
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