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"In the Summertime"
MungoJerryInTheSummertime7InchSingleCover.jpg
Single by Mungo Jerry
from the album Electronically Tested
B-side "Mighty Man"
Released 1970
Recorded
Genre Skiffle[1][2]
Length 3:40
Label Dawn
Songwriter(s) Ray Dorset
Producer(s) Barry Murray
Mungo Jerry singles chronology
"In the Summertime"
(1970)
"Baby Jump"
(1971)
"In the Summertime"
(1970)
"Baby Jump"
(1971)
Audio sample
"In the Summerime"

"In the Summertime" is the debut single by British rock band Mungo Jerry. Written and composed by its lead singer, Ray Dorset, it celebrates the carefree days of summer. In 1970, it reached number one in charts around the world, including seven weeks on the UK Singles Chart, two weeks on one of the Canadian charts, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. It became one of the best-selling singles of all-time, eventually selling more than 10 million copies.[3]

Background[edit]

Dorset has said that the song only took ten minutes to write, which he did using a second-hand Fender Stratocaster while he was taking time off work from his regular job, working in a lab for Timex.[4]

The initial UK release was on Dawn Records, a new label launched by Pye. It was unusual in that it was a maxi single, playing at 33-1/3 rpm, whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm. It included an additional song also written and composed by Dorset, "Mighty Man," 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, also 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. The 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 collector's items.

In 2012, Dorset sued his former management company Associated Music International, run by his former friend and business manager Eliot Cohen, 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]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the single liner notes for "In the Summertime".[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Shaggy version[edit]

"In the Summertime"
In the Summertime single.jpg
Single by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
from the album Boombastic and Flipper Soundtrack
B-side
  • "It No Matter"
  • "Gal You a Pepper"
Released 1995
Format
Recorded 1995
1996 (re-recorded)
Genre Reggae[39]
Length 3:46
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Ray Dorset
Producer(s) Shaggy, Rayvon
Shaggy singles chronology
"Lately"
(1994)
"In the Summertime"
(1995)
"Boombastic"
(1995)
"Lately"
(1994)
"In the Summertime"
(1995)
"Boombastic"
(1995)
"In the Summertime" ('96 Version)
Single cover for the re-recorded version
Single cover for the re-recorded version

In 1995, Jamaican-American rapper Shaggy covered the song, and released it as the lead single from his third studio album, Boombastic.[40] A year after its release, the song was re-recorded and released specifically for the film Flipper under the title "In the Summertime" ('96 Version). Aside from the addition of rap lyrics, Shaggy's version also substitutes other lyrics for the song's original line containing "have a drink, have a drive." Shaggy also performed the song on an episode of Baywatch.[41]

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[43]
  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[45]
  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]

Other uses[edit]

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 advert for the campaign Drinking and Driving Wrecks Lives. It featured the first verse against people enjoying drinks in a pub during summer, then stopped to show a fatal car accident caused by drink driving.[64][65]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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