You can’t go the whole summer without hearing today’s Flashback song by the British rock band Mungo Jerry. “In the Summertime” came out in 1970 and has been played around the world ever since. When it was released it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and #1 on the Canadian Top Singles Chart. It actually made it to #1 in 16 countries as well. Can you believe the song was actually written and composed by the lead singer Ray Dorset in only 10 minutes? Crazy right?!
Jamaican-American rapper Shaggy covered the song in 1995, I liked his version as well. Although he added some rap lyrics and substituted other lyrics for the songs original line containing “have a drink, have a drive.” Shaggy also performed the song on an episode of Baywatch.
“In the Summertime” can be heard in many TV shows such as The Simpsons, Life on Mars and New Girl. It was also featured in movies like The Substitute, Breaking Out, Mr. Deeds, Anita and Me, Wedding Crashers and Despicable Me 2 to name a few.