The First Day of Summer

It’s the first day of summer, and what does that make me think of?

Baseball?

Barbecue?

Bikinis?

Nope,

Music

When I was growing up, and busy wishing that I was no longer a preteen (young teen, teen, young college student, etc.) summer meant school was over. Back then FM was classical music so everyone listened to the AM stations. CKLW out of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (although the programming was aimed at Detroit). WOHO (pronounced Woho as in rhyming with Soho) was the local station in Toledo with the “Mojo Man” as one of the DJs. Everything had a jingle and the DJ always talked over every second of the instrumental intro.

Summer meant that the Beach Boys would have something like “Sufin’ Safari” and probably something similar from Jan & Dean like “The Little Old Lady from Pasadena”. You could always count on at least one “summer song.”

So dig out your old 45s (or CDs if you must) and look for some of these…

Summertime (and the livin’ is easy…) originally by Billy Stewart but covered by any one of a number of artists

Summertime Blues (likewise, but originally by Eddie Cochran)

In the Summertime by the Byrds

Something mellow like Summer Breeze – Seals and Croft

Or something edgy like School’s Out by Alice Cooper

Under the Boardwalk by the Drifters

Summer Nights from Grease

Wipeout by the Surfaris AND every garage band that ever existed

And my all-time favorite –

Summer in the City by the Lovin’ Spoonful – probably the only song ever written with an air hammer included in the score!

So, school is out, put away those books, grab your swimsuit and sun tan lotion and head for the beach because it’s summertime!

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