A series of music videos about summer. This is an updated version.
1. "Summertime, Summertime" by The Jamies. AllMusic calls this "one of the most popular summer songs of all time."
2. "Summer Side Of Life" by Gordon Lightfoot. Gordon is looking pretty autumnal in some of these pictures--not summery at all. But then, so am I.
4. "Summertime" by Billie Holiday. The definitive version of the aria from George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Janis would not have done it if Billie hadn't done it first.
5. "Summer of '89" by Butch Walker & The Black Widows. There's another video of this song that's more fun to watch, but it was only when I watched this one with the lyrics that I realized how very dark this song is, despite its sunny sound.
6. "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry. Like the Jamies, another one hit wonder. Ray Dorset, the singer, must cringe today to see himself with those sideburns and that shirt. Great song, though.
7. "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran. I was uncertain which version of this song to use, so after some debate I decided to include all three. Skip the others if you like, but this one, the original by one of the coolest rockers ever, is the one you should hear.
8. "Summertime Blues" by Blue Cheer. This is not their single version, but it's better. This is about the point at which psychedelic segued into heavy metal. I saw these guys live once during their brief career and it was the loudest thing I'd ever heard. They were arguing on stage as they played, giving each other the finger. It's no surprise that they didn't last long.
9. "Summertime" by Josh Rouse. A change of pace from Blue Cheer.
10. "Stoned Soul Picnic" by Laura Nyro. This is a demo version, not the album track, but it brings out her wonderful singing more. It does seem to end very abruptly. The late and much missed Nyro was one of the greatest artists of her time and I would put the album that contained this song, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, among the top ten albums of the 1960s..
11. "All Summer Long" by the Beach Boys. this might be the ultimate summer song. Oddly, the surfing photos are from North Devon, in England.
12. "Summer Mood" by Best Coast. as suggested to me in reply to an earlier version of this list.
13. "Nightswimming" by R.E.M. This might be the most beautiful record in this list.
14. "Ceilings" by Local Natives. An acoustic, live version.
15. "Summer Wine" by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood. Not the single version either, but more interesting.
16. "Beat This Summer" by Brad Paisley. A change of pace for me, certainly, but a good song with a cute video.
17. "Summertime Blues" by the Who. Back to rock for the third version of this song. I would have liked to include the excelent Live At Hull version, but couldn't find a video for it. This version from the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival will do, though.
18. "Incident On 57th Street" by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. This is not the album version; it is from a concert broadcast live on 02/05/75 from the Main Point and it is absolutely wonderful. "Hey little heroes, summer's long but I guess it ain't very sweet around here anymore." Note the police siren at the end.
I guess that overall this list has turned out to be more melancholy that I anticipated, but I hope you like it. There were a few songs in the Spotify playlist I couldn't find videos for: a version of the Bryan Adams song "Summer Of '69" by Blues Image, "Boys Of Summer" by Don Henley (the publishing company had it pulled from YouTube), and "Summertime" by Langhorne Slim and The Law. My apologies to Lana Del Rey fans. I considered it, but just couldn't bring myself to do it.