Writer’s Workshop: Summer Playlist, 2016 Edition

I created a playlist for summer last year for WW, so I was surprised to see Kat asking a second time. Not that I mind; if you’ve been reading the blog for more than two weeks you know that I just love sticking YouTube videos into blog entries and making comments on the music. I thought this would be more of a challenge than it turned out to be. I came up with a few more that are either about summer or which I associate with the season (in one case, the song has one line about the season). Here we go…

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer – Nat King Cole No surprise here, right? This was the title track from Nat’s 1963 album, which came out during the summer, oddly enough.

Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) – Perry Como I associate hot dogs with summer, and also this song, even though it reached #1 on the Hot 100 in March 1956, which is also when I made my debut. It’s not actually about hot dogs, but…

Saturday In The Park – Chicago Their first single from Chicago V, which came out during the summer of 1972. I can remember pedaling my bicycle to Montgomery Ward in Deerfield, Illinois the day the album came out, wanting to get there when the store opened and before they sold out. I was the only person in the store and had to look for a cashier. Then it was back on my bike and home to listen to it. The song peraked at #3 on the Hot 100 and the Cash Box survey, and at #2 at WLS in Chicago.

Penny Lane – The Beatles I chose this based on one line of the song, in the chorus after the Bach trumpet solo: “For a fish and finger pie in summer…”

Indian Lake – The Cowsills A song by Tony Romeo about a place you can have summer fun. It reached #10 in 1968 and was the #51 song of the year according to Cash Box magazine.

Palisades Park – Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon More summer fun at Palisades Park in New Jersey. They used to advertise in Superman comics and probably others in the DC world. This song was written by Chuck Barris (of The Gong Show fame) and recorded by Freddy in 1962 as the B side to “June, July, and August.” I don’t remember the latter song, but “Palisades Park” made it to #3 on the Hot 100 in June 1962 and remains Freddy’s biggest hit.

All Summer Long – The Beach Boys If you saw American Graffiti (tag line: “Where were you in ’62?”) you remember this played while the credits rolled. That it wasn’t even released until two years later mattered not at all to the producers of the movie. It was the title track from The Beach Boys’ 1964 album.

The Summer Knows – Frank Sinatra Another one for my Uncle Jack. It was written by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman for the 1971 movie Summer of ’42, which starred Jennifer O’Neill and Gary Grimes. The song has been recorded many times over.

Sealed With A Kiss – Brian Hyland Brian recorded this song by Peter Udell and Gary Geld in 1962 and it reached #3 on both the Hot 100 and the UK Singles chart that year. Covers by Gary Lewis and The Playboys and Bobby Vinton got as high as #19. It’s a standard teenage love song, about being separated for the three long months from June through September, but still a classic.

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland It’s a Brian Hyland twofer! Brian recorded this in 1960 and it hit #1 on the Hot 100.

Fire – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but it’s been hitting 90° (32° for you centigrade fans) with alarming regularity here in Georgia. It’s almost like the world is on fire… this song entered the charts in the US in September 1968 after reaching #1 in the UK and Canada, and reached #2 in the US.

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam To me, summer and baseball go together, and when I talk baseball, it’s either the Atlanta Braves or the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox hired a young woman named Nancy Faust to be their stadium organist in the early Seventies, and she brought the tradition of playing this as an opposing team’s pitcher left the field after being replaced on the mound. It was written by Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo, and Dale Frashuer, who formed the core of a fictitious band they called Steam. It was released in November 1969, and reached #1 a month later.

So, there you have it. I’ll build this into a playlist so you can listen to them all at once. Hope you enjoyed it!

5 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Summer Playlist, 2016 Edition

  1. A great playlist. At least I’m familiar with songs & artists. Grew up with most of these. If I see a playlist of anything past 1987, unless I’ve heard it at Zumba, then I recognize not a thing.


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