In The Summertime Mungo Jerry



” In The Summertime ” is by Mungo Jerry, the British rock group ( named after one of the cats in the T.S Eliot verses ). The song was written by Ray Dorset with production by Barry Murray.
The song was released in 1970 on record label Dawn in the United Kingdom which was a subsidiary of Pye Records from 1970 to 1975 and in the United States on record label Janus which was owned by General Recorded Tape ( 1969 to 1979 ).
The feel-good song which celebrates the carefree days of 1970s summers was written by Ray using a Fender Stratocaster that he had bought second-hand, the song took him ten minutes to write while he was taking time off from his lab job at watch manufacturer Timex.
” In The Summertime ” launched the new series of Dawn Maxi-singles which played at 33rpm and not the usual single 45, the Maxi single included another song by Ray called ” Mighty Man ” on the A-side with a longer song called ” Dust Pneumonia Blues ” written by Woody Guthrie on the B-side.
” In The Summertime ” features Paul King who can be seen blowing over a jug which was just an empty cider jar, Mungo Jerry made jug blowing more contemporary than the style of the jug bands from the 1920s.
Once released the single became a massive success, selling some six million copies worldwide in just a few months, with an estimated thirty million copies have been sold to date.
The song reached the Number One spot in twenty-six countries, in France the single sold 400,000 copies in the first month of release and went on to sell one million copies there.
Mungo Jerry was presented with a Gold Disc on the 23rd of November 1971 at the Olympia in Paris by Vogue International label for reaching the million sales milestone.
Elsewhere ” In The Summertime ” had more success, in the United States the group scored a number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and made it to Number One on the Canada Top Singles Chart for two weeks.
In the United Kingdom, the song reached the number one slot and held it for seven weeks, staying in the country’s best sellers list for 20 weeks there.
The single stayed in the Top Ten for eleven weeks and spent a total of twenty weeks on the UK Singles Chart.
” In The Summertime ” has become the most played summer song in music history and showing up on radio playlists every summer with commissions for films and TV shows along with commercials.
Ray commented in an interview ” The longer it goes on, the more it becomes like ‘ Happy Birthday ‘ because when everybody thinks of the summer, they think of ‘In The Summertime “.
With a certain amount of irony ” In The Summertime ” was commissioned for a UK Government TV campaign called ” Drinking and Driving Wrecks Lives ” which warned of the dangers of drink driving.

BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 3

UK Highest Chart Position: 1

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Argentina (Escalera a la Fama) 1, Australia (Go-Set National Top 40) 1, Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 1, Canada (CHUM) 4, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1, Denmark (IFPI) 1, France (IFOP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (RIANZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Poland (Fan Clubs Coordination Council) 2, Singapore (Radio Singapore) 1, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 1, Sweden 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1

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