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Music On Monday #7 … In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

We’re finally falling head-long into summer! It’s here, it’s really here… those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer – to quote last week’s post “Music Mondays #6 …”
Here is yet another quintessential summertime song. Ah… memories of sunshine, teenagehood, and cruising through carefree summer days. Hope you enjoy this article about “IN THE SUMMERTIME” with Mungo Jerry!

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

Mungo Jerry is a British rock group whose greatest success was in the early 1970s, though they have continued throughout the years with an ever-changing line-up, always fronted by Ray Dorset. They are remembered above all for their hit “In the Summertime“. It remains their most successful and most instantly recognizable song, and their only hit outside of the UK. Their name was inspired by the poem “Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer“, from T. S. Eliot‘s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

In the Summertime” was their debut single. Written by lead singer Ray Dorset, it celebrates the carefree days of summer. It reached number one in charts around the world (including seven weeks in the UK, two weeks in Canada) and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US. It is considered one of the best-selling singles of all time with an estimated 6 million copies sold.

The song took Dorset only ten minutes to compose on a second-hand Fender Stratocaster while he was taking time off work from his regular job. It has been used in a campaign against drunk driving in the UK due to its lyric of “have a drink, have a drive, go out and see what you can find”.

230466Mungo Jerry came to prominence after their performance at the Hollywood Festival at Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire on May 23, 1970 which was their first gig under this name. Their show was well received and the organizers asked them to perform again on the following day. The band grabbed all the headlines in the UK music press as they stole the limelight from the festival headliners, Black Sabbath, Traffic, Ginger Baker’s Airforce, Grateful Dead (their first performance in the UK), and Jose Feliciano. Their first single, “In The Summertime”, the first maxi-single in the world, released on May 22, entered the UK charts at No. 13 and the following week went straight to No. 1. Ray Dorset had to ask his boss for time off to do the UK TV Show, Top of the Pops.

images-6Visit Ray Dorset’s website: for more music, info, images, and his performing schedule.


NOT 1, but 2 videos – Here ya go, the famous Mungo Jerry and In the Summertime from 1970 …

See you next week for Music ON Monday #8 !
have a great week & party safe!

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7 replies »

  1. Thanks for remembering this sizzling hit from the past. I remember being on the train en route to Edmonton with my mom, dad & seester to visit my cousin when this tune was popular.
    Shanny & I still laugh about it. It was the first ‘big vacation’ we were ever on.
    Keep ’em coming. Your Music Mondays lighten the starts to the weeks.


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