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Music On Monday #12 … Summertime Blues


4 versions of Summertime Blues

Summertime Blues” is a song co-written and recorded by American rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran. It was written in the late 1950s by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it was released in August 1958 and peaked at number 8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by many artists, including being a number-one hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and scoring notable hits in versions by The Who and Blue Cheer.
Scroll down to watch and listen to Summertime Blues performed by these artists…


I’m gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler
About a workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar
Every time I call my baby, and try to get a date
My boss says, “No dice son, you gotta work late”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

Well my mom and pop told me, “Son you gotta make some money,
If you want to use the car to go ridin’ next Sunday”
Well I didn’t go to work, told the boss I was sick
“Well you can’t use the car ’cause you didn’t work a late”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues

I’m gonna take two weeks, gonna have a fine vacation
I’m gonna take my problem to the United Nations
Well I called my congressman and he said quote:
“I’d like to help you son but you’re too young to vote”
Sometimes I wonder what I’m a gonna do
But there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues


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Eddie Cochrane (1958):

“Summertime Blues” is originally a 1958 song recorded by Eddie Cochran.

Edward Raymond ‘Eddie’ Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American musician. Cochran’s rockabilly songs captured teenage frustration and desire in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He experimented with multitrack recording and overdubbing even on his earliest singles, and was also able to play piano, bass and drums. His image as a sharply dressed and good-looking young man with a rebellious attitude epitomized the stance of the 50s rocker, and in death he achieved an iconic status.

Cochran died aged 21 after a road accident, whilst travelling in a taxi in Chippenham, Wiltshire, during his British tour in April 1960, having just performed at Bristol’s Hippodrome theatre. Though his best-known songs were released during his lifetime, more of his songs were released posthumously. In 1987, Cochran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His songs have been covered by a wide variety of recording artists. Take a listen to the original Summertime Blues …

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Blue Cheer (1968):

Blue Cheer recorded it for their debut album “Vincebus Eruptum” in 1968.

Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, California, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues-rock style, and is also credited as being pioneers of heavy metal (their cover of “Summertime Blues” is sometimes cited as the first in the genre), punk rock, stoner rock, doom metal, experimental rock, and grunge. According to Tim Hills in his book, The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom, “Blue Cheer was the epitome of San Francisco psychedelia.”
Jim Morrison of The Doors called the group “The single most powerful band I’ve ever seen.”

The band is said to have been named after a street brand of LSD and promoted by renowned LSD chemist and former Grateful Dead patron, Owsley Stanley. This is a fantastic version of this song …

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The Who (1969):
Pete Townshend of The Who was heavily influenced by Cochran’s guitar style. “Summertime Blues” was a Who live staple for most of their career.

It was performed during the 1967 US tour, from which the first known Who recordings of the song were made, including a June 1967 date at the Monterey Pop Festival. The first version to be released by The Who appeared on the 1970 album Live at Leeds. The single from this album peaked at number 38 in the UK and number 27 in the US.

The Who recorded a studio version of this track in London on June 28, 1967, just after the Monterey performance. This was left unreleased until 1998 when it appeared on the remastered CD of Odds & Sods. Other live versions from The Who are featured in the Monterey Pop Festival CD box set and the concert and documentary film Woodstock (1970), as well as Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 and the CD release of Live at the Royal Albert Hall. It has not been played since bassist John Entwistle‘s death in 2002. Here’s arguably the most well-known rock version of this song …

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Alan Jackson (1994):
Alan Jackson recorded “Summertime Blues” on the album “Who I Am” in 1994, earning #1 status on both the U.S. and Canadian country music charts.

Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country music singer, known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds and penning many of his own hits. He has recorded 14 studio albums, 3 Greatest Hits albums, 2 Christmas albums, 2 Gospel albums and several compilations.

Jackson has sold over 80 million records worldwide with more than 50 of his singles having appeared on Billboard’s list of the “Top 30 Country Songs”. Of Jackson’s entries, 35 were number-one hits, with 50 in the Top 10. He is the recipient of 2 Grammys, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. This is a fun-loving summertime video …

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6 replies »

  1. Great post! Great song! I remember the original – didn’t know who did it or that he’d died so young…so sad. LOVE the Blue Cheer version (how do I not know this band…?!) – awesome drumming and guitar – crazy – and do I hear a little Hendrix riff in there?…, less psyched about the Who’s version…and I love the country version! Incredible variety of music genres representing one song.
    Thanks for the memories!

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    • THANK YOU for taking time to get into this post. I love that you appreciate it. I always learn something I didn’t know and am frequently surprised by the connections I discover when I come up with a song or idea I want to feature. It’s so much fun. Thanks again my fellow music lover!


      • 🙂 Keep ’em comin’!!! I love your Music on Monday features!

        I’ve been doing a feature “Saturday’s Songs” (at but I find few people respond. I’m wondering if it’s because it’s posted on Saturday. Am now planning on changing it to another day of the week (not Monday – you’ve got that turf covered!), hoping it reaches more folks.

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      • I was thinking that on weekends people generally have MORE time to devote to reading & listening. When I come across music blogs I always Like and Comment – sometimes I cross-reference them in my blog. I’m thinking about putting out a list of great music blogs and posting it under my “More Music” category. I don’t have a huge following, but maybe that’ll help garner some recognition and new viewers for all the music blogs I follow. Couldn’t hurt.


      • In reply to weekend posting – I too thought that people might have more time on a weekend to enjoy “Saturday’s Songs” and “Sunday’s Snapshots” but those two feature posts draw the least attention. I might experiment with another day of the week for music and see what happens.
        I like your idea of highlighting other music blogs. Guest blogging might help you (and me!), too. Also, pingbacks.

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