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The Jamies

The Jamies' "Summertime, Summertime" is one of those songs you only have to hear once for it to live rent-free in your mind forever. The bouncy doo wop novelty, which featured a harpsichord prominently in the mix, surely provided inspiration for later novelty groups like the Village People and Sha Na Na to perform songs in the same campy style. The New York-based group derived its name from lead singer Thomas Earl Jameson, who wrote the song with the lyrics "Summertime, summertime/sum, sum, summertime" with Sherman Feller; the pair also collaborated on the flip side "Searching for You." The 45, released in 1958 on Epic, became one of the most popular summer songs of all time. It broke the Top 40 but stopped short of the Top 20 by six rungs at number 26, on September 22, 1958.

"Summertime, Summertime"'s follow-up, "Snow Train" (written by Feller) b/w "When the Sun Goes Down" (written by Jameson) failed to chart and slowed the Jamies' roll to a virtual stop. A switch to United Artists was hardly a panacea, as "Don't Darken My Door," written by Larry Jaspon and Vicki Gay, stiffed (along with the flip side, Jameson's "The Evening Star") in 1959. The Jamies had numerous personnel changes: Robert Paolucci joined shortly after "Summertime, Summertime" hit, he became a monk afterward, but eventually left that calling to work as a translator. When they couldn't find another hit, the Jamies went to the well again with "Summertime, Summertime" and broke the Top 40 with it for the second time on August 4, 1962, at number 38.

A year later, the Fortunes (formerly the Cliftones) redid the song for their first release on Decca Records. But they weren't the only ones. The infectious ditty has also been redone by the Doodletown Pipers, Hobby Horse, Jan & Dean, the Legendary Masked Surfers, Mongo Jerry, and Sha Na Na. In addition, Buick and Applebee Restaurants both revitalized the song in their commercials. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 60's Pop Hits

Disc 1

1. You've Made Me So Very Happy

2. Brown Eyed Girl

3. Hang On Sloopy

4. Oh, Pretty Woman

5. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um

7. Hush

8. Hey Little Cobra

10. It's Your Thing

11. Bless You

12. Donna, The Prima Donna

13. It's All Over

Disc 2

1. I Want Candy

2. Kind Of A Drag

3. Lady Willpower

4. Close Your Eyes

6. Mr. Tambourine Man

7. Time Has Come Today

8. Him Or Me What's It Gonna Be?

9. Turn Down Day

10. I Could Be So Good To You

11. My World Fell Down

12. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)

Disc 3

1. Sunshine Superman

2. Carrie Anne

4. Take Good Care Of My Baby

5. Sugar And Spice

6. Can't Get Used To Losing You

7. I Can Make It With You

8. Green, Green

9. Groovin' Is Easy

11. I Got A Line On You

12. Flowers On The Wall

14. Summertime, Summertime

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Track List: Chasing The Sun: Summer 1950-1990

Disc 1

1. California Sun

2. Walk - Don't Run

3. Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow

4. Lets Go Trippin

5. Surfin Usa

6. Miserlou

7. The Lonely Surfer

8. New Yorks A Lonely Town

9. Out Of Limits

10. Baja

11. Pipeline

12. Ride The Wild Surf

13. Wipe Out

14. Surf Angel

15. Surf City

16. Mr. Moto

17. Surfers Stomp

18. Surfer Joe

19. Beach Bound

20. Rockaway Beach

Disc 2

1. Girl Watcher

2. With This Ring

3. At The Club

4. Anna (Go To Him)

5. Backfield In Motion

6. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

7. Build Me Up Buttercup

8. The Shoop Shoop Song (Its In His Kiss)

9. Cool Jerk

10. Double Shot (Of My Babys Love)

11. Hello Stranger

12. Hold Back The Night

13. I'm Your Puppet

14. Just One Look

15. But It's Alright

16. Stay

17. Under The Boardwalk

18. Walking Up A One-Way Street

20. 39-21-46

Disc 3

1. Summertime

3. Groovin'

4. The Warmth Of The Sun

5. Cruel Summer

6. In The Summertime

7. Summertime Blues

8. See You In September

9. Summer Breeze

10. Beyond The Sea

11. Summer In The City

12. Heat Wave

14. Walking On Sunshine

15. Summertime, Summertime

16. That Summer Feeling

17. Kokomo

18. Too Hot

19. Vacation

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Track List: One Hit Wonders - A Group Effort

1. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)

3. Eddie My Love

4. Let The Good Times Roll

5. Peanuts

6. Buzz Buzz Buzz

7. Summertime, Summertime

8. I've Had It

9. So Fine

10. Mule Skinner Blues

11. Heart And Soul

12. Peanut Butter

13. A Little Bit Of Soap

14. I Need Your Lovin'

15. Pop Pop Pop Pie

16. Remember Then

17. The Cinnamon Cinder (It's A Very Nice Dance)

18. Rhythm Of The Rain

19. Sally Go Round The Roses

22. Who Do You Love

23. The Jerk

24. Cool Jerk

25. Psychotic Reaction

27. Next Plane To London

28. Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero

29. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'

30. Morning Girl

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