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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: In Private... 60´s Vol. 1

1. Shangri-La

2. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

4. This I Swear

5. You're My One And Only Love

6. Diane

7. Teen Angel

9. Wooden Heart

10. Good Timin'

11. Dear One

12. Handy Man

13. Lonely Blue Boy

14. Bobby's Girl

16. That's The Way It'll Be

17. Patches

18. Summertime, Summertime

19. Yeh Yeh

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Track List: The 60's Collection Vol. 2

1. Lover Please

2. I Will Follow Him (Chariot)

3. Dancing Alone

4. Cruise To The Moon

5. Summertime Summertime

6. Young Lovers

7. Navy Blue

8. Confidential

10. You're My One & Only Love

11. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons

13. Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)

14. Popsicles And Icicles

15. I Saw Linda Yesterday

16. The Wisdom Of A Fool

19. Good Timin

20. Diane

21. Handy Man

22. A Teenager's Romance

23. Foot Stomping Part 1

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Track List: Doo Wop & Pop Hits, Vol. 2

1. The Wanderer

2. Bobbys Girl

3. Al Di La'

4. When I Fall In Love

5. My Own True Love

6. Your Nose Is Gonna Grow

7. There's No Other (Like My Baby)

8. Punish Her

9. Johnny Loves Me

10. Surfer's Stomp

11. Susie Darlin

12. Pop Pop Pop Pie

13. 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. Let's 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. Surfer's 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

19. Whispers (Gettin' Louder)

20. 39-21-46

Disc 3

1. Summertime

2. Dancing In The Street

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

13. Summertime

14. Walking On Sunshine

15. Summertime, Summertime

16. That Summer Feeling

17. Kokomo

18. Too Hot

19. Vacation

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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)

13. It's A Happening Thing

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

x

Track List: Pop Music: The Golden Era 1951-1975

Disc 1

1. The Birth Of The Blues

2. Because Of You

3. Jezebel

4. Come On A My House

5. Cry

6. You Belong To Me

7. The Yellow Rose Of Texas

8. Mack The Knife

10. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)

11. Singin' The Blues

12. Chances Are

14. Theme From "A Summer Place"

16. Bless You

18. Blue Velvet

19. People

20. Ruby Baby

23. Before And After

25. Down In The Boondocks

26. Kicks

27. Like A Rolling Stone

Disc 2

1. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

2. Red Rubber Ball

3. Sunshine Superman

4. Don't You Care

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

6. Carrie Anne

8. Stoned Soul Picnic

12. Hot Fun In The Summertime

13. Evil Ways

14. Bridge Over Troubled Water

16. Me And Bobby McGee

17. Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)

18. I Can See Clearly Now

19. Your Mama Don't Dance

20. I Can Help

22. That Lady (Part 1)

23. Lady Marmalade (Single Version)

x

Track List: Doo Wop Classics

1. Ka-Ding Dong

2. Baby Oh Baby

3. I Want You To Be My Girl

4. This Is The Nite

5. Do Something For Me

6. I'm Slippin' In

7. Whispering Bells

8. At My Front Door

10. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'

11. The Way You Dog Me Around

12. Long Lonely Nights

14. Get A Job

15. Up On The Mountain

16. Beside You

17. Once Upon A Time

18. One Mint Julep

19. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

20. Rock Me All Night Long

21. The Wheel Of Fortune

22. Rockin' In The Jungle

23. Till Then

24. Alley Oop

25. Stranded In The Jungle

26. Bad Boy

27. Good Lovin'

28. I've Been A Fool

29. Witchcraft

30. Where Are You (Now That I Need You)

32. Baby Talk

33. A Casual Look

34. So Strange

35. I Am With You

36. Oop Shoop

37. Little Star

39. Sh-Boom

40. The Angels Listened In

41. Rang Tang Ding Dong

42. Baby Please Don't Go

43. Book Of Love

44. Nadine

45. Don't You Know I Love You

46. Dedicated To The One I Love

47. Angel Baby

48. I'm So Young

49. We Go Together

50. Just To Be With You

51. Shouldn't I Know

53. See Saw

54. Lovey Dovey

55. Ol' Man River

56. The Glory Of Love

57. Adorable

58. The Teacher

59. Can I Come Over Night

60. Marie

61. Will You Be Mine

63. Work With Me Annie

64. Gee

65. Silhouettes

66. Sixty Minute Man

67. Too Much Love (Much Too Much)

68. In Paradise

69. Sixteen Candles

70. Close Your Eyes

71. Since I Don't Have You

73. You're Mine

75. Gee

77. Everyone Is Laughing

78. Fool, Fool, Fool

80. Burn That Candle

82. This I Swear

83. Hushabye

85. Teardrops On Your Letter

86. To Be Loved

87. Ling Ting Tong

88. Could This Be Magic

90. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

91. You're The One

92. Smokey Joe's Café

93. Wiggle Wiggle

94. The Door Is Still Open

95. Summertime, Summertime

96. It's Too Soon To Know

97. That's What You're Doing To Me

98. Who's That Knocking On My Door

99. I Do

100. No, No, No

101. Ting A Ling

102. Chop Chop Boom

103. Lovers Never Say Goodbye

104. Most Of All

105. Devil Or Angel

107. Baby Don't Do It

108. Is It A Dream

109. Moonlight Serenade

111. Maybe

112. I Met Him On A Sunday

113. There's A Moon Out Tonight

114. If It's So Baby

115. Little Darlin'

116. Clementine

118. Have Mercy Baby

120. Jenny Lee

121. Rollin' Stone

122. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

123. I Wanna Know

124. Darling Dear

125. Hearts Of Stone

126. I'll Be Home

127. Tonite, Tonite

129. In The Still Of The Night

130. Been So Long

x

Track List: Doo Wop To The Top

1. Dottie

2. There's A Girl

3. Bacon Fat

4. Speedo

5. Do Something For Me

6. Whispering Bells

7. Forget Me Not

8. Church Bells May Ring

9. At My Front Door

10. I Want You To Be My Girl

12. Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'

13. This Is The Nite

14. The Way You Dog Me Around

15. Ka-Ding Dong

16. Long Lonely Nights

17. Baby Oh Baby

18. I'm Slippin' In

20. Get A Job

21. Up On The Mountain

22. Beside You

23. Once Upon A Time

24. One Mint Julep

25. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

26. Rock Me All Night Long

27. The Wheel Of Fortune

28. Rockin' In The Jungle

29. Till Then

30. Alley Oop

31. Stranded In The Jungle

32. Bad Boy

33. Good Lovin'

34. I've Been A Fool

35. Witchcraft

36. Where Are You (Now That I Need You)

38. Baby Talk

39. A Casual Look

40. So Strange

41. I Am With You

42. Oop Shoop

43. Little Star

45. Sh-Boom

46. Angels Listened In

47. Rang Tang Ding Dong

48. Baby, Please Don't Go

49. The Book Of Love

50. Nadine

51. Don't You Know I Love You

52. Dedicated To The One I Love

53. Angel Baby

54. I'm So Young

55. We Go Together

56. Just To Be With You

57. Shouldn't I Know

59. See Saw

60. Lovey Dovey

61. Ol' Man River

62. The Glory Of Love

63. Adorable

64. The Teacher

65. Can I Come Over Night

66. Marie

67. Will You Be Mine

69. Work With Me Annie

70. Gee

71. Silhouettes

72. Sixty Minute Man

73. Too Much Love (Much Too Much)

74. In Paradise

75. Sixteen Candles

76. Close Your Eyes

77. Since I Don't Have You

79. You're Mine

81. Gee

83. Everyone Is Laughing

84. Fool Fool Fool

86. Burn That Candle

88. This I Swear

89. Hushabye

91. Teardrops On Your Letter

92. To Be Loved

93. Ling Ting Tong

94. Could This Be Magic

96. Buzz, Buzz, Buzz

97. You're The One

98. Smokey Joe's Cafe

99. Wiggle Wiggle

100. The Door Is Still Open

101. Summertime, Summertime

102. It's Too Soon To Know

103. That's What You're Doing To Me

104. Who's That Knocking On My Door

105. I Do

106. No, No, No

107. Ting-A-Ling

108. Chop Chop Boom

109. Lovers Never Say Goodbye

110. Most Of All

111. Devil Or Angel

113. Baby Don't Do It

114. Is It A Dream

115. Moonlight Serenade

117. Maybe

118. I Met Him On A Sunday

119. There's A Moon Out Tonight

120. If It's So, Baby

121. Little Darlin'

122. Clementine

124. Have Mercy Baby

126. Jenny Lee

127. Rollin' Stone

128. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)

129. I Wanna Know

130. Darling Dear

131. Hearts Of Stone

132. I'll Be Home

133. Tonite, Tonite

135. In The Still Of The Night

136. Been So Long

137. Peanuts

x

Track List: One Hit Wonders - A Group Effort

1. Earth Angel

2. Black Denim Trousers

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

26. I Can't Grow Peaches On A Cherry Tree

27. Next Plane To London

28. Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero

29. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'

30. Morning Girl

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