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Almost Summer – Celebration featuring Mike Love

Almost Summer – Celebration featuring Mike Love

Going completely obscure here in honor of school’s end and summer’s beginning. Today’s one-hit wonder is “Almost Summer” by Celebration. Not ringing a bell? I’m not surprised. But if you listen closely, you’ll hear what sounds pretty much like nearly every 1970s-era Beach Boys song. The connection between Celebration and The Beach Boys is lead singer, Mike Love, who composed the song and fronted a studio band called Celebration. “Almost Summer” is the title song to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Beach Baby – The First Class

Beach Baby – The First Class

The Beach Boys aren’t the only act who hit Top 40 gold with songs about the beach and babys. First Class did a first-class job with their 1974 hit “Beach Baby” that reached #4 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1974 making The First Class a one-hit wonder. The Beach Boys sang “Don’t Worry Baby” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” First Class essentially combined the two titles and concepts, added soaring three- and four-part harmonies in the background, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Summer Girls – LFO

Summer Girls – LFO

LFO singer Rich Cronin died today from leukemia. Remember LFO? Flash back to 1999 and their breezy summer hit “Summer Girls.” That song put LFO, who were also known as Lyte Funky Ones to their fans, on the popular music charts for the first time when the song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although they followed “Summer Girls” with “Girl on TV” soon afterward, the song people remember is “Summer Girls.” So even … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Theme from Summer of ’42 – Peter Nero

Theme from Summer of ’42 – Peter Nero

Another theme from another 1970s movie. Ah, the 1970s were a good time to be a piano-playing guru who could bust out the gentle sounds from the latest movies and rake in the dough. Peter Nero is a terriffic pianist. We have big admiration for the guy. We also like the “Theme from Summer of ’42” quite a bit. It’s gentle. It’s dramatic. It has a killer hook. And it absolutely sounds like it belongs … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry

We love summer. Who doesn’t? And we’ve always loved “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry. It’s one of many classic summer songs that are breezy, easy and always evoke sunburns, shades, friends, fun, and yes, even one-hit wonders. The original version of “In the Summertime” was released by British band Mungo Jerry in 1970 and became a worldwide smash, reaching #1 in a number of countries and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 here in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Seasons in the Sun – Terry Jacks

Seasons in the Sun – Terry Jacks

As a little kid, I thought “Seasons in the Sun” was the saddest song ever written. It starts with these attention-grabbing lyrics: Goodbye to you/My trusted friend We’ve known each other/since we were nine or ten Together we’ve climbed hills and trees Learned of love and A-B-C’s Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees Ok, it’s a cute song about kids going away to school. Or changing elementary schools. Or leaving for summer camp. But then things suddenly take a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop