A Summer Song (TWTYTW 1964)

“A Summer Song” is a 1964 song by the English pop music duo Chad & Jeremy. The song was written by duo partner Chad Stuart with Clive Metcalfe and Keith Noble.  Like the duo’s breakthrough selection, “Yesterday’s Gone,” “A Summer Song” is a reminiscence of a summer romance. However, “A Summer Song” eschews the Merseybeat sound of “Yesterday’s Gone” in favour of a gentler folk-influenced arrangement, with the lyrics also being wistful in tone.

Stuart recalled on The Steel Pier Radio Show that his “A Summer Song” collaborators, Clive Metcalfe and Keith Noble, were a musical duo (linked to Pink Floyd) with whom he and Clyde had become friendly and that “A Summer Song” was written and composed in Stuart’s flat in London: “We were sitting around jamming on four chords and we came up with ‘A Summer Song.'” Clive Metcalfe however wrote the tune late one night and Keith later added lyrics. Clive says “We performed it one night at Tina’s (a Bistro in Piccadilly London) when Chad was visiting. Chad liked the song and later re-wrote the middle, and we all reworked the lyrics, as you hear it today”.  “We never thought ‘Summer Song’ could possibly be a single,” Chad recalled another time. “It was just a pretty, romantic song. Or so we thought…you never can tell, can you?”

Trees swayin’ in the summer breeze
Showin’ off their silver leaves
As we walked by

Soft kisses on a summer’s day
Laughing all our cares away
Just you and I

Sweet sleepy warmth of summer nights
Gazing at the distant lights
In the starry sky …”

TWTYTW (1964) – Tracklist by “Jack the Goth”:

Chad & Jeremy “A Summer Song” – American Bandstand. November 28, 1964.

Major News Stories of 1964 include in the United States, The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is signed into law, The Beatles hold the top five positions in the Billboard Top 40 singles in America, race riots take place in major US Cities,  the 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is ratified, Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton for the first time, and the U.S. Surgeon General reports that smoking may lead to lung cancer. In the UK,  Mods and Rockers fight at British Seaside Resorts, and the first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, is established.

In 1964 as the US Congress authorised war against N Vietnam more American servicemen were dying, and after three civil rights workers were murdered in Mississippi the president signed the Civil Rights act of 1964 but this did not stop the violence as it continued to increase in many American Cities. Lyndon Johnson was also returned to power after a landslide victory. This was also the year The Beatles took the world and America by storm and Beatlemania went into overdrive as they released a series of number one hits including “I want to hold your hand” , “All my Loving”.  Other British groups also found success including The Rolling Stones and The Animals and together with the American Talent of The Supremes and Bob Dylan, many say this was one of the greatest years for music in the last century. Also one young loud talented boxer by the name of Cassius Clay won the Boxing World heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston.

Famous and historic events from 1964

  • Top of the Pops first airs on BBC TV
  • The British and French governments agree a deal for the construction of a Channel Tunnel
  • Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan show
  • Beatles release Cant Buy Me Love
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Published
  • First Edition of Match of the Day
  • Forth Road Bridge Opened
  • Sentence is passed on eleven men for their role in the Great Train Robbery, seven receiving 30 years each
  • Last Executions in Britain
  • Launch of BBC2
  • Violent disturbances between Mods and Rockers at Clacton beach
  • The Beatles’ first film, A Hard Day’s Night, is released
  • The Labour Party defeats the Conservatives. Harold Wilson becomes prime minister, having gained a majority of five seats. 

Dusty Springfield – Everyday I Have To Cry (Ready Steady Go 1964)

” … There was a little boy i had planned to marry
This was my love i didn’t want to share it
I thought that love would make my life bright and sunny
He said he couldn’t love me ’cause he didn’t have no money

So, everyday i have to cry some
Everyday i have to cry some
Dry the water from my eyes some
Everyday i have to cry …

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