From the Land of Band Box Records

Summer…. We Barely Knew Ye….

June 21, 2019

The Longest Day…..

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It’s June 21st.  The days are getting shorter

The retail outlets will soon be clearing their shelves of swim wear, shorts and sandals to make room for winter coats and gloves **** The Broncos will be gearing up for their season opener **** The ski slopes will soon be breaking out the snow making mechanisms **** ‘Christmas in July sales are coming soon **** Any morning now in the early hours you will be able to see your breath in the crisp fall air **** Walmart and Target will be breaking out their ‘back-to-school’ supplies and clothes **** The first tints of red and yellow aspen leaves will appear in the mountains **** If you haven’t already departed on on a ‘summer holiday’ vacation – you might as well wait until next summer – it’s too late now **** Lo Do is preparing for their Oktoberfest celebration **** Time to wax down the skis **** Might want to bring up the boxes of Christmas decorations from the basement checking bulbs and such …… We will soon be commuting to and from work in darkness with Daylight Savings long gone….

June 20th marks the beginning of the end – from here on out it is a dull and dreaded march toward the shortest day of the year on December 21st.

Following are some of the early warnings which have come our way over the years…. and some tributes to the vanishing summers

The Jamies – Summertime, Summertime – July, 1958 Number 26 & June, 1962 Number 38

“Well are you comin’ or are you ain’t
You slow poke are my one complaint
Hurry up before I faint
It’s summertime”

Jerry Keller – Here Comes Summer – May, 1959 Number 14

“Here comes summer
School is out, oh, happy day
Here comes summer
I’m gonna grab my girl and run away
Here comes summer
We’ll go swimmin’ every day
And let the sun shine bright on my happy summer home”

Paul Anka – Summer’s Gone – September, 1960 Number 11

“Summer’s gone and no songbirds are singing 
Because you’re gone, gone from my arms 
Gone from my lips but you’re still in my heart”

Gary U.S. Bonds – School Is In – October, 1961 Number 28

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“Now I’m so glad
That school is in
Now I can see my old
Classmates again I worked and slaved
The summer through
Doing the things
My mother told me to do I washed the dishes
And scrubbed the floor
And taught the baby
How to count to four I made the beds
And cut the grass
I’m glad that school
Is in at last”

Brian Hyland – Sealed With a Kiss – May, 1962 Number 3

“Tho we gotta say goodbye for the summer
Darling I promise you this
I’ll send you all my love every day in a letter
Sealed with a kiss”

Dee Clark – I’m Going Back To School – September, 1962 Number 52

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“Vacation is over and I’m going back to school
You can quit!  If you wanna but I’m going back to school
You know I miss that old long nosed teacher of mine and I’m going back to school
I’m going to get me a diploma – or I’ll die tryin’ and I’m going back to school”

The Cascades – The Last Leaf – March, 1963 Number 60

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“Last summer beneath this tree
My love said she’d come back to me
Before the leaves of autumn touched the ground, touched the ground
My love promised she’s be homeward bound”

Nat “King” Cole – Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer – May, 1963 Number 6

“Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies
Then lock the house up, now you’re set
And on the beach you’ll see the girls in their bikinis
As cute as ever but they never get ’em wet”

Jimmy Durante – September Song – August, 1963 Number 51

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“Oh, it’s a long long while
From May to December
But the days grow short
When you reach September
When the autumn weather
Turns leaves to flame
One hasn’t got time
For the waiting game”

Paul and Paula – First Day Back at School – September, 1963 Number 60

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“I’ll be wearing your fraternity pin
Then one day when we’re out of school
And our campus days are through
We’ll be making all our future plans
To be wearing matching wedding bands
I’m glad that I saw you our first day back at school”

The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick – December, 1963 Number 3 Holiday Charts

“Well way up north where the air gets cold
There’s a tale about Christmas
That you’ve all been told
And a real famous cat all dressed up in red
And he spends all year workin’ out on his sled”

Bruce and Terry – Summer Means Fun – June, 1964 Number 72

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“Drive-in movies every night
Stayin’ out till half past 1
Sleep in late & live it light now
‘Cause summer means fun”

Jim Reeves – Snowflake – December, 1965 Number 66

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“Hey snowflake
My pretty little snowflake
Ooh, ooh, the change in the weather
Has made it better for me.
Hey snowflake, my pretty little snowflake
You’ve got me warm as a fire
With the burning desire for you”

Ronnie Dove – Happy Summer Days – June, 1966 Number 27

“When the morning sun promises another wonderful day
And good fortune is all along the way
When your heart is filled with gladness
‘Cause true love has come to stay
These are happy, happy, happy summer days, summer days”

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City – July, 1966 Number 1

“Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city”

Tommy Roe – It’s Now Winter’s Day – December, 1966 Number 23

“Everyone is warm inside, their houses in the snow
The mercury is dropping down to minus ten below
Outside it’s chilling but inside it’s thrilling
With fireplaces burning and records that keep turning”

Sly and the Family Stone – Hot Fun In The Summertime – July, 1969 Number 2

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“End of the spring and here she comes back
Hi Hi Hi Hi there
Them summer days, those summer days

That’s when I had most of my fun, back
High high high high there
Them summer days, those summer days”


One Comment

  1. The Jamies (perfect baroque four-part harmony with a beat) and Tommy Roe’s most progressive and beautiful hit – you made my day! Happy longest day, Craig!

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