Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Here Comes Summer


(and Chuck Buell is here to help us celebrate!)

Just Groovin' on a Sunny Afternoon 

The Number One Song on this day in 1967 captured the care-free Summer feeling of the time and was, appropriately enough, 

"Groovin'" by the Young Rascals ... 

It remained at the top of the Pop Music Charts for two weeks. 

The Rascals  had two other Number Ones, 

"Good Lovin'" in 1966 and "People Got to be Free" in 1968.

As always, "This tape will self-destruct in five seconds."  
No, wait. That's not what I meant!
Yeah, yeah! I know! 
The first day of Summer is on a Tuesday and the true lyrics are 
"Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon" ...
but I'm pleading Artistic License Here!
And he's not done there, folks ...

Today is the First Day of another Forgotten Hits Summer!

So let's kick it off with some "Summer(s) / Sommers Fun" with Chuck Buell!


Here is his Special "Forgotten Hits'  
Here Comes Summer / Sommers  Musical Salute!"


Joanie Sommers

















In 1962, she had a Top Ten Forgotten Hit, “Johnny Get Angry,” which peaked in Billboard at Number 7.  


( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVge1M-dbWc  )  Johnny Get Angry


Sommers also sang radio and TV jingles for Pepsi in the 1960s - 

"Come Alive! You're in the Pepsi Generation” 

and "Now It's Pepsi, For Those Who Think Young.”  


( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGNPoPzPbfA   Come Alive ) 

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RPJUkqSBUU   Think Young )


Elke Sommer














In 1965, she was as an established top film actresses, model and singer and proving she was not the proverbial “Dumb Blond” ( it's been said, she’s fluent in seven languages ), she sang in multiple languages on her album, “Love in Any Language.” 


( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2xBsJfS7BA Stardust

















Elke Sommer Summer of 1965 - Elke Summer Singing Sensationally


Bert Sommer (with Hair!)















In 1967, he joined the group The Left Banke as their lead singer. In 1968, he opened as a member of the original cast of the hit musical “Hair” in Los Angeles playing Claude and Woolf and later became one of the leads in the original Broadway Production in New York. In 1969, he was the third act to perform at Woodstock on opening day, Friday, August 15, 1969.   

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_zaSKZks1A

Hair by the Broadway Cast ) 

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50WJ9fDZNhg   

Hair by the Cowsills)


Donna Summer
















In 1976, her first hit was a Number Two song, “Love To Love You, Baby,” the song that started her sensational rise as a Pop / Disco phenomenon who soon became known as “The Queen of Disco.” 


( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ul_eiDQy68    Love to Love You Baby )


Her 1978 Number Three hit, “Last Dance” was often heard as the “last song” at dance clubs’ nightly closing times across the country. And so, it seems appropriate to close out these “Forgotten Hits Summer / Sommer Celebration Sounds” with her “Last Dance!”  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqZY8P42pLo  Last Dance )








Donna Summer Last Dance!

CB ( which stands for Summer "Celebration Boy!" )


Thanks, Chuck, for helping us kick off summer ...


And double thanks for not including Brett Somers in your salute!  (lol)


(Although I probably wouldn't have objected to a shot of Suzanne Somers!)


And, I have to confess ... that I had to double ... and then TRIPLE check myself to make sure that I didn't transpose those pictures of Bert Sommer and Donna Summer ... these might have qualified for those old "separated at birth" photo montages!!!  (lol)  kk

Thanks, Chuck ...



Here's the latest list of YOUR All-Time Summer Favorites (from our 2020 Poll)


And scroll down this page to find the Biggest Summer Hits for EVERY year, 

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