July 1970 – a song popular in this month – In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry
This buoyant tune was written by Ray Dorset, who was the group’s lead singer and guitarist. He penned the song in 1968 when he was working for Timex in the UK – his band was just getting started and music was more of a hobby at the time.
Interesting facts about In The Summertime & Mungo Jerry –
The band was known as Memphis Leather and The Good Earth before getting a record deal and changing their name to Mungo Jerry (after the character Mungojerrie from the T. S. Eliot book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – later the basis for the Broadway play Cats).
The American appeal of this song can be attributed to the lyrical inspiration: American beach movies that lead singer Ray Dorset grew up watching. “That was the teenage dream,” he said. “What more can you want?”
Around the two-minute mark, the song stops and we hear a car drive by, punctuating the line, “we’ll all go into town.” This was a recording of the engineer’s sports car driving by the studio.
This sold over 16 million copies worldwide and was Britain’s biggest-selling single in 1970. In that territory, it really was the “song of the summer,” peaking in June that year. By the time the song caught on in America, summer was coming to an end – it reached it’s peak position on September 12.
Some of the many TV shows to use this song include:
The Simpsons (2004), Life on Mars (2007), New Girl (2014)
Movies that included this song: The Substitute (1996), Breaking Out (1999), Mr. Deeds (2002), Anita and Me (2002), Wedding Crashers (2005), Despicable Me 2 (2013)
This information was provided by Songfacts.com